BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE NOTE: APRIL 23, 2001
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"ON A WING AND A PRAYER
THE MIGRATORY BIRDS OF THE AMERICAS"
COPYRIGHT 2001 ARTHUR MORRIS/BIRDS AS
A WING AND A PRAYER – MIGRATORY BIRDS OF THE AMERICAS” CELEBRATES
CANON’S COMMITMENT TO BIRD CONSERVATION
Photo Exhibit Calls Attention to Research
by Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, The Nature Conservancy
26, 2001 The Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Canon, U.S.A.,
Inc., and the Nature Conservancy take great pleasure in announcing
the opening of “On a Wing and a Prayer – Migratory Birds of the
Americas.” This exciting exhibit of 64 stunning photographs by
internationally acclaimed nature photographer Arthur Morris
celebrates the diversity, adaptations, and sheer wonder of migratory
birds of the Americas.
“On A Wing And A
Prayer” also highlights the importance of bird conservation and
habitat protection, the focus of The Nature Conservancy’s “Wings of
the Americas” program” and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
(SMBC) -- two leading conservation agencies working to foster a
greater understanding and appreciation of migratory birds through
research, conservation, education, and training.
of the Americas”
four-year-old Nature Conservancy bird habitat conservation program
made possible by Canon, U.S.A. The program’s mission is to protect
critical habitats for bird species throughout the western hemisphere
that are at risk because the lands that sustain them are
disappearing. “Wings of the Americas” focuses the energies of the
Conservancy and its partners – including government entities,
such as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, local businesses
and other conservation groups – on conserving habitats necessary to
the long-term survival of both migratory and resident bird species.
The program draws on the Conservancy’s strengths in science and
habitat protection, as well as on its capacity as a leading
international conservation organization.
Conservancy has done a tremendous job protecting thousands of acres
of forests and nature preserves that shelter migratory birds,” said
Steve Rautenberg, vice president and general manager of corporate
communications for Canon U.S.A. “Canon is proud to have helped The
Conservancy ensure the long-term survival of so many beautiful
grateful to Canon for its ten years of partnership and
encouragement," said Steven McCormick, president and chief executive
officer of The Nature Conservancy. "Canon’s generous contributions
have enabled the Wings of the Americas program to launch
innovative bird conservation initiatives, such as Prairie Wings,
which spans three countries to protect habitat for grassland birds
across their entire annual range."
Since 1990, Canon
U.S.A. has donated more than $10.3 million in funding and equipment
to The Nature Conservancy for “Wings” and other programs. Canon’s
imaging systems expertise has enabled The Nature Conservancy to
employ state-of-the-art digital and single-lens-reflex cameras,
video camcorders, scanners, projectors, image-stabilizing binoculars
and printers to record, transmit and catalogue important information
about endangered birds and their habitats.
Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) combines research, education, training,
and policy analysis to foster throughout the western hemisphere
greater understanding, appreciation, and protection of migratory
birds and the grand phenomenon of bird migration. Its emphasis is on
studying and understanding the causes of declines in migratory bird
populations and their habitats before irreversible changes occur.
From the Northwest Territories and Siberia to Mexico and Guatemala,
and from Cleveland, Ohio, to Panama City, Panama, SMBC has
influenced habitat management actions and helped to raise public
awareness about habitat conservation. In the years ahead, SMBC
research, education, and policy efforts will continue to provide
critical information on, and realistic approaches toward, the
conservation of migratory birds and the wildlife and plants that
share their habitats.
A Wing And A Prayer,” assembled by exhibition curator Miles Roberts,
will be on display through April, 2002, at the Visitors Center,
Amazonia Science Gallery and Bird House at the Smithsonian National
Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. An original Canon “Explorer of
Light” photographer, Arthur Morris has written four books. His most
recent, The Art of Bird Photography: The Complete Guide to
Professional Field Techniques, has quickly become a classic in
the world of nature photography. Morris’s photographs have also
appeared in National Geographic, Natural History,
Audubon, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birder’s World,
Wild Bird, Nature Photographer, Outdoor
Photographer and countless other magazines as well as in
hundreds of books and calendars published around the world.
His first major exhibit hung at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in
Jamestown, New York, during the summer of 1999.
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