The Four Phases of Bridges to Birds

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Bridges to Birds incorporates disaster recovery, resilience, and prior long-term plans to make outdoor experiences at the Museum accessible to all visitors, including people with limited abilities and families with small children. This four-phase project also expands conservation and educational opportunities and increases the number of locations available for quiet appreciation and contemplation of the natural world.

Connecting to People:
Bridge and Walkway

$104,000
(still need $56,500)

This phase means

* New wildlife observation areas
* Fully ADA-compliant access from parking to Museum
* Protected riparian areas and stream bank stabilization
* Publicly visible donor acknowledgments
* Improved bird habitat
* Resistance to future flooding and precipitation events

We are working with the State of Vermont, the Town of Huntington, and civil, structural, and hydrological engineers to design and build a bridge and walkway after installation of a larger culvert under the road. Interpretive signs, plantings, and welcome information will follow.

Connecting to Nature:
Interpretative Trails

$17,000
(still need $9,000)

This phase provides

* Outdoor exploration
* Citizen scientist access
* Routes for monitoring and birding walks
* Integration with and protection of woodland, meadow, and near-pond habitats
* Peaceful retreats
* Well-maintained trails

Volunteers, staff, and interns repair trails, footbridges, and handrails. We continue to work routing water away from trails, and providing sturdy footing where needed. New maps, signage, and guide materials will be created.

Connecting to New Perspectives:
The Treehouse

$30,000
(still need $2,500)

This phase showcases

* An accessible (ADA-compliant) treehouse, reached by a gravel ramp
* Opportunites to observe birds in the forest canopy
* An outdoor classroom /exhibit space
* New nature-focused programs and activities

The treehouse is already open! We completed the construction thanks to a generous partnership with Center for Technology Essex, Evergreen Roofing, and dozens of volunteers. A grant from the Vermont Community Foundation helped with treehouse-specific programming. The last donations will fund educational signage and seating.

Connecting to Conservation:
Bird-friendly Gardens

$6,000
(still need $2,000)

This phase includes
* Demonstration gardens
* Native plants
* Quiet contemplation spaces
* Habitat and foraging diversity for native birds
* Inspiring and encouraging Vermont gardeners and would-be gardeners

The Gardens phase integrates previous work by staff, interns, and gardeners on local, bird-friendly plantings, garden layout, and native species. Garden beds, paths, booklets, informative signs, and short education tours all extend the experience.

 

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
More about the Treehouse: A New Point of View (from our Treehouse)
A booklet about it: Bridges to Birds (1Mb PDF)
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
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  1. […] 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 […]

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  2. […] 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) How We Thank You: Recognition, Gifts, and Adventure All four phases, outlined: A Four-fold Project […]

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  3. […] 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) How We Thank You: Recognition, Gifts, and Adventure All four phases, outlined: A Four-fold Project […]

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  4. […] 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) How We Thank You: Recognition, Gifts, and Adventure All four phases, outlined: A Four-fold Project […]

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