Stories, art, song, + play: Discovery time for our own “Nestlings” Tuesday Oct 11. Share birds with a young person! https://www.facebook.com/events/306022036423190/
We were open last Saturday to celebrate and support the Great Backyard Bird Count. Naturally, we counted birds—and a few others—as well. We recorded our results at eBird, and below. Notice there are two days! If you have questions about the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, or citizen science, ask us!
Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US Feb 13, 2016 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Museum was open for the GBBC and visitors and Museum staff observed and recorded. 12 species Ruffed Grouse 1 May have been noticed later in day Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Blue Jay 13 Black-capped Chickadee 28 Tufted Titmouse 4 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Dark-eyed Junco 14 Northern Cardinal 2 Purple Finch 4 American Goldfinch 15 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27909893 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US Feb 14, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Museum staff recording during lunch break 5 species Hairy Woodpecker 2 Blue Jay 5 Black-capped Chickadee 6 Dark-eyed Junco 5 Northern Cardinal 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27909940 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
How did your counts go?
Drop by the Museum for the Great Backyard Bird Count! We’re open Saturday, February 13 • 10am – 3pm to share the Count with you!
- New to the count? We can tell you about it and help you participate.
- Need to warm up from your outdoor excursion with Audubon Vermont? Do so from the comfort of our viewing window chairs.
- Seen a great bird and want to let us know? Sounds good!
- Need help identifying a bird? From apps to field guides, we can help. You’ll need to know your fieldmarks, though! (And we can help with that, too)
- Want to have fun? You bet!
See you here!
More about the GBBC: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
The Birds of Vermont Museum’s treehouse debuted one year ago, much to the delight of the Museum community. Constructed by the students and instructors at the Center for Technology, Essex, the new structure, tucked into the trees above Sherman Hollow Brook, has already proven its immense value as an observation deck and a learning lab. Children attending our Nestling’s Nook story hour and Fledglings Junior Birder programs have enjoyed the treehouse’s outdoor adventure atmosphere as they explore the connections birds have with the environment. Girl Scout troops from the Green and White Mountains Council incorporated the treehouse into their nature walks while participating in three special programs at the Museum this past year. School groups following our guiding questions packet ponder sensory input such as sight, sound, smell, and touch to develop an understanding of the elements of natural systems in their midst. Interpretive drawings of living and non-living components in the bird-filled habitat surrounding the treehouse help young people make connections within food webs and nutrient use and recycling.
Many visitors to the treehouse linger over a picnic lunch as they take in the 360-degree view of life within the tree canopy. Bob and Gale enjoyed regular lunch dates there throughout last summer while connecting with the magic of the Birds of Vermont. Situated over the brook, the treehouse enables new and experienced birders to hear and glimpse birds which favor habitats featuring flowing water, such as the Louisiana Waterthrush. During the spring breeding season, Early Birders’ walks regularly finish at the treehouse for debriefing and bird chats.
It’s been a joy to see how accessible and enlightening the treehouse is for our visitors; we look forward to new experiences in the coming days and months. We hope you will join us there too!
Guest story by our friend and expert birder, AW.
While the four-year old (L) picked and munched on fresh beans from the garden, I noticed some birds in a dead tree. Red-eyed Vireo, a young Eastern Phoebe, and wait! Oh! A warbler? A Wilson’s? That would be cool, a first in my yard.
Me: Hey L, there’s a really cool bird in the tree; I think it’s a Wilson’s Warbler. I’m going to go set up my scope to get a good look if you want to come look at it.
L: Okay, I’ll come.
Me: This could be a Wilson’s Warbler! It would be great to see one because they just pass through Vermont when migrating. We don’t get a chance to see them often. Continue reading “Expert birder pwned by 4-year old”
SUNDAYS FOR FLEDGLINGS: KIDS + BIRDS = FUN
More or less alternate Sundays, May 18 – October 31 • 2 – 3pm
(Next ones are June 15 and 29)
Welcome to the 2014 “Sundays for Fledglings” series. Come discover birds with us, from feathers to flying, from art to zoology. Want to develop mad skillz in observation, research, and goofing around? Yes! Earn Your Junior Birder Badge! If you already have one, we will help you become an even better birder, biologist, or artist!
Programs runs more or less alternating Sundays May – October. Keep an eye on the calendar for Monthly Themes, schedule changes, and more!
Perfect for kids aged 5-9 (siblings welcome).
Free with admission; donations welcome • Pre-registration is helpful and please check the schedule
Join us for stories about birds and more. Intended for pre-schoolers but all ages are welcome. Stories are followed by a craft project, music or nature walk, depending on the topic and the weather. Got a favorite book about birds? Share it with us!
Free with admission; donations welcome • Pre-registration is not necessary
Summer storytime dates:
Tuesday, June 10 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, July 8 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, August 12 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Join friends of the Birds of Vermont Museum at Applebee’s of South Burlington on March 6, from 4pm – 9 pm. If you present our flyer to your server, Applebee’s will donate 15% of your check (excluding tip and taxes) to the Birds of Vermont Museum!
Dining to Donate is one way that Applebee’s gives back to their community, by working with non-profit organizations like the Birds of Vermont Museum. Applebee’s donates 15% of the price of a meal to the Museum as long as the diner presents this flyer and dines on a certain pre-selected day. Our day is March 6th!
By going out to eat that evening, between 4 and 9 pm, at Applebee’s in South Burlington, you will support the Museum’s Bridges to Birds project. All funds collected will help connect people to birds; in particular, the Museum will use these funds towards rebuilding our flood-damaged entranceway and completing an outdoor tree-centered, bird watching and educational space.
This is an informal way to gather as individual families, reconnecting friends, or as a larger group. We will also have a birthday card to sign, celebrating Bob Spear who has just turned 94.
Please feel free to copy the flyers and distribute them personally before March 6th; everyone who dines at Applebee’s and shows the flyer on March 6th will benefit the Museum.
See you there and thank you!
Dining to Donate flyer: bring this to Applebee’s March 6th
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Come on by to learn about and celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count!
Observe and record birds in our “backyard” and learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count. We’ll share our experience in this long-running citizen science project, help you identify birds, pick the right feeders for your home, and more. The Museum exhibits and trails will be open; warm drinks and snacks for sale as well.
Saturday, February 15, 10am – 3pm
Don’t need to register; we are open.
Regular admission (free for Museum members always and for Green Mountain Audubon members today)
October is for owls and arts, sales and stories, crafts and carvings
Please come to our Snowy Owl program and our awesome Fall Festival. That too exciting? Take a Big Sit break, and watch birds for an hour or 12. Relax while admiring art by 3rd and 5th graders on exhibit all month long. There’s also a Bluebird Brooch Felting Class and a Gift Shop Sale.