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Hog Island offered Libby Birch Arts and Birding


During the week of June 11-16, 2017, I had the privilege to be sponsored by Audubon Miami Valley to attend Hog Island Audubon Camp, Maine, which was a life-changing experience.

Seventeen artists from the United States as well as Italy attended the Arts and Birding Program. We all had the opportunity to pursue watercolor, ink and pencil technique, focusing on bird anatomy and nature journaling.

The island environment was a perfect backdrop for immersing oneself in the creative process and quiet. Hiking island trails, bird watching, lectures and workshops were offered daily.

Another highlight was a day trip to Egg Rock Island to view Puffins, which are a significant draw for the camp. Puffins were re-introduced 50 years ago, through the Puffin Project founded by Director Stephen Kress.

A mission of Hog Island and Audubon is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Hog Island has a rich history in American ornithology. Its first bird instructor was Roger Tory Peterson. Dr. Stephen Kress continues his efforts to restore and preserve Puffin populations.

Meals were served family-style, with chefs emphasizing nutrition, environmental and ethical sustainability – along with connecting to place and community.

My “take-away” was a renewed sense of wonder, motivation to create more paintings and journals, and to continue to seek experiences in nature.

Thank you, Audubon Miami Valley!


— Libby Birch

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