September Bird Monitoring Walk

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

Join our monthly monitoring walk to record birds on the Museum property. Learn something new, share what you know, or both!

All birders (current, experienced, newbie and would-be!) welcome! Most fun for adults, older children.

Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. We recommend bringing tick repellent and a water bottle.

Max: 10 people • waitlist available
Free, suggested donation $5 – $10
Click or tap to register.



Outdoors

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

Meander for Mushrooms with Meg Madden, Myco-influencer

Orange-topped mushroom with light orange "cloud-like" bulges on the dome-shaped cap.

Ever wondered about the mysterious mushrooms that share the forest with us?

Meg Madden leads an exploration on the Museum’s trails: to seek, to find, and to understand the fungi that live in and on our corner of the wood-wide web.

Note: this is NOT a foraging program.

Limit: 12 • please register in advance
Registration link coming soon.

Cost: $15

Pair of inky cap mushrooms: a whitish mushroom with a shaggy high-domed cap. Photo by Erin Talmage and used with permission. Photographed in fall in Vermont.

About Meg Madden

Mama, photographer, author, myco-influencer & educator.
www.instagram.com/megmaddendesign/
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August Bird Monitoring Walk

Yellow Warbler ©copyright Bob Johnson and used by permission

*** NOTE: the August Monitoring Walk has been moved to September 3rd (the first Saturday in September). We apologize for any inconvenience. ***

Join our monthly monitoring walk to record birds on the Museum property. Learn something new, share what you know, or both!

All birders (current, experienced, newbie and would-be!) welcome! Most fun for adults, older children.

Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. We recommend bringing tick repellent and a water bottle.

Max: 10 people • waitlist available
Click or tap to register:

Outdoors

Photo: Photo of Yellow Warbler ©copyright Bob Johnson and used by permission.

Insect Walk with Spencer Hardy

Kick off our Community Day Celebration with biologist Spencer Hardy, Project Coordinator of the Vermont Bee Atlas.

Come explore this summer morning and discover what birds and insects share our landscape.

Outdoors—it’s where the bugs and butterflies are!

This is a slow-paced walk; museum trails are open until sunset for those wanting to wander further.

Max: 10 people
Free (as part of our Community Day; donations always welcome)
PLEASE pre-register.


Click/tap the button above or call 802-434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org.

More about Spencer: https://vtecostudies.org/about-us/staff/spencer-hardy/

July Bird Monitoring Walk

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.

Please bring your own binoculars, dress for weather. We recommend bringing tick repellent and a water bottle. We do wear masks when inside the museum.

Please click or tap the button to register in advance.


Max: 10 people • waitlist available

Free, suggested donation $5 – $10

If the walk fills, but there’s enough interest, we may be able to schedule more walks. Please email museum@birdsofvermont.org, or call (802) 434-2167 to discuss this.

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

Nestlings Find Nature

A young child in an orange shirt reaches out to touch the foot of a raptor

Explore nature with Allison! What is a bird? How do feathers work? What else is flying in our gardens? What do flowers look like up close?

These and other questions lead our exploration of nature around the Museum. Each week is different!

Designed for kids ages 4 – 8, siblings welcome.

Please sign up in advance with a click or tap:

Or call 802 434-2167.

Nestlings Find Nature

a young child looks through a stereoscope.

Explore nature with Allison! What is a bird? How do feathers work? What else is flying in our gardens? What do flowers look like up close? How about an egg?

These and other questions lead our exploration of nature around the Museum. Each week is different!

Designed for kids ages 4 – 8, siblings welcome.

Please sign up in advance with a click or tap:

Or call 802 434-2167 to register.

Artist Reception for “Fine Feathers: at play with structure and function”

Monoprint art: A black feather, vertical on a yellow-gold background, with a red-shading-to-charcoal spiral of other feathers overlaying it. "Feather Spiral" © 1997 by Carol MacDonald and shown by permission.

What happens when you mix art, playfulness, and insights from birds? Creativity influenced by feather color and pattern, frills and function! From bower birds to city pigeons, feathers come in thousands of sizes and colors, fantastic shapes, in different seasons, and for many reasons. Artists, photographers and poets illustrate, incorporate, and delight in the many kinds, colors, and shapes of feathers.

Explore the art and meet some of our artists, poets, writers, and photographers. You are welcome to come early to the Museum and stay for the reception; come at the time of the reception; or just drop in part way through!

Included with Museum admission, donations welcome. Please register. If we know how many people are coming , we can have enough refreshments, chairs, and so on.


Although the art is indoors, the reception will be generally outdoors, weather permitting.

Read more about the show at https://birdsofvermont.org/2021/12/02/call-to-artists-fine-feathers/

Image: “Feather Spiral”: monoprint © 1997 by Carol MacDonald

Nestlings Find Nature

Canada Darner (Aeshna canadensis) on child's hand

Explore nature with Allison! What is a bird? How do feathers work? What else is flying in our gardens? What do flowers look like up close?

These and other questions lead our exploration of nature around the Museum. Each week is different!

Designed for kids ages 4 – 8, siblings welcome.

Please sign up in advance: tap or click :


or call 802 434-2167.

Annual Butterfly and Bug Walk

Young Entomologist

Experience Vermont’s butterflies and other insects up close!

Join Vermont Entomological Society naturalists and entomologists for an exploratory stroll on the Birds of Vermont Museum grounds.

Bring binoculars, magnifying glasses, and an insect net if you have one. Pack a lunch if you would like to picnic after the walk. Do bring your water bottle and dress for outdoors.

Registration link coming soon.

Max: 15 people • waitlist available
Masks required when indoors.
(We will update this listing with any changed COVID-19 precautions  as we get closer to the date.)

If it is raining on the day of the walk, please call the Museum (802 434-2167) to see if we have rescheduled; probable rain date Sunday, July 10).

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.