The featured bird for the 2022 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival is the Red-naped Sapsucker.
The 2022 festival T-shirt art has been created from a watercolor painting by festival artist, Heidi Eaton. Heidi recently moved to Leavenworth, Kansas after retiring from zoo keeping at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for 26 years. She primarily works in scratchboard but chose to create a watercolor because a scratchboard image would not transfer to a t-shirt well.
Heidi’s artwork graces the back of the 2022 festival T-shirt, with the Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival logo on the front.
The 2022 festival T-shirt must be ordered by Sunday, 1 May through the festival registration form online. No T-shirt orders can be accepted after this date.
At Saturday evening’s “Birds & Brews” event, Heidi’s original artwork is being auctioned as a fundraiser for the 2023 Festival. The matted and framed (14 in. x 16 in.) watercolor painting will be available for viewing throughout the festival at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Heidi will also have a table with artwork available for sale.
Red-naped Sapsuckers, Sphyrapicus muchalis, nest in aspen groves in montane forests of the western United States. Males and females are very similar with males having more extensive red on their throats.
The White Underwing moth, Catocala relicta, is closely associated with aspens as well. It’s caterpillar fees on aspen leaves, and the adult is marked to blend in with aspen bark. This watercolor painting was done from photo references by Heidi Eaton and Jim Esten.
The 2022 t-shirt is olive-green with the festival artwork on the back and the festival logo on the front.