One of the many Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) I saw that beautiful spring day in the Shawangunk Grasslands while looking for the rare Henslow’s Sparrow that was visiting. This is a male bobolink in breeding plumage. In the winter they look more like sparrow, although they are closer related to the Icterids (Blackbirds, Orioles, Meadowlarks & Cowbirds). Bobolinks are named after their unique fast cheerful bubbling warbling song.
One of my oil on mylar paintings, "In the tall prairie grass-Bobolink", currently showing at the District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver Arts Council. The show is titled "Lost birds and small things." The Bobolink has the longest migration of all North American song birds, flying 20,000 km from mid-Argentina to mid-Canada. Continual habitat loss to large-scale farming and development and exposure to pesticides have all contributed to the decline in numbers. #artshow#northvanartscouncil#bobolink#endangeredspecies#endangeredsongbirds#oilonmylar#oilpainting
@world_wildlife found that between 2015 and 2016, 2.5 million acres of grasslands were lost in the U.S. & Canada. Unfortunately, the loss doesn’t end there. We recently found that grassland birds declined on average by 69% from 1970 to 2014 in Canada. Habitat loss contributes to wildlife loss, so the link here is strong. We must restore habitats and reverse the decline. #StopWildlifeLoss ---
Entre 2015 et 2016, 2,5 millions d’acres de prairies ont disparu au États-Unis et au Canada. Malheureusement, ça ne s’arrête pas là. Nous avons constaté un déclin d’oiseaux de prairies de 69 % au pays, entre 1970 et 2014. La perte d’habitat contribue au déclin d’espèces. Nous devons restaurer les habitats et renverser la tendance au déclin. #plusdeconservation
On the international coffee day we are having a big moment. The last beans of our first Isla espresso are in the hopper. Thank you @fafcoffees and to the family of Dos Santos for supplying us with their coffee!