I'm working my way through Carla Sonheim's fabulous book, Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. Labs 4 and 5 are "A Day at the Zoo".
Yesterday I took myself on an "Artist's Date" to VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) www.vinsweb.org for a drawing outing. They rehabilitate injured birds and care for birds who can not be released due to injury or who have become unafraid of humans.
I had a wonderful time drawing the birds. Owls, hawks, vultures. I love them all! It was a delight to be able to get close enough to observe and draw them.
Unfortunately I didn't get to the buildings where they are rehabilitating injured birds, raising orphaned baby birds, and housing the song birds (next time). I also drove through some absolutely lovely countryside in Vermont and had a fabulous sandwich called an "Ethan Allen" at Heritage Deli and Bakery in Chester. If you find yourself in the Woodstock, Vermont area, do take a trip to VINS.