Ann-Kathrin (Fritzi) Wirth (2011)

Fritzi Wirth
Fritzi Wirth

Ann-Kathrin (“Fritzi”) is a biologist, naturalist, and artist from Luxembourg. She has an MS from Exeter University, Cornwall, UK, in Biodiversity and Conservation, and an MA in Visual Design as Creative Practice from Blackpool & The Fylde College. As an artist, she strives to use her skills to create beautiful works that share her fascination and interest in the natural world, and which also promote awareness and concern for endangered species. During her residency, she was responsible for the cover art and interior illustrations for the Best Management Practices for Golden-winged Warbler Habitat in the Great Lakes Region, a graphic for the Athena Fund, and several other illustrations. Fritzi also painted the Cedar Waxwing that is featured on a mug and tote used as membership premiums. 

The program helped her observe and study birds more carefully than ever before while teaching her much about bird anatomy. Because the Lab was such a welcoming place for “birdnerds,” she said she felt right at home, and is very grateful to have been given the chance to write this important chapter in the story of her life. 

Fritzi has been working for the Ministry of Spatial Planning in Luxembourg (Ministère de l’Énergie et de l’Aménagement du territoire), where, as part of her work, she was able to provide illustrations for her region’s pitch for UNESCO Man and the Biosphere classification, showcasing charismatic animal species that live in its nature reserves. The illustrations help educate visitors about the unique biodiversity in these former open-cast mining areas.