Links to sites featuring campus birds and Science Art


  Birds of Stanford website



-- Includes coverage for 125 species seen many years on the academic reserve and 150 related
    essays from The Birder's Handbook (Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin, and Darryl Wheye. 1988.
    Simon & Schuster, New York)
-- Provides a printable Checklist of Campus Birds
-- Features invited artists whose works portraying birds that may be seen on campus are presented as
    Science Art (art that includes a caption providing a science lens)
-- Includes a gallery of submitted photographs and artwork of campus birds
-- Identifies birds in four avian-rich campus areas: the Arboretum (including, the Mausoleum, the
    Cactus Garden and Memorial Marsh), the central Campus, the Dish area and Lake Lagunita
-- Provides a form for submitting campus bird sightings and observations that will help annotate
    species coverage, and a form for submitting images to the website's Gallery

  Art at Exits: Seeing Stanford Species website



-- 2014: the exhibit and its web coverage begin with the installation of 10 works by Audubon featuring
    nearby birds
-- Installations are placed in nine buildings near exits opening toward areas the featured birds might be
-- Accompanying text includes captions that provide a science lens, campus locations of the species
    portrayed, any sustainability issues and related artwork and research
-- National Audubon Society provides digital images of the Audubons, VKK Signmakers prints the
    images and installs custom acrylic displays pro bono, while the Bill Lane Center for the American
    West, the Stanford Arts Institute, the Center for Conservation Biology and Science Art-Nature
    supports or sponsors the exhibit

-- November 2016: a digital display is posted in Y2E2, making it the 10th campus building to
    participate and the first to present a slide show
-- the slide show features the Western Fence Lizard as the species seen near Y2E2 and includes five
    additional "Stanford" species involved in Y2E2 research
-- Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve sponsors the slide show

Green Library Bird Art Installation at the East Portal (near Coupa Cafe)

-- Wall of bird art is dedicated to Stanford President emeritus Donald Kennedy "to honor his support of
    Stanford and the natural world"
-- Includes nine paintings and drawings of campus birds by Darryl Wheye
-- Images and Science Art captions are posted online.

A short paper on mimicry possibly relevant to bird predation: Are there caterpillars on butterfly wings?



-- Prof. Paul Ehrlich and Darryl Wheye ask what effect such mimicry would have on birds and other
    predators. That is, would the markings on a chemically-defended larva that also appear on the wings
    of a butterfly, deter a predator that avoids the larva?
-- Citizen science project to find more examples of butterflies with larva-like patterns on their wings has
    been posted through iNaturalist (See the example to the right.)
-- Interested in leading the citizen science project? Contact

Hummingbird Garden planted at Green Library



-- Fall 2015 a garden is planted behind the half-wall at the Library's East portal, which opens toward
    Coupa Cafe and Meyer Green
-- Garden is an outgrowth of the Art at Exits (above) installation at Green Library, which presents
    Audubon's Anna's Hummingbird
-- Garden is designed to provide year-round nectar for the three species of hummingbirds seen on
    campus (Anna's, Allen's and Rufous Hummingbirds)
-- Foraging hummingbirds can be watched through floor-to-ceiling windows from within the library

Birds of Stanford: 30 Species Seen on the Main Campus.



-- Pocket-sized, 44-page booklet provides color photographs and brief accounts of 30 commonly seen
    campus species. Here's a sample page.
-- By Darryl Wheye, Donald Kennedy, Gretchen C. Daily, and Paul R. Ehrlich.
-- Photographs by Rohan Kamath.
-- Available from the Stanford Bookstore ($10.99). (Look in 'All Things Stanford' section. If you don't see
    it, please ask customer service.)

Self-Guiding Podcast Tour of Campus Plants, Animals, and Science Art



-- Donald Kennedy, Paul Ehrlich, Katherine Preston and Darryl Wheye present two loops:
     Loop 2: goes from the Quad to the New Guinea Sculpture Garden, the edge of Lake Lagunita,
         Kingscote Garden and the Kennedy Grove
     Loop 7: goes from the Law School's Canfield Court to the Bing Wing of Green Library, the Citrus
         Courtyard and the Quad

Registry of Bird Artists


-- Registry of more than 100 international artists designed as an aid for writers seeking original art to
    accompany their publications
-- Seeks to encourage the creation of great, biologically informative art (Science Art), to expand the
    publication and exhibition of high-end images and to broaden the audience interested in learning
    about advances in bird biology and challenges to conservation efforts
-- Includes a virtual Science Art Exhibit
-- Updating the artists' images and information and producing another virtual exhibit await funding.

Science Art



-- Science Art-Nature is an NPO that provides information about Science Art (images of nature
    presented with a caption that provides a science lens). Among its goals are the production of virtual
    Science Art Exhibits such as:

     "Challenges of Climate Change 2019-2021" launched 2020

     "Windows on Evolution: An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin," launched Darwin's Day, 2013

     "Bringing Symposia to Life," inspired by the 2011 annual meeting of the AAAS in Washington, DC
     and supported, in part, by the Stanford Arts Institute and the Center for Conservation Biology

     "The Art of Science," produced in conjunction with the 2010 Pacific Division AAAS meeting and      supported in part by the Stanford Arts Institute and the Center for Conservation Biology



-- Sample pages from Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens
     (Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy, 2008. Yale University Press, New Haven. Published with
      assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Public Understanding of Science and Technology      Program.)

Book shows how viewing images as Science Art can often provide insight into human attitudes
      toward animals and their environment, and sometimes provide insight into the results of research.      Using a science lens when looking at the art may help viewers decode a truth about nature they
     might otherwise have overlooked, from conveying basic biology and natural history to tracking the
      effects of global climate change
Book served as the basis for forming the NGO Science Art-Nature (above)

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