Archive for ‘Birds’

December 5, 2013

We Put Birds on It!

My first time at a “Trade School” workshop – and their first time doing something on the west side of Vancouver.

DavidEbyOfficeBirdsA dozen turned up and made such lovely and beautiful birds – from old milk jugs and various bits and bobs.

And I have cookies. Lots of cookies.  A neighbour just returned something and I said: let me give you a cookie! here take a couple! I have more.

On facebook find Vancouver Trade School for more photos. I’ll do this again. Definitely.

Cherry blossoms from pink lids for spring.. Must dream up something for January and February too.

August 21, 2013

Jane with Bird – in progress from plastic jugs


Jane modelling a bird module as a purse. Bound to attract attention on West 4th!


Mary behind a melted conglomeration of detergent bottles.

Five of us had fun last night – good food, good conversations and approving the plan for the bird! We think it’ll work!

Several modules including one with  a head and tail wings that have water in them so they float and stabilize the bird.

Wings will be from plastic milk jugs.

YES. We need your detergent bottles. Save ’em up and bring in September.

June 7, 2013

Birds on the Beach

We took some of the birds down to the Vancouver Maritime Museum to take their photos in situ.

Jamie Purves from the Vancouver Maritime Museum pronounces them as “remarkable!”

(c) artist: Mary Bennett  Photo credit: Cenk Guven. Please request permission to share.

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April 26, 2013

Kits Eco-Arts will be at Khatsahlano! Festival

Kits Eco-Arts will be at Khatsahlano! Festival July 13 In Kitsilano | .Volunteers needed to help build birdothebeach

April 17, 2013

Thank you City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation and Kits House

Thank you, to the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation for funding Neighbourhood Small Grants and Greenest City Grants.  I’m delighted that we received funding through Kits House for two projects;

RoundAbout Kits grant to develop traffic circle gardens. We’re excited!

Bird on the Beach

February 23, 2013

Nest artists

The more I talk about nests, and share my works in progress for my upcoming show, the more artists I’m getting to know who are also enchanged with nests -the birds who make them.

Locally in Vancouver area

Linda Jane Schmid

Stefany Hemming

Vicky Marshall

Suzanne Northcott

Shirley Williams


Mary Reardon – Halifax, NS


Songmi Park

Liza Myers  Robin’s Nest / Visionary Realism

Sharon Beals  Photographs of 50 Nests

Nests : fifty nests and the birds that built them – book by Sharon Beals

Artists who have done nests but are not totally obsessed by them:
Kata Meija

Linda Apple

An archive of old nest photos/books etc

February 10, 2013

Eagle Older Sisters

As I work on mixed-media nests (with poetry incubating)… I am learning  a lot about nests and the birds that build them.

A little shocked at first to learn that eagles lay two eggs (rarely 3) but there intention is to have one child.

And my younger brother thought things were tough with three older sisters.


Chicks – Sometimes two chicks will survive, but it is not uncommon for the older eaglet to kill the smaller one, especially if the older is a female, as females are consistently larger than males. Should one chick decide to kill its sibling, neither parent will make the slightest effort to stop the fratricide.

October 14, 2012

Bird flew to 6th and Trafalgar – happy there in award-winning garden

On October 14, 2012, the Eco-Birdy has flown up to take residence in my Traffic Circle garden at 6th & Trafalgar.

The next day my garden won an award as the most bee and butterfly friendly garden at the annual Green Streets celebration.

Coincidence? I think not!

Update: i installed solar decorative lights in December, 2013.

This year International Bird Art Day is September 29. Come to the Vancouver Maritime Museum and make birds with me!

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