It isn’t all service and no fun: A small group of ARMN has met a few times informally to practice sketching. The charismatic Ms. Owl at Gulf Branch Nature Center makes a perfect and natural model.
One of the artists, Cathy Broad, says, “The barred owl posed very nicely, after some curiosity at human attention.” Below are Cathy’s lovely sketches of Ms. Owl.
Please join the ARMN Sketching Group for informal sketching sessions starting later this summer. Email Kelly Brown KellyB2dogs@gmail.com if you’d like to be added to an email list to help plan or to be alerted about upcoming sessions.
Read Catherine Howell’s March 23 post Gulf Branch Welcomes Mr., errr…Ms. Owl to discover the story behind the barred owl’s mistaken identity.
By Catherine Howell
Can you spot Ms. Barred Owl?
Photo by David Howell.
The guest of honor didn’t have much to say, but that didn’t bother any of the Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center who came out on the evening of March 10 to celebrate ”Mr.” Owl and the handsome house the barred owl occupies on the center’s upper terrace. The ecologically friendly wood-and-mesh Owl House, built with private donations, hugs a gentle slope and is just the right size for a growing juvenile Strix varia.
Dozens of GBNC enthusiasts visited with the newcomer, who came to the nature center following the unexpected demise of Gulf Branch’s previous resident barred owl last year.
Mr. Owl, it turned out, was honored under somewhat false pretenses. Continue reading