Migration Madness 2021 Grand Prize: an original owl carving being created specially for the Birdathon
Work in progress: Keith Mueller is carving this Costa Rican Pygmy Owl as a Birdathon prize.
May 12, 2021 — We just received the details from bird carver Keith Mueller about the carving he is creating for the 2021 Migration Madness Birdathon grand prize.
Keith is an amazing artist, and it is an incredible honor to have him create an original work just for the Migration Madness Birdathon, May 14-16.
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We will hold a drawing for the carving. To be eligible, you must raise at least $40 and submit an eBird checklist with at least 40 species.
For participants 12 and under, the thresholds are $25 and 25 species.
(Connecticut Audubon staff and their families are not eligible, but members of the Board of Directors and our regional board are eligible.)
About his new work, Keith said: “The carving is a Costa Rican Pygmy Owl ‘decoy’ used for study for the Pygmy Owl in its indigenous high elevation cloud forest home in the Savegre Valley in S W Costa Rica.
“Decoys like this one are used to study the territoriality behavior of the Owls and to study and document the interaction with passerine species that the Owl preys on.”
It’s a great prize. Keith has also donated a painting of a Hairy Woodpecker.
Artist and illustrator Patrick J. Lynch has contributed two prints and a copy of his “A Field Guide to Long Island Sound,” published by Yale University Press.
Photographer and artist Mark Szantyr has contributed a painting of American Avocets and a photo. Wildlife artist David Stumpo has contributed a print of one of his beautiful watercolors.
Learn more about the Migration Madness Birdathon prizes by clicking here.