Shelburne Farms

Tips for Birding

Shelburne Farms offers several walking trails through woodlands, wetlands, pastures, and open fields, that provide excellent birding opportunities. For example, this is one of the few spots in the Champlain Valley where Cattle Egrets are consistently found. During the migratory season, a variety of shorebirds and ducks regularly stopover in the marshes not far from the Inn. Other notable avians reported at Shelburne Farms include Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Merlins, Indigo Buntings, Orchard Orioles, Sedge Wrens, Bobolinks, and Savannah Sparrows. This list represents a small sample of the birds that can be found here. Even better, from November to May, access to the walking trails is free, and a free trail map is available at the Shelburne Farms Welcome Center.

About this Location

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. That means learning that helps students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Our home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.

Notable Trails

The TrailFinder website has a description and map of hikes at Shelburne Farms.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Shelburne Farms website and Bruce MacPherson and Chip Wright, Green Mountain Audubon Society