Volunteers from Hypertherm work last fall to prepare the bed for VINS' new accessible trail, scheduled to open in June. Photo courtesy of VINS.
Volunteers from Hypertherm work last fall to prepare the bed for a new accessible trail at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, scheduled to open in June. VINS relies on volunteers all year, but the need intensifies each spring when migrating birds return to the area to breed. Tree-cutting, predation and weather conditions can cause baby birds to become separated from their nests and parents, VINS said in a news release last week. Staff and volunteers care for them until they’re big and healthy enough to be released back into the wild. Volunteers are also needed to tend to exhibit animals, transport injured birds, assist with groundskeeping, greet visitors and help the office staff. “More volunteer assistance means we’ll be able to do more of our work spreading the message of environmental stewardship in the Upper Valley,” VINS said. For a description of volunteer positions, go to www.vinsweb.org or call 802-359-5000, ext. 223.
Photograph courtesy of VINS