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March speaker – Dr. John D. Juriga

Posted on Mar 6, 2014

Dr. John D. Juriga will present a program on artist and illustrator Bob Hines (1912-1994) at a public reception for the exhibition of the works of Bob Hines now hosted at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Dr. Juriga, a Hines biographer, will help to tell the story of one of the pioneers of the American conservation movement, whose paintings and drawings helped Americans better appreciate our natural heritage.

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Bob Hines is well known for his work in developing the federal Duck Stamp program, which has generated over $700 million to protect habitat for migratory waterfowl. He was a nationally recognized wildlife artist whose work became a crucial factor in a wave of interest in nature and conservation. Like Roger Tory Peterson, Hines helped educate a public eager to see, understand, and protect the environment.

The exhibit takes the visitor on a tour of Hines’s lifework from his start as a conservation illustrator in Ohio through a long and storied career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which included working closely with legendary 20th century scientist and conservationist Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring helped usher in the modern environmental movement.  For anyone interested in the federal Duck Stamp program, nature-inspired art and illustration, environmental history, or art history and appreciation, this is a unique exhibition not to be missed.

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Admission to the illustrated talk is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. Dr. Juriga’s program and our reception will last approximately two hours. For more information contact us at 716-665-2473. The exhibition runs through May 25, 2014.


Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator