Birders take note: The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) in Langley will present an evening of BirdNote stories centered around Whidbey Islanders who care about wild birds and their fragile habitats. Enjoy an evening of BirdNote radio stories augmented with photography, jazz, art-inspired by the birds and the people and places of Whidbey. This evening will feature Bird Note Executive Producer Chris Peterson and Producer John Kessler (host of KPLU's All Blues), music by Trio Nouveau, Kate Wright, and David Licastro with photography by Craig Johnson.
The event kicks off with a pre-show Art Reception featuring bird-related art from 22 Whidbey artists including:
- Ed Bennett
- Jeanne Brennan
- Kate Buzard
- Rebecca Collins
- Richard Davis
- Georgia Gerber
- Zia Gipson
- Craig and Joy Johnson
- Meredith Macleod
- Johanna Marquis
- Stacy Neumiller
- Kathleen Otley
- Claudia Pettis
- Jerry Pike
- Jonni Reed
- Gerald Roberts
- Jan Ross
- Bart Rulon
- Kris Wiltse
- Frances Wood
BirdNote is headquartered on Whidbey Island, recorded in Seattle, and heard every weekday morning at 8:58 on its flagship station, 88.5 FM KPLU, as well as other public radio stations across the country.
Emcees Nancy Rumbel, composer of the BirdNote theme music, Chris Peterson, executive producer of BirdNote, and John Kessler, producer of BirdNote and host of KPLU’s All Blues, will introduce 10 BirdNote stories inspired by the enterprising activities of Whidbey Islanders. Find out how Dr. Mark Borden of Coupeville converted his horse fence to a hotel for swallows; how Heidi Hoelting of Clinton discovered 17 variations in the song of a Song Sparrow; and how noted author Frances Wood and friends are tracking the habits of Pigeon Guillemots on Whidbey’s Double Bluff beach. Learn what 9-year-old Corbin Klaft has in mind for the birds of his backyard and what the Whidbey Camano Land Trust is doing to encourage the restoration of bird habitat. These stories and many more.
Live music by Trio Nouveau, singer Kate Wright, and guitarist David Licastro will enhance the presentation and delight your ears.
Now in its eighth year on the air, BirdNote kicks off the morning for more than a million listeners every day. You can hear any or all of the 1,000-plus BirdNote shows—complete with bird sounds provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology—at www.birdnote.org.
“The people, the birds, and the places of Whidbey have some amazing stories to tell,” said BirdNote founder Chris Peterson of Clinton. “Join us at WICA on March 10 to celebrate them and come early for the art!”
The 6 P.M. art reception is free and open to the public. Tickets for the 7:30 P.M. BirdNote performance are $20 and available by contacting WICA at (360) 221-8268 or (800) 638-7631.
For more information on these programs and other events, please visit www.WICAonline.com or call WICA at one of the above numbers.
The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is located at 565 Camano Ave., Langley, WA.