Ice Cream Social Thank You for Members and Volunteers

Child in glasses grins at camera with eyes shut while holding a paper cup with ice cream.

Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social as a thank you to all the volunteers and members who have helped us get through the last year and a half.

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  • ice cream!
  • poetry!
  • friends!

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Memberships are tax deductible within the limits of the law. The Birds of Vermont is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

If you aren’t sure about your membership status, please call or email Kir at the museum and she’ll find out for you. (802) 434-2167 /

Thanking Donors for Contributing to Bridges to Birds

A Hand-carved Comfort Bird

How shall we thank you? Let us count the ways! Each donor to our Bridges to Birds campaign may choose to receive a corresponding thank you gift from the Birds of Vermont Museum. Donations are cumulative; please call the Museum (802 434-2167) if you have questions about your donation history.

Chickadees receive a bumper sticker and two (2) passes to the Museum.

$50 — BLUE JAY
Blue Jays receive a set of 10 note cards of carvings and 2 passes to Museum.

Cardinals receive a hand-carved Comfort Bird (from trees downed by the flood) and 2 passes to Museum.

Nuthatches will have their names (or the names of those they wish to remember) included on a plaque mounted on or near our new bridge, plus a complete set of the previous gifts.

A thank-you dinner in the Treehouse

The first twenty (20) Scarlet Tanagers will receive a framed print of Vermont artist Libby Davidson’s plein-air ‘Painting #5’, showing Sherman Hollow Brook, plus all the Nuthatch-level gifts.

The first five(5) Hermit Thrushes will receive Dinner for Two in the Treehouse, plus the Nuthatch-level gifts.

$5,000 — PEREGRINE
Peregrines receive a one-of-a-kind Vermont or bird-themed handcrafted wall-hanging by quilt artist Carol McDowell, plus the Nuthatch-level gifts.

$20,000 — SNOWY OWL
The Snowy Owl donor will have the opportunity to accompany Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute for several days in one of two research locations. The Donor can choose to visit Alaska to see snowy owls, or Montana to see numerous other species of owls. Airfare, room and board are included if travel arrangements are made with the Museum. The Donor will also be recognized on our memorial plaque.

Let us thank you!

Bridges to Birds: where we’ve been

How it All Began in July 2013: Flash flooding at the Museum
Plus photos.
Last Year’s Update: Bridges to Birds: Connecting to People
And the Treehouse phase: A New Point of View (from our Treehouse)
A booklet about it: Bridges to Birds (1Mb PDF)
All four phases, outlined: A Four-fold Project
And the collected posts (tagged “Bridges to Birds”)

Donate to help! We happily accept donations online through JustGive, NetworkForGood, and PayPal. You can also call (802) 434-2167 with your credit card info, or send a check in any amount at any time to

Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, Vermont 05462



To all who shared our celebration of Bob Spear

We’d like to thank all those who came to our celebration of the life of Bob Spear on Saturday, October 24.

Some 200 or so friends, family, neighbors, and visitors stopped by the Birds of Vermont Museum to share conversation, memories, cards, carvings, and more.

Ben and Jerry’s kindly donated ice cream, including Cherry Garcia, Bob’s favorite flavor.

Lavigne Funeral Home provided efficient and gracious service, especially with our limited parking.

Audubon Vermont generously allowed us to use their parking lot.

Beaudry’s Store prepared platters of tasty snacks for the early, family service, so much so that we had to rely on later visitors to help enjoy them.

The US Navy sent two representatives to honor Bob’s wartime service; an honorary United States flag was ceremonially folded and presented to Bob’s partner, Gale Lawrence, and Bob’s daughter, Kari Jo Spear.  They kindly placed it within our permanent exhibit about Bob, his life, and his work.

And, last but never least, no event happens at the Museum without our beloved volunteers, who helped ensure all went smoothly.

Thank you all. May your lives also be full of birds, craft, conservation, and community.

List in morning mist over the Museum, October 25, 2014 (photo by Erin Talmage)
Light in morning mist over the Museum, October 25, 2014 (photo by Erin Talmage)