Here is a sampling of submissions by local artists and birders.
Cerulean Warbler by Jess Mann
Jess Mann is a Long Island based artist who works with several media. She is also a volunteer at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, NY. This piece is a watercolor painting of a Cerulean Warbler. You can find more of Ms. Mann’s work at her website, which is appropriately named Bird Nerd Gallery.
Piping Plover Film
This short film is the work of then 14 year old Elyas, a remarkable young birder in our area. We look forward to viewing more of his stuff.
Golden Eagle by Cayla Rosenhagen
From Cayla Rosenhagen: Through the eyes of a Golden Eagle, the world looks very different. In an age of ever increasing industrialization and reliance on technology, the human eye is often transfixed to a screen. The eagle eye is unencumbered by such trivial notions. They live a simple life, not one without challenges, but one of freedom and soaring to great heights. In their view, mountains reach high into azure skies and crystal-clear streams cascade through forests. Literally and metaphorically, the vision of the Golden Eagle is far more favorable than that of humans. Take the time to look away from those electronic devices. Be among nature. Try to see more of what the eagle eye sees.
Carolina Wren by Cayla Rosenhagen
From Cayla Rosenhagen: “Tea Kettle-Tea Kettle!” No, I’m not talking about a pot of tea. I’m referring to a sound I hear often resonating through our yard. It’s the cheerful tune the male Carolina Wren sings. Almost everyday I see a pair of Carolina Wrens at our backyard feeders or in the trees nearby. The duo is quite shy among people but get along harmoniously with other bird species. I enjoyed drawing this chipper bird and tried to capture his demeanor.
Mockingbirds by Iris Rosenhagen
From Iris Rosenhagen: A famous bird, Lady Bird Johnson, once said, “Encourage & support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” Every year, I watch our neighborhood family of mockingbirds raise their young. What stands out most in my mind about Northern Mockingbirds are what remarkable parents they are. Because the fledglings are brought up with so much care, generation after generation grows up to be such supportive parents themselves. The mockingbird parents are protective, nurturing, and they belive in their kids. I’m grateful that my own parents share these values. But I think I’m even more grateful that my parents don’t regurgitate bugs into my mouth. In all seriousness, I like to consider Northern Mockingbirds a symbol of how every parent should be.