May 2022 Membership Meeting- Namibia
Rancho San Rafael Trip Report
Bird Drawing Workshops
Lahontan Audubon Society is pleased to offer a series of free, online bird drawing workshops with science illustrator, Christine Elder, and nature journal educator, John Muir Laws. Christine was the featured artist for the recent Winter Wings Festival in Klamath, Oregon. John Muir Laws (aka Jack) is the champion of the nature journaling movement and author/illustrator of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. These amazing artists will integrate science, learning, and art to teach us some of the tips and tricks for drawing birds in the field. The drawing workshops are open to all ages and skill levels and aim to not only develop drawing skills, but enhance observation and birding skills too. Young students as well as adults are encouraged to attend. These classes offer an introduction to Nevada birds and Lahontan Audubon Society projects that you may participate in. Various drawing techniques or media will be demonstrated throughout the workshop series.
As a bonus, Christine is offering her Drawing Backyard Birds for Beginners online course, a $125 value, for free if you register for her workshops!
Workshops will be held Monday evenings from 5:00-7:00 pm on April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9, 2022. No special drawing supplies are needed. A sketchbook or paper and a pencil are all that are required. For workshops using color, watercolor paint, colored pencils, toned paper (non-white paper) and a white pencil or white gel pen are recommended.
Workshop sessions will be recorded and shared via our official Lahontan Audubon Society YouTube Channel
These workshops are made possible thanks to a grant by the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.
Happy St. Patrick's Day 2022
Some of Ireland's common birds, courtesy of Pixabay.com.
AmerICorps Week 2022
The LAS Board of Trustees is a dedicated group of volunteers who help guide the programs and projects that our chapter offers. The board consists of nine members and we have three seats expiring at the end of June. We are looking for nominees who are interested in helping to shape the future of LAS. Each trustee is elected to a three-year term.
As a trustee, you will participate in a monthly Board meeting (currently 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of the month) and add your voice and ideas to helping develop new programs and projects designed to further our mission: To preserve and improve the remaining habitat of birds and other wildlife, restore historical habitat, and educate the public, with emphasis on children, providing vision to all about our unique Nevada environments.
Serving on the Board of Trustees is rewarding and a great opportunity to learn more about Audubon, birds, and local conservation and education. We are a relaxed group looking for new members to share their interest and enthusiasm. You do not need to be an expert birder to participate, just someone who is excited about birds and wants to help support our programs. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more!
The Nevada Arts Council has just awarded the Lahontan Audubon Society an Arts Learning Grant. Thank you, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts, for your support. With this grant, Lahontan Audubon will offer a series of free, online bird drawing classes with science illustrator, Christine Elder, and nature journal educator, John Muir Laws, this spring. Christine was the featured artist for the recent Winter Wings Festival in Klamath, Oregon. John Muir Laws (aka Jack) is the champion of the nature journaling movement and author/illustrator of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. These amazing artists will teach us some of the tips and tricks for drawing birds in the field. Lahontan Audubon Society is excited to be able to present this new series of art classes! Please stay tuned for details. We will be posting more information on these classes on our website soon.
2022 Program Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent program survey. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us and we will be working hard make our programs align with the responses we received. See the full results below.
Just a few of the many birds our community observed. Photos by Tim Ng and Kentia Kalanki.