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St. Petersburg Audubon participated in the St. Petersburg First Night event. Project Shorebird partnered with Funktionhouse Urban Lumber and Furnishings in celebrating shorebirds at St. Petersburg's First Night celebration! Funktionhouse created beautiful wooden relief blocks depicting shorebirds in their coastal habitats. Adults and children created beautiful wooden relief prints to take home with them. Below is one of the wooden block prints.
While St. Petersburg Audubon Society volunteers assisted with the printmaking project, other First Night participants “Fed” a large Black Skimmer puppet interacting with them. The Black Skimmer made an appearance every hour, scooping up silver fish from the crowd, and teaching the important lesson of the impact of climate change on these and other shorebirds! The puppet was designed by Eckerd College professor Jessica Thoenen.
Andrea Leavitt Anderson (center), Climate Change Chairperson, Wanda Dean (right) and volunteers describe the story of the life of a Black Skimmer with a shadow puppet.
SPAS had a great opportunity to talk about Audubon, local habitat and conservation. Also, the visitors were impressed with a replica of a Black Skimmer nest.
Thank you volunteers for your help creating art and fun with First Night participates celebrating shorebirds and the New Year!