Artist, author, and editor Jonathan Alderfer has specialized in painting birds and natural history subjects for more than thirty years. For ten years he was National Geographic’s resident birding expert at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. While there, he authored, edited, or illustrated more than twenty books for the National Geographic Society, including the best-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Birding Essentials, Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, Kids Bird Guide of North America and Complete Birds of North America. The 7th edition of the field guide will be published in September 2017.
Jonathan studied painting and sculpture at the Cooper Union in New York City. His lifelong interest in birds and his art came together during the 1980s, when he was living in Los Angeles and he began illustrating bird identification articles for the local Audubon Society. Since then, Jonathan’s illustrations have appeared in dozens of birding books and magazines, including Audubon, National Geographic, and Bird Watcher’s Digest. His fine art bird paintings and woodblock prints have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in North America.
Jonathan and his wife recently moved to a house overlooking the Sheepscot River in Edgecomb, Maine.