Keynote Speaker Announced

We are proud to announce Tony Angell as the Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest! His keynote address "The Age of Owls" will follow the Birders' BBQ at Red Tail Canyon Farm on Saturday, May 21.

Angell is a noted wildlife artist and author. He has written and illustrated several books focusing on birds, and contributed illustrations to others. His illustrations for In the Company of Crows and Ravens won the V&A Illustration Awards in 2006.

He is an accomplished sculptor adept at working in bronze and stone. He has shown his work regularly for some forty years and is included in collections at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the Gilcrease Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Angell was the head of the Office of Environmental Education at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for over thirty years. He also served as chairman and a member of the board with the Washington State chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

He offers the following excerpt as a preview to his keynote address:

“Found throughout the world, owls are unique in their capacity to influence human culture. They are the source of artistic inspiration, enduring myths and innumerable literary references. All owls possess singular sensory capacities to live in conditions we still know very little of and some have also become iconic species in their struggles to survive in environments dramatically altered by human enterprise and folly.
Owls remain species of awe, but when we watch and listen closely to these birds we discover that they also convey ecologic truths — they tell of cycles and balances in nature and reveal the intimate and complex behavior of another sentient being. Some are among the advanced guard facing the onslaught of climate change and their responses will inform how we respond. As owls endure, so will the mysteries of the natural world about us that invite inquiry and lead to understanding and reconciliation.”