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At AFC, our vision is to lead a global artistic movement that inspires individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage by uniting the talent and passion of the world’s most gifted nature artists. This blog has been created as a means for AFC leadership to share thoughts and expertise about topics relating to art and conservation, featuring regular articles by AFC President, Jeff Whiting, and a range of guest bloggers.

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Sadly, Pollyanna Pickering passed away on March 29, 2018, following a short illness. With her passing, we have lost a great artist, passionate and generous wildlife conservationist. She was a big part of the AFC community over the years and will be deeply missed by her friends and colleagues at Artists for Conservation.

As recently as August, 2017, Pollyanna joined a delegation of AFC artists to Qingdao, China to participate in the first AFC Festival and exhibit there. In 2012, was awarded AFC's top honor - the Simon Combes Conservation award, recognizing her lifetime of support for conservation through her artistic talents. In 2014, she took on the honorary role as Artists for Conservation Festival Patron.

In March 2007, Pollyanna became one of the first recipients of an  ...

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Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 by AFC

On Earth Day, Artists for Conservation (AFC) launches a video blog to share and highlight conservation stories relating to AFC and its artist members around the world. 

Welcome to the launch of Artists for Conservation, Video Blog, a conservation vlog that will share member conservation stories, AFC updates and important community messages from Jeff Whiting and others... Tune in to get the latest happenings.

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Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Nigel Shaw
Artists for Conservation

March 18, 2012 - "We spend more time road trapping the raptors. We are seeing lots of Amur Falcon and Lesser Kestrels. Steppe buzzards are not responding well to our trapping techniques. We caught and banded two, but lots more around as they are nearly ready to start their northward migration and will probably stop eating.

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 by Nigel Shaw
Flag Expeditions, Limpopo, Nigel Shaw, Raptors

March 15, 2012 - "We had only been away from the airport in Johannasburg for about 30 mins when the landscape opened up. Once vast grasslands, home to thousands of gazelles and acompaning cheetas, this farmland is slowly being reclaimed bu scrub and acaicia. Hundreds of Amur falcons and Lesser kestrels use the poles and lines along the road to hunt the vast amounts of grasshoppers and other insects. Other raptors like the Greater kestrel, an African species also utilizes the area and rodents abound for the taking.

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Ria Winters
Artists for Conservation

New species are not just discovered in the wild; sometimes it happens that a rare find is made in a depot of a long lost and forgotten specimen. This happened with a very rare member of the enigmatic family of "splitjaw snakes", Latin name: Bolyeriidae.

This blog leads - again - to Mauritius. The reason for my repeated mind travel to this country lies in the fact that so many unusual species have evolved there. No matter where you look, the species of the Mascarenes all have their own peculiarities.

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Terry Woodall
Artists for Conservation

With all the recovery efforts put forth by managing and monitoring the wilds, isn't it great when wildlife does it on their own, setting their own course and thumbing their collective noses at us? It further proves the resilience of wildlife in overcoming obstacles and expanding their territory, or in this case, escaping the human domain.

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

On January 14, 2012, AFC's annual exhibit travelled to Tucson, Arizona to open at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Art Museum. The opening day broke all-time attendance records for an art exhibit opening at the museum. Susan Fisher, Director of the ASDM Art Institute commented: "Wow! What a turnout we had. There was a record number of attendees topping all previous records for Gallery receptions here at the museum. Visitors were very impressed with the quality of the show and really seemed to enjoy looking at the works...

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 by Pollyanna Pickering
Artists for Conservation

When your life is entwined with wildlife you see both the very best and very worst of humanity. Standing in the education centre in the Animals Asia sanctuary near Chengdu, China I had tears streaming down my face as I held a heavy corset restraint which had been removed from a bear rescued from a bile farm. This instrument of torture had been used to severely restrict the bear's movement, while a hinged panel allowed access for the daily milking of bile through an open wound.

A Boy Called Polly
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by Phyllis Frazier
Artists for Conservation

Although my original intention with this second entry (of a two-part series) was to write about the history of wildlife artists who use poetry in their artworks, I was surprised to discover that, (with the exception