WONDER: THE ART OF BIRD NESTS

WONDER: THE ART OF BIRD NESTS
Photography by Sharon Beals
Helene Sturdivant Mayne Photography Gallery
On view through December 31, 2017

Bird nests, even without knowing which birds constructed them, seem hardly possible. Creations of spider’s web, caterpillar cocoon, plant down, mud, found modern objects, human and animal hair, mosses, lichen, feathers and down, sticks and twigs-all are woven with beak and claw into a bird’s best effort to protect their next generation. 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. It is my hope that capturing the detailed art form of the nests in these photographs will gain appreciation for their builders, and inspire their protection. ~ Sharon Beals

Selected in collaboration with celebrated Bolinas avian expert and illustrator, Keith Hansen, this exhibition features intimate and detailed photographs by San Francisco photographer and author Sharon Beals of nest and egg specimens collected over the last two centuries and housed in national institutions, including The California Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian’s American Museum of Natural History