As warblers flit around the blossoming trees, capturing early-emerging insects, birders are once again challenged to train their binoculars on them and identify them by field marks, behavior and song. One of the surest ways to cement the identity of a bird in your memory is to create your own out of wood, carving its shape and painting its particular colors and patterns. On Saturday, June 1st, from 10:30 am – 4 pm, join Steven Valleau, Carver-in-Residence at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor for a one-day workshop after which you will instantly recognize a Yellow Warbler whenever you encounter one. While yellow is a color common to many warbler species, Dendroica petechia, rocks that sunny hue most of all, making it a handsome subject for the Museum’s annual whittle-a-warbler workshop.
Whether you have always wanted to give bird carving a try, or want a unique way to hone your identification skills, this workshop will enhance your artistic and naturalist talents. Rain or shine, the Yellow Warbler and the Museum’s great collection of other carved birds are “guaranteed sightings.” Visitors are welcome throughout the workshop to watch the progress from block to bird. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop. Fees, inclusive of instruction and all materials, are $25 for non-members, $20 for Wendell Gilley Museum members. Tools may be borrowed during the workshop and/or purchased in the Museum shop. Register by phone at 207-244-7555 or in person. May hours at the Museum are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM, with last admission to the galleries at 3:30 PM, expanding to Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM in June. Information about future programs is available at the Museum or on its Website: www.wendellgilleymuseum.org.