Parliament of Owls

Parliament of Owls

Open Call

May. 09, 2019
Deadline Jan. 15, 2019
Activism, Conceptual, Digital, Drawing, Film, Installation,...
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Parliament of Owls

Parliament of Owls is a research residency for artists interested in birds. The weeklong residency will facilitate 10 - 15 excursions into natural habitats and laboratories enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts to learn and collect materials during spring migration.



Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Sanctuary:  Residents will visit the Ottawa Wild Bird Care Center to observe the many wild birds being rehabilitated there and to see the collection of eggs, feathers, nests, and x-rays. The center hosts up to 600 birds. We are likely to see: Jays, finches, cardinals, wax wings, ravens, woodpeckers, humming birds and the resident turkey vulture and kestrel.

Tagging:  Residents will participate in a bird tagging event for scientific monitoring of wild birds on an outing with the Innis Point Bird Banding Association.

Crows:  Ottawa is home to a murder of 6000 crows that roost in the city.

Owl Prowl:  This outing will be lead by an expert from the Ottawa Field Naturalist Society. Residents will learn to call owls and identify nocturnal birds. Night herons, Whip-poor-wills, Snipe.

Migration:  Residents will witness the return of migratory birds on an outing along the shore of the Ottawa River. Plovers, cormorants, heron, sandpipers.

Dawn Chorus:  Residents will stroll through Gatineau Park at day break to hear the dawn chorus lead by a field naturalist with expertise in identifying birds by song. Robins, orioles, thrush, grosbeak, warbler, veery.

Collision Research, Prevention and Rescue:  Work with FLAP, and Safe Wings Ottawa to collect birds killed by collisions with buildings.

Farm:  Visit a local farmers apiary. Wild and domesticated turkey, emu, Ostridge, geese, duck.

Taxidermy:  We will visit the Museum of Nature's collection of birds.

Shorebirds: Spy on an egret and cormorant rookery.


Duration of residency

The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the spring of 2019.


Disciplines supported and technical information

All disciplines are supported. No birding or science experience necessary.



Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana residency house, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.



Residency fee is $1250 USD


Expectations towards the artist

Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are invited to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.


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