The Nature of Drawing Birds with Linda M. Feltner

March 2 and 3, 2019

University of Nebraska Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

Sponsored by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Great Plains Chapter

Birds catch our imagination and inspire creativity. Beginning with foundation basics, our study will encompass their unique characteristics and distinguishing traits. Drawing both form and detail, we’ll compare types, coloration and adaptations that allow them to survive and flourish. Live birds in the classroom allow us to observe movement and balance, as well as adds freshness and inspiration to our experience.

Workshop includes sandhill crane viewing at Rowe Sanctuary. We will carpool from Kearney for a late afternoon tour in Rowe's viewing blinds along the Platte River.

Rowe's viewing blinds are strategically placed along the Platte River to provide excellent views of the Sandhill Cranes while they are on their river roost.  Tours last approximately two hours and are led by trained guides.  Walking distances to viewing blinds range from 1/4 to 1/2 mile over relatively level terrain, with a portion of the walk occurring during very low light conditions (before sunrise and after sunset). Viewing blinds offer shelter from wind, rain, and snow, but are not heated and will be as cold or colder than it is outside.


 Linda M. Feltner is an award-winning nature artist and educator. She combines the creativity of artistic design with strict standards of scientific accuracy, into what has become her trademark. Her areas of expertise include painting and drawing, teaching national workshops, guest lecturing, guiding birding and nature tours and maintaining her flourishing freelance business in fine art and interpretive illustration. Linda has been an instructor for the University of Washington Scientific Illustration Certification Program, and currently teaches for the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She is a member of the Artists For Conservation, Society of Animal Artists, and Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.



Registration includes 2-day workshop, admission for Sandhill Crane Viewing at Rowe Sanctuary and snacks. 

Meals and overnight accommodations not included. 



Before 1/30/2019 – $280

After 2/1/2019 – $310



Before re 1/30/2019 – $310

After 2/1/2019 – $340 

Check and RELEASE MUST be received by Lana Johnson within ONE week (7 days) of submitting online registration or registration for workshop will be cancelled. 



Registrations cancelled before January 20, 2019, will be eligible for a refund less a $40.00 processing fee. Registrations cancelled before January 30, 2019, will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for registrations cancelled after February 1, 2019. In the case of an emergency, refunds will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the coordinators. No refunds will be given to registrants who do not show or who attend only part of the paid workshop by choice. 


Questions please contact Donna Hendrickson at or Lana Johnson at


Hotel Accomodations

Hampton Inn Kearney

507 Talmadge Street, Kearney, Nebraska, 68845


Block of rooms reserved for workshop participants under block name of "GNSI - UNL Agronomy Department".

Cost: $109 plus taxes per night.

Reserve hotel room prior to January 30 for this rate.