Nature Inspires

In the tradition of scientific illustration, the Museum was founded to teach about birds through the unique approach of wood carvings: three-dimensional, realistic sculptures. These provide not only an alternative to taxidermy, but harken back to traditional arts.

Woodcarvers from our Founder, Bob Spear, to current craftspeople,  carvers share their work with us. They continue to enrich the collection, teach the craft, and use our site as a meeting point.

Sharing Art: We go beyond wood carving as well: we host an annual art show, with different themes each year. We offer programs for artists of varying ages and skills, from learning to see to skill-building to workshops in wood, soap, on paper, canvas, fiber, and more.

We work with new and established Vermont artists, sometimes run art contests for children, and have a great time connecting art and science.