Did you know that John James Audubon has a connection to Cincinnati? Join us for an evening of tales about Audubon’s life and art, and how he continues to inspire local artists today. Using the Great Auk as a common thread for his talk, DeVere will discuss Audubon’s history with the Western Museum Society in Cincinnati, his art, and his epic “The Birds of America”. Although Audubon never saw the Great Auk in life, he did paint it from a borrowed specimen. The extinction of the Great Auk in the 1800’s is an intriguing tale of species extinction, and DeVere will share the history of the specimen owned by the Cincinnati Museum Center. Audubon continues to inspire artists today, including local artist John Ruthven, and DeVere himself.
DeVere Burt has a BS degree in Wildlife Biology, and MS Animal Ecology. He worked as US Antarctic research program (USARP) Biologist studying the reproductive biology of Adelie Penguins. Incidental to the Penguin research, he discovered a population of fleas, native to Antarctica whose hosts were Snow Petrels. He was regional Vice President of The Nature Conservancy, and former President and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. He currently operates Hawkeye Studio, producing art inspired by nature.
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake. Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $5.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $8.00 daily or $16.00 annual for non-residents.