Museum paints puzzle piece as part of Puzzle Palooza

A partially finished puzzle piece for Puzzle Palooza!
A partially finished puzzle piece for Puzzle Palooza!

The Birds of Vermont is working on a puzzle piece for Puzzle Palooza!

See www.vermontartscouncil.org for more information.

The puzzle piece is under construction and is being painted by Museum Curator, Ingrid Riga!

Dick Allen donates bird carving for International Migratory Bird Day raffle

chickadee bird-carving

The Birds of Vermont Museum and Audubon Vermont are getting ready to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 16, 2009.  Every year we hold a raffle to jointly benefit both organizations.  This year the raffle prizes are 1) A  Black-capped Chickadee donated by local wood carver, Dick Allen,  2) Audubon coffee with Museum mugs, 3) A $125.00 certificate for a week of camp at Audubon Vermont, and 4) A gift basket of plush birds and bird books.  Interested in purchasing raffle tickets?  Stop by Audubon Vermont’s  Sugar on Snow Party this coming weekend (http://vt.audubon.org/), or swing by the Museum.  Call for more information, or with questions 802-434-2167.

Blue “Water”

Bright blue "water" and foam-based shore
Bright blue "water" and foam-based shore

Ingrid, our curator and apprentice carver, and Bob, our founding director, have been layering and painting foam board to create the shoreline in our Fall Wetland diorama.

The foam will be covered with sand and a clear acrylic to form the beach and water surface.

Enjoy this preview/work-in-progess photo! We are looking forward to sharing this with you in the Spring.

Four Birds for the Wetland Dioramas

In the past few months, Bob completed four new birds: the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Pied-Billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus), and Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis).

He will be taking a break from carving to work on the Fall Wetland Diorama.

More details and photographs are available in our January 2009 newsletter, which is mailed directly to members. Non-members may print copies from our website.