Birds, Seed Dispersal, and Ecological Restoration in the Tropics

A composite of three Brazilian birds. Photograph by

A presentation by Natalia Paes:

Economic Value of Avian Seed Dispersal in Critically Threatened Environments

Join Natalia this evening to hear more about the seed dispersal service provided by birds in the tropical forest and how birds can guide the ecological process and even economic investments in ecological restoration of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

A composite of three Brazilian birds. Photographs by Arthur Macarrão and used by permission.

Photographs by Arthur Macarrão and used by permission.

Please register in advance:



Max: 12 people • Please wear a mask inside the museum

A Brazilian woman with long brown hair smiles at the camera. She can be seen from chest up and is wearing a dark jacket and binoculars over a turquoise shirt.
Natalia Paes

Natalia Paes is passionate about birds and has been studying them for 11 years in the São Paulo region of Brazil. Currently, she is a Ph.D student at the University of Campinas in Brazil and an International student at University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment. She has focused her studies on the economic and ecological aspects of seed dispersal provided by birds in areas under restoration process in one of the most threatened biomes in the world, the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Her professional experience includes the development of public policies for bird conservation.

June One-Day Carving Class with Dave Tuttle (alternate session)

a shorebird woodcarving

Carve and paint in wood during this one-day carving class! Wood blank and paint provided.

David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers leads the workshop.

What are you carving? A shorebird! Can you identify it?

All levels welcome. Great for adults and teens. Younger kids need parental permission. Great skill-building for Scouts and 4-H.

Bring mask, tools, gloves, and lunch. (Contact us if you will need tools or gloves; Dave often brings some to sell.)

Must register and pay in advance: $35 for Museum and GMWC members • $45 for everyone else. Use Eventbrite to pay for your place or click the button below; Museum and GMWC members may receive their member discount as a refund at the door.

Class size limited to 10.



Class will be held outside if weather permits.

Class size limited. Masks required when indoors or within 6′ of each other (if outdoors). UPDATE! Because Vermont has been so diligent about getting vaccinated, we increased class size to 10.

We offer an alternate class date on June 19th : https://birdsofvermont.org/event/june-2021-carving-class-dave-tuttle/

Contact us if you would like to hear of additional upcoming classes.

June One-Day Carving Class with Dave Tuttle

Senior man, standing, in blue shirt on right demonstrates woodcarving while adult woman, seated, looks on from left.

Carve and paint in wood during this one-day carving class! Wood blank and paint provided.

David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers leads the workshop.

What are you carving? A shorebird!

All levels welcome. Great for adults and teens. Younger kids need parental permission. Great skill-building for Scouts and 4-H.

Bring mask, tools, gloves, and lunch. (Contact us if you will need tools or gloves; Dave often brings some to sell.)

Must register and pay in advance: $35 for Museum and GMWC members • $45 for everyone else. Use Eventbrite to pay for your place or click the button below; Museum and GMWC members may receive their member discount as a refund at the door.

Class size limited to 10.


Class will be held outside if weather permits.

Class size limited. Masks required when indoors or within 6′ of each other (if outdoors). UPDATE! Because Vermont has been so diligent about getting vaccinated, we increased class size to 10.

We offer an alternate class date on June 26th : https://birdsofvermont.org/event/june-one-day-carving-class-with-dave-tuttle-alternate-session/

Contact us if you would like to hear of additional upcoming classes.

a shorebird woodcarving

Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding | 2021 community art show

Watercolor painting (excerpt): shows a white woman in a yellow shirt looking upward through binoculars. The point-of-view is from above, so only her head and arms are clear.

Our 2021 art show, Expanding Voices, explores and reflects the past year. Visual arts, poetry, 3D, and prose pieces capture the variety of solitudes, connections, race issues, changes and changelessness, new skills, and understandings we  experienced in 2020.

Forty artists, photographers, writers,  and poets had their work selected for this year’s show. They range from under 10 to over 80 and speak from their varied experiences of birding, the pandemic, faith, and social issues.

Visitors are invited to explore the visual and written art at their own pace, to be inspired, to ask questions, and to browse through the book of artists’ statements.

Show runs through October • Included with Museum admission

Many of the originals are for sale, and several artists have prints, cards, and other items available in our gift shop.

About the theme “Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding”

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Let’s Explore Outside: Ponds! (June)

Green Frog half submerged in pond water

What is in the water, near the water, and above the water? Let’s explore the museum’s small Vermont pond together. Erin will bring nets, observation containers, and hand lenses.

Please dress for weather. Face masks required when we are within 6 feet of each other. Tick repellent recommended.

Meet at the front of the Museum.

Max: 5 people • Waitlist available if the program fills
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-explore-outside-ponds-tickets-150819415933 or click / tap the button:


(We’re also offering this program May 20th)

Free, suggested donation $5-$10

If you are a family group with more than 5 members, please contact us by email (museum@birdsofvermont.org) or calling (802 434-2167).

#ponds #amphibians

Led by Erin Talmage, Executive Director and Wildlife Biologist.
Green Frog photo courtesy Erin Talmage.

Let’s Explore Outside: Ponds!

Pond reflecting a blue summer sky with trees in full summer foliage in the background.

What is in the water, near the water, and above the water? Let’s explore the museum’s small Vermont pond together. Erin will bring nets, observation containers, and hand lenses.

Please dress for weather. Face masks required when we are within 6 feet of each other. Tick repellent recommended.

Meet at the front of the Museum.

Max: 5 people • Waitlist available if the program fills

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-explore-outside-ponds-tickets-150820771989 or click / tap the button:





(We’re also offering this program May 12th)

Free, suggested donation $5-$10

If you are a family group with more than 5 members, please contact us by email (museum@birdsofvermont.org) or calling (802 434-2167).

#ponds #amphibians

Led by Erin Talmage, Executive Director and Wildlife Biologist.
Green Frog photo courtesy Erin Talmage.

Through the Window: March 2021

White-breasted nuthatch in profile, upside-down but head lifted, on a half-empty suet cage.
White-breasted nuthatch on suet, March 2011, Birds of Vermont Museum. Photo taken through window.

We had rather a good number of visitors (by appointment) as we worked away on the behind-the-scenes things we do (preparing for opening in spring, if all goes well). One of our month’s highlights wasn’t birds at all, but lady beetles! You can read more about them here: https://birdsofvermont.org/2021/03/12/lady-beetles-in-vermont-j-pupko/

But back to birds… quite the exciting mix!

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