This Artist’s Life

A little art, a little nature, a bit of gardening

A Trip to the Zoo

A Trip to the Zoo

Well, it certainly has been awhile, hasn’t it? In mid-November, my 83 year old mom fell, fracturing a vertebra in her neck. The weeks that followed have been a blur of hospitalization, in-patient physical therapy, helping/giving moral support to my dad (now 92), and... read more
Killin’ it with Robert Bateman

Killin’ it with Robert Bateman

A huge highlight of the opening weekend of the 55th Annual Members’ Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) was the Saturday workshop presentation by Canadian artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman. Credit for this remarkable opportunity goes to Jan Martin... read more

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Society of Animal Artists Artists for Conservation

My Bird and Wildlife Yard List

BIRDS: Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Purple Finch, Slate-Colored Junco, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Wood Thrush, House Wren, House Finch, Carolina Wren, American Goldfinch, Cardinal, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Mourning Dove, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Common Grackle, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, American Robin, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Crow, Common Raven, Wild Turkey, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Peahen (escapee), Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Parakeet (escapee), Mallard Duck, Wood Duck, Canada Goose

ANIMALS: Mink, Weasel, White-tailed Deer, Red Fox, Coyote, Opossum, Raccoon, Cottontail Rabbit, Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel (black phase or melanistic), Red Squirrel, Flying Squirrel (this one actually got in the house!) Eastern Chipmunk, Eastern American Toad, Wood Frog, Northern Spring Peeper, Chorus Frog, Leopard (?) Frog, Garter Snake, Milk Snake, Red-spotted Newt, Snapping Turtle, Painted Turtle, Meadow Vole, Eastern Mole, Deer Mouse, House Mouse, Bats (not sure what kind), Woodchuck

My Eco-region:

Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands,
83f – Mohawk Valley (central NY State)
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5B (-15F to -10F)[Previously Zone 4B (-25F to -20F)] Average date of first frost: October 1
Average date of last frost: May 20
Frost-free days: 134
Annual precipitation: 44.6″
Average annual snowfall: 88.3″


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