Masked and self-distancing at Stewart Park with Vaux Swifts flying overhead, members of Umpqua Valley Audubon’s board invited the three musicians, Brigitte Chase, Cathy Vandendoel, and Cynthia Ferguson, (Artisan Winds) to join us so we could give our heartfelt thanks to them for “For the Birds” – An Artful Event and Benefit Concert they gave to us on May 19, 2019. (Cynthia now living in Colorado joined us live via Facetime). The collaboration of music, art, photography, birds, energy and the connection between the audience and the artists truly made it a memorable event for all of us. In return, Audubon board member, Liz Gayner, created an original piece of art that merges musical notes from one of the songs, piano keys and 3 flutes flowing into five of the birds featured in the beautiful music played that day.  It was another joyful moment for all of us. Thank you again, Brigitte, Cathy, and Cynthia!

By Stacy Burleigh, Photographs by Stef Neyhart