Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Bicknell's Thrush and Bit O' Balsam IPA

by Bernie:  I am pleased to report that I was the winner (citizen science survey prize) of three 22 oz. bottles of Lawson's Finest Liquids Bit O' Balsam IPA brewed in honor and support of VCE's Bicknell's Thrush Conservation work.

Sean Lawson and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies joined forces at Lawson's original Warren, VT. brewery to collaborate on the Bit O' Balsam IPA according to the Lawson's Finest Liquids website. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Vermont Center for Ecostudies and their efforts to conserve the Bicknell's Thrush. 

How cool is that? I won a locally brewed, very special limited-edition / quantity beer, and even met the man (Mike Sargent) who collected some of the ingredients - balsam tips from high up the Green Mountains. 

And there is more. I received the prize beer at The Taproom in Waitsfield (an incredible site both inside and out, and the surrounding boardwalk as well) and met several of the VCE staff. It was an honor to meet these dedicated and talented folks including, Susan Hindinger, Karen Bourque, Sarah Carline, Nathaniel Sharp, Mike Sargent, and Chris Rimmer (second from left on second photo).

All this while listening to Chad Hollister strum guitar and sing to the large audience both outdoors and inside.

Now it is time to savor the taste of the Green Mountains, relish the Bit O' Balsam IPA and the work the VCE staff and volunteer Citizen Scientists do throughout the year. Then get back to observing nature!

View my recent citizen science posting @ School is out, Science is IN! Jericho Citizen Science.

Seeking to live a life of greater simplicity closer to nature.
Bernie Paquette

1 comment:

  1. It was so great to meet you, Bernie! You really captured the event with your words and pictures in this blog post. And thanks for all your work as as citizen scientist. You are making a difference for wildlife. Cheers!