The Mayfly Festival: Celebrating Our Waters and the Spring Season

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What: The Inaugural Mayfly Festival: Celebrating Our Waters and the Spring Season
When: Sunday, May 18, 2014; 8:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
All-inclusive festival pass*: $49
 
 
 
 
 
(Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 14 at 5pm!)
 
Mayfly host partner:
Mayfly Sponsors (click on each logo to learn more!):
 
Join LCI and experts for a day of workshops, expert speakers, field trips, delicious lunch, friends, and fun!  Choose from three different workshops and three field trips to become engaged with the Lake Champlain Basin, from our insects to the birds and the habitat in between!  By the end of the festival, you'll have gained fascinating and useful knowledge with which you can impress your friends, understand your backyard better, and use during your next outdoor adventure! 
 
Why the mayfly?  Because mayflies are an insect that helps hold the whole ecosystem together, and for many people, the mayfly is a sign that the warm weather is here and Vermont is truly alive again after a long winter.
 
All proceeds raised at the Mayfly Festival will go towards LCI's year-round work to protect the Lake Champlain Basin's waters, fisheries, and communities.
 
*Your festival pass includes coffee and breakfast goodies, access to the keynote address, access to your choice of one workshop, lunch (carnivore or vegetarian), and access to the workshop's follow-up field trip!
 
Scroll below the schedule for workshop and field trip descriptions!

Time

Event

Max # of Participants

Workshop/Field Trip Leaders

8:30am -
9:00am

Welcome, coffee, breakfast goodies

 

LCI Staff

9:00am - 9:30am

Group Keynote – Mayflies hold the ecosystem together

 

 

9:30am -
9:45am
Meet the Mayfly Festival Sponsors   Sponsors
10:00am -
noon

Workshops

 

 

 

Fishing for brook trout, choosing flies, and aquatic insect ID

30

Paul Zuchowski

 

Bird identification

30

Tim Duclos

 

Foraging for wild edibles

30

Mike Ather

Noon -
1:15pm

Lunch

 

 

1:20pm - 1:40pm

Closing before field trips   LCI Staff

1:45pm - 4:00pm

Field Trips

 

 

 

Finding brook trout, aquatic insect ID

30

Paul Zuchowski

 

Bird identification

30

Tim Duclos

 

Foraging for wild edibles

30

Mike Ather

 
(Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 14 at 5pm!)
 
Workshops & Field Trips:
 
Finding brook trout, "match the hatch" (aquatic insect ID)
Workshop Leader: Paul Zuchowski (Click here for Paul's profile)
Vermont's wild brook trout can be an elusive fish, and even when you find one or two, they can be picky eaters. This workshop will let you explore where to search for Vermont's brookies, how to find them, and what they like to eat at varying time sof the year.  You'll learn about aquatic insects and how to "match the hatch"--that is, how to ID the insects that are hatching in the streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds, which is likely what the brook trout are eating.
In the field trip, you'll go to a local stream to see for yourself what to look for in a waterway when searching for brookies, including where to cast your flies and lures and where to stand.  You'll get to test your insect ID skills learned in the workshop ... will you be able to match the hatch? 
Attendees are suggested to bring waterproof shoes/boots, appropriate clothes for the weather of the day, and a water bottle.
NOTE: this field trip will be located within a 25-minute drive from Shelburne Farms, so please plan to drive to the field trip location. However, we will carpool if possible ... we'll organize this before heading out from Shelburne Farms.
 
Bird identification
Workshop Leader: Timothy Duclos (Tim's profile coming soon!)
In this workshop, you'll explore the fundamental links existing between water quality and the health of the birds that most closely rely on clean and healthy waters. This workshop is designed with the novice birder/naturalist in mind, involving both basic bird ID as well as real-world discussion of the special habitat needs of these birds. After lunch, we will take our skills to the field to explore and discover some of these water loving birds and their special habitats.
Attendees are suggested to bring waterproof shoes/boots, appropriate clothes for the weather of the day, a water bottle, an interest in having fun and learning and sharing something new, and a North American bird ID book and/or binocs if you have em'.
NOTE: This field trip will be located just a few minutes down the road from Shelburne Farms along the LaPlatte River on The Nature Conservancy's land. After lunch, please plan to drive to the parking lot marked on the map located here: http://goo.gl/maps/7yJMR
 
Foraging for wild edibles
Workshop Leader: Mike Ather (click here for Mike's profile)
If you've ever wanted to learn the art and skill of foraging for your own food in the woods and meadows of Vermont, then this is the workshop for you!  You'll learn about several edible plants, berries, roots, and mushrooms and how to identify them.  You'll learn where you're likely to find these wild edibles, and the best time of the year to find them.
In the field trip, you'll have the chance to test your wild edible ID skills with a master wild edibles forager.  Attendees are suggested to bring waterproof shoes/boots, appropriate clothes for the weather of the day, a water bottle, and a wild edibles ID book if you have one.
Note: This field trip will be located on the Shelburne Farms property.  Please do not harvest wild edibles on the property as Shelburne Farms relies on their land to harvest wild edibles that are used in their Inn's meals.
 
 
Mayfly image credit: flickr user Capt' Gorgeous