by Tom Costello
In development for nearly two years, the new interpretive displays for the lobby in Audubon House have been installed.
The new displays include three large mural panels, each 7 feet wide by 9 feet tall! Text on the panels introduces visitors to the natural history of our forested sanctuaries, the wealth of wildlife that can be found here, and an introduction to many of our conservation objectives. Panels also feature beautiful full-color photographs of our sanctuaries as well as custom illustrations detailing how forests mature.
The 3 panels will be separated by new glass cases for many of our taxidermy specimens. The cases will allow for easier viewing than the current wood cabinets that currently house many of our displays. A new interactive display, currently in development, is slated to replace these cabinets.
Finally, the windows that look out on our feeders will be receiving two new displays. The first is a panel highlighting practices which can help attract birds to your yard as well as proper feeder maintenance practices. The second is a pair of flip-book field guides that will be mounted under the feeder windows to help introduce visitors to the most common species of birds found at our feeders and in the Portland area.
This project has taken nearly two years to bring to fruition. Staff from each of our programs undertook a rigorous process to ensure that the new displays would provide our visitors a welcome introduction to the natural history of the area as well as our primary conservation priorities.
I would like to thank the numerous partners who have helped make this project possible: The Alice Tyler Perpetual Trust, Metro, and the Summer Lea Hillman and Juliet Ashby Hillman foundations for their financial support. The staff at 1+2 Exhibit Planning and Design have also been an amazing resource in helping to assemble the myriad text, images and illustration for this project.