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Upcoming Events: Volunteer Day

April 18, 2014

​Please come to the Birds of Vermont Museum for Volunteer Work Day!

On Saturday, April 26, from 9am – 2pm, please help prepare the Museum for the open season. From trail work to hanging art, we have opportunities for all. Come for an hour or all day, bring yourself, a friend, a family. All welcome.

Please let us know if you plan to come so we can provide lunch for everyone. Call (802) 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

Thanks!

If you can’t come this day, please consider a couple of hours, a day, a weekly rotation, or something else! Whether you are out in the meadow, helping visitors at the front desk, or deep in the office, we would love your company and assistance. We train, too.

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Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462
(802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.orghttp://www.birdsofvermont.org

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upcoming event: Fabulous Fall Festival

October 9, 2012

Come to our annual Fall Festival!

Fabulous Fall Festival
Saturday, October 13 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Live birds, music, soap and wood carving, kids’ crafts, face painting, and more!
$2 / Free if you are 3 and under or show your Museum or Green Mountain Woodcarver membership card

Our schedule of events (but check when you get here to be sure):
10:00    Carving  Workshop : Spirit faces in bark  (2 hours; $10 fee but this includes all-day admission also)
11:00    Soap Carving
11:00    Live Music by Northeast Field (terrific Celtic music)
1:00      Live Bird Talk
2:00      Soap Carving
2:15      Face Painting
3:00      Nature Note cards
3:59      Announcing Winner of the Kids Raffle

 

All Day / Ongoing:

  • Admire the Art Contest Entries and discover the Winners (Pick up your ribbon and prize if it’s you)
  • Used Books and Other Treasures Sale
  • Explore the Museum (can you find all 535 eggs? Did we count right?)
  • Get a ticket for a Raffle: Kids Raffle (Saturday only) and Decoy Raffle (winner announced October 31)
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Nature Quests
  • Live birds at our feeders, in the woods, in the meadoews
  • Snacks available for sale
  • Yet more games and crafts
  • Walking trails (have you found the pond? The stone wall? The new bench? All the items on the Unnatural Trail?)

 Looking forward to seeing you!

The Bird Carver’s Daughter (Part 3: Something’s Going On Here…)

May 10, 2012

Guest post by Kari Jo Spear, Photographer, Novelist, and Daughter of Bob Spear

I can’t remember the first time I ever heard the “M” word. The fact that we were going to have a museum in the family happened very slowly, after a great many permutations and plot twists, and by the time it was a reality, it felt like it was meant to be from the beginning.

But it didn’t start out that way.

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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 museum@birdsofvermont.org

The Bird Carver’s Daughter (Part 2: the Pre-teen Years (or, Why I’m Not a Carver)

February 15, 2012

Guest post by Kari Jo Spear, Photographer, Novelist, and Daughter of Bob Spear

One summer when I was eight or nine years old, my father decided to give carving lessons. About a dozen people signed up, mostly teachers who knew him from the Audubon Society. But there were three people there who weren’t teachers–my mother, our eleven-year-old neighbor, and me. We met every Tuesday night in my father’s den. It was supposed to be a relaxed, casual gathering of people sitting in a circle making piles of shavings on the floor while they created a thing of beauty out of basswood as my father circled among them, offering his expert and benign advice.

Instead, it turned into a pain-filled bloodbath that caused me so much trauma that I have not even carved a jack-o-lantern since.

And most of it was the fault of the weather.

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The Bird Carver’s Daughter (Part 1: The Early Years)

September 15, 2011

Guest post by Kari Jo Spear, Photographer, Novelist, and Daughter of Bob Spear

When I was a little kid, I had no idea my father would one day have his own museum. I didn’t even know he carved birds. I just knew that he spent a lot of time down in his den, sitting in an old, brown, leather rocking chair with wide wooden arms, making a huge pile of shavings on the floor in front of him.

I loved the shavings. They came in all kinds of interesting shapes. Some were short and flat, some were long and twisting. No two were just alike. I would sit on the floor and make jewelry out of them — the long, curly ones made good earrings, and the shorter, curly ones could be hooked together for a bracelet. Some even curled around my fingers for rings. The flat shavings lined up to become roads or fences for my imaginary animals. And if I ever needed one of a certain shape or size, I just had to describe it, and my father would whittle off what I needed. The block of wood in his hands was not remotely interesting, not compared to the ever-growing pile of shavings. If I thought about the block of wood at all, I thought he was carving it up just to make toys for me. (more…)

Hey Volunteers, C’mon Down!

August 16, 2011

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
and/or
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.

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