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Southern Vermont Travel Idea: Meet an American Bald Eagle!

June 2nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Southern Vermont natural History Museum at Hogback Mountain

Check out the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum at Hogback Mountain today.  You can meet it’s newest resident (an American Bald Eagle) as well as many other wildlife specimens.  While you’re there, enjoy the spectacular 100 mile view of Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts.

Looking for something exciting to do in Southern Vermont today?  How about heading to the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Hogback Mountain to meet their newest resident, an American Bald Eagle?

Thanks to the efforts of the conservationists at the Marlboro Elementary School, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, the Marlboro Alliance and museum director Ed Metcalf, an eagle who is injured and unable to return to the wild now has a plush new home.  She just arrived from the Ironside Bird Rescue facility in Wyoming where she was cared for after receiving a permanent wing injury rendering her unable to fly.

This Beautiful American Bald Eagle Needs a Name

Some recent photos showcased on the Southern Vermont Natural History Facebook page.  Head on over there and submit an idea for their new Girl’s name!



Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont

April 11th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont


If you’re familiar with our company, the name Renfrew may ring a bell, because of our Renfrew Shaker Furniture Collection. But, do you know the history behind the collection name? We like to name some of our collections after Vermont conservation heroes, and Dr. Rosalind Renfrew, or as she likes to be called, Roz, is one of them. Roz is a dedicated wildlife biologist in Vermont, and her name has been popping up in the local news recently. She is the editor for the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, a comprehensive publication that came out this month.

This second edition publication has taken many years of research to complete. For ten years the Vermont Center for Eco Studies and a number of volunteers from all over the state surveyed the same land that was surveyed in 1985 when the first edition came out. The goal of this publication was to focus on population patterns, rather than the reasons for change. In addition, this atlas includes, “a guide to the biogeography of Vermont; and essays on change in habitats, climate, land use and their impact on Vermont’s bird communities over the past quarter century.” This comprehensive wildlife atlas is 576 pages! Inside you will find photographs, maps, charts and graphs.

The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont will be a great reference for hobby birders as well as conservationists. This large, extensive book is available for purchase through the publisher’s website for $75. There will be 150 of the books donated to libraries across Vermont, so that everyone can have access to the information.

To see an interview with Roz Renfrew, naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, visit WCAX.