Parliament of Owls is a research residency for artists who want to learn about birds. The week long residency will facilitate 12 – 15 workshops, lectures and excursions into natural habitats and laboratories enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts.
Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.
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. We may also visit the Bird Banding Office of Environment Canada to learn about how the data collected is processed. We will likely see warblers, grackles, and red wing blackbirds.
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.
The return of Migratory birds at mud lake: Residents will witness the return of migratory birds on an outing along the shore of the Ottawa River.
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 Safe Wings Ottawa to collect birds injured in collisions with buildings and transport them to the Wild Bird Care Center.
Earbirding: An introduction to birding by ear by teacher from the Ottawa Bird Count. Cardinal, swamp sparrow, blue jay, crow, pileated wood pecker.
Birds and the biophony:Sound walk with a selection of artisinal bird calls.
Farm: Visit a local farmer’s apiary. Wild and domesticated turkey, emu, Ostrich, geese, duck.
Research Collection: We will visit the Museum of Nature’s Research Collection bird archive which includes eggs, nests mounts and skins of local and international birds including type specimen and extinct species.
Shorebirds: Spy on an egret and cormorant rookery.
Birding and bird watching: Walks to observe birds in birding hotspots around Ottawa with local birders.
Duration of residency
Residents stay together in a guest house
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines are welcome
Studio / Workspace
Indoor and outdoor space is available, but time on residence is spent doing research.
Fees and support
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are invited to give an artists talk
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.
Application instructions are on the program website.