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Stratford Point Audubon

Coastal Estuary Restoration Project- Stratford Point Audubon

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Dorie Petrochko has been working with Jennifer Mattei, professor of Biology at Sacred Heart University on an interpretive sign for the Coastal Estuary Restoration Project at Stratford Point Audubon in Stratford, CT. This was the original site of the Stratford Gun Club where an extensive lead abatement project was implemented. Now a team of staff, students and volunteers are restoring the site back to its original condition to encourage wildlife to live and nest in these areas.

Dorie Petrochko

Dorie Petrochko

medical illustration of The cypress swamps of the Everglades in Florida
are becoming threatened by commercial development. Species such as the Great Egret and the Tri-colored Heron featured here need such habitats for survival.
medical illustration of A threatened species, the Wood Stork is a bird of freshwater and estuarine wetlands, nesting in cypress or mangrove swamps in Southern Florida.
medical illustration of During breeding season,American Oystercatchers can be found in coastal habitats such as sand beaches, saltwater marshes and marsh islands.
medical illustration of Watercolor
11 x 14
Portrait of an Atlantic Puffin- Machias Island
medical illustration of Pastel Drawing
16 x 20
Puffins on rocks- Machias Island
medical illustration of The Mandarin Duck- Aix galericulata is closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It can be found in Eastern Asia, China and Russia and inhabits lakes, pond and rivers.
medical illustration of Mixed Media Painting- Watercolor and Gouache

The Piping Plover is a coastal shorebird that is threatened in the northeast and endangered inland. It's name
medical illustration of Ospreys are one of the few hawks that feed almost exclusively on fish. They live and nest along the coasts and inland lakes of North America and overwinter in Florida and Mexico.
medical illustration of The burrowing owl is a threatened species whose
habitat is shrinking due to the lack of nesting areas. They live in burrows they dig themselves or take over from prairie dogs, tortoise or squirrels. They nest in deserts or open grassy lots.
medical illustration of Watercolor
11 x 14
Study of a Barred Owl
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9 x 12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nest
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11 x 14
Male Belted Kingfisher
medical illustration of Watercolor and Colored Pencil 11 x 14
This shoe nest resides at the Yale Peabody Museum nest collection and I thought it appropriate to add a house wren to the mix as they build nests in odd places.
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The Cedar Waxwing is a gregarious bird, often feeding in groups on ornamental berry bushes. 
The berry featured here is a Serviceberry or Shad bush, often blooming when the Shad are running in the spring.
medical illustration of The three hummingbirds featured here are commonly found in Arizona- Anna's, Rufous, and Allen's. They are feeding on Penstemon, a flower also common to Arizona.
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Bluebirds are common in the Northeast US and often winter over, roosting in groups. When migrating, they often arrive in March when it's still below freezing- hence rousing their feathers to keep warm. They often fill up on berries such as bittersweet and become slightly inebriated.
medical illustration of Watercolor
11 x 14
Illustration of Ravens and Crows
eating Mac fries
medical illustration of The raven is a member of the corvid family, a relative of the crow, although much larger than a crow, about the size of a red-tailed hawk. It resides in open and forested habitats as well as coastal areas. It is studied for its high level of intelligence among birds.
medical illustration of Contrary to beliefs, the Robin does linger and even spends the winter in the northeast US.
They feed primarily on berries to survive and feed
and roost in groups.
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The male robin attends to the female on the nest
bringing nesting materials and will help feed the young and his mate until the nestlings fledge.
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The mother Robin must be constantly feeding her nestlings insects &worms every 10 minutes. It is survival of the fittest for the nestlings, each competing for food, often the largest nestling getting the lion's share of the feast.
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This is one in a series of four paintings of robins
through the seasons, depicting juvenile robins
learning to fly.
medical illustration of The Robin pair is contemplating their empty nest, somethingRobins don't normally do, but this could be fodder for a children's book!
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This white domestic turkey was not happy in his
cage on the farm in Woodbury, CT. He almost
seemed to anticipate what was to become of him.
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Golden Eagle-Aquila chrysaetos
A majestic eagle with a wing span of 5-7 ft.
is highly revered by Native Americans
for its power and speed.
medical illustration of This mixed media painting is a comment on the state of our environment. Entitled
medical illustration of Watercolor
11 x 14
Portrait of a Southern Cassowary
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18 x 22
Study of a Wandering Albatross juvenile
medical illustration of Mixed Media
22x 36
Healing Feathers- a study of falling
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9 x 12
The word bateleur in French means tightrope walker. The Bateleur Eagle is famous for its aerial acrobatics. It is also good at catching snakes.
medical illustration of Graphite
11 x 14
Eastern Screech Owl- Magascops asio
Drawn from life
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20 x 24
Red-legged Seriemas live in Brazil and Uruguay and live mainly on snakes and other reptiles.
medical illustration of Graphite
11 x 14
American Woodcock
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22 x 30
Red-legged Seriema head studies
medical illustration of Graphite Drawing
11 x 14
Homage to the Torosaurus sculpture
at Yale Peabody Museum, sculpted by Michael Anderson
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Sepia Ink
T-Shirt Design
Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs
medical illustration of Watercolor 
9 x 12
Illustration of Limulus spawning in shallow 
water- Barn Island
medical illustration of Graphite 
14 x 18
Limulus polyphemus
Design for Logo for Limulus Project
medical illustration of Pastel and Colored Pencil
11 x 14
Dorsal and Ventral views of juvenile horseshoe crabs
medical illustration of Watercolor
11 x 14
view of opisthosoma of adult Limulus polyphemus
medical illustration of Graphite 
3 x 8
Logo for Limulus Project
Sacred Heart University
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Limulus polyphemus
4 x 12
Design for T-Shirt
medical illustration of Colored Pencil
12 x 18
Portrait of adult Horseshoe Crab
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Interpretive Sign
Walnut Beach Intertidal Habitat
medical illustration of Pen and Ink drawing
11 x 14
Key for Walnut Beach Habitat 
Interpretive Sign
medical illustration of Pen and Ink
18 x 24
Stratford Beach Coastal Estuary Restoration
Project- CT Audubon
medical illustration of Watercolor
12 x 12
Life Cycle of Scaphiopus holbrookii
Spadefoot Toad
medical illustration of Pastel Pencil
6 x 6
Drawing from life of Spadefoot Toad
an endangered species of toad
medical illustration of Watercolor and Gouache
11 x 14
Lichen Katydid feeding on bearded lichen
medical illustration of Graphite
5 x 7
Specimen  drawing of Praying Mantis from
Yale entomology collection


Dorie Petrochko is an accomplished painter and illustrator. Her interest in traveling and painting birds is a lifelong passion. She currently lectures and teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum, where she is a senior instructor of the Scientific Illustration Certificate Program at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT. Dorie is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Award for Wildlife Painting from The Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and the Julia and David White Artist Fellowship in Costa Rica. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in the Art of the Animal Kingdom at the Bennington Gallery in Vermont, Focus on Nature at the State Museum of Albany, All Things Birds and Beautiful, Orcas Island, WA to benefit bird conservation, and the International Exhibition of Herpetological Illustration at the University of Portugal. Her avian illustrations have appeared in many publications such as the CT Ornithological Association, New Haven Magazine, CT DEEP, Project Limulus and The Why's of Bird Names. Dorie is membership chairman of the NY chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.


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