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GMC Hosts First Speaker for Science Lecture Series

POULTNEY, VT (Feb. 20, 2008) – Author, field biologist and nature photographer Bryan Pfeiffer visits Green Mountain College on Monday, February 25, for the first lecture in the spring Science Lecture Series.

His talk, titled “The Mushroom and the Thrush,” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall room 334. It is free and open to the public.

Pfeiffer will discuss how a tiny mushroom known as Horsehair Fungus offers unique insight into the life of a particularly rare Northeastern bird species, the Bicknell’s Thrush. The drama unfolds each and every spring in the mountains of Vermont, and Pfeiffer plans to share his personal encounters with the lowly fungus and lofty wildlife.

Pfeiffer’s articles and essays on nature have appeared in The New York Times, Vermont Life, Field and Stream, and Northern Woodlands magazine, among others. When he's not out chasing mushrooms or birds, Bryan is chief field staff for the Vermont Butterfly Survey. An authority on dragonflies, Bryan edits and publishes a newsletter on the dragonflies of Vermont, called The Boghaunter.

Bryan lives on Bartlett Hill in Plainfield, where he wanders the landscape enjoying everything from ferns to frogs, orchids to otters. His latest obsession is fireflies. You'll also find his nature images at

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.

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