Open for 2020, finally

A note from our Director

child gazes into forest over railing of our walk-in treehouseAs you likely know, the Museum had to remain closed due to Covid-19. This was the first spring in 32 years where we didn’t open our doors on May 1. This was the first time since we started Early Birder Morning Walks (more than a decade ago!) that we couldn’t gather for to walk and watch spring migration together.

We have missed you! Although we were saddened to hear of people who were ill or lost their lives; we also are hugely grateful that, by all of us working together, we kept the numbers lower than they could have been. As the number of Vermont cases continues to be encouragingly small, the state is allowing some businesses to open (with restrictions in place).

We are happy to tell you that the Museum opened on Wednesday, June 3! Things look different than in previous years. For now, the Museum building will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Our hours are 10am -4pm. We are limiting the number of people in the building to 12, and we are requiring masks that cover noses and mouths. We have put away some of our touchable and interactive items for the present.

Even with this, we are thrilled to present our 2020 art show, Borders: illusions that constrain us, to complement our permanent exhibits. We hope you will come see the pieces that make up this visually stimulating and very thought-provoking exhibit. We are sharing work from new and returning artists, from lifetime professionals to curious beginners, in poems, graphic design, and visual arts.

Of course, our trails, treehouse, and pollinator sanctuaries remain open! Bring a picnic (and good shoes and bug repellent) and spend time listening to the Green Frogs at the pond or the Louisiana Waterthrush from the treehouse. Trails are open sun-up to sundown.

We hope to see you this summer! Feel free to call in the morning to see what’s going on: our new schedule is how we are starting this summer and of course it is subject to change. We prioritize the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff! We will also try to keep everyone posted on changes via emails and our social media, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you health and good birding,

Erin Talmage
Executive Director

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