I wade rivers and try to honor water and fragments of pure habitat, turn ocean plastic into confrontational advertising, and photograph birds’ nests to invite people to learn about the lives of their builders.

The nest project evolved into a book in which I write about those lives and the survival issues facing many of them, and how we might help them. Recently I have begun what I hope will be another book, this time working with the nests of extinct and endangered species.

It is my hope that my work will speak to others who care as much as I about saving what we can of what remains of our natural world, and the creatures that depend on it.

Sharon Beals

Shows and Exhibits

  • MZV 100th Anniversary Show and Symposium, October 2008
  • The Architecture of Nests, Studio 391, Gualala, CA February 2008
  • The Botany of Nests, Helen Crocker Russell Library, Strybing Arboretum, April 2009 to June 2009
  • APA Something Personal Juried Show, Plastic in the Ocean Series, Jan 2010
  • Wondrous Strange, SF MOMA Artists Gallery, August 2010
  • Spring, California Academy of Sciences, February 2011 to June 2011
  • Nests, Fernwood Botanic Garden, October 2011 to December 2011
  • Nests, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco November 2011 to Jan 2012
  • Nests, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta, February to June 2012
  • Carry The Sky, The Morris Museum, July to November 2012
  • Nests, Mumm Photographic Gallery, St. Helena, October 2012 to March 2013
  • Nests, The National Academy of Sciences, August 2013 to May 2014
  • Nests, Headlands Visitor Center, GGNRA, November 2013 to January 2014
  • The Egg Show, Morris Museum, The Morris Museum, February to April 2014
  • Wondrous/Strange, Nests and Ocean Plastic, American Museum of Bird Art, Jan to May 2015
  • Nests, Gensler Architects, San Francisco, June to August, 2015


  • "Small Miracles," Audubon Magazine, April 2008 
  • Photo District News, May 2008
  • Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them, Chronicle Books, Spring 2011
  • "Treasure in the Trees," Scientific American Magazine, August 2011
  • "Best Photo Books of 2011," American Photo
  • China Today, January 2012
  • Uppercase Magazine, January 2013
  • "Issues," journal of the National Academy of Sciences, August 2013
  • National Geographic Magazine, July 2015

Represented By

Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Permanent Installations and Collections

  • The State Department, Art in the Embassies, US Embassy, Riga, Latvia
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • The California Academy of Sciences
  • The National Academy of Sciences


  • Guest Lecture, The California Academy of Sciences, May 2011
  • Fernwood Botanic Garden, November, 2011
  • Blue Heron Preserve, May, 2012
  • San Francisco Audubon  Sept 2012
  • TED, the Earth, 2012
  • Marin Audubon, 2013