Nature Blog

Join the VINS Volunteer Transporter Rescue Network

by Caitlyn RobertAvian Rehabilitation InternDo you want to help wildlife? Do you live in Vermont or close by in New Hampshire? Are you able to drive long distances? We need your help! Join our Volunteer Rescue Network and you can provide the lifesaving transportation injured birds need to reach medical care at VINS!Every day, staff…

Winter of the Pine Grosbeak

By Anna MorrisLead Environmental Educator For many of us at VINS, this winter has been remarkable. In addition to the cold, snow, and ice, the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation has seen record-breaking numbers of patients. But one of the most interesting things about those patients was who they turned out to be. Last winter…

Meet Windham!

by Bren Lundborg Wildlife Rehabilitator Windham, a female Cooper’s hawk, was brought to the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation in early February of 2017. She was still in her juvenile plumage and having a rough first winter. Cooper’s hawks often injure themselves due to their aggressive hunting style (one study found over 20% had old…

2018 in Wild Bird Rehabilitation

By Lauren Adams Lead Wildlife Keeper 2018 was a big year at VINS for a lot of reasons.  Here in the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, you may not have been able to tell from the outside, but we had a LOT going on inside our little building.  Around the middle of the summer, it…

Year of the Bird – 7 Things to Be Thankful for About 2018

by Anna Morris 2018 marked the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world joined forces to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” Now that the year has come to a close, we at VINS…

In Memory of Kentucky

by Grae O’Toole, Wildlife Keeper Kentucky,  approx. 2004 – 2018. Kentucky, the exhibit Eastern Screech Owl, passed away overnight on December 25th. Our records showed that he was at least 14 years old, but may have been older considering he came into care as an adult, and there is no easy way to tell the…

In Memory of Louis, the Great Gray Owl

by Lauren AdamsLead Wildlife Keeper Louis, 1992-2018. Photo by Grae O’Toole. Saturday, December 8th marked the end of an era at VINS. We lost a very special member of the VINS family, Louis, our Great Gray Owl. Louis was a favorite of visitors to VINS for many years. He lived a long life, and passed…

What is a Flat Fly? Curiosity and Research at the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation

By Anna Morris Lead Environmental Educator A flat fly (Christian Hugues) The birds that arrive for care at VINS’s Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation have had a rough time out in the wild. Not only may they be injured from car accidents, window strikes, or cat bites, but they often have acquired parasites. Some of…

Do’s and Don’ts of Wildlife Photography

by Anna MorrisLead Environmental Educator photo by John Jones In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” November’s call to…