Happy New Year
from the Birds of Vermont Museum
Thank you for all your help!
There’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the Museum for 2013!
Please consider sending a contribution during our year-end appeal
—whether $1 or $5000— we happily accept donations online through JustGive, NetworkForGood, and PayPal. You can also call (802) 434-2167 with your credit card info, or send a check in any amount at any time to
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, Vermont 05462
We welcome your support in any and every form:
Come visit in 2014. Give a Guest Pass for a birthday present. Try woodcarving. Introduce someone to birding. Record the birds you see on eBird. Attend one of our events. Notice the birds around you. Send a check to the Museum, or donate online. Paint pictures of birds or support your new favorite bird artist. Volunteer for an hour or every week. Put out nesting material in spring. Bell your cat (or better yet, keep it indoors). Plant native species in your garden. Support local conservation groups. Protect habitats. Share this email with a friend. Hang up a bird feeder. Find a new bird book. Read and share our annual appeal (full text below)
Thank you. Again. Always.
Here’s to a wonderful 2014!
The end-of-year letter from our Director, Erin Talmage
The Birds of Vermont Museum, inspired by the vision of Bob Spear, is more important than ever. Being connected to nature is vital to children’s and adults’ physical and emotional well-being. The Museum is simultaneously a home for active nature exploration and a refuge from the built-up busy-ness of modern life. With your contributions, we inspire creativity, deeper learning, outdoor exploration, and expanded understanding of our natural world. We are a unique route to nature appreciation and bird conservation.
This year, the Birds of Vermont Museum welcomed visitors from next door to as far away as Australia. We greeted young children just learning to say the word ‘bird’ and seniors who have searched for birds throughout the world. We maintained our onsite children’s programs while expanding our outreach. We found new ways to share our observations, expertise, and viewpoints: social media, online magazines and blogs, and collaborating on exhibits and activities with schools, libraries, and educational groups. The Center for Technology-Essex is building a treehouse-style outdoor learning space for us to provide additional and accessible opportunities. We are re-designing our entrance approach to encourage environmental learning, increase birding opportunities, and demonstration the necessity of working and living with the forces of nature. We continue to share and grow our one-of-a-kind naturalist and art carving exhibits.
How do we do all this? You, and people like you, help us do so. The infrastructure of the Museum, educational programs, exhibit development, and partnerships with local individuals and organizations all rely on member support. Membership renewals and annual end-of-year giving fuel our normal operating budget and increase our capabilities.
You may recall that we recently requested donations in response to the July flood. This money has been dedicated to costs associated with the flood and erosion damage to our grounds and entrance access; it is separate from our annual operating budget. With your membership and year-end contributions we will continue to be a destination for birders, wood carvers, artists, and families. Please send your gift as a check or credit card authorization to the Birds of Vermont Museum in the enclosed envelope. If you like, you may also use PayPal (our email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are grateful for every donation in any amount. We would like to recognize all donors who give at least $300 (received by December 31, 2013) with a Birds of Vermont Museum hand-painted ornament. This year’s ornament, the 4th in this series, is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for us, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you have a wonderful holiday season,
Erin Talmage, Executive Director