OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
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Hacking boxes
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Hacking boxes try to mimic natural nesting habitat as much as possible. They are twenty feet off the ground to keep the birds safe from predators. They're enclosed from above and on three sides to protect them from the elements. And though they are screened in, they're open enough for the birds to watch the landscape below them, to hopefully get them accustomed to their surroundings. The creation of these boxes was a collaborative effort of various organizations and volunteers who donated their time, construction expertise and heavy equipment to get them built and in place by the spring of 2004. Two of the boxes even contain solar powered web cameras so that five of the birds could be monitored on the website of Central Vermont Public Service.

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OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
Header: 
Restoration Projects
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But an effort is underway to bring nesting bald eagles back to the Green Mountain State. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has coordinated a restoration project involving the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation, Central Vermont Public Service, Outreach for Earth Stewardship, Green Mountain Power Corporation, Audubon Vermont, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It's an effort that involves bringing six to nine young eagles to Vermont over a three-year period from other states to be sheltered, fed and monitored by volunteers and then released with the hope they will stay and raise their own young nearby. Specially constructed containers called "hacking boxes" were built for the program to raise the eagles in. These boxes have also been used successfully to reintroduce Peregrine Falcon populations.

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OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
Header: 
History
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Biologists estimate that there were up to 500,000 bald eagles in North America when the first European Settlers began arriving. By 1963, there were only 4,017 nesting pairs left in the contiguous U.S., with most of the birds concentrated in 5 states. Bounties and loss of habitat were initially the causes of the diminishing numbers. But the 1940s saw the introduction of pesticides such as DDT into the bald eagle population. With DDT entering the food chain via waterways, females consuming contaminated fish laid eggs with extremely thin shells that were easily broken. After a few decades, much like the Osprey and the Peregrine Falcon, the national symbol of a nation was nearly driven to extinction by chemicals.

In 1973 the Endangered Species Act was created and the bald eagle was given protection under the new law. It was listed as an endangered species in 43 of the lower 48 states in 1978. Thanks to the banning of DDT, stronger environmental laws, greater public awareness and programs to create and maintain habitat, the bald eagle is making an amazing comeback. Today there are about 7,000 nesting pairs in the continental U.S., and bald eagles now nest in every state in the lower 48 except Vermont.

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Carry It Forward

Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 
Briggs Opera House
Address: 
12 North Main Street
City, State: 
White River Jct., VT
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

This event will serve as the grand finale of the Big Read program. This multi-media theatrical event will include noted performers sharing selections from O’Brien’s book and original works by students and veterans and projections of selected original graphic strips. The event will be produced by Northern Stage and directed by Brooke Ciardelli, supported by a crew of top industry professionals, professional actors, high school students and local veterans. Call 802-296-7000 to reserve your seats today!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website, e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.  

Featured Event: 
Yes

Carry It Forward

Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: 
Briggs Opera House
Address: 
12 North Main Street
City, State: 
White River Jct., VT
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

This event will serve as the grand finale of the Big Read program. This multi-media theatrical event will include noted performers sharing selections from O’Brien’s book and original works by students and veterans and projections of selected original graphic strips. The event will be produced by Northern Stage and directed by Brooke Ciardelli, supported by a crew of top industry professionals, professional actors, high school students and local veterans. Call 802-296-7000 to reserve your seats today!  

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website, e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.

Featured Event: 
Yes

The Big Read Summit

Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 
Various Locations
City, State: 
Northfield, VT
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

The Big Read Summit will be held in Northfield, VT. Sequential art created by students through The Big Read School Series will be displayed at local businesses throughout the town. Three workshops will be held in the community room of Brown Public Library during the day, a cartooning workshop, a play writing workshop and an acting workshop. These workshops are free and open to the public. In the main performance space select student writings will be performed, there will be a lecture by Lea M. Williams, Associate Professor of English at Norwich University and the evening will conclude with a panel discussion on themes of the book. Represented on the panel will be a veteran, a peace studies expert, a scholar in the field of veterans’ affairs, a writer, a performing artist, and a visual artist.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website, e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public. 

Featured Event: 
Yes

The Big Read Kick-Off

Date: 
Saturday, April 2, 2011 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: 
Briggs Opera House
Address: 
12 North Main Street
City, State: 
White River Jct.
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

How can we use literature, storytelling, discussions and films to better understand the plight of the returning veteran? With American soldiers, sailors and Marines on the ground throughout the world, NOW is the time to examine this issue!

Join Northern Stage's Catherine Doherty as she sets the stage for this state-wide program that revolves around the book The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien's inspiring book about combat troops in Vietnam. Catherine will tell personal stories about the effects of combat on the human spirit and discuss the power of storytelling.

Michael Heaney, the keynote speaker, is a veteran who will share his experience in Vietnam, his journey since returning, and his relationship to O'Brien's book.

Northern Stage is also pleased to welcome Pat Barrett, a student from The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), to speak. Pat will deliver a talk about CCS and why storytelling is important to him; he will also present a visual history on expression through cartoons during times of war.

This project will encourage communities throughout Vermont to appreciate great literature at a more analytical level and to better understand the veteran's experience. Northern Stage's mission as a non-profit theater involves telling stories in a compelling way; our program will take literacy to the next level by enabling students to tell their own stories and supporting the community by providing lectures, discussions, films, workshops and performances that surround this important and powerful book. Help Northern Stage and our many communitiy partners spread the word about the events that will take place over the next six weeks of programming.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to http://www.neabigread.org/, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website (www.northernstage.org), e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.

Featured Event: 
Yes

Profile - Gary Hirshberg - Web Extra

Series: 
Profile
Episode #: 
1019
Zone: 
Web Extra Video
Header: 
Web Extra
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Profile - Gary Hirshberg - Links

Series: 
Profile
Episode #: 
1019
Zone: 
Links
Header: 
Resources & Links

Profile - Tom Stearns & Pete Johnson - Web Extra

Series: 
Profile
Episode #: 
1018
Zone: 
Web Extra Video
Body: 
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