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Naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman to speak at Toledo Museum of Art

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Naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman will speak at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m.

Written by Kaufman in 2019, A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration takes a close look at one season in Northwest Ohio that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migrations as well as the perils of human encroachment.

Kaufman’s illustrated lecture in the GlasSalon will give visitors insights into the annual spring migration and what he discovered as he was researching his book. A book signing will following the presentation.

“The Biggest Week in American Birding is something that we hear about every year, and Kenn’s book and presentation provide an in-depth understanding of what happens during this annual migration and why it is so important,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programming and audience engagement. “This is a great way to leap into spring and prepare for this year’s annual migration and learn more about both the birds as well as the human impact.”

The Museum will present Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820 from May 2 to Aug. 2, 2020. It is the fifth in the biennial series of bird-themed exhibitions in Gallery 18 timed to coincide with the Biggest Week in American Birding festival that brings tens of thousands of people to the Toledo area each spring.

The exhibition, curated by TMA’s head of interpretive projects and managing editor Paula Reich, will showcase the Museum’s recent acquisition of the important six-volume series Ornithologie, which was written by Mathurin-Jacques Brisson, illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet and published in 1760.

Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820 is sponsored by 2020 Exhibition Program sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council.