By Amber Veverka
The golden-crowned kinglet leans over a sketched-twig perch, his bright eye peering out from the page at his creator, Leigh Anne Carter.
Carter, 27, is a scientific illustrator, a member of a storied profession whose practitioners – from famous naturalists such as John James Audubon to modern-day illustrators at the National Geographic Society – convey scientific data through the grace and power of art.
Carter’s drawing of the kinglet, a spry little bird with distinctive striping on its head, is one of more than 300 species of birds Carter is capturing with pencil and paper for part of a ground-breaking scientific research project underway now in Mecklenburg County. Read the rest of the story at The Charlotte Observer.