Songbird Species Decline with Helga Jakobson: Field Trip to Oak Hammock Marsh

  • Saturday, October 21, 2023
  • 12:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Oak Hammock Marsh Wetland Discovery Centre, 1 Snow Goose Bay, Stonewall, MB
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Join artist Helga Jakobson for a cross-disciplinary talk about songbird species decline at the Oak Hammock Marsh, which is home to 300 species of birds. This interactive walk and talk will include discussions on intersectional feminism within the realm of birding (taking inspiration from the Feminist Bird Club’s work), as well as mass extinction, collective grief and ways of processing loss. After the walk, there will be time for independent plein air drawing, painting and writing, further exploration, bird-watching, questions and visiting. Note that this field trip has been timed to coincide with migration season, when the number of waterfowl using the marsh can exceed 100,000 daily!

A wheelchair accessible bus will depart from MAWA at 12:30 pm and be back at 5:30 pm. You are also welcome to meet us at Oak Hammock at 1:15 pm in your own car. Oak Hammock Marsh is located 20 kilometers north of Winnipeg, between Stonewall and Selkirk. If you are using Google Maps, ensure you select the directions for “Oak Hammock Marsh Wetland Discovery Centre.”

Please bring your own lunch/snacks, drinks and art supplies. No dogs, please. Hats and good walking shoes are recommended. We will meet in front of the visitor centre at 1:15 pm.

Everyone welcome! $15. Registration fee applies even if you are taking your own transportation to Oak Hammock Marsh.

  • Helga Jakobson (she/her) is a transdisciplinary artist, often working in new media, with a particular affinity for sound as medium. Her practice focuses on loss, death and ephemerality. Lately her research has centred around this sixth mass extinction that we are living in, as well as how to live on a damaged earth and how to make tangible the almost invisible and inaudible losses that are occurring all around us.