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A Universal Language

"The Phantom of Yellowstone," Great Gray Owl. 2017

"The Phantom of Yellowstone," Great Gray Owl. 2017

 

Number of Birds Met: 799

Newest Bird: Waved Albatross

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November 11, 2017. Espanola, Galapagos, Ecuador

 

Number of Birds Drawn: 239

Newest Bird Drawn: Snowcap

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The mission

The moments that you share with wildlife are special. For a magical instance, your existence and that of a wild thing have collided. In these intimate moments, there is an undeniable acknowledgement that people and animals coexist together, sharing the same earth.

Art is a means to share these powerful moments. It is a way to remember the way that an incredible creature lived out its life before you, granting you private access to something primal and wild that is often lost amidst the bustle of human culture. 

Drawing 10,000 Birds is a personal mission to meet every single one of the 10,000-plus species of birds in the world and to record the experience of meeting each bird in art. It is an initiative that seeks to promote art as a means to better understand and interpret that natural environment across all age groups and parts of the world. Birds are creatures that defy both cultural and geographic barriers; they are beings that connect everyone in the world through a universal language of recognition. 

 

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It's about everyone. 

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It's about everyone. 

"The Universal Language of Birds." 2017

"The Universal Language of Birds." 2017

Education for Conservation

To inspire people to get outside, Drawing 10,000 Birds teaches nature journaling and other environmental education classes. Exploring the experience of the natural world through art helps record the emotional aspects of the experience while promoting the scientific inquiry of observation and discovery. 

An online community gallery has been launched to compile these experiences from contributors all over the world. Hopefully, a team effort will one day create a gallery that really does feature all of the world's 10,000-plus species of birds! 

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We are in this together.

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We are in this together.

"The Ancient Ones," California Condor. 2016

"The Ancient Ones," California Condor. 2016

Giving Back

And, most importantly, it is a partnership between artists and the winged creatures that inspire them. Without birds, there would be no bird art. Therefore, the artwork created through these shared moments is meant to benefit both artist and birds. Even though the artwork might be abstract, each bird is meant to be recognized as its own species. Moreover, five percent of all profits are donated to organizations that promotes the conservation of birds and their habitats or that pursue environmental justice.