Call to Artists: Birding By the Numbers

Posted December 8, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Museum Events, Special Exhibits, Woodcarvers and Artists

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Birding by the Numbers

A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum in celebration of our 30th Anniversary

We at the Museum like to say we are “where natural history meets art.” But flip through the files of time while birding in the last 30 years… what would ornithology be without math? What new facts and figures about feathered phenomena do you most appreciate? Join us as we play with birds and numbers!

We seek bird-focused art that incorporates a feeling for number with artistic expression. We are open to any media. Let your art—from imaginary to irrational, with birds silly and significant—populate our creative space!

Here is a tiny fraction of funky factoids to tickle your fancy and perhaps illustrate what we mean:

  • There are over 25,000 feathers on a Tundra Swan, some 80% of them on its head and neck alone. (from “Waterfowl Feathers” at Ducks Unlimited)
  • It takes four and twenty blackbirds to make a pie suitable for a king. (Mother Goose, with more info at Wikipedia)
  • Barred Owls are home-bodies. Of 158 banded Barred Owls, none had moved more than 6 miles. (from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • Bob Spear spent 1,230 hours carving and painting the Wild Turkey: that’s almost 31 weeks of a full-time job (assuming no coffee breaks) (and Bob didn’t drink coffee).

The show runs from May 1 to October 31 in the Museum’s multi-purpose room, halls, and foyer. Most art will be hung on the walls. We have shelf space for three-dimensional works and some ceiling space if your work is suitable there. Feel free to visit and scope out the options! In choosing works for a show, we strive to integrate variety into a harmonious whole.

Both new and returning artists are invited to submit up to 3 works, by sending no more than three (3) .jpgs showing your work to museum@birdsofvermont.org. Please put “Submission for Birding by the Numbers” in the email subject. If you do not have email, you may send up to three prints to the Museum, attention Birding by the Numbers. Please include your contact information and a description of work (media, artwork size, when made, etc.).

Entries are due by Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Museum staff will select pieces by March 29 and will let artists know by email if possible. The Museum asks for permission to reproduce images of the selected works in print and online as part of publicity for the exhibit; if you prefer partial or cropped images for this, or have preferred images, please tell us or supply them.

Selected pieces should arrive at the Museum during the first weeks of April and be ready to hang (if applicable). Artists are responsible for shipping, or drop-off/pick-up. Pick-up should occur by November 30, 2017.

Artists who show their work here are invited to sell originals, prints, and/or cards through us on consignment. Details are available on request.

We are always thrilled to arrange artist workshops at the Museum with our exhibitors. Please tell us if you are interested in this.

Please call or email Kir Talmage or Allison Gergely with any questions. We can be reached at 802 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

Through the Window: November 2016

Posted December 2, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Birding, Bird Feeding, Viewing Window

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The birds fall into late-autumn routines; the skies get cloudy and light in the early mornings drifts in mist and dreams. OK, and one of the museum bloggers gets either poetic or purple-proseish. Better switch up to our November bird notes, eh?

  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • White-throated Sparrow (juvenile and adults, various days)
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Wild Turkey

Interestingly, all these birds were seen last month, too. Plenty of squirrels again: Red and Gray Squirrels. No notes about Chipmunks or Woodchucks.

Even this list suggests we’re in our by-appointment season: instead of wandering by the Viewing window often, we sneak peeks of from the offices more, where we are busy with programs planning, repair and maintenance, and gearing up for our annual appeals (you can donate too!), For more precise records, you can also see eBird data for recent years at the Museum.

Even though we ask that you call or emai lto set up a visit (from now through April 30), we have some exceptions for open days, special events, offsite activites. Click over to our events page.  If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter , tumblr, and/or Instagram too, you’ll find more comments, links, and observations. See you there and here.

The “Through the Window” series is an informal record of observations made by staff, volunteers, and visitors. Anyone at the Museum may add to this list. Observations are usually through our viewing window: a large window with a film covering that helps hide watchers from the birds. We have chairs and binoculars to try, a white board, and many identification guides. Outdoors, several feeders are attached on a single, bear-resistant pole. A small pond, flowers and water plants, shrubs and trees add cover and (seasonally) other food choices . You can sometimes see what we see via our webcam.

Feeder Cam update

Posted November 10, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Observed at the Museum, Viewing Window

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Briefly, today, I thought that thanks to some finagling, we had gotten the feed of images from our feeder cam back online!

Only… then we found out that no, this isn’t working quite right. So…back to talking to the ISP and tech service there!

http://birdsofvermont.org/camera

Through the Window: October 2016

Posted November 4, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Bird Feeding, Birding, Viewing Window

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“And the leaves /come tumbling down” — well, ok, a misquote, but nice for this time of year. We have turned our autumn corner, from “open daily” to “open by appointment” — although our bird feeding continues daily also!

In October, we noticed these birds, fluttering, swooping, perching, or interacting with each other. Bold are those not recorded last month.

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-throated Sparrow (juveniles and adults)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Wild Turkey (~12 on October 6)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Purple Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-tailed Hawk (over the Museum, seen from the front entrance path)
  • Fox Sparrow (October 23)
  • American Goldfinch (October 25)
  • Evening Grosbeak (8 on October 25, 2 on October 27)
  • Common Grackle (2 on October 26)
  • American Robin (in crabapple tree October 26)

For more precise records, you might also like to look at eBird data for recent years at the Museum.

Plenty of squirrels as usual!  Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks.

Everyone who visits is welcome to check their identification then add their sightings to our whiteboard list. We are open by appointment; please call to schedule your visit. In addition,  consider joining us for a carving class, a bird walk, the “Black BIRDday” Gift Shop sale, offsite programs at libraries and senior centers, and more. Event details are on our website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too, for more comments, links, and observations!

The “Through the Window” series is an informal record of observations made by staff, volunteers, and visitors. Anyone at the Museum may add to this list. Observations are usually through our viewing window: a large window with a film covering that helps hide watchers from the birds. We have chairs and binoculars to try, a white board, and many identification guides. Outdoors, several feeders are attached on a single, bear-resistant pole. A small pond, flowers and water plants, shrubs and trees add cover and (seasonally) other food choices . You can sometimes see what we see via our webcam.

ORNAMENTAL FACES: Carving class

Posted November 2, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Classes

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ORNAMENTAL FACES: Carving class Sat Nov 12 • 9–3 :
Santa! Wizard! Leprechaun! Carve and paint gnomish faces. Great for fun, gifts!

Writers and birds (and NaNoWriMo)

Posted November 1, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Related and Recommended Sites, Wild Birds and You

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Writers and birds—inspiration, subject, metaphor, hope, presence. http://lithub.com/why-do-writers-love-birding-so-much/ #NaNoWriMo

Time for Winter Hours!

Posted October 30, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Museum Events

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Time for Winter Hours! On Nov 1, the Museum switches to winter hours: ‘Open By Appointment’. Please call to schedule a visit for yourself—family—school—group!


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