‘Feathered friends’

Duck hunters on Aurora Street -- Courtesy of Victor Leonardini Family & Bank of Stockton

The latest exhibit at the Haggin Museum isn’t just about birds. It’s about birds and their relationship with humans.

Before hunting restrictions were put into place, that relationship was a bit one-sided. Nevertheless, Record outdoors writer Pete Ottesen — who was instrumental in putting together this latest show — says Delta birds are now benefiting from human practices, and vice versa.

Here’s my story on the exhibit, from a couple of days ago.

We didn’t have room for any of the exhibit images contributed by the museum, like the shot of duck hunters on Aurora Street, posted above.

Here’s a shot by longtime local photog Rich Turner, symbolically illustrating the coexistence of birds and man as pelicans flock to a watery ditch as it’s being dug:

Courtesy Rich Turner

And then there’s the aesthetic value of the birds, too. Stockton has an active Audubon Society, including perhaps the area’s most noteworthy birder, David Yee, pictured here leading a birding group (Yee is at far left):

Courtesy Kasey Foley

There’s much more to the Feathered Friends exhibit. Learn all about it here.

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