Artist Tanya Chaly releases a bird banded by the Innis Point Banding Association

Ayatana residents patrol with Safe Wings Ottawa for birds injured or killed in collisions with buildings.

Residents visit the National Museum of Natures archives

Residents visit the chickens of Forest and Farm

Expert owler Bernie Ladouceur leads residents to listen to nocturnal birds

Montreal artist Marjorie Lemay films a pair of eagles
through binoculars with a super 8

Residents work with the Wild Bird Care Center's x-ray collection

Artist Estravan watching an Osprey

Artists work with the Innis Point Bird Banding Association

Artists exploring with birder Gregory Zbitnew

A Downy Woodpecker in an artists hand

One of thousands of drawers at the Museum of Nature's archives.

Laying Black Star hen at Forest and Farm



Looking for owls

Residents spot a Baltimore Oriole at Mud Lake






















Parliament of Owls

Virtual Bird School for Artists
Online -May, 2021

Owls are usually solitary birds, but when they flock together for special occasions they are called a Parliament because they are considered to be intellectual. This year's Parliament of Owls residency will be held online so we can maintain our physical solitude while we come together to study birds with scientists and naturalists around the world.

Parliament of Owls Online Bird School is a two week program for artists to learn about the lives and ecology of birds. The virtual residency will feature daily live video lectures with international ornithological researchers on a range of bird related topics, one tethered international field trip in your backyard and many short one-on-one meetings with artists who make art about birds around the world. Built in to the 2 - 2.5 hours of daily programming are discussions, recommended assignments and show and tell. The program will give insight into the lives of birds from a wide range of perspectives.

Ayatana residencies focus on research opportunities and connections between artists and scientists. Visual & conceptual artists, writers, poets, musicians and dancers are invited to apply. This research residency is designed to be as immersive as possible in a virtual setting and will offer opportunities to learn from experts and to develop ideas with other artists.


All activities are subject to change depending on expert and location availability.

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

How to use eBird for counting birds and Merlin for identifying them with an expert birder from the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club.

Evolution of Brood Parasitism with a biologist from the University of Illinois

Backyard Birding During Migration with a conservationist from Birds Studies Canada.

Virtual tour of the Museum of Natural History's ornithology archives.

Virtual dawn chorus field trip: outdoor bird count and deep listening at a location of your choice.

Bird/Building Collision Emergency Response: A talk with Ottawa's Safe Wings patrollers.

Art in the Dark: Contemporary artists working with live birds.

Identifying Birds by Ear: Chirps, Tweets and Trills- a crash course in earbirding with the Ottawa Bird Count.

How Birds Manifest and See Color, with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

How Wildfires Affect Birds and Their Migration, with the Audubon Society

The Effects of Discarded Plastic on Bird Populations.

Artist talk: Cormorants and Urban Ecologies with Cole Swanson.


$550 USD
Official invitations will be given to accepted artists to help their applications for grants and funding.


How to apply 
Send the following material to ArtLovesScience@gmail.com
1. Artist's CV
2. Artist's statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of your work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.


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For more images of past Biophilia adventures see our face book albums

Parliament of Owls 2020, Online

Parliament of Owls 2019, Chelsea Quebec

Parliament of Owls 2018, Chelsea Quebec

Parliament of Owls May 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia Sept 2016
, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Biophilia Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec