The fifth annual "Birds and Their Habitat" art exhibit is planned as a three-day celebration of birds and their importance to conservation by the Connecticut Audubon Society this weekend.

The exhibit opens Friday with a reception and continues Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Audubon Center, 2325 Burr St.

Nelson North, director of Fairfield operations for Connecticut Audubon Society, said in a statement that the group, whose mission is to conserve the environment through education and advocacy focused on the state's birds and habitats, is showcasing artists who specialize in avian art and nature.

The exhibit will feature the work of 24 artists in media including paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, drawings, prints, pottery and photographs. Student art will also be on display from Unquowa School, Fairfield Country Day School and Greens Farms Academy.

The exhibit opening Sept. 26 is a preview party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a buffet, cocktails and a silent auction. Tickets are $75.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5.

A live birds of prey demonstration takes place at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday.

A bird-sketching class with artist Katie Lee is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. ($10).

Bird-crafting projects for children will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Artist James Prosek talks about birds at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Katie Lee, of Nobleboro, Maine, was selected as exhibit Artist of the Year. Lee has been an instructor in the New York Botanical Garden Botanical Illustration program and the Coastal Maine Botanic Garden, and conducts online courses with students worldwide. She also has led numerous sketching safaris to Botswana and field sketching trips to South America.

Lee's work can be found in private collections in the U.S., England, Australia and South Africa, as well as a number of museums and galleries.

Chairwomen of the event are Peggy Duncan, of Fairfield, and society board member Judy Richardson, of Easton.

For tickets or information, call 203-259-6305, ext. 109, or visit