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Dimensions: 11 x 14 inches
Materials: Rembrandt soft pastels and Carbothello pastel pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat
Original available here
The bobolink is one of my favorite birds to see in the spring and summer months, when their R2D2-like songs sound across the grasslands. This particular individual was seen in West Virginia, where I was located during the summer of 2021 to help conduct bird surveys across the Monongahela National Forest. The grassland there was buzzing with life, from insects to birds to coyotes in an ecosystem that was shared with cows. Unfortunately, such a lively habitat is becoming less and less common as grasslands are lost to development or agriculture. Thousands of acres are lost each year, putting grassland-dependent species such as this bobolink at risk.
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