The Owl and the Woodpecker: Photographs by Paul Bannick

May 9, 2015 - October 25, 2015

Old City Hall

Northern Saw-whet Owls. Photo by Paul Bannick.

Northern Saw-whet Owls. Photo by Paul Bannick.

May 9 – October 25, 2015, Old City Hall

Featuring the work of Seattle photographer and author Paul Bannick, The Owl & the Woodpecker introduces museum visitors to the most important species of owls and woodpeckers in North America, illustrating how they define and enrich the specific habitats on which they depend, and highlighting the critical importance of conservation. The exhibition includes:

  • Twenty-five large-format, framed color prints by Bannick
  • Text descriptions of each bird, written by the photographer, plus several thematic text panels that highlight the conservation issues affecting different owl and woodpecker habitats across North America
  • Audio recordings of the calls and drumming sounds of the birds featured in the photographs, provided by audio-naturalist Martyn Stewart, who has recorded more than 200,000 bird sounds worldwide.

Paul Bannick is known for his intimate wildlife photography, which supports environmental conservation efforts. He his the author of a book by the same title as the exhibition, and his work has appeared in Audubon magazine, the National Wildlife Federation Guide to North American Birds, Smithsonian Guide to North American Birds, and in many other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other places in North America and Europe. The Owl & the Woodpecker: Photographs by Paul Bannick was organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington, created with Paul Bannick and Braided River, a partner of The Mountaineers Books.

Save the date! Join the Whatcom Museum, the North Cascades Audubon Society, and the North Cascades Institute for a slideshow and presentation by Paul Bannick in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall on Tues., Aug. 11 at 7 pm. Ticketed event. More info here.

Open concurrently, May 9-30, Birds of Washington permanent collection at the Syre Education Center.