Insects of the Day

A stonefly in a glass jar is held toward the camera by a young white man

Which wonderful, weird, and wild insects are out during the day? Explore the museum grounds with James Grant, wildlife photographer.

Bring  magnifying glasses and an insect net if you have one. Do bring your water bottle and dress for outdoors.

Stay after the walk for lemonade in the tree house.

$5 suggested donation
Max: 10 people • waitlist available


Meet in the parking lot of the Museum.
Masks recommended when within 6′ of other people (required indoors)

If it is raining that day, please call the Museum (802 434-2167) to see if we have rescheduled.
(For evening insects, come to our Moth Walk on August 27).

Sharpie and Cooper’s

Guest post by Catherine Griset, Spring 2013 Intern

A small hawk hunts quietly from a perch. Watching for smaller birds, it waits until just the right moment to dive down and attack. As it flies back to its post you notice a charcoal gray back, orange barring below, and a long tail. (Or maybe a brown back, with streaking down the front.)

What kind of hawk is this?

From that description, we could be talking about either a Sharp- shinned Hawk or a Cooper’s Hawk. Regardless of age, both hawks have long, barred tails. Adults of these species are gray and orange, with red eyes; immature birds (1st year) are brown and white, with brown streaking on the chest, and yellow eyes.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (carved by Bob Spear and photographed by Erin Talmage)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (carved by Bob Spear and photographed by Erin Talmage)

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