Stuck in Vermont: Wild Ambassador Raptors Educate Visitors at Shelburne Farms | Stuck in Vermont | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Please support our work!

Donate  Advertise

Stuck in Vermont: Wild Ambassador Raptors Educate Visitors at Shelburne Farms 

Episode 570

Published March 28, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated March 28, 2019 at 8:33 p.m.

Across the state last weekend, visitors flocked to sugar shacks to celebrate Maple Open House Weekend. Flocks of families traveled to Shelburne Farms to taste the sweet syrup — and also to meet birds of prey. Young and old alike marveled at the chance to get close to a red-tailed hawk, a barred owl, an eastern screech owl and an American kestrel. These birds are called "wild ambassadors," and they aren’t able to be released back into the wild due to injuries, even after being rehabilitated. Thanks to permits from the U.S. and Vermont departments of fish and wildlife, they travel to schools, festivals and camps providing a learning experience for thousands.

Founded in 1989, Outreach for Earth Stewardship is a nonprofit educational organization that also rehabilitates about 50 injured birds a year. In 1997, OFES partnered with Shelburne Farms to offer educational programs such as Raptors in Residence every May through October.

OFES director Craig Newman was present over the weekend to introduce the birds to the crowds and answer a copious amount of questions. Known by some as “the Bird Whisperer” or “the Owl Guy,” Craig has a calm demeanor mirroring that of the birds. We talked to Craig and OFES volunteers about the importance of educating the public about these majestic creatures.

Shooting date: 3/24/19

Music: Kevin MacLeod, "Winter Reflections" & "Night of the Owl"

This episode of Stuck in Vermont was made possible by

New England Federal Credit Union

Related Locations



Comments are closed.

From 2014-2020, Seven Days allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we've appreciated the suggestions and insights, right now Seven Days is prioritizing our core mission — producing high-quality, responsible local journalism — over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

About The Author

Eva Sollberger

Eva Sollberger

Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger has been making her award-winning video series, "Stuck in Vermont," since 2007. New episodes appear on the Seven Days website every other Thursday and air the following night on the WCAX evening news. Sign up at to receive an email alert each time a new one drops. And check these pages every other week for insights on the episodes.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2024 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation