And here, without further adieu are this year’s OM Staff Avian Abode’s!
|The Odd Couple: Brooke Pennypacker and Bev Paulan
Creating a novel birdhouse was a task assigned to Brooke but we all know where the talent lies in that couple.
The creative use of wine corks provides a beautiful and practical exterior to their birdhouse and maybe a little insight to one of their other favorite hobbies.
|The Backyard Enthusiast: Chris Danilko
Chris’ inspiration for her birdhouse design came from her three grandchildren: Abby 7, Mikayla 5 and Thomas 4. Chris spends weekends with the trio and is continuously coming up with ideas for all to participate in and to inspire them to appreciate nature and birds.
The finished product is completely edible and can be consumed by the occupants – providing you are a bird.
|The Vagabond: Jo-Anne Bellemer
It seems that three months on the road was not enough to dampen Jo-Anne’s wanderlust. An aspiring RV owner, Jo-Anne’s birdhouse looks like a mini Winnebago for our feathered friends. Let’s hope they don’t get too attached. We might see them heading to Florida on foot with their mobile home in tow.
|The Birdwatcher: Heather Ray
Heather’s birdhouse design incorporates her stained glass hobby into her other favorite pastime of birdwatching. She has provided our feathered friends with a nest opportunity that is safe from the elements, while still allowing you to peek in discretely. She is also teaching the birds a life-lesson about not throwing stones.
|Greek Weddings and Colleen Chase
We are not sure if Colleen has any Greek ancestry but her birdhouse resulted from (un)-ceremoniously breaking a lot of plates. She scoured antique stores for old dinnerware and used the smashed pieces to create a mosaic birdhouse. What better way to provide shelter to pairs of expectant parents. OPA!
|The Intemperate: Joe Duff
The birdhouses created by the OM team likely reflect their personalities more than they care to admit.
Joe started with a simple bird shelter and kept piling complications on top. Joe never learned the lesson most important to an artist and that is knowing when to stop.
Cal Holland is one of the local’s from Green Lake County. He is a talented woodworker, and, makes incredible homemade bread that he shares with us!
Last year, Cal built six birdhouses that could be used as blank canvases for some of the lesser-known artists on our team and the finished pieces were a big hit at the Whooping Crane Festival.
Cal offered to do it again this year and we though it would be a good idea to open the raffle to a wider audience so we not only had this year’s masterpieces on display at the festival but also online. You can now purchase raffle tickets for your favorite birdhouse online!
Visit this link and select your favorite(s) from the dropdown menu. The draws will be made on October 31st at noon and the winners will be notified on our blog and also by telephone.
Once everyone has been notified, we will send the Avian Abode’s to each of the winning ticket holders by mail, or, if local, we’ll personally deliver them to the winner!
More tickets increase the chances of your name being drawn.