In the winter we put insulation on all the Museum windows (to conserve heat). Ingrid cut a small hole in the insulation so we can see what is outside the window before we go out to feed birds. Almost every day there is a flock of Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) enjoying the scattered corn. On January 3rd we counted 19!
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.
The Birds of Vermont Museum is open this Holiday weekend, November 28-29th. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. New visitors and returning members are very welcome!
Our gift shop is open too, and everything is on sale. Members will receive 20% off all purchases; non-members receive 10% off. This is also a great time of year to give Family Memberships — perhaps to your neighbors, parents, siblings, or children.
When you come, take a moment to view our newest completed carving, the cattle egret. We’ll post more about this later.
I’ve been doing an overhaul of the Birds of Vermont Museum’s main website. There are few tweaks to the design; primarily we’ve been doing some cleaning of the code and adding more content. Drop in, enjoy, and feel free to send us feedback.
I heard the blue jays squawking while I was working at the Museum’s website today. I got up and went over to the viewing window, just in time to see a sharp-shinned hawk swoop by! I saw it again later.