Check out birds between tastes of syrup

Sugaring Time?

In honor of Vermont’s annual Maple Open House Weekend and Audubon Vermont’s Maple Sugar on Snow Parties, the Birds of Vermont Museum will be open on March 25, 25 and the 31st (Saturday, Sunday, and Saturday).

Take a break between sampling one of Vermont’s best sweet treats and come learn about the birds that nest on maple trees and use the sugarbush to raise their young.

We will be open from 10 – 4 each day. Continue reading “Check out birds between tastes of syrup”

Hey Volunteers, C’mon Down!

We have some great opportunities coming up, but we need some help to take advantage of them. Could you volunteer for 2-4 hours on any of the following days and locations? All towns are in Vermont, and unless noted, we seek volunteers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (your choice of hours). You could be company for a staff member, hand out museum information, provide demonstrations, share flyers, and more—there will always be someone to make sure you are comfortable. Of course, if there is some other time and date good for you, by all means, let us know.

If you can help, please email us or call us (802) 434-2167.

Thank you!

Out and About:

Saturday 8/20 Morrisville Green Mountain Woodcarvers Annual Rendezvous
Help staff our booth
Saturday 8/20 Burlington Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Whistle Stop
Help staff a table
Saturday 9/17 Shelburne Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival
Help staff our booth
Saturday 9/24 and/or Sunday 9/25 Woodstock Woodworkers Festival
Help with carving demonstrations or staff the booth during them
Saturday 10/1 Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (Addison) Dead Creek Wildlife Day
Help with the booth, soap carving, birding tips

Here at the Museum:

Sunday 8/21
Sunday 9/4
Monday 9/5
Saturday 9/17
Saturday 9/24 (Museum Day)
Sunday 9/25
Saturday 10/1
Huntington (the Museum) Help out at the museum with visitors and/or projects
Saturday 10/8 Huntington (the Museum) Help with our Fall Festival and annual Used Book/Garage Sale. Play music, guide visits, play with kids, sell a book, find a white elephant…
Sunday 10/9 Huntington (the Museum) Seek birds during the Big Sit or help with visitors or projects
Thursday 10/27 (evening) Huntington (the Museum) Help visitors orient themselves before and after the Keeping Track program.

Go Wild, Go Birding! Free festival on May 21

Go Wild, Go Birding! International Migratory Bird Day Festival
Go Wild, Go Birding! International Migratory Bird Day Festival at the Birds of Vermont Museum

Join us at our annual Bird Day Festival, celebrating migratory birds. This is a free, community-wide event co-sponsored by Audubon Vermont and the Birds of Vermont Museum. Events start at 8 am, and go until 4 pm (trails close at sunset).

There will be a live bird show, bird walks, live music Continue reading “Go Wild, Go Birding! Free festival on May 21”

Interns and Volunteers Welcome — and needed!

The Birds of Vermont Museum bustles with activity all year long but the pace really picks up during our regular season from May through October. We can always use extra hands around here! We welcome and appreciate your skills, interests, ideas, and elbow grease, and have a number of ways you can help.

Leading Nature Walks
Leading Nature Walks

As an intern you might find yourself helping regularly with general museum operations, such as introducing the Museum to visitors and working in the gift shop. In addition, Museum interns work closely with staff members on filling and maintaining the feeders, documenting or cataloging Museum property, assisting with memberships or publicity, write press releases or blog entries, assist with school groups or childrens’ programs, creating supplemental exhibits, or providing outdoor trail or garden work. Interns also develop and pursue a special project according to their interests, one which will enhance the Museum experience for our visitors. Internships may also earn academic credit, depending on the needs and programs at your school, college, or university.

Maintaining Museum Resources
Maintaining Museum Resources

As a volunteer you might serve as a docent for the Museum’s visitors, including introducing the video and handling admissions and gift shop purchases, help with outdoor trail maintenance and signage or painting chores, research and update species’ information cards, help with mailings, write articles for our Chip Notes newsletter, monitor and post bird population stats, participate in bird and nature events, donate native plants for our interpretive (and growing!) garden spaces, help post publicity flyers for upcoming events, and more!!

Please take a look at our website for more information. Interns are asked to complete an application process. Volunteers can contact us right away to set up a work assignment.

You do not have to be a member to intern or volunteer! You don’t have to know about birds or woodcarving either, but we hope you’ll want to learn a bit about both.

Call (802) 434-2167 or e-mail (interns should review the internship information page on our website first). Thanks!

Dick Allen, Contributing Carver

Dick Allen at work
Dick Allen at work on a new carving for the Museum

Dick Allen has always been fascinated by birds and started carving about 25 years ago. He is self-taught through books and carving magazines, with “lots of trial and error”. His carvings have been given to friends and family; some have been donated to charity. Many are on display in his home.

Dick considers himself an advanced amateur, and greatly admires Bob Spears’ work. “Bob is a master carver,” Dick says. About his own carvings, he adds, “I’m still waiting for one I consider ‘really good.’ ”

About Dick

In addition to carving for the Museum’s exhibits, Dick serves on the Board of Trustees, and volunteers for the Museum. His work is much appreciated.

To see more photos of Dick’s work, check out his page on our website:

Brush-wielders, Picture-unhangers, and more: Thanks!

Painting in the Light
Bill M paints the balcony facing

A great big shout-out thank you to the volunteers and staff that made our March 5th Painting Party busy, cheerful, and incredibly successful.

We had more than the usual number of volunteers (some even came a day or more early to help prep) , and much more was accomplished.  The museum is cleaner and fresher.  We went through three and a half gallons of paint, and wow, can we tell! We’ve also taken the opportunity to refresh both what’s on our walls and where we’ve put it, so be sure to come by and admire the results.

All told, we logged over 50 hours of volunteer time. THANK YOU!

Painting Party at the museum

A volunteer preps for painting, Spring 2010.
A volunteer preps for painting, Spring 2010. This year should be somewhat lower down!

Join our Painting Party on March 5th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help us paint part of the museum. Lunch will be provided.

Please let us know you’re coming so we can feed you! Call us at 802 434-2167 or email us at museum@ birdsofvermont. org. You can find driving directions to the museum on our website, at http:// map.php

Appropriate for teen and adult volunteers–we thank you!

Come to the Fall Festival, Saturday October 9

Come to our Fall Festival Saturday, October 9, 2010Enjoy our Fall Festival with Woodcarvers — Live birds — Used Books/Garage Sale — Nature Journal Workshop — Insect Info — Birds!

Woodcarvers will be demonstrating their art in the workshop.
Carol Winfield returns with live birds at 11:00.
Find something wonderful at our Used Books/Garage Sale.
Heather Fitzgerald offers a Nature Journal Workshop.
Rhonda Mace from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will answer questions about Invasive Insects.
Kids activities and games, nature walks.

Celebrate a great year!
Fun for Everyone!

The Peeps of the Museum: First (Annual?) Community Art Show

First (Annual?) Community Art Show: the Peeps of the MuseumThe First (and possibly Annual) Community Art Show is open! Members, Volunteers, Interns and Staff display their artworks at the museum. Drop by and admire our local talent.

The show is open with the Museum: Daily 10 am – 4 pm until October 31st.

If you are a member or volunteer and would like to display a piece, please give us a ring (802 434-2167) or an email ( We still have some space.