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VINS honors national emblem on July 4

Courtesy of VINS

The United States’ national emblem, the bald eagle is the focus of a July 4 celebration at VINS.

Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m. — QUECHEE —  The Vermont Institute of Natural Science will celebrate the Fourth of July with Bald Eagle Day on Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore our national emblem and the eagle populations in Vermont and throughout North America.

VINS will feature resident bald eagles, create eagle crafts and celebrate the majestic national bird. The day will include a host of activities beginning with face painting from 10 to 11 a.m.; then again from 12 to 1 p.m. A bald eagle chat and egg crushing demonstration will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by bald eagle nest building at 2 p.m.

Discover this magnificent bird’s power and prowess as a “fish” eagle; explore the effects of DDT on the eagle population; and experience the strength of an egg in a hands-on demonstration.

At 2 p.m., gather materials and re-build the VINS Eagle Nest with VINS Educators. The largest nests ever discovered were those of bald eagles—one nest reached nine feet across and 20 feet deep. As participants re-build a nest, they learn about the efforts it takes for wild eagles to make such a colossal home.

Raptor programs and feedings, as well as an enclosure tour, will be held during the course of the day.a

All exhibits, programs and activities are included with general admission: $14.50 for adults; $13.50 for seniors, 62 and over; $12.50 for youth, ages 4 to 17; and free for members and for children ages 3 and under.

For more information, visit or call 802-359-5000.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science is located at 6565 Woodstock Road, Quechee.

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