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.
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.
We are excited to announce the return of October Big Day, on Saturday, October 9th. Big Day is an unofficial "holiday" (similar to Earth Day) encouraging birding around the world. Birding statistics are collected and published by eBird and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on their websites. Some people try to hit as many birding hotspots as they can in a day (as our staff member Parker Flickinger did last year), while other people just enjoy the simple pleasure of watching the birds in their neighborhood. Click the photo above to learn more about October Big Day, or click the button below to see the Big Day statistics collected in real time!
In honor of this holiday, we are hosting our own local October Big Day celebration, including several walks on Big Day, and 2 instructional webinars on some tools to improve your birding abilities. As always, these events are free and open to everyone, you just have to register through our website. The details for our current October Big Day events are listed below and more bird walks are being added every day, so check back in with our website calendar and social media pages.
We also encourage you to go out birding yourselves on Big Day. If you keep birding checklists on your walk, you can share them with our Lahontan Audubon eBird account. If you want to learn more about how to maintain birding lists on eBird, check out our eBird webinar on October 7th (details below). If you do not want an eBird account, but want to contribute to Big Day, you can email us your bird checklist via our Contact Us tab, and we will add it to our daily tally.
Last October Big Day, our community observed 50 species. Click below to see last year's Big Day records. Let's see if we can break our record this year!
October Big Day 2021 events
Click on an event's button to see more information and register.