Eugenia Becker heronflight99 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 8 13:24:48 PDT 2018

Birder’s Night - Tuesday, September 11, 2018- 6:30 PM
The Carrier Room - First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street, Salem 

"Seeing Birds through the Eyes of an Artist"
--Jon Janosik
For our first Birder’s Night of the season we present a Willamette Valley avian treasure, bird artist Jon Janosik of Hubbard.   Jon has devoted his entire lifetime to the study and illustration of birds and their environments.  Jon will share some of his magnificent pieces with us, and he will show us how a bird’s image is brought to fruition, from its structural biology to its behavior to its placement in the natural landscape.  Not to be missed in Jon’s larger pieces are his detailed renderings of native plants and the ecosystems which support the birds. 
Jon was lucky enough as adolescent to be a rural neighbor of Roger Tory Peterson, who took him “under his wing” and started him down this path.   Jon trained as a zoologist as well as an artist, and he has traveled with scientists to study and illustrate birds throughout the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and most recently Japan and the islands of the Far East.  You will find his name in the credits for the shorebirds section of the National Geographic ''Field Guide to North American Birds'', and in ''Birds of the Ligonier Valley'' (Carnegie Museum) ,''The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding'', ''An Audubon Handbook ,Western/Eastern Birds'', and ''Book of North American Birds'' (Readers Digest Books).   Janosik’s work has been exhibited in the British Museum in London, the Smithsonian, the Carnegie Museum, and in Japan in  Moji Art Gallery, the Kobe Museum,  and the Kirritappu Wetland Center.  He has been featured in a segment of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat  .
Jon has called Western Oregon his home for over 35 years.  He deeply appreciates the access to both the mountains and the sea and loves how they provide a gateway to a “wildness” which in him evokes the sense of the ''primal'' or fundamental earth. 
His personal goal now is to help support the lives and conservation of the birds which have supported his life. Cranes and sea birds are of particular interest.   He works on their behalf in the USA and Japan. In recent months Jon has been working on illustrations of endangered species for the International Ornithological Congress 2018 session in Vancouver, British Columbia.
To see a curated gallery of Janosik’s work sponsored by the Straub Environmental Center, be sure to visit “Eco Hub”, a new gathering place at the Willamette Heritage Center (Tuesdays through Thursdays only; Noon to 5 pm) in Salem’s Mission Mill,  1313 Mill Street SE,  Thursday, August 9 – Thursday, November 29.
Birder’s Night is a monthly program presented by Salem Audubon Society on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. The meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church. Please enter through the office entrance at 600 State Street.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Salem Audubon always appreciates donations to support its conservation, education and stewardship programs.  Call Salem Audubon at 503-588-7340 with any questions.
Eugenia Becker, Chair
Salem Audubon Birder’s Night
heronflight99 at gmail.com

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