May 16 2015
This week the happy news of Dorothy’s hatchling revived an educational project that celebrates her nesting.
Mark Klingler of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a scientific illustrator whose work appears in many publications and last year won first place for Illustrated Text by Large Non-Profit Publishers at the Washington Book Publishers’ Awards. You may be familiar with Mark’s illustration of Anzu wyliei, the Chicken From Hell, that made the news in March 2014. When the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has dinosaur news, Mark’s work illustrates the stories.
As a sideline Mark and his wife Cathy produce educational coloring pages for children.
More than a year ago Mark drafted a peregrine falcon illustration using photos of Dorothy, E2 and their chicks and Cathy wrote educational information for the back of the page. They intended to complete it last spring but Dorothy’s nest failed (she was egg bound) and it was too disappointing to continue.
This week’s happy news prompted Mark and Cathy to complete their project and offer it as a gift to the public.
The illustration, dedicated to the late G. Alex “Doc” Stewart of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, is an annotated illustration of Dorothy, E2 and their chicks. The back of the coloring page describes the recent history of peregrines in the eastern U.S. and Pittsburgh and provides tips on how to protect them.
Mark writes, “It’s our public sharing. Cathy and I like to create these pages to handout at talks. As long as the credits are left on it people can copy and share with their schools, activity groups, etc.”
Click here or on the image above to download your own copy of the Peregrine Falcon Coloring Page.
(illustration by Mark Klingler, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Text by Cathy Klingler)