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Wendy Pettersen – What If?
March 20 @ 10:00 am - April 7 @ 3:30 pm
Opening Event: Saturday 20th March 3 – 6 pm with Shorebirds talk by Dr Marie-Louise Ward at 3pm
In ‘Pathway of the birds’, Andrew Crowe explains how Pacific navigators would orientate themselves against pods of wales and flocks of seabirds. They could guess their proximity to land by the species that they encountered on the way. Up to 370 kilometers from land they would find petrels, shearwater, prions, and penguins, while closer to land were terns, gulls, and gannets. Then on the shores: godwits; spoonbills; oystercatchers; wrybills; plovers and stilts, to name a few.
We treasure the small flocks that remain. This exhibition is a tribute to the vision of those people who work to preserve the sea and shore birds, and the environment that sustains them. It is also intended to present their vision to people who are not aware of the possibility of living with flocks of seabirds and harbours filled with dolphin, orca, whales, and seals. The delight of this type of experience was evident in lockdown when people noticed the bird song, and crowds turned out to watch the cavorting dolphin swimming down the bays to the mouth of the harbour.
Wendy Pettersen, born in Zimbabwe, completed a BAFA and Master of Art in Art History at the University of Natal. A Devonport resident, Pettersen taught art at Epsom Girls Grammar and Westlake Girls High, where she first attended an Auckland council workshop on sustainability for schools and subsequently co-ran the Envirogroup with Sue Wood. She has previously exhibited at Depot Artspace, where her solo photography exhibition Going Home explored the phenomenon of birds using human landmarks to navigate.
Read more about Wendy here: depotartspace.co.nz/category/featured-artist/
Info on Shorebirds talk by Dr Marie-Louise Ward at 3pm Saturday 20th March:
Dr Marie Ward is a Senior Lecturer in the Physiology Department of the Auckland Medical School. She has been a lifelong birder; member of the Ornithological Society, member of the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalist’s Trust, Volunteer Fairy Tern Warden for DOC and Chair of the Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust. She lived in Bayswater for 35 years and during that time developed a love of shorebirds by observing the birds that frequent the tidal flats of Ngataringa and Shoal Bays. For the last 12 years Marie has monitored the NZ dotterels, godwits and other shorebirds surrounding the Whangateau harbour where she records nesting sites, breeding success and feeding grounds. Marie knows the individual birds that are under her wing so to speak. She has extensive knowledge of birds and their habitats and is deeply committed to their conservation.