Birds of Vermont Museum
The mission of the Birds of Vermont Museum is to educate children and adults about the environment through the study of birds and their habitats.
The Birds of Vermont Museum is a delightful place where visitors can learn about birds and their role in the earth's ecosystem. A private, non-profit organization, the Museum features over 470 carved birds representing 258 species. The woodcarvings depict Vermont's nesting species in their natural habitats as well as North America's endangered and extinct species. The Museum's displays, the surrounding 100 acre bird sanctuary/nature preserve, and the bird viewing window offer visitors a unique opportunity to see and study birds that will not fly away! The birds have been carved by one man, Robert Spear, Jr., a native Vermonter, who is one of Vermont's foremost naturalists and woodcarvers. Picnic tables are available at the Museum and at a near-by pond. Over 5000 adults and children visited the Museum in 2005. Audubon Vermont is located adjacent to the Museum.
Well, if you're into birding then you already know all about the museum. If not, then you should come check it out because, 1) there are hundreds of hand-carved birds that are more impressive than you could guess, 2) the story of the fellow who carved them is wonderful and told well, and 3) the expertly guided walks around the maintained trails on the property make it easy to learn about, and appreciate, our birds. For example, I learned that chickadees are very curious and will follow a group through the woods, and that the male verio sings endlessly so that his mate feels safe sitting on the nest. This is the kind of place where you can become interested in something totally new, simply because everyone there knows so much and is so excited about it.
Such a wonderful place to visit. I love all those carvings.
You learn all about birds
For a place thats basically run on donations, this is a little gem of a place. Lots of hand carved bird displays and bird walks on certain mornings with a couple of experts pointing out the sounds and sights of the local critters.
Discovered Birds of Vermont a few years ago. Friendly people, Bob Spear's bird carvings fill the museum to the rafters and carving classes held a couple of times a year.