Baby animals and their moms

Heritage breeds like this Gulf Coast sheep and her lamb would have returned to Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth this spring, but this year visitors are invited to meet them online instead in “Virtual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke” at

One of Strawbery Banke Museum’s most popular spring traditions — the arrival of some adorable baby animals — may not be taking place in the historic Puddledock neighborhood of Portsmouth this year, but there is an online substitute.

“Virtual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds on the Banke” launched last Saturday, the day the live event would have opened on the museum grounds.

Strawbery Banke Museum teams with farms and farmers as well as animal educators from New Hampshire, Maine, Mass., and New York to showcase breeds that would have been found on New England farms over the past 300 years, including lambs, kids, calves, piglets, bunnies, chicks and ducklings, along with their moms.

The virtual event gives viewers a chance to learn more about the farmers and their animals, watch videos of the babies on their farms, and check out some fun, educational activities for the family.

“This would have been our fifth annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke event, and we’re all disappointed not to be able to present what has become one of the most popular events here at the museum,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and chief executive officer of of the indoor-outdoor museum.

To check out the virtual exhibit, go to