Through the Window: May 2019

[Great Crested Flycatcher on office window netting. May 2019]
Great Crested Flycatcher on office window netting, May 2019
We started off our opening month with fantastic birds and birders and bird walks.! Even some surprising observations, like this one:

It seems to be nesting nearby, as it has returned to the window several times—for nesting material? Territory? Foraging? We don’t know yet…

As for other May birds, seen by more people through the bigger window: read on!

 

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Through the Window: April 2019

Blue-headed Vireos carved by Bob Spear in the mid 1990s.
Blue-headed Vireos woodcarving, by Bob Spear. Not seen from the viewing window, but can sometimes be heard or even seen on our Early Birders Morning Walks (Sundays in May and June).

April sometimes make me think of the distant rumble of a storm, long before it gets here. Instead of a rumble though, it’s the first waves of migratory birds coming north, reminding us spring is about to crash over us.

Yes, yes, some places have spring earlier, say March, or even February (such a thought) . Or September, if that’s your hemisphere!

But that sense of impended gloriousness? That perhaps happens for you too. I hope it does!

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Through the Window: March 2019

Red-winged Blackbird, Carved by Bob Spear
Red-winged Blackbird, carved by Bob Spear

April is upon us! You know what that means: hiccuping weather. Winter today, spring tomorrow, and a whole lotta mud, especially on the roads. Drive with care, especially if you’re birding at the same time. (We recommend pulling over. I mean, really.)

What? It also means returning species? You better believe it. What’s your favorite harbinger of spring?

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Through the Window: February 2019

Common Redpoll. Photo by E. Talmage and used by permission.
Common Redpoll. Photo by E. Talmage and used by permission.

So this is the second time we’re posting this month’s entry, because Things Happened (not caused by us) at our host and our site had to be reset to a backup version. Anything we added or edited after that date went “poof”! Eeek.

However, we now have even more frequent backups (lesson learned!)… but I can’t remember much about February! Of course, we did keep the bird list record, so there’s that. Also, if you run a website using anything like wordpress or joomla or squarespace or such, please keep your plugins and site software up-to-date. It’s good for all of us. Go get your updates and backups scheduled and running… then get outside and check out the birds! You deserve it.

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New “It’s a Bird’s Life” talks starting soon

White-breasted Nuthatch on suet
White-breasted Nuthatch

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!

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Call to Artists: Pollinate This!

Pollinate This!

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!

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Your Common Ground: 2018 Annual Appeal

Amy Alfieri's -A Hat Is No Home- block print. Copyright © 2018 and used by permission

For the last six years, the Birds of Vermont Museum has engaged with local artists to present an annual bird-centered community art exhibit. The works are mindfully created; the artists’ visions and voices tell their stories through a variety of expressive media. The 2018 show Common Grounds focused on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918, now in its 100th year. Despite challenges, the MBTA has brought hope, promise, and conservation success to global citizenry, naturalists, and conservationists, and birds. The show became a small-scale reflection of a global purpose.

Great things require creative community backing: physically, financially, and collaboratively. We work together to imagine, investigate, communicate, and protect birds. Artists, educators, legislators, and conservationists unite in their concern and support for the welfare of migratory birds and all wildlife everywhere.

This collaborative effort created and now maintains the Birds of Vermont Museum, an institution with presence in the scientific, cultural arts, and educational communities. Many people, including you, have never wavered in their belief in the Birds of Vermont Museum and our mission. The Museum relies on this generosity for special programs, day-to-day operations, educational activities, and the care and keeping of Museum lands. We hope you will continue to support us by making a year-end donation today.

As an extra thank you, all donors who give at least $200, received by December 31, 2018, will receive a selection of note cards created by artists who contributed to the Common Grounds show.