Imaging by Thomas Hayden
This room welcomes you to the interpretive center. We feature all forms of art that showcase the impressive features that all birds have. Exhibit area changes seasonally. Past exhibits include: Nick Dunlop Peregrine Falcon photography exhibit, California Condor art exhibit, and Burke Museum Arctic Wings exhibit.
A new collection of photos that explores the phenomenon of bird migration to the Arctic is on display at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center of Birds of Prey, February 1 to July 31, 2011. “Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration” features 30 large-format color images that capture the global bird biodiversity abundantly represented in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an ecosystem that is crucial to the survival of more than 190 bird species. The display is being held in conjunction with an international conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 3 2011, on the effects of climate change on Gyrfalcons and other wildlife sponsored by The Peregrine Fund, Boise State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists, policy analysts, land managers and other conservationists from around the world attended the conference, “Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World.”
Each year, millions of birds travel great distances to feeding and breeding grounds in the Arctic. Birds from six continents and all 50 American states migrate to the refuge to take advantage of the 24-hour summer daylight and plentiful, rich food sources. Hundreds of thousands of birds nest on the coastal plain of Alaska during breeding season, mating and storing up fat for the long migration to southern wintering grounds. The traveling exhibit was organized by the Burke Museum in Seattle and Braided River, the conservation imprint of The Mountaineers Books. The exhibit is based on the companion book of the same title.