Illustration: Eric Nyquist

The Aviary

Where birds inspire art, awe, and action

At Audubon we believe art inspires action. In this series we ask artists to explore the intersection of birds and art as a catalyst for shifting perspectives and perceptions. The Aviary is an evolution of The Illustrated Aviary, which ran from 2013-2021 and invited artists to reinterpret John James Audubon’s original watercolors through their own unique style. In its new iteration, we’ve widened the series to include artists in any medium who are motivated to educate and inspire people to take action on behalf of birds. Artwork from this series is included on the back page of every issue of the quarterly Audubon magazine. You can receive the magazine by becoming a member of Audubon today.

The Aviary

I’ll See You When I Get There

Artist Kirsten Furlong uses ink and acrylic to capture Bobolinks’ seemingly magical journeys.
The Aviary

A Sculpture That Captures the Dry Reality for Black-necked Stilts

The Aviary

Every Bird Counts in This Incredibly Detailed Visual Checklist

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John James Audubon: Confused, Wrong, or Neither?

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Little Blue Heron. Illustration: John James Audubon