Friday Night’s Birds, Brews & Bites:
Fifty Nests & the Birds that Built Them with Keynote Speaker Sharon Beals
Friday, April 26, 2019
Cocktail Hour: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Keynote: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Tickets: $TBA | 100 Participants
Join us for an evening with Sharon Beals, an award-winning San Francisco Bay photographer and author who is passionate about the survival issues facing so many avian species today. Our evening will start with an outdoor social gathering with food, drink and music. This is one of the only opportunities to gather as a group, meet Sharon, our guides, staff and other attendees. Following the social, we will gather in our seating area to hear Sharon’s keynote.
The keynote will focus on Sharon's book, Nests, Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them, which was designed to invite viewers who might never pick up a pair of binoculars to learn about the challenges they face. Her gorgeous photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. Drawn from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, these birds' nests from around the world offer astonishing insight into the intricate detail wrought by nature's most fastidious architects.
But survival for so many birds is tenuous in a modern world where habitat loss is as common as the next housing development, and even subtle changes in climate can affect food supply. Besides showing her photographs of nests, she will lead a discussion on what we can do in our own lives to help the survival of birds, both near and far, and how art can bring awareness and appreciation for birds and inspire their protection. She will also share a bit about her upcoming book focusing on nests of extinct and endangered species.
Sharon Beals, a San Francisco-based artist who has photographed nests of various species, all collected sometime in the past two centuries and preserved in the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology and the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, which are highlighted in her book, Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Them. Much of Beals’ work has an environmental bent. For a past project, she photographed still lifes made from plastic trash floating in lakes and the ocean. Beal became interested in birds when reading Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a 1999 book by naturalist Scott Weidensaul. She learned about the incredible migrations of Arctic terns and blackpoll warblers and also about the habitat and food supply loss along many of the species’ routes. Much of Beals’ work has an environmental bent. For a past project, she photographed still lifes made from plastic trash floating in lakes and the ocean. Beals explains in an artist statement. See her full bio.