September Bird Monitoring Walk

Sparrow spp. © 2019 E. Talmage and used by permission

Birders—current, experienced, newbie and would-be—welcome! Attend our monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum’s trails in forest and meadow.

Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. Face masks required when we are within 6 feet of each other.

Do register in advance and get a confirmation from us. Email museum@birdsofvermont.org, or call (802) 434-2167.
Max: 5 people  • Three (3) spaces left

Free, suggested donation $5

If walk is full, but there’s enough interest, we will schedule more walks. Please call or email to let us know!

Photo: Unidentified sparrow on twig, with nearby grasses. Photo copyright Erin Talmage and used by permission.

August Bird Monitoring Walk [FULL]

Yellow Warbler ©copyright Bob Johnson and used by permission

Birders—current, experienced, newbie and would-be—welcome! Attend our monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum’s trails in forest and meadow.

Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. Face masks required when we are within 6 feet of each other.

Do register in advance and get a confirmation from us. Email museum@birdsofvermont.org, or call (802) 434-2167.
Max: 5 people WALK is FULL

If there’s enough interest, we may be able schedule more walks. Please call or email !

Free, suggested donation $5

Photo: Yellow warbler on twigs against a blue sky. Photo copyright Bob Johnson and used by permission.

 

The Carver’s Daughter: a reading

Front cover of Kari Jo Spear's book, _The_Carver's_Daughter_. Shows carved wooden Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Blackburnian warbler.

Kari Jo Spear, daughter of Bob Spear, has recently published a new book: The Carver’s Daughter: a memoir.

Kari Jo will read excerpts of her new book on Saturday afternoon, August 22, outdoors at the Museum.

In honor of Bob Spear’s 100th year ice cream will be served. (He would have turned 100 in February, and we have celebrated his half-birthday with many a summer ice cream social since the Museum opened in 1987).

Please register, so we supply the right amount of ice cream, chairs, and power for Kari Jo’s microphone, as well as being able to reach you in case of rain. Call (802) 434-2167, email museum@birdsofvermont.org.

Paperback books are available at the Museum and select local book stores. E-books will be available as well.

Saturday, August 22 • 2:00pm
Outdoors (please have your masks anyway, except for the ice cream bit)
Max: 25 

Suggested donation: $10

POSTPONED [New dated TBD] Amazing Odonates: Dragonflies and Damselflies!

Girl in white hate examinging insects in her net

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

Did you know that many of the larger dragonflies are several years old before they crawl up for air, break out of their “skins”, expand their wings and venture out on their first flight? Amazing!

This show-and-tell evening with Naturalist Laurie DiCesare will feature photos, samples, and hand-outs of “dragons and damsels”:

  • exploring their early life as underwater predators
  • revealing strange and remarkable habits, and
  • identifying their beautiful and diverse habitats

— all flavored with a bit of biology and dash of folklore!

Learn how to swing a cone net; carefully retrieve and hold the Odes for photo ops; then safely release them.

$8/per person, $25 for a family
Indoors / mask required / maximum 12

Register with Birds of Vermont Museum at museum@birdsofvermont.org, call 802-434-2167, or use our Eventbrite ticketing option to reserve your spot immediately:

Interested, but can’t come this day? Let us know!

July Bird Monitoring Walk [FULL]

Unidentified hawk overhead against a brilliantly blue sky. Photo copyright Erin Talmage and used by permission.

Birders—current, experienced, newbie and would-be—welcome! Attend our monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum’s trails in forest and meadow.

This month’s walk is FULL. If we have enough interest, we will schedule another. Please call or email to let us know! Email museum@birdsofvermont.org, or call (802) 434-2167

Free, donations welcome.

Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather.
(Walks start at 7:30 am April – August; 8am September – March)

Photo: Unidentified hawk overhead against a brilliantly blue sky. Photo copyright Erin Talmage and used by permission.

Artist Reception for “Borders-illusions that constrain us”

The earth's western hemisphere as seen from space, with the words "Borders: illusions that constrain us | Art, Photography, Poetry | Birds of Vermont Museum" overlaying the planet image
What borders do birds encounter? How do birds’ boundaries connect to human borders? To those of other species? Edges of things—physically, spatially, temporally— raise questions, not least of which is “Is it really there?”
 
