Nicely, it seems like Pattie Gonia’s agent is working laborious for his or her cash, first Pattie was prancing round meadows in full drag for North Face’s summer pride hiking events alert, now Pattie brings the spoken phrase track Birds Inform Us for the Nationwide Audubon Society. For these not within the know, the society protects birds and the locations they want, all through the Americas “utilizing science, advocacy, schooling, and on-the-ground conservation.” 

So, they figured “intersectional environmentalist Pattie Gonia” can be match to play chook within the meadows in full drag once more, as nothing says protect nature as a shit tonne of make-up and acrylic nails. 

However wait, it is not fairly as far-fetched as chances are you’ll suppose, Pattie Gonia is the character created by avid hiker and backpacker Wyn Wiley. Wiley claims that the character was born spontaneously on a mountaineering journey a number of years in the past – fairly presumably precisely like these hilarious in-jokes I create whereas mountaineering at 7900 toes above sea degree that by no means fairly work as soon as I get again all the way down to greater oxygen air – and has now morphed into “ka-ching” efficiency throughout Delight month. 

I’ll give Wyn and the Nationwide Audubon Society workforce kudos for this although; the Nebraska native textile artists and vogue designers Lesley Darling and Joelle Tangen created a Western Meadowlark gown virtually solely sourced from Nebraska uncooked supplies, together with the black walnuts and marigolds used to dye the silk black and yellow. Each bit of cloth was both used within the gown or repurposed into different objects, like scarves and handkerchiefs. 

A random viewer will not know this although, all they see is a person in an ill-fitting corset with make-up blended as poorly as mine was within the 90s after I used literal child powder as powder, attempting to do a hypnotic and educating Baz Luhrmann, with a number of environmentally unsound claptrappings. Like micro-plastics in glitter, these acrylic nails, and false eyelashes.

In brief, it does not even seem like a duck whereas it tries to teach us about birds and drum up LGBTQ assist for the Nationwide Audubon Society.