The Art of Joel Such

Hold on a minute–who is Joel Such? I don't think I ever warned you about this post. Well, Joel is a twelve year-old young birder who lives with his parents, older birder-brother Marcel, and energetic border collie Kelly in an awesome house tucked up in the Ponderosa Pine clad foothills above Lyons, Colorado. Last June, they adopted me for about ten days, which we blissfully spent stalking ptarmigan, chasing dragonflies, and jumping into rivers. I couldn't help but be impressed by Joel's intense passion for everything avian; never to be outdone by his older peers, he frequently spotted birds before Marcel and I had the chance to lift our binoculars. This was perhaps best manifested when, as we were hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, Joel nailed a high-soaring Northern Goshawk that the rest of us had completely missed. Later, Joel refused to be impressed by my greater bulk when I tried to toss him into an irrigation ditch; he dragged me in with him. Enjoy–and be inspired by–his artwork.

 This adult Bald Eagle was drawn with pen and ink. The model for this drawing lives at the Environmental Learning Center along the Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO. This bird lost its right eye due to West Nile Virus and now lives in captivity as it can no longer fend for itself in the wild.


This Scrub-Jay was drawn with Prismacolor Pencils in addition to a little pen and ink and is my most recent drawing. Two summers ago, I was out watching an unusually large number of Wilson’s Warblers moving through our property in the Ponderosa Pine foothills of Northern Colorado. Unexpectedly, I heard the distinctive call of a Western Scrub-Jay, which presented itself on top of a bare cottonwood tree. Up to this point, that species had only made an infrequent and brief appearance at our house. However, this individual has chosen to live here amongst the large numbers of Steller’s Jays and comes to our door every morning looking for peanuts.


In accordance with the bylaws of the American Birding Association, the Board of Directors has set the date for the next Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association for Saturday, September 22, 2018. Time and place are 4:00 PM, Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the American Birding Expo, to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456 

The official Notice of the Meeting and the Proxy will be distributed to members on or after July 24, 2018, but no later than September 12, 2018

Please click here for location, electronic proxy ballot and other details >>