Example of a recent painting, showing an interest in habitats and life cycles. These tiny Western Screech Owls (Megascops kennicottii macfarlanei) were nesting here every year, in the same area. Last summer (2019) we didn't see or hear any except briefly at the beginning of the summer, but now in 2020 we have heard some of the little owls back again!
There are very few of these small raptors left in British Columbia. In the conservation area, the small Western Screech Owls usually stay well hidden, but occasionally we see one or two parent owls keeping a watch over their young. It is a very special treat when we hear the quiet bouncing trills go back and forth in the middle of the night, but when they make more agitated sounds we always wonder what dangers they might be facing.
This painting was on display at the Kelowna Public Art Gallery in British Columbia January and February 2020, but it was not made available for sale until June 2020 in connection with the Artists for Conservation. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the original painting will go to the Nature Trust of British Columbia. There are no archival prints available yet, but the artist might consider including it in a calendar or a Giclée edition to contribute to fundraising for the Friends of Woodhaven Nature Conservancy.