Norwich is a town in Windsor County, of the "Eastern Vermont Gateway" region, located on the western bank of the Connecticuit River, across from Hanover, New Hampshire. The town was named for Norwich, Connecticut, where most of the grantees were from.
Fun Fact: Norwich was the original location for Norwich University until it moved to Northfield in 1866 after a fire devastated the campus.
Some notable people of the area include: Paul Brigham, the 2nd Governor of Vermont; Heinrich Brüning, German Chancellor of the Weimar Republic; Daniel Azro Ashley Buck, a US Representative from Vermont; George A. Converse, a Spanish-American War era navy admiral; Pamela Kyle Crossley, a historian; Jim Holland, an Olympic ski jumper (1992 & 1994); Joe Holland, an Olympic Nordic combined skier (1988 & 1992); Mike Holland, an Olympic ski jumper (1984 & 1988); Hannah Kearney, an Olympic gold medalist mogul skier (2010); Bob Keeshan, television's "Captain Kangaroo;" Laurence G. Leavitt, headmaster of Vermont Academy in Saxtons River; Tony Lupien, a first baseman for the Red Sox, Phillies & White Sox; David Macaulay, an author & illustrator; Freya von Moltke, an author & lecturer on German resistance to Nazism; George Sylvester Morris, an educator & philosophical writer; Alden Partridge, founder of Norwich University; Kevin Pearce, a professional snowboarder; Simon Pearce, a glassblower, designer, & restaurateur; Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, a historian & social philosopher; Paul Sample, an artist; Walter H. Stockmayer, a chemist & Dartmouth College professor; and Andrew Wheating, an Olympic 800-meter runner (2008).
Only one bird species is known to regularly nest on glaciers. In the 1950s, White-winged Diuca-Finches (Diuca speculifera) were sighted going into a Bolivian glacier at night to roost. Beginning in 2003, we have been observing this species in Peru at Quelccaya Ice Cap, the largest tropical glacier on Earth. This month we are returning to Peru to document their lives on film. Our presentation will discuss the excitement and complications of such work. With warmer-than-normal conditions, and snow accumulation at 29% of normal for early April, will the birds nest earlier? Will this be a particularly successful breeding season for diucas? What will we learn about the many other species inhabiting the wetlands around Quelccaya? Join us for answers to these questions and more, just days after our return from Peru!