Starting Wednesday, January 23, we’ll host the new six-week It’s a Bird’s Life series. Sponsored by a local Community Senior Center and the Birds of Vermont Museum, meet on six consecutive Wednesdays at 1:30 at the Birds of Vermont Museum, and learn more about specific Vermont birds—as well as two sessions connecting coffee and maple to birds!
art inspiring seeds of conservation
A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum
We wander in gardens, foster habitats, explore ecosystems. Life buzzes, entwines, fosters, interacts—one species to another and another and another. Birds and insects and plants thrive together. Can we pause, notice? Can we let the outside in, become as intimately connected to the world around as a pollinated plant is to its pollinators?
We seek artworks that explore, examine, and express pollination—metaphorical and otherwise—for our 2019 art exhibit, Pollinate This!
Mae & Bill M led the May 20, 2018, Early Birders Morning Walk. Despite light rain and wet woods, we had 19 birders and 31 species of birds!
Enjoy our week’s walk’s summary: Continue reading “Early Birders’ Observations for May 20, 2018”
Mae M led the May 13, 2018, Early Birders Morning Walk . Thirty-eight species!
Enjoy our week’s walk’s summary: Continue reading “Early Birders’ Observations for May 13, 2018”
A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum
in recognition of 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and its conservation consequences
Birds link us. We need the same things: food, water, air, places to live. We humans have sometimes used laws to protect those needs we have in common. In 1918, the US Congress put into place the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—one of the first laws setting limits on what we could and could not do specifically with respect to migratory birds. Since then, we’ve asked new questions, discovered new ramifications, and come to new understandings about what the work of conservation entails. In order for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to be successful, people have to work together across geographic, political, socioeconomic, and ecological boundaries. We need to find—or create—common ground. What does that look like? Continue reading “Call to Artists: Common Grounds”
On Sunday, September 10, many volunteers chose to spend a beautiful sunny day helping out in and around the Museum.
We are beyond grateful.
With everyone’s help we trimmed trails, cut trees, weeded gardens, organized storage areas, sorted donated items, entered bird lists into ebird, cleaned and dusted exhibits, updated signage, replaced window netting, prepped for programs, photographed pollinators, updated bulletin boards, and removed invasive plants. Many thanks to Darlene, Erny, Bob, Shirley, Elizabeth, Pat, Ginger, Brian, Owen, Hunter, Rita, Justin, Chase, Bill, Mae, John, Lori, Josh, Morgan, Abi, and Levi.
We ended the day with Mike Kessler, another volunteer, leading a tracking walk where the group found signs of bear, bobcat, moose, red squirrel, deer, and porcupine.
Most art shows can be viewed without particular attention to their settings, but ‘Birding by the Numbers’ is inseparable from its locale. The Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington organized the community art exhibit to celebrate its 30th anniversary. …Numbers are the key to ornithology… The artists’ responses to this intersection of ideas range from literal to literary.
Read further: the original Call to Artists
We have awesome volunteers.
On Saturday, April 15, we accomplished over 100 hours of work together! Continue reading “Volunteer Work Day 2017”
Crazily warm day for a walk last Saturday! Birds are singing: there was a tremendous cacophony of competing Black-capped chickadees singing on Thursday the 23rd, which was a delight. Today the Northern Cardinal was singing in the dogwoods. And the Birders left lots of treats in the Museum fridge; I think I gained 10 pounds just nibbling on them as I assembled this post for you… Thanks everyone, for baked goodies, bird observations, and community companionship.
Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US Feb 25, 2017 8:05 AM Protocol: Traveling Party Size: 8 Duration: 1 hour(s), 35 minute(s) Distance: 1.609 kilometer(s) Comments: 10 species Canada Goose 12 Flyover Mourning Dove 17 Downy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 8 American Crow 10 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Red-winged Blackbird 1 In the feeder area, 1 male View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34782352 Feb 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:35 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Observed from the feeder window during the monitoring walk. Very warm conditions: 50 degrees. 7 species Mourning Dove 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 5 Black-capped Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 2 Red-winged Blackbird 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34783779 These reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
We’ll be out again on March 25 at 8:00 a.m. for our next Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk. Tell us you’ll be joining us!
Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
It’s a quiet week in – oh, wait. Right. We went walking! Also not-walking. Both activities let us record birds.
Thank you, Executive Director Erin Talmage, for leading this month’s walk. Happy New Year! Continue reading “Species List: December 2016 Bird Monitoring”