Some of the Birdfreaks (Jennie and Dakota from Ohio and Mom/Dad [Grandma/Grandpa] in Illinois) traveled to Maine this June. Birds, mammals, snapping turtles in the road mixed with a whole lot of natural wonders and history made this a memory-building experience!
The rest of the drive to Maine included driving around Lake Champlain, visiting the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, looking for Moose (fail) and a tour of Vermont’s State Capitol building. Did you know that Montpelier has a Youth Birding Program? Nice!
We decided to check out the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont. We learned about boat building, early explorers, shipwrecks and saw a working replica of the gunboat Philadelphia II. The campus and exhibits were very well done and I would recommend this museum to anyone interested in U.S. history.
The number of Ospreys we saw? – Incredible! They had completely disappeared from Vermont because of DDT use. Intensive monitoring and management has brought these birds back successfully. It’s hard to imagine a world without this fierce “fish-hawk”. We passed an area with six platforms set up – and each one had a nest!
The scenery was spectacular. We drove through the Green Mountains and wished for more time to bird…but on to Maine!