charcoal on paper, 16 x 20
Here is a piece I did last fall when the birds were starting to flock before migration. I have had birds on my mind as I have started my fourth year of the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas. It is getting harder to find plots that need to be done close to my home, and I was skeptical about the one I had chosen for this year, as it looks like a lot of big farm fields, = not a wide variety of birds. But there is one huge slough, a WMA (Waterfowl Management Area) that has some adjoining woods. If I can figure out how to get a canoe out there it will be a great place for numerous birds. Volunteers are still needed, the results will be valuable for scientists, natural resource managers, public officials, educators and birders - check out mnbba.org.