‘Real Poop on Pi­geons’ at Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary

Kutz­town artist presents chil­dren’s draw­ing work­shop, dis­plays art­work

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Kutz­town il­lus­tra­tor and au­thor Kevin McCloskey pre­sented a chil­dren’s draw­ing work­shop in con­junc­tion with the ex­hi­bi­tion of the orig­i­nal art from his chil­dren’s book, “The Real Poop on Pi­geons,” at Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary on July 1.

His work will be on dis­play in the Hawk Moun­tain’s Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter Gallery un­til Aug. 10.

“To­day’s event (July 1) was to share my pi­geon art with chil­dren. We made pi­geon fin­ger pup­pets,” said McCloskey. “Many vis­i­tors to Hawk Moun­tain are se­ri­ous bird­ers. Oddly enough, some bird­ers don’t even record the pi­geon on their bird sight­ing list. My chil­dren’s books cel­e­brate the sim­plest crea­tures, those some might take for granted.”

How does “Real Poop on Pi­geons” art ex­hi­bi­tion re­late to

hawks at the Sanc­tu­ary?

“Pi­geons are birds, of course. Bird­watch­ers flock to Hawk Moun­tain to see not only rap­tors, but other birds in­clud­ing songbirds and hum­ming­birds. Se­ri­ous bird­watch­ers might think of pi­geons as feral birds, but they are ex­tra­or­di­nary an­i­mals, and chil­dren love them,” he said.

McCloskey notes that in the gallery on per­ma­nent dis­play is a re­pro­duc­tion of Audubon’s “beau­ti­ful” Pas­sen­ger Pi­geon print and stuffed spec­i­mens of that ex­tinct species.

He quotes Rosalie Edge, the founder of Hawk Moun­tain, say­ing, “The Time to pro­tect a species is while it is still com­mon.”

“I feel so lucky that my books have found an au­di­ence,” said the au­thor who also teaches art and de­sign at Kutz­town Univer­sity.

McCloskey has writ­ten three books now for Toon Books, “We Dig Worms!,” “The Real Poop on Pi­geons,” and new for 2107 “Some­thing’s Fishy.”

“The pub­lisher has la­beled my se­ries the Gig­gle and Learn se­ries. The next one might be about snails. I am so for­tu­nate to have found my niche at Toon Books. I have done pre­sen­ta­tions at the Cal­i­for­nia Academy of Sci­ences in San Fran­cisco and Philadel­phia’s Franklin In­sti­tute. All my Toon Books are edited and art di­rected by Françoise Mouly, one of Amer­ica’s great­est art direc­tors.”

Up­com­ing lo­cal events in­clude July 16 at Fire­fly Book Store, Kutz­town, at 2 p.m. with a free pub­lic read­ing along with his wife “Mama Patt.” Also see him on July 29 at Barnes and No­ble, Wy­omiss­ing. The free event starts at 11:30 a.m.

For more about his new book, “Some­thing Fishy,” visit http://www.toon­books.com/some­things­fishy.html and check out the re­cent in­ter­view at School Li­brary Jour­nal at http://blogs.slj.com/good­comics­forkids/2017/06/21/ in­ter­view-kevin-mccloskey-on-mak­ing-sci­ence­comics-for-kids/.

“The pub­lisher has la­beled my se­ries the Gig­gle and Learn se­ries. The next one might be about snails. I am so for­tu­nate to have found my niche at Toon Books.” — Kevin McCloskey, Kutz­town il­lus­tra­tor and au­thor

Kutz­town il­lus­tra­tor and au­thor Kevin McCloskey pre­sented a chil­dren’s draw­ing work­shop in con­junc­tion with the ex­hi­bi­tion of the orig­i­nal art from his chil­dren’s book, “The Real Poop on Pi­geons” at Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary on July 1.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — ERIN BROWN, HAWK MT. SANC­TU­ARY

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Kutz­town il­lus­tra­tor and au­thor Kevin McCloskey ex­hibits orig­i­nal art from his chil­dren’s book, “The Real Poop on Pi­geons,” at Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary un­til Aug. 10.

In the Gallery at Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter is a dis­play about the ex­tinc­tion of the Pas­sen­ger Pi­geon.

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