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Kim Middleton

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for March, 2012

Kim has supported nature conservation throughout her life.  Her dedication with bird conservation is apparent with her recent support and art donations to The Peregrine Fund, Alaska Raptor Center, Raptor Research Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Friends of the Forest, and the conservation efforts of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.  Kim also volunteers with the San Juan County Land Bank leading community bird walks, conducts bird surveys for Indian Island Marine Health Observatory, and assisting at the AFC Nature Art Festival.

 

Growing up in Sitka, Alaska shaped Kim's independent, adventurous, and inquisitive personality. This small, remote island community nestled in abundant wilderness cultivated a strong appreciation for nature. After receiving a degree in biology and chemistry from Western Washington University, she worked as a chemist for the timber industry. Unable to fit into corporate America, Kim volunteered with the US Peace Corps. Teaching science in a small village in the inhospitable Kalahari Desert of Africa gave her the adventure she craved and helped her grasp the importance of following her passion.

 

"I have been an avid bird enthusiast from my earliest memories. Upon my return to the USA, I focused my efforts on blending my career with my passion for bird conservation. I work closely with birds as an ornithologist, bird trainer, wildlife rehabilitator, environmental educator, and avian artist.

 

I believe people will only protect those things that are dear to them.  Birds are global creatures, and to save birds, we must save our planet.  Therefore, my personal mission is to bring bird appreciation to every household through art, education, and conservation efforts.  I utilize my intimate knowledge of birds to represent them in my paintings.  I prefer to work in transparent oil paint, and build thin layers of primary colors to develop form and achieve rich, multifaceted hues in my paintings. I yearn to spark the viewer's interest in birds through compelling compositions, evoking emotions, and establishing a sense of awe for birds. I feel my paintings are another opportunity to share my passion for birds and to educate the public.”

 

As an avid ornithologist, she finds getting out into the field is a great opportunity to witness the complexity and beauty of nature.  The sophistication of the avian world amazes and moves her. The elaborate feather patterns, specialized adaptations, and enlightening behaviors of birds inspire her art.  Working with birds allows Kim the opportunity to closely study their intricate activities, examine their structural make-up, and revel in individual personalities to give her unique insights into their personal world.  Some of Kim’s conservation work involved monitoring reintroduced Harpy Eagles in Panama; assisting Snowy Owl research in Barrow, Alaska and Ferruginous Hawk banding in Boise, Idaho; searching for a hybridization zone of a Manakin species in Panama; and conducting various bird surveys.  She also trains a variety of eagles, falcons, hawks, owls and corvids for environmental education, rehabilitates injured birds and raises orphaned baby birds for release.

 

"My passion for birds is strong, so I strive to meld all facets of my life around birds, whether I am painting, conducting biologic work, teaching, or traveling. Currently, I am focusing on creating avian art that teaches the viewer about birds. One of my favorite subjects is the feather. "

 

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