Due to COVID-19 we were not able to hold our summertime Highland Wonders field trips. But never fear! Artists have shared techniques, instructions and their artistic process by video so that you can watch, enjoy, learn and, if you like, create nature inspired art right in your own back yard. Many thanks to Ken Vander Stoep, Claudia Makeyev, Sadie and Emma Hanley and Owen and Andrew Weddle for inspiring us to observe nature and to create!

Oil Pastels with Ken Vander Stoep: a guided lesson in color technique and the use of oil pastels to create a work in the style of American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.
Scientific Illustration: professional scientific illustrator, Claudia Makeyev, shares her process and techniques for creating accurate depictions of creatures using scientific literature, measurement and watercolors.
FOR KIDS! Shadow Art: kids ages 7-12 demonstrate how to create colorful abstractions of shadows they find outdoors.

OHA kicked off the summer’s of 2020’s Highland Wonders with a Weekend Birding Challenge! The official event took place on May 30-31 but if you want to participate, choose any consecutive two days that works for you! We will send you a bluebird box kit when you share your results.

There are two challenge options. Choose the one that fits you best, or do both! The challenge runs from Saturday, May 30 to Sunday, May 31. Send your results to jen@okanoganhighlands.org by Monday, June 1.

Challenge 1: Keep a list of the bird species that you see in your yard or wherever you may be. Take pictures if you can! Send your approximate sighting location, species list and pictures by Monday, June 1 to jen@okanoganhighlands.org. An anonymous donor is giving OHA $5 for the first 40 species identified! Let us know if you’d like to add to the pot!


Challenge 2: Build a bird’s nest out of materials that you find in nature and send a picture of your engineering feat to jen@okanoganhighlands.org. For inspiration, check this out: https://nestwatch.org/learn/focal-species/

Cedar Waxwing

Attached below is our “Birding Care Package” with lots of fun resources for watching, listening to and caring for our local birds. Also attached is a tried-and-true bluebird box blueprint, from local bird box expert Dale Swedberg. In the near future we will be assembling bird box kits to distribute to interested community members, and we will also provide a “how to” video for assembly and care of the boxes. Let us know if we can put you on the list to receive a kit! 

Backyard sighting of a Say’s Phoebe with its offspring. May 31, 2020.

Thanks to all who participated this weekend! We had a total of 36 species reported, which means our donor is giving $180 to OHA. Great work!

Weekend Birding Challenge Results
Cedar waxwing
Chipping sparrow
Vesper sparrow 
House wren
Raven
American robin
Black-headed grosbeak
Red-naped sapsucker
Song sparrow
Violet-green swallow
wood-pewee
red-tailed hawk
Cassin’s finch
Willow flycatcher
Sora
Spotted towhee
European starling 
Mountain chickadee
Turkey
Pine siskin
Swainson’s thrush
Poorwill
Wood pewee
Nighthawk 
Common Loon
Raven
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Mallard
Wilson’s Snipe
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Tree Swallow
Flicker
Eastern Kingbird
Say’s Phoebe
California Quail
Eurasian Collared Dove
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