15 May '18, 10am

Haruo Uchiyama's unique "touch carvings" help the blind see birds through touch.

Find Audubon Near You Visit your local Audubon center, join a chapter, or help save birds with your state program. Explore the Network A warbler is smaller than a duck, and a duck is smaller than a raptor. Some birders may take these simple facts for granted, but for those who can't rely on sight, a bird's size is often tough to fathom. That's what spurred Haruo Uchiyama to create his unique “touch carvings.” The Japanese woodcarver, who learned the trade from his father, has devoted more than 35 years to sculpting life-size birds that are accurate down to the individual feather. “Blind people can hear the voices of crows and sparrows every day, but they don't understand how they look or their shape or size,” Uchiyama says through his wife and translator, Tomoko. Some of the models are equipped with sound recordings of the bird’s name and call, too. Uchiyama's menagerie ai...

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