The Birds of Spring – May 26

Baltimore Oriole
It is not uncommon to see this beautiful bird, a Baltimore Oriole, at the Mount during one of Sue Wetmore’s guided hikes. We borrowed this photo from the Prince William Conservation Alliance website:

Enjoy a walk on the wild side by participating in the annual Early Bird Nature Walk at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont. This guided walk is on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Noted bird expert Sue Wetmore of Brandon is your guide.

The Lake Champlain corridor is important for many birds as they fly north in the spring. Sue Wetmore will show you the world of birds and talk about their habits and habitats.  It’s possible you will see everything from small birds such as warblers to perhaps an osprey or bald eagle. Every year the group tries to find a new species to the list of birds seen on Mount Independence.

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. No pets please.

The fee is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes the museum after the walk and all the trails. This special event takes place right before the site opens for the regular season at 10:00 am. The site will be open daily, May 26 through October 14, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved and most significant Revolutionary War archaeological sites in the country. It also is known for its wealth of natural resources. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. Call (802) 759-2412 for more information.