The Don and Virginia Eckelberry Endowment

For more than fifty years, Don Eckelberry (1921-2001) has inspired wildlife artists from all over the world. He was a prolific illustrator of bird guides in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also a leading conservationist and an active promoter of younger talent.

Don’s consummate skills as an ornithologist, field naturalist and artist have provided a standard of excellence for others to emulate. His work embodies the ideal fusion of art and science.

Inspired by his work, friends and admirers established an endowment in his honor to continue encouragement and support of the very best talent in the field of wildlife art. The goals of the endowment are:

  • Fuse art and science with opportunities for observation of nature in the field
  • Provide mentorships and counsel by distinguished artists and scientists for emerging nature artists
  • Offer funding for research, travel and field studies
  • Open doors to the Academy's world-renowned library and specimen collections for study
  • Access to the Academy's art collection of nature-related work for study
  • Create new advocates for the preservation of the natural world

If you agree with these goals (and we hope you will!), please consider making a generous donation in honor of Don. Send contributions to:

The Eckelberry Endowment
c/o Ewell Sale Stewart Library
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195

(The Academy of Natural Sciences is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations to the Endowment are fully tax-deductible.)

If you're a wildlife artist—whether a painter, printmaker, sculptor or work in other media—consider applying for the Eckelberry Fellowship. You can also learn about the Eckelberry Endowment and more about Don Eckelberry.