The incredible phenomenon of bird migrations has always been an enticing topic among the world’s ornithologists, as well as the general public. Birds fascinate and impress people of all ages because of their extraordinary journeys. Although bird migration is a worldwide phenomenon, many people do not know how scientists learn about their routes and destinations, and how they use this knowledge to inform conservation.

This year’s art was done using the Linocut method. Linocut is a printmaking technique variant of woodcut, in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised areas representing a reversal of the parts to show printed. See pictures below to see how the art is made!

The WMBD 2020 featured species are American Kestrel, Arctic Tern, Baird’s Sparrow, Barn Owl, Bar-tailed Godwit, Calliope Hummingbird, Canada Warbler, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Northern Pintail, Purple Martin, Western Sandpiper, and Yellow-breasted Chat. Our journeys will take us on spectacular flights from Alaska to Australia, Canada to Colombia, and even to other hemispheres.