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Lost Birds & Second Chances: A Virtual Tour of Todd Mcgrain's Lost Birds Sculptures

Thursday, April 22, 2021
3:30pm - 4:30pm Eastern Online Event

Lost Birds & Second Chances: A Virtual Tour of Todd Mcgrain's Lost Birds Sculptures

April 22, 2021

To celebrate and acknowledge Earth Day, join us in collaboration with Fairfield University Art Museum for a special virtual program to highlight our earth's most fragile creatures. Our vanished species not only tell us stories of the past but send us a plea to prevent the same fate from falling on other species. The National Audubon Society was formed out of the desire to halt the inevitable extinction of birds being harvested for the use of feathers and new challenges exist in birds’ lives to this day.  

To give insight into the natural history of our extinct bird species, Greenwich Audubon naturalist Ryan MacLean will lead a virtual tour through artist Todd McGrain’s Lost Bird sculptures which are currently displayed outside the Fairfield University Art Museum. This monumental collection features five sculptures of bird species that have disappeared forever and serve as memorials to them in the locations which they were last seen in the wild. Not only will you hear information on each species’ demise but also life history information, biology and information on similar species to these extinct birds that are still found in Connecticut.  We will also talk about the valuable lessons we have learned in the conservation efforts to protect these and other birds that have received a second chance at survival. You will get to see some of the Greenwich Audubon Center's preserved specimens of several of these species whose lives balance on the brink if we don't act to protect them.

As an incredibly special treat we will also be joined live by Todd McGrain who will detail his work creating the Lost Bird sculptures and his inspiration to promote awareness for the protection of our threatened species. Each species has a story to tell and more importantly a role in helping to maintain our thriving and healthy ecosystem for us as people. Through these pieces of art they also serve as a monument not only to species we lost, but as a reminder that we stand to lose countless more birds if action is not taken. 

This program is a special offering in collaboration with the Fairfield University Art Museum, as part of their Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks exhibit and program offerings from January 22 – May 14, 2021.

  • Program Fee: FREE
  • No pre-registration is required
  • Nature enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels are welcome
  • To view this livestream program, go to the Greenwich Audubon Center Facebook homepage or our Facebook videos page when the livestream is scheduled to begin. You do not have to have a Facebook account to view and enjoy this online experience.
  • Donations Appreciated: If you wish to make a donation to support the birds and wildlife that Audubon protects, please go to greenwich.audubon.org/support-our-work.

For questions, please contact Ryan MacLean at ryan.maclean@audubon.org or 203-930-1353.

Photo: Great Auk. Creative Commons, John Gould/ The Birds of Great Britain

Greenwich Audubon Center is a vibrant nature education center located at the main 285-acre Audubon sanctuary in Greenwich. We are a part of the Audubon Connecticut state office of the National Audubon Society and Atlantic Flyway, and steward a total of seven sanctuaries in the Greenwich area. Our mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our miles of trails, nature programs, education resources, conservation-themed events, and nature store throughout the year.

We support a diverse and inclusive environment, and welcome individuals of all races, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, and perspectives. We work with families to modify programs for accessibility where possible.

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