Draw A Bird Day, July 2016
Have you ever tried to picnic at the beach and got the feeling like you were being watched? Chances are you were being watched, and maybe even harassed a little, by a seagull or two or ten! These large, noisy birds are scavengers and will happily munch on just about anything left behind by you or nature. That said, they mostly help keep the beaches and other areas clean by feeding on dead fish and other animals as well as organic matter from the sea.
While you would expect to see seagulls flying around fishing boats and generally on the beach, they can also be found nesting inland at picnic grounds, parking lots, and garbage dumps. I can attest to that because a number of years ago they began showing up around a large garbage dump in our city. Many gulls were seen in parking lots of nearby shopping areas and fast food restaurants – and we are inland – at least 10 hours away from the nearest east coast beach! I believe the dump now uses humane tactics, like noisy propane cannons, to help keep the scavenger bird population to a minimum. I wonder why the silly birds would want to leave the beach in the first place.
The first week of World Watercolor Month has flown by! We are also raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick with hopes of bringing art supplies and teaching to children who otherwise would not have exposure to the enriching world of art. Please consider a donation today!