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Wall of Birds by Jane Kim Our monthly educational meetings include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed! Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. You are welcome to join us for the entire meeting or just the Educational Program. 6:30 p.m. Doors open 7:00 p.m. Birding Information 7:25 p.m. Chapter Announcements and Business 7:40 p.m. Social time, refreshments and door prize drawing 8:05 p.m. Educational Program Birding Information: Friends of Pleasant Hill Creeks will present results of the monthly Grayson Creek Bird Survey, a joint citizen science project with MDAS. For more than a year, volunteers have documented bird species in Grayson Creek in Pleasant Hill. With more than 60 native species documented, the survey is providing valuable data to the community, scientists, and policymakers. This photo-rich presentation will highlight raptors and resident and migratory birds in our local creek ecosystem. Main Program: As the founder of Ink Dwell studio, artist and science illustrator Jane Kim creates monumental public art that explores the wonders of the natural world. One of her largest works is the Wall of Birds, a 2,500 square-foot mural celebrating the diversity and evolution of birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology that NPR called a "masterwork" and Juxtapoz magazine described as "one of the world's most ambitious natural history murals." In this talk Kim will discuss her new book about the project, The Wall of Birds, exploring the intersection of art and natural history, the creative process, and surprising sociological lessons that we humans can learn from birds. Jane Kim is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell, a Bay Area studio that explores the wonders of the natural world. Her art career started when she was a little girl obsessively painting flowers and bears on the walls of her bedroom. She received more formal training at Rhode Island School of Design and then Cal State Monterey Bay, where she received a master’s certificate in science illustration. She has created large-scale public art across the country, including the Wall of Birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and produced works for the National Aquarium, the de Young Museum, the Nature Conservancy, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Facebook, Recology, and Yosemite National Park. She is the creator of the Migrating Mural campaign, a series of public installations that highlight wildlife along migration corridors it shares with people. She still enjoys painting flowers and bears, though nowadays she doesn’t get in trouble for painting on the walls. For more of her artwork, please visit inkdwell.com.
Spring “Avian Treasure Hunt” by Juan-Carlos Solis Three 2-hour classes and three 5.5-hour field trips Classes: Thursday, April 11, 18, and[masked] PM Field Trips: Saturday, April 13, 20, and 27 (location TBD) 8:30 AM-2 PM Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Oak Room (max. 15 participants--9 spots LEFT!) Cost: $75 MDAS members and $80 non-members Class Description: Prepare for the migrant treasure hunt and sharpen your birding skills by better understanding local bird distribution patterns in time and space during the spring. We’ll review how seasonal changes in various Bay Area habitats influence the birds you’ll expect to find in the field, with a strong emphasis on birdsong and behavior. You’ll get practical birding tips on what to look for throughout the seasons when “hunting” for migratory birds. At the end of this course you’ll be better prepared to find local migrant and vagrant birds with confidence. Moreover, the principles you’ll learn regarding bird distribution in relation to seasonal changes and habitats apply to any place you may explore around the world. Teacher Bio: Quetzal Adventures founder Juan-Carlos Solis is passionate about connecting people to nature and designing programs to experience our planet first-hand. He’s a seasoned expedition leader and naturalist with 20+ years of experience managing and leading local trips in California and in all of the world’s seven continents. While working as Public Programs Manager for the California Academy of Sciences for nine years and Field Associate for the Ornithology and Mammalogy Research Department, he led several local and international natural history programs including Academy Travel Expeditions to Antarctica, Baja California, Mexico, and Canada’s West Coast. He continues to lead trips for other organizations and has lectured on environmental education topics in India, Australia, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and most recently, in Sweden. www.quetzaladventures.com To register: diabloaudubon.org