William Woods University is planning a special event for art and bird lovers at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Ornithologist James D. Wilson of Jefferson City will give a short talk and sign his book, “Common Birds of North America: Midwest Edition.”
The talk, book signing and reception are open to the public and will be held in the upper mezzanine of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. Approximately 25 pieces of Wilson’s original artwork of birds have been on display there this past month.
Since retiring from the Missouri Department of Conservation in September, Wilson has been teaching biology as an adjunct professor at WWU. Previously he taught biology at Iowa State University and Des Moines Community College in Iowa.
He began working with the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1977, specializing in ornithology (the study of birds).
His book, “The Atlas of the Breeding Birds in Missouri,” was published in 1992 with the Missouri Department of Conservation. His artwork was also used in the department’s leaflets, brochures and articles.
Wilson also paints other forms of wildlife, particularly mammals, and landscapes. His work is done mostly in watercolor and acrylic.
He is involved with several organizations dealing with ornithology, including the American Ornithology Union. He has been a member of the Missouri Wildlife Art Society since 1982 and is a member of the Wilson Ornithology Society.