Poetry Friday–Snow, Birds, Valentine’s…


Happy Poetry Friday!

Brrr, our temps are plummeting here in Chicago, but along with that we’ve received a lovely sprinkling of snow… 

windy, snowy, “brave
irene” kinda day, with pine
wiggling magic
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I’m going to try to participate in this years  Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). It starts on Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14th and runs through February 17th. The count is run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, along with additional sponsors both US and international. Any one can participate. The organizers are interested in all us citizen scientists collecting data on wild birds from our backyard and surrounding bird-nature filled areas. You can make hand written recordings and mail them in, or transfer them to your computer at the Audubon site, or get the eBird app (I’m trying the App, this year) and record them on your smart phone or iPad. They are interested in whatever wild birds you see, from common house sparrows, cardinals, crows, to some of our more elusive birds.

I don’t know how many years I’ve been interested in birds, perhaps my entire life. I write about them and create art with them in efforts to raise more awareness about both endangered birds and birds in general. The fall issue of Audubon’s 2019 magazine is a guide to what we can due to help all the birds that we are in danger of loosing due to climate change. There are 389 birds that we may loose, and of these we may be able to save 290 of them if we can act and help slow and limit the warming of our earth’s climate. Here’s a haiku from a new bookmark in my online Etsy Shop in support of the Baird’s Sandpiper which is listed as threatened, due to climate change, it’s also on Audubon’s list.

baird’s sandpiper
surface pecks for insects
hugging shallow banks…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan


1- BAirds sandpiper bkmk advtg front 2-12-2020

Baird’s Sandpiper Bookmark (set of 3) available in my Etsy Shop, the art is also available as an archival print here.

1- bairds sandpiper bkmk back with poem 2-12-2020

Wishing all a very Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Bird Counting, and remember to keep all our Lovely Birds in your heart…



Lovely Linda Baie, at her blog Teacher Dance is hosting our Roundup for this weeks Poetry Friday, thanks Linda! Linda is sharing lots of  “sugary love” in images and poems, so meander over and check out her poetry offerings and many more…


Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.





About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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25 Responses to Poetry Friday–Snow, Birds, Valentine’s…

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Wow! The bookmarks are stunning! Who can resist “brave Irene kind of day?” I’ve never visited Chicago. I need to at some point…even in winter!

  2. cvarsalona says:

    I always love your illustrations and accompanying poems, Michelle. I especially like the love birds. Oh, that snowy video is so beautiful. Tomorrow, we are having a very cold day.

  3. These are lovely, Michelle. The bird count sounds so interesting. I’m sure your observations are going to inspire more lovely poetry.

  4. lindabaie says:

    Love that “Brave Irene” kind of day. That storm visited us Wed.night & we are supposed to have some warmer temps today! I saw that issue of Audubon, too. There are so many that need us. I’m not doing the bird count this year, but have in the past, Michelle. Thank you for doing your part! And, Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Linda KulpTrout says:

    Thank you for sharing the lovely video. We haven’t had more than a dusting of snow here so I’m glad your shared your snowy morning with us. Your art and poems are always amazing. Good luck with your bird count! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. janicescully says:

    Thank you for sharing your love of birds, your poems and art. I have always loved birds and when I was a child often saw red winged black birds on our street, cardinals and blue jays. Thank you for reminding me.

  7. jama says:

    Thanks for this lovely post, Michelle. Enjoyed the snowy video (Brave Irene day!), your stunning bookmarks and Lovebirds painting. Wow! I’ve heard of the bird count but have never participated. I do love watching the birds around here, though.

  8. Beautiful post, Michelle. I have a tribute to robins on my blog today as I love birds also. Thanks for reminding me of Brave Irene… nice!

  9. Love the art, the birds and the “wiggling magic”! Happy Valentine’s!

  10. Tim Kulp says:

    GBBC sounds really interesting. The art work looks really great. Thank you for sharing!

  11. mbhmaine says:

    I love “pine/wiggling magic” and your beautiful bookmarks. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve fallen in love with birds. I spend hours watching them at home and out and about and never fail to be amazed at how much I’ve missed through the years.

  12. cweichel says:

    Michelle I loved the reference to “brave irene” in your poem. As I watched your video I thought about the quiet of snow. I think it’s one of the things I love most about snowy days and nights.
    I agree with others here – those bookmarks are gorgeous!
    I am in the process of planning a quilted wall hanging for the entry way to our house. I’m planning on filling it with all kinds of birds. I need to track down that fall issue of Audubon’s 2019 magazine for research!

  13. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    Lovely prints and lovely words. We have only had one measurable snowfall here in southern Indiana, and now that it is mid-February, I really don’t want any.

  14. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for your beautiful art and your thoughtful activism!

  15. haitiruth says:

    I’ve been watching birds this weekend, too! ❤ Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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