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