Sally Hickman will tell us about her Backyard Bird Project. Thirty years of informal observation notes of the birds that appeared in one backyard in a developing neighborhood, offer insight into the changes in bird species, vegetation and loss of open space. As the bird habitat changes, the numbers of individual species change and continuing adaptation to the environment is obvious.
This change in species is recorded in 40 works in oil on archival paper, created over eighteen months, aerial photos of the housing developments, and observation and listing of common plantings used in the landscaping of new homes.
It didn’t stop there. As the 39th painting was completed, a new bird, the Lewis’s woodpecker, showed up in the yard.