John Sill

John was born in the coastal plain of North Carolina in the small town of St. Pauls. He received a BS in wildlife biology from N.C. State University. John got his love of birds from his Aunt Della who had an abundant interest in all of creation. His father, a talented watercolor artist and an able naturalist, gave him instruction and encouraged him in his career.

John has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator since 1971. His art has been exhibited in highly acclaimed shows and appeared in a number of books and magazines. John has been the illustrator for the Bird Identification Calendar published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society since the project began in 1980. He is the instructor in the Field Sketching and Bird Illustration Workshop for the Institute for Field Ornithology sponsored by the American Birding Association. While the subjects of most of John’s work have been birds (both real and imagined), his illustrations for his wife Cathryn’s much awarded “About” series of children’s books have expanded his art to include other wildlife.

You can read more about John Sill and his work at his website www.johnsill.com

Products by John Sill

The following products include artwork and/or writing by John Sill. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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Eastern Bluebird Lokta Card

Eastern Bluebird Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

The bluebird’s bright beauty and cheerful song inspire the pure joy of nature. A species of open spaces, bluebirds benefited from both Native American and European settlers who cleared the land for farming. They found nesting cavities in orchards, fence posts, and abandoned woodpecker holes along forest edges. In turn, bluebirds helped farmers by eating…

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Eastern Bluebird Mini Journal

$6.50

Easern Bluebird The bluebird’s bright beauty and cheerful song inspire the pure joy of nature. A species of open spaces, bluebirds benefited from both Native American and European settlers who cleared the land for farming. They found nesting cavities in orchards, fence posts, and abandoned woodpecker holes along forest edges. In turn, bluebirds helped farmers…

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Eastern Bluebird Notecard

Eastern Bluebird Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) The bluebird’s bright beauty and cheerful song inspire the pure joy of nature. The bluebird of happiness captures our hearts with its sunny disposition, expressive face, and humorous behavior. A species of open spaces, bluebirds benefited from both Native Americans and Europeans settlers who cleared the land for farming. They found…

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Florida Tree Snail Lokta Card

Florida Tree Snail Lokta Card

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Colorful Liguus tree snails live in the tropical hardwood hammocks of Florida; primarily the Everglades Coastal Ridge and the Florida Keys. Florida tree snails are shelled mollusks which live on the bark of these hardwood trees, preferring species with smooth bark, such as the wild tamarind. Their 2-3" spiraled shells can be found in many…

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Florida Tree Snail Notecard

Florida Tree Snail Notecard

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Florida Tree Snails (Liguus spp.) Colorful Liguus tree snails live in the tropical hardwood hammocks of Florida; primarily the Everglades Coastal Ridge and the Florida Keys. Hammocks are slightly elevated sections of land which stay above water all year allowing hardwood trees to flourish. Florida tree snails are shelled mollusks which live on the bark…

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Florida Tree Snail Notecard

Florida Tree Snails Journal

$20.00$21.00

Florida Tree Snails (Liguus spp.) Colorful Liguus tree snails live in the tropical hardwood hammocks of Florida; primarily the Everglades Coastal Ridge and the Florida Keys. Hammocks are slightly elevated sections of land which stay above water all year allowing hardwood trees to flourish. Florida tree snails are shelled mollusks which live on the bark…

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker Notecard

Ivory-billed Woodpecker Journal

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) After more than 50 years of presumed extinction, the "Lord God Bird" has appeared, like a ghost, in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas. Despite intense predation by collectors, and the logging of millions of acres of Southern bottomland forests, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has miraculously endured. The bird’s nickname originated because…

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Osprey Journal

$20.00$21.00

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are striking birds with contrasting dark and light feathers, bright yellow eyes and a distinctive brown eye stripe. Given the nickname Fish Hawk, they are specialized in every way for fishing and need two requirements to survive: open water and a strong tree or platform for nesting. Ospreys’ feet have pads with…

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Osprey Notecard

Osprey Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Ospreys are striking birds with contrasting dark and light feathers, bright yellow eyes and a distinctive brown eye stripe. Given the nickname Fish Hawk, they are specialized in every way for fishing and need two requirements to survive: open water and a strong tree or platform for nesting. Ospreys’ feet have pads…

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Piping Plover Journal

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Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) The piping plover is a small shorebird named for its mellow, melodious whistle, a clear peep,peep, peep peep-lo. Compactly built with a short bill, large eyes and rounded head, this sand-colored plover has bright orange legs and a single black breast band. Once fairly common along Atlantic coast beaches, Great Lakes…

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Piping Plover Mini Journal

$6.50

The piping plover is a small shorebird named for its mellow, melodious whistle. Compactly built with a short bill, large eyes and rounded head, this sand-colored plover has bright orange legs and a single black breast band. They are most often seen running in short starts and stops, patrolling the beach, alert for any movement.…

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Piping Plover Notecard

Piping Plover Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) The piping plover is a small shorebird named for its mellow, melodious whistle, a clear peep,peep, peep peep-lo. Compactly built with a short bill, large eyes and rounded head, this sand-colored plover has bright orange legs and a single black breast band. Once fairly common along Atlantic coast beaches, Great Lakes…

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Piping Plover Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) The piping plover is a small shorebird named for its mellow, melodious whistle, a clear peep, peep, peep peep-lo. Compactly built with a short bill, large eyes and rounded head, this sand-colored plover has bright orange legs and a single black breast band. Once fairly common along Atlantic coast beaches, Great…

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Scarlet Tanager Journal

$20.00$21.00

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) Adorned in flaming scarlet, with jet black wings and tail, the male Scarlet Tanager is one of the most beautiful birds of the deciduous forests of eastern North America. In contrast, the female is an unassuming olive green above and yellow below. The male’s burry song has been likened to the…

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Scarlet Tanager Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

Scarlet Tanager  (Pianga olivacea) Adorned in flaming scarlet, with jet black wings and tail, the male scarlet tanager is one of the most beautiful birds of the deciduous forests of eastern North America.  In contrast, the female is an unassuming olive green above and yellow below.  The call note of the species is a distinctive…

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Spring Awakening Journal

Spring Awakening Journal

$20.00$21.00

We often mark the coming of spring by the sights and sounds around us: the exciting return of Canada Geese, the beauty and intoxicating scents of spring flowers, the relaxing chorus of spring peepers.  We are blessed with new life, youth and energy. People who spend time in the woods recognize a thrilling spring activity…

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