"Being an artist isn’t just a “right brain” activity---you must use ALL of your brain, body and spirit to create. When the creation is done, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts… and so is the creator." - Lyrae Perry

Invitation to A Bird Art Show in Raleigh, NC – American Federation of Aviculture’s Annual Convention!

Here’s your invitation to a bird art show!

I hope you’ll stop by the exhibit hall to chat and see my newest bird art at the American Federation of Aviculture’s  (AFA), Annual Convention in Raleigh, NC on August 7-10, 2013.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with world class aviculturists, veterinarians, and bird enthusiasts from all over.  This is the first time the AFA has been in Raleigh, NC.

Every bird artist I know is eager to go to the museum in Raleigh (or the Smithsonian in DC) to see the skins of the extinct Carolina parakeets.  We are getting a special behind the scenes tour of the museum.  This is going to be great!


The Carolina parakeet, aka Carolina conure. Extinct species–more closely related to Nanday, Jenday and Sun Conures.  According to new studies, the extinction of the species may not have been because the Carolina parakeets were shot in high numbers—it is far more likely that they were wiped out by a bacterial, fungal or viral infection or some combination of all three factors.   Interviews with people who remember living birds in the Southern States of the US, indicate that there were still individuals flying around in the wild after the last bird at the Cincinnati zoo died in 1918…which is the official date of extinction.

To commemorate this event, I created a new painting depicting the Carolina parakeet.  This new artwork depicts a small family group or flock of parakeets flying over a North Carolina waterfall, and the title “Over the Falls” is a nod to the extinction of this beautiful native American parrot.

The American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational organization that seeks to improve the lives of birds both captive and wild, and is the premier provider of education on the management, care and feeding of exotic birds.

If you have any interest in birds at all, I encourage you to come to the convention and enjoy all the fun and educational opportunities.  There are many lectures available to you, should you decide to register for the convention—but if you just want to visit the exhibit hall and the bird show/competition, there’s a very small charge.

Here’s the link where you can find out more about the AFA Convention, exhibit hall and bird competition/show:



  1. Lyrae Perry says:

    Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of introducing Mr. John Gerwin, curator of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science at the AFA conference. John holds a BS in biology, and an MS in Zoology and researches life cycles of migratory birds with a focus on breeding biology. He is active in various capacities for Audubon Society, and chairs the local Scientific Council on Rare, Threatened and Endangered Birds of NC. John also leads eco tours to Nicaragua and other exciting places in South America. These are often “rustic” excursions, suited to only the most adventurous people.
    John and I are talking about options for some future trips into Ecuador and Nicaragua that would offer a variety of exciting things for a future Paint Excursion. Ecuador is definitely on MY map and I know a great a 5-star hotel with a spa nestled in between two volcano’s in the Andes. Ecuador is a gorgeous place and with John’s experience and expertise, we’ll track down some incredible photo ops and locations to paint.

    Tomorrow, we’ll get a very special behind the scenes tour courtesy of the museum. I am so excited to see the collection and learn more about John’s work!

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