Ask a Naturalist: Amphibians

Red eft (tiny orange salamander) climbing over a single brown pine needle on a forest floor.

Local naturalists answer your questions about amphibians in Vermont! 

The March 2022 session of Ask-a-Naturalist, from Audubon Vermont, Birds of Vermont Museum, and Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas brings naturalists from our organizations to talk directly to you about what is happening outside.

This episode we are excited to share all sort of observations and questions and even answers about some of our favorite animals: salamanders, frogs, and toads.

This is an online free event. Please register with Audubon Vermont (802 434-3068) or the Museum (802 434-2167) to get the info you need to sign in.

Bring us your questions and curiosity!

We love hosting free programs, and are able to do so because of generous donors. If you can, please donate to one our organizations:
Birds of Vermont Museum
Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
Audubon Vermont

Thank you, and see you soon!

p.s. this event was originally scheduled for March 10th but has been moved to March 16th.

Cedar Waxwing: One-Day Carving Class with Dave Tuttle

What you need to get started carving: woodcarving tools (gauges and knife shown), protective glove, template or wood blank (bird-shaped blank pictured). And a water bottle, because it's important to stay hydrated.

Carve and paint a delightful cedar waxwing during this one-day carving class! Wood blank and paint provided. 

David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers leads the workshop.

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. Museum and GMWC members may receive their member discount as a refund at the door.

Class size limited to 10. If class fills, please join the waitlist. If enough people are on the waitlist, we can try to arrange additional sessions.

Woodcarving of cedar waxing in profile (facing to the left)
Woodcarving of cedar waxing by David Tuttle

Masks required when indoors.

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

Ask a Naturalist: Bird Feeding and Birds in Winter

Seven Eastern Bluebirds at a water dish. Photo copyright © Dana Ono and used with permission.

Local naturalists answer your questions about birding in winter! 

The next  in the series from Audubon Vermont, Birds of Vermont Museum, and Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas ! Ask A Naturalist brings naturalists from our organizations to talk directly to you about what is happening outside.

This is an online free event; please register with Audubon Vermont at [ Link Coming Soon ].

While we can talk generally amongst ourselves about what is exciting outside during our long winters, this program will work best if you bring a question or two (tuning in to listen is also ok)! Questions on migration, hibernation, winter, wildlife, etc are all welcome topics.

We love hosting free programs, and are able to do so thanks to generous donors like you! Please consider a donation to one of our organizations:

Photo credit: Bluebirds at backyard water dish. Copyright © Dana Ono and used with permission.

Solstice Tomten: One-Day Carving Class with Dave Tuttle

Solstice Tomtens, wood carvings by Dave Tuttle.

Carve and paint an adorable (or mischievous) wooden tomten during this one-day carving class! Wood blank and paint provided.

David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers leads the workshop.

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 this link to 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, otherwise indoors with windows open.

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.

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

Pop Up Soap Carving

Child (hands and part of torso) carving a white bar soap using a craft-stick tool.

Drop-in sessions! Stop by and try your hand at soap carving.

Tools and materials provided.

Suitable for any age. This event will be outdoors (probably in the treehouse).

First come first served; usually about 5 people at a time can carve.

 Included with Museum admission; donations welcome.

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

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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