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August 18, 2014

Art of John James Audubon open through Dec 15

FREE, Daily through December 15

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host an exhibit of the famed works of John James Audubon—a self-taught scientist, naturalist and one of the most famous wildlife artists—in its Visitor Center from September 1 through December 15. This free exhibit will feature works of raptors and other species from his four-volume book, Birds of America, which contains 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of every bird then known in the United States. The folios are considered to be one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

“We’re very excited to show Audubon’s work that is so strongly connected to what the Sanctuary is passionate about,” said Hawk Mountain President Jerry Regan.

Based on extensive field observations, Audubon’s paintings show birds in their natural habitat and often in motion, especially feeding, hunting, and interacting with other birds and wildlife. A variety of paints were used to give softness and layers to the works, such as watercolors, pastels, gouache and chalks.

In addition to identifying 25 new bird species and a number of bird sub-species during his time, Audubon (1785-1851) made a significant contribution to the understanding of bird anatomy and behavior through his extensive documentations and field notes, as well as conducted the first American bird-banding experiments.

A lecture on November 1 by noted historian Bob Peck will trace the story of Audubon on his last great adventure through the American West. Learn more about the lecture now.

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs. Visit www.hawkmountain.org to learn more. 

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