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Call to Artists: Art Inspired by Nature

by Ralph NimtzRutland County Audubon will be holding its own wildlife art show Art Inspired by Nature this coming September!

Visual artists, professional and non-professional, in any media, including photography, painting and sculpture, are invited to submit up to three works to be included in an open art show featuring nature and wildlife at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill in Poultney, Vermont from September 9 through September 29 sponsored by RCAS. Solely scenic landscapes are excluded.

Works need not be for sale. Those offered for sale are subject to a 20% gallery commission to Stone Valley Arts or donated proceeds if sold (80% to RCAS and 20% to Stone Valley Arts). Delivery of works will be Saturday, September 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For details contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org or please come with your work on September 7, 1-4 PM.                 

Hours will be September 14-15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 21-22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and September 28 -29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held September 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The show will also be open during times that Stone Valley Arts is open for events/programs/classes. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is located at 145 E. Main Street, Poultney.

If you’re interested in showing your work, please contact us by Aug 17.  

Whether you are an artist or an art lover, we hope to see you at Stone Valley Arts this September!


West Rutland Marsh - July 2019

Today marked 18 years of consecutive monthly monitoring at West Rutland Marsh! A slight breeze kept the 10 participants somewhat cool despite the sun and high humidity. We totaled 43 species, seven less than our average for July and quite a bit lower than the 64 species observed one year ago.

The bird of the day was veery with nine heard along the route, many of them singing It was a new bird song for several in the group. Wood thrush were also singing in two spots.

Marsh WrenDespite the high vegetation, we had good luck along the boardwalk. An American bittern flew as well as a green heron. We had great looks at several marsh wrens and swamp sparrows. The swamp sparrows were particularly vocal. 

Five warbler species were seen and/or heard. An American redstart was carrying food for young. Common yellowthroats are still singing enthusiastically. A northern waterthrush and three ovenbirds were heard along Whipple Hollow Road. 

Five empidonax species were seen, but only three, all alder flycatchers, could identified to species.

 Raptor numbers were low – one broad-winged hawk! Another raptor flew high over the marsh, but none of us could provide any clue as to its identity. 

The last addition to the list was a Wilson’s Snipe which flushed as we crossed the Water Street bridge.

The next marsh is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 7 a.m.

Today's list:

Mourning Dove  10
Wilson's Snipe  1
American Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Alder Flycatcher  3
Empidonax sp.  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  5
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  11
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  1
Marsh Wren  8
Veery  9
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  13
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  14
American Goldfinch  24
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  23
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  2
Ovenbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  23
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4







Share Your Love of Nature with Local Students

The Four Winds Nature Program, community-based natural science education, is currently seeking volunteers who enjoy kids, nature, and have a sense of fun and curiosity to help deliver hands-on science lessons in Rutland County elementary schools.

Volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year are needed across all grade levels.

No science background or teaching experience is required -- and you don't need to be the parent of a student. Community volunteers are welcome!

Volunteers come to a monthly, 2-hour training, and then teach a ~1-hour workshop in the classroom at a later date. You can commit at a level that works for your schedule; participate every other month or a portion of the school year.

For more info please contact Elly Moriarty: elly@fwni.org or click here.



West Rutland Marsh - June 2019

Seventeen participants joined Rutland County Audubon for our monthly walk around West Rutland Marsh, a glorious morning on June 22. While the weather, sunny with a light breeze, couldn’t have been to blame, we had one of our lowest number of species for June - 52. This compares to 61 species one year ago and our June average of 60.

However, there was still plenty to see with nesting season in full swing. A downy woodpecker was feeding a youngster. Two eastern kingbirds were bringing food to a nest. And a pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers took turns bringing bugs to a nest hole in a poplar where a noisy brood could be heard.

Eastern Kingbird with nest on leftWe observed 18 veeries, most of them singing, and saw one carrying food for young. Also carrying food were common yellowthroat and yellow warbler.

The swamp sparrows and marsh wrens were still pretty vocal while some of the flycatchers have gone silent. Fortunately, some sang so we could identify both alder and willow flycatchers. The quiet ones, however, went on our list as alder/willow flycatcher (or Traill’s flycatcher as these two were once considered one species).

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerNumerous black-and-white warblers were heard singing along the route, mostly along Whipple Hollow Road and lots of American redstarts were observed here and there. Overall, warbler activities, except for the expected ones in the marsh, were down. However, a Canada warbler was heard in its usual spot along Whipple Hollow Road.

The morning ended with a belted kingfisher carrying a fish across the marsh and into the woods, possibly to a nest hole in a bank nearby.

Our next walk is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 7 a.m.






The list:
Mallard  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Virginia Rail  2
American Bittern  3
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  2    
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder Flycatcher  4
Willow Flycatcher  4
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  3
Eastern Phoebe  5
Eastern Kingbird  5
Yellow-throated Vireo  1    
Warbling Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  7
Common Raven  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Marsh Wren  12
Veery  18
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  15
American Goldfinch  11
Song Sparrow  16
Swamp Sparrow  18
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  4
Ovenbird  5
Black-and-white Warbler  7
Common Yellowthroat  19
American Redstart  8
Yellow Warbler  15
Canada Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  1
House Sparrow  4






Annual Meeting, Potluck & Photo Show

Marsh WrenThe annual meeting of the Rutland County Audubon Society will be held on Wednesday, July 10th, at 6 p.m. at the Proctor Library.

We will begin with a potluck supper (bring a dish to share; utensils and beverages provided), hold a brief meeting, election of officers and special issues discussion. We’ll end with a member slide show. If you are interested in showing photos (up to 10), contact us at birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org by July 5.

All members and interested parties are welcome to attend. The meeting itself is usually brief, the food is always delicious, and the bird photos are beautiful, making it a fun evening for everyone.  Please plan to join us! Bring a friend!