Audubon Prints for Free!

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My collection of South Dakota nightjar Audubon prints: Common Nighthawk, Chuck-Will’s-Widow, Common Poorwill, and Eastern Whip-poor-will

Earlier this year, Audubon announced that they had posted all of John James Audubon’s drawings on line at high resolution for free!

Hmm, it’s tempting to download them all.

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Cats and birds don’t mix.

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Listen, I love my cats.  But, I know, just by looking into their blood-thirsty eyes that they would like nothing more than to get their furry little claws around the neck of every bird that visits my feeders. So, they stay inside, unless they consent to a brief foray around the yard at the end of a leash.

Previously, I detailed all the ways that you can make your backyard more wildlife friendly, including curbing your cats’ roamings.  In addition, Birdlife International detailed the ways to keep your cat happy and the wildlife safe.

Oregon

I lived in Oregon for 15 years, partly in Portland and partly in Corvallis where I went to school at Oregon State University.  This place has great importance to me, but it started long before I moved there in the late-’90s.

When I was 10 years old, my family visited the Oregon coast where I complained about the cold and rainy June weather.  If only we had visited in July, I would have realized that the rest of Oregon summers are perfect (except perhaps for this year).

In high school, I visited a friend in Bend and fell in love with the high desert.  I recently made a shadowbox of the Deschutes River Valley with the Three Sisters Mountains in the distance.

Sisters Wilderness OR: Osprey (with trout), Clark’s Nutcracker, Elk, Yellow-bellied Marmot, Bobcat, and Seep Monkeyflower.

Then, after I moved to Portland in the late ’90s, I grew to appreciate the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest.  I made a shadowbox which is below:

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Portland Backyard with Coyote, Varied Thrush, Northern Flicker, Bushy-tailed Woodrat, Banana Slug, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and Anna’s Hummingbird.

Then, in my final years in Oregon when I was a wildlife biology student at OSU, I visited Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wetland tucked into the surrounding sea of sagebrush with the Steens Mountains as a backdrop. It was the first place I saw a nighthawk. Here’s a shadowbox I made:

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the Steens Mountains, American White Pelicans, Common Nighthawk, Jackrabbit (ear tips), Bobolink, Western Grebes, and Weasel.