Birds of Vermont Museum

I am surprised I never visited the Birds of Vermont Museum in all the years of visiting my sister in New Hampshire and for my winter season of residence in East Burke. The Birds of Vermont Museum is where natural history meets art. It started with a parakeet In 1938, when Bob Spear was 18 years old, a stray parakeet flew into the woodshed on their Colchester, Vermont, farm and became the model for his first wood carving. By 1987, Bob had carved 321 birds. That’s when the official opening was celebrated with champagne. By 2013 the museum had 500 carved birds. Maybe carving birds could be in my future – if I can keep it to small hand tools.

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