This piece is a tribute to a Canada Warbler I found many years ago, deceased next to an office building in Toronto. Like many songbirds, the Canada Warbler migrates at night. These birds are often confused by the reflective surfaces of high rise buildings, and sadly, it’s common to find deceased and injured birds when heading into work for the day. I still think of the little bird I found, and how his beautiful dawn song was prematurely silenced.
As a primary excavator, the red-headed woodpecker plays an important role in its ecosystem. Sadly, it has recently been listed as an endangered species in Ontario, where I live. Already threatened by habitat loss, it is also vulnerable to the threat posed by reflective surfaces, especially since it flies by night during its springtime migration. At the office building where I worked until 2020, the red-headed woodpecker was a common casualty. This piece was made to honour those little souls who do not see morning. Tiny spirits flying free under the glow of the eternal moon.