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Hawaii's Endangered Birds

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013

By: Jessica McLoughlin (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

The Wildling Museum presents a new exhibition, Hawaiiís Endangered Birds by Marian Berger. On view November 9, 2013 Ė March 17, 2014 at the Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang.

Marian Bergerís series of original watercolors was inspired by John J. Audubonís (1785-1851) body of work documenting bird species across the United States. Audubon never made it to the Hawaiian Islands, and so this series, although done more than a century after Audubonís work, fills that void beautifully. The exhibit will explore the artistís inspiration, a sampling of Audubon memorabilia, and the current status of Hawaiiís native bird population. The first half of Bergerís series will be on view until January 20, 2014 and on January 29, 2014 the second set of watercolors will be unveiled.

Prior to colonization there were more than 140 native species and subspecies of birds living on the Hawaiian Islands. Now only 37 endemic species remain and 30 of those are federally listed as endangered, and many of these are critical with fewer than 500 individuals. The Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program is a collaborative effort working to protect and preserve the species that remain. The exhibition highlights these birds and the habitats they call home.

The Wildling Museum will lead a special trip in January 2014 to San Diego to learn more about the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program and San Diego Zoo Globalís role in the effort. With visits, private tours, and speakers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the Institute for Conservation Research, and the San Diego Zoo it is sure to be a memorable weekend. For more information on the trip please call (805) 686-8216.

Also on view at the Wildling, The Santa Ynez River and Watershed as Seen by The Oak Group, through January 6, 2014.


The Wildling Museum, where art and nature meet, offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists, education and field experiences, guests can renew their relationship with the wilderness and understand its fragile nature - hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring those spaces remain for future generations. For more information, to volunteer and/or join as a member to support this important local arts and nature institution please visit, call 805-688-1082, or email The Museum is located at 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, California. The Museum is open from 11:00am to 5:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the Museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Museum is closed Tuesday.

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