Nine birds on International Migratory Bird Day poster reveal why all birds matter

5/9/2014 | 0

2014_IMBDTomorrow is International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s theme is “Why Birds Matter.”

The artwork created for this year’s poster showcases how humans and nature benefit from birds. It features nine birds that provide important ecological or cultural services.

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Red-tailed Hawk (at top of the tree, or 12 o’clock) controls rodents, Yellow Warbler (at one o’clock) and Barn Swallow (four o’clock) keep insects in check, American Robin (10 o’clock) disperses seeds, while Turkey Vulture (five o’clock) cleans up.

Broad-tailed (eight o’clock) and Ruby-throated (center) Hummingbirds are pollinators, Peregrine Falcon (nine o’clock) is an indicator of environmental change, and Great Egret (three o’clock) inspires the arts.

Haitian metal artist Elias St. Louis created the art from a 55-gallon steel drum. To create the IMBD 2014 piece, he shaped the metal, sculpted the birds, and added detail to the tree using a hammer and a chisel. The traditional art of converting oil drums into amazing wall sculptures began in the 1940s and is a mark of Haitian imagination and resourcefulness, supporting families and providing a source of income.

Watch a video about steel drum art.

Visit a gallery of Haitian art.

Read more about International Migratory Bird Day.

See a list of fun birding events taking place this weekend.

A version of this story appeared in the June 2014 issue of BirdWatching magazine. Subscribe.