Lately, I’ve been writing about birds, drawing birds, tending to the six that are now my responsibility (chickens!), and watching birds. So this month’s newsletter is (almost) all about birds.
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This Month’s Table of Contents:
- Sketching tip: 4 bird sketching tips (the shapes a bird is “made of”)
- Artful Science: 2 great #sciart bird books – America’s Other Audubon and The Unfeathered Bird
- Artful Classrooms: Bird drawing tips from a top bird artist, John Muir Laws
- Sketchbook Snapshot: Toads, gardens & a puppy
- News & Events
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The other weekend, I was out hiking in an area of southwest Wyoming resplendent with big sagebrush.
As my husband and our puppy cruised ahead, I lagged behind, peering at some strange growths on the tips of a sagebrush’s leaves. The more I looked, the more I found, and the more I found, the more curious I became.
The little growths were less than an inch across, many much smaller, and ranged from chestnut brown to pale greenish-pink. They were spongy to the touch, and appeared to be covered in tiny hairs. Continue reading How wondering “What’s wrong with that sagebrush?” led to drawing and researching insects I didn’t know existed.
You can tell it’s spring; the Internet is aflutter with bird articles.
A lot of those articles relate closely to the two-part series I just wrapped up about attracting wild birds using methods informed by ornithology research.
I was inspired to investigate the subject because we have a “new-to-us” backyard that is bare dirt. A few trees and shrubs sit at the corners of the lot, but that’s it. We’ve begun by seeding in some native grasses and installing a vegetable garden, and now are considering what we could do to attract birds.