237 Shore Acres Dr. North Hero, VT 05474

Birding and Wildlife at Shore Acres



Come to Shore Acres on June 1st for our first Birding Extravaganza and experience birding tours led by the former Executive Director of the North Branch Nature Center (Montpelier, Vermont) and birder extraordinaire, Chip Darmstadt (bio).

Chip will lead two (2) birding tours on our property to teach participants not only about birding in the Lake Champlain Valley, but specifically to seek out and identify birds that are currently nesting, living on, or visiting our 46-acre property. Come see our famous Purple Martins (pictured below) and the nesting Osprey pair across US Route 2. The property features a handful of habitats: wide-open grasslands, a small Limestone Bluff Cedar-Pine Forest, wetlands, hedgerows, and 1800-feet of shoreline along Lake Champlain. Who knows what you’ll see!! Learn about local birding hot spots and have the chance to spot a rare bird in Vermont, such as a Red Phalarope and Marbled Godwit, both of which were spotted in North Hero last Fall. Bring a pair of binoculars, hat, sunscreen, smartphone, and your adventurous spirit to learn the joys or birding in North Hero, Vermont. Maybe you’ll win a birdhouse in our raffle!

To view the Birding Extravaganza agenda, click here. The cost is $40/person/tour and includes a European breakfast (coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries). To register, complete the form below. Beginner birders welcome! Call 802.372.8722 or email [email protected] to learn more. Bring your smartphone and pre-load the free Merlin Bird ID app and eBird app from Cornell University’s Cornell Lab of Ornithology to be a citizen scientist to identify and tally the number of birds spotted during the tours.

Shore Acres sits on nearly 46-acres and 1,800 feet of shoreline along Lake Champlain. The property is comprised of multiple ecosystems, such as wetlands, grassland, and shoreline which attracts a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds.

Wildlife residents of Shore Acres include foxes, red squirrels, and other mammals, but the most famous residents are of the avian sort: Purple Martins. Our Purple Martins are numerous and keep the staff and guests entertained with their incredible aerial acrobatics. Other common avian residents include American Robins, Northern Cardinals, Grey Catbirds, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-winged Blackbirds, Cooper’s Hawks, the ever common House Sparrow, and the not so common Snowy Owl.

Shoreline Birds Are Abundant

Along our vast shoreline, waterfowl and shoreline birds are abundant: Great Blue Herons patiently hunt for meals, along with Common Mergansers, Common Loons, Herring Gulls, Caspian Terns, Belted Kingfishers, Canada Geese, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and many more. In fact, on the other side of Route 2 from the Shore Acres’ property, an Osprey family returns each year to raise a brood and occasionally hunt the waters along our property. A pair of binoculars are not always needed to view them as they like to perch on the electric pole at our Route 2 entrance.

So bring your binoculars and cameras and spend time exploring the Shore Acres property to view the wildlife that the property has to offer. And while you are at it, spend a weekend at our Inn to tour local areas known for their birding and wildlife, such as North Hero’s Pelot’s Natural Area and the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.