Thirty-three artists, photographers, and poets created works to speak to these ideas, and the Museum is pleased to share them with you.
 
Indoors: 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. [ Note: due to the novel coronavirus, we may be limited to 12 at a time indoors, so please consider coming early ]
 
Outdoors: Meet some of our artists, enjoy cool drinks (non-alcoholic, please bring your own mug/cup), discuss art and conservation, and relax in our pollinator sanctuaries.
 
Included with Museum admission
Open Weds – Sun • 10 – 4
 
Artists, Photographers, Poets:
Alexandra Ottas
Alison Forrest
Alison D. Ollivierre
Betty (BJ) Wood Gray
Carol Kiewit Leinwhol
Carol MacDonald & Barbara K. Waters
Carol McDowell
Caroline Siegfried
Chris Selin
Dana Walrath
Deana Allgaier
Diana Dunn
Diana Osborn
Geoffrey Swanson
James Frase-White
Jane Ploughman
Juniper
Kateland Kelly
Katherine (Kate) Guttman
Kelly Bixby
Lily Hinrichsen
Linda & Kerry Hurd
Madara Tropa
Marcia Vogler
Maya F
Meili Stokes
Miriam Adams
Nancy Stone
Nicole Knowlton
Nikolas Kotovich
Prudence
Rebecca Rosenthal
Sharon Radtke
 
Artist Gathering for Borders: Illusions that Constrain Us
 
Art, Photography, Poetry
Special Exhibit • June — October
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont
 
Background image courtesy of NASA
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/581/earth-by-suomi-npp/
 
 
 

Annual Butterfly and Bug Walk

dragonfly on corner of a brick, observed at the Birds of Vermont Museum by Erin Talmage

Experience Vermont’s butterflies and insects up close!

Join Vermont Entomological Society naturalists and entomologists for an exploratory stroll on the Birds of Vermont Museum grounds. Bring binoculars, magnifying glass, and an insect net if you have one. Pack a lunch if you would like to picnic after the walk.

If it is raining on the day of the walk, please call the Museum (802 434-2167) to see if we have rescheduled.

Terrific for anyone interested in Vermont’s six-legged creatures.
Free! (Donations welcome)

Check out the Vermont Entomological Society site https://www.vermontinsects.org/ — gorgeous photos and information about the Society.

https://www.vermontinsects.org/events may have updates

Green Mountain Woodcarvers’ July Meeting and Carve-in

three women, wearing fabric masks and physically distancing, converse while carving birds from wood at the Birds of Vermont Museum's walk-in treehouse

The Museum is delighted to host the Green Mountain Wood Carvers (GMWC) May July Carve-In!

The GMWC is a group of carvers from Vermont with members from around New England. They meet monthly for “Carve-Ins” at different sites around the state. They also host an annual show and class in Morrisville in August.

At the Carve-In, members will be working on a variety of carving projects.

Carvers are always happy to explain how they carve and to share their expertise with others. Ask questions and become a GMWC member!

** Note, carvers will be meeting in the Treehouse and (weather permitting) on the lawns nearby.

More info at the Green Mountain Wood carvers Website: http://greenmountainwoodcarvers.org/carvein.html

Volunteers needed in 2020

Young man with rake tending the Museum's gardensOne of our favorite things to do is work with volunteers on special projects—regularly in the building and outside in the gardens, as well as special volunteer work parties before our “open season”. This year, unfortunately, the novel coronavirus  interrupted this! But now we are open, so…

We would love to have volunteers in and around the Museum! This is completely up to you and what you find comfortable. As always, we have lots of projects and need your help!

Indoors, volunteers greet visitors, tend the gift shop, organize materials, record data, and help us clean.

Outside, there are opportunities for trail maintenance, collecting natural history data, sanding and painting, and weeding. We have a few projects that can be done off-site. We could also use the help of a carpenter. It is pretty easy to maintain social distancing and get fresh air while you do these!

If you are interested in volunteering this year, please call us at 802-434-2167. We look forward to hearing from you!

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