Just recently finished this illustration for Ranger Rick magazine to accompany instructions on nest building. That sounds like such a fun idea; I think I will try it this spring. There's an amazing artist, Patrick Dougherty
, whose work is shown below, who does installations that are essentially large scale nests. I'm currently reading Survival of the Beautiful
by David Rothenberg, which also includes a discussion with Patrick about what he has learned from the bowerbird. The male bowerbird goes to extremes to create his art, and actually paints the structures as well as traveling many miles to find just the right decorating accents... but I will save that story for another post. The book is fascinating reading; I highly recommend it.