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Sharpie and Cooper’s

July 26, 2013

Guest post by Catherine Griset, Spring 2013 Intern

A small hawk hunts quietly from a perch. Watching for smaller birds, it waits until just the right moment to dive down and attack. As it flies back to its post you notice a charcoal gray back, orange barring below, and a long tail. (Or maybe a brown back, with streaking down the front.)

What kind of hawk is this?

From that description, we could be talking about either a Sharp- shinned Hawk or a Cooper’s Hawk. Regardless of age, both hawks have long, barred tails. Adults of these species are gray and orange, with red eyes; immature birds (1st year) are brown and white, with brown streaking on the chest, and yellow eyes.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (carved by Bob Spear and photographed by Erin Talmage)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (carved by Bob Spear and photographed by Erin Talmage)



Volunteer Work Day: Join Us!

April 14, 2012
Volunteer Work Day

Volunteer Work Day

Volunteer Work Day

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462

Help us prepare the Museum for the 2012 open season! Do windows, clean nest boxes, spruce up trails (weather permitting), prepare handouts for visitors and school groups, add bird data to online databases, and much more.

We provide lunch! Please let us know you’re coming: call (802) 434-2167 or email

Interns and Volunteers Welcome — and needed!

April 12, 2011

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!

Laura Waterhouse: Winter Intern

March 15, 2011
Laura Waterhouse, winter intern

Laura Waterhouse, winter intern, at the Loon carving

The Museum was most fortunate to be the temporary workplace this winter of Laura Waterhouse, an American citizen born and raised in New Zealand,  as she completed an internship program here during December, January, and February.

While interning at the Museum, Laura was engaged in both daily operations and research projects. From feeding birds and shoveling snow to researching and compiling regional museum data, updating signage for the endangered species exhibit, and developing materials for educational activities offered at the Museum, Laura covered a multitude of topics and tasks. Two very tangible and informative projects Laura completed were adding text and graphics to a comparative activity about birds’ feet and an origami mobile depicting bird migration. Laura met every assignment with clear purpose and focus and demonstrated great creativity and style with her independent projects. (more…)

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

October 3, 2010

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.

Garden Blog #4 Guest Post by Nic Cormier 8/3/10

August 3, 2010

Planting continues in the new garden, and around the Museum. The Irises have been planted in the small bed beneath the welcome bulletin board along the path that leads to the Museum. We also obtained some Coreopsis (Tickseed) plants, planted at the entrance to the keyhole pathway, and Garden Phlox which I planted near the Cosmos and Penstemon. The new Red Bee Balm had been getting munched by the local woodchuck so Allison and I dug a small trench around the flowers and drove wooden stakes in along the trench. We then buried the bottom of the chicken wire in the trench and used carpenter staples to secure it to the stakes. This seems to be holding up fine for now but the next step would be to acquire some large rocks to place around the fence to prevent the woodchuck from being able to dig at all. Brian Valentine will be donating more Red Bee Balm to replace that which the woodchuck ate.

Erin found me an old bird house in Bob’s workshop a couple of weeks ago to use in the garden. So far all I’ve had time to do is to sand it down and clean it up a bit. The idea is to make it not only look nice but to make it sound enough to have soil and plants on its roof. To do this I will cut some pieces of wood to make a border around the roof about two or three inches high that will hold soil. In this border I will cut holes near the base so all excess water will drain out. Once that is all set we will erect it in the garden with squirrel shields and put the soil on it and plant some small plants like Thyme in the soil.

Right now there isn’t a whole lot else going on. The Cosmos are still flowering along with the Thistle, Marigolds, Garden Phlox, Pink Penstemon, Blue Lobelia, Dwarf Solomon’s Seal, Pink Turtlehead, Purple Coneflower and Dianthus (in the more shaded and weedy spots).

7/17/10 Garden Journal #3

July 17, 2010

Guest Post by Nic Cormier, Education Intern

Last week we got a responses to our post that we had put on the Front Porch Forum asking if anyone had any flowers or plant donations for our gardens. Ms. Janet Labelle, who lives just down the road from the museum, invited us to her home to see if there were any plants she had that we wanted. By the end of the visit, she had kindly donated Pink Penstemon, Wild Columbine, Hazelnut/Filbert crosses, and Bee Balm. That same day Mr. Bill Mayville donated some red and purple Bee Balm and planted them himself. This week Bill also brought us old slabs of rock, which had been a foundation to a house, for our rock paths and keyhole garden. Erin’s neighbors, the Zimmerman’s, recently cut down and chipped a few old trees in their yard. They said we can go anytime and take as much as we need for mulch, which we have been using steadily for the past few days. Thanks to all for the donations.

We still have a bucket of Irises brought to us by Rick that have yet to be planted. A few Trumpet Vines need a trellis before they can be planted near the viewing window, and a couple of Stonecrops that will be going in near the rock wall in the feeding yard. We are currently working on creating a keyhole garden with a stone walk-way for a fun element to the garden as well as a walk-way to a compost pile and another to the sewage pipe, both of which will be rock pathways. In the center of the keyhole we plan to erect either a bird bath that we make or a bird house with a roof that holds soil and can be planted with a short flowering plant.

Some plants that are still on the wish-list are Spicebush, Coreopsis, Turtlehead, Cardinal Flower, Winterberry Holly and Butterfly Bush, but we would also take almost anything that is donated.

On rainy days I have been working on the signage and guide that will be used. It is exciting seeing the whole project come together from thoughts to paper to reality.

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