The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island proudly presents the new exhibit “Wild Wings Over North Carolina.”
From red-bellied woodpeckers and blue jays to tundra swans and turkey vultures, the Carolinas Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) celebrates the beauty and wonder of wild birds in this exhibition created especially for the aquarium.
The guild is a nonprofit organization founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 1968 to promote the field of naturalist illustration. It now has several chapters in the United States and hundreds of members around the world. The Carolinas Chapter is made up of more than 30 illustrators throughout the Carolinas, with a home base at the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill.
GNSI-Carolinas encourages member education by hosting bimonthly meetings for sharing of portfolios and participation in mini-workshops and demonstrations. It also helps promote public awareness and understanding of scientific illustration by producing several group exhibitions each year.
“We’re so pleased to partner with the North Carolina Aquariums in promoting public awareness of environmental issues and the diversity of life around us,” said Dr. Jennifer Landin, GNSI-C chapter president. “Bird species in North Carolina and around the world have been on the decline for more than 40 years. With this show we encourage the public to take a moment and appreciate the birds in their own backyards.”
The exhibition will remain on view through December. The aquarium is adjacent to the Manteo Regional Airport and is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.