The featured bird for the 2019 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival is the Black-billed Magpie. To commemorate the fifth festival, it seemed appropriate to have the magpie as the festival artwork since it is a prominent feature of the festival logo. Black-billed Magpies are likely to be seen on almost all festival field trips.
The 2019 festival T-shirt art has been created from a pencil drawing by artist, Benjamin Meier. Ben was born in Greeley, CO and has lived in Colorado his whole life. He has a passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and has continued that passion into his work.
Ben became a District Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2015, and is currently working in Burlington, CO. At a young age, he began excelling in art and became a skilled artist in high school. Since then, Ben has continued developing his skills along the way. He enjoys drawing in black and white pencil and uses drawing as a way to relax.
Ben’s artwork graces the back of the 2019 festival T-shirt, with the Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival logo on the front.
The 2019 festival T-shirt must be ordered by 5 May through the festival registration form online. No T-shirt orders can be accepted after this date.
Ben has agreed to sell the original artwork as a fundraiser for the 2020 Festival. The matted and framed pencil drawing will be available for viewing throughout the festival at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. At Saturday evening’s “Birds & Brews” event, there will be a silent auction with proceeds going to support the 2020 Festival.