May Bird Monitoring Walk

Birders in early spring, looking at trees that are not fully leafed out.

All birders (current, experienced, newbie and would-be!) welcome! Attend our monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum’s trails in forest and meadow. We share bird-friendly coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window.

Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. We go out the last Saturday of every month.

Free • Please pre-register by signing up at our EventBrite link, emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org, or calling (802) 434-2167

(Walks start at 7:30 am April – August; 8am September – March)

Photo:Early Birders at the Birds of Vermont Museum

[ CANCELLED due to COVID-19 ] April Bird Monitoring Walk

Photo: Fox Sparrow photographed by Erin Talmage, © 2019 and used by permission.

[CANCELLED due to COVD-19 ]
If you choose to walk our trails or go birding, please stay safe. We will not be offering a guided monitoring walk this month.


All birders (current, experienced, newbie and would-be!) welcome! Attend our monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum’s trails in forest and meadow. We share bird-friendly coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window.

Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. We go out the last Saturday of every month.

Free

(Walks start at 7:30 am April – August; 8am September – March)

Photo: Fox Sparrow photographed by Erin Talmage, ©copyright  2019 and used by permission.

Exploring our trails and COVID-19

Yes, our trails are open! But we ask you to take extra precautions for now:

  • Please visit only if you live locally (within about 10 miles); current spread-prevention guidelines recommend this. If you are from farther away, we hope to see you later this year.
  • Please take extra care: we have limited or no cell service, and trails can be rough or uneven. Please don’t climb anything.
  • Please stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from each other. Pass with care and extra room. Give each other even more room if it is windy or if you are breathing hard (we have some good slopes!).
  • Please only travel or hike with people you with whom you are already sharing isolation/quarantine/shelter-in-place.
  • Wash hands before and after your visit with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching structures and do not share binoculars or phones if possible.
  • If you are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms, please visit later when you are recovered.
  • Please, no pets. This is our policy for all of our trails, to protect ground-nesting and ground-foraging birds.
  • For additional information about staying safe while enjoying the outdoors, visit the State of Vermont’s website.
  • For further guidance about Vermont trail closures and COVID-19 safety in Vermont, review the VTGC / VTA Recreation and COVID-19 statement.

[CANCELED due to COVID-19] March Bird Monitoring Walk

Bohemian Waxwing in Museum's crab apple tree, by Erin Talmage. Copyright 2016 and used by permission.

All birders (current, experienced, newbie and would-be!) welcome! Attend our monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum’s trails in forest and meadow. We share bird-friendly coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window.

Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. We go out the last Saturday of every month.

Free • Please pre-register by signing up at our EventBrite link, emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org, or calling (802) 434-2167

(Walks start at 7:30 am April – August; 8am September – March)

Photo: Bohemian Waxwing in Museum’s crab apple tree, by Erin Talmage. Copyright 2016 and used by permission.

See it. Sketch it. Bird It.

nature journaling and sketching materials

Learn techniques for observing, describing, sketching, and identifying birds that will immediately help you become a better birder. We use life-like woodcarvings. No prior drawing ability required.

Limited to 12

Contact Library (878-4918) for registration information.

Carving shown is a Red-breasted Nuthatch, carved by Bob Spear.
Books pictured include Sibley’s Field Guide to Birds, Law’s Guide to Drawing Birds, and Johnson’s First Steps: Sketching and Drawing.

 

Museum Installs a Little Free Library

the Little Free Library at the Birds of Vermont Museum
The Little Free Library at the Birds of Vermont Museum is installs on the side of a shed right near the entrance path.

Built of an upcycled Wood Duck nesting box, the Birds of Vermont Museum’s Little Free Library (LFL) is now up and open to the public. It is easy to get to: on a shed wall near the entrance path to the Museum. In keeping with a nesting motif (that is, slightly hidden), and wishing to keep some of the weather off, volunteer Erny P., 85, attached our LFL under the shed’s eaves. Erny also did the remodeling of the box, adding a door and a shelf for smaller books. The clear window gives a sneak peek at what’s inside.

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See it. Sketch it. Bird It.

Person seated in camp chair own a lawn near blooing flowers, drawing or writing on large pad pof paper.

Enjoy an interactive program using bird carvings and other items to teach techniques for observing and identifying birds.

Especially recommended for those who want to become better birders or who are interested in art.

Register by contacting the Russell Memorial Library in Monkton: call (802) 453-4471 or email russellmemlibrary@gmail.com

the Big Sit!

several birders standing during a Big Sit event

The most relaxed birding around. And around and around …
How many birds can we identify from a 17-foot diameter circle?
Can we beat last year’s record? Join Team Loonatics and find out.

Free! Pledges and donations welcome. Snacks and coffee provided. Please bring your own binoculars.

Sign up to join us from Dawn to Dusk. Or just drop by.

For much more info, see http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about.php
or our report from last year ( https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/ bwdsite/ connect/ bigsit/ bigsit-2018/ stats.php?find_type=circle&find=BOVM )

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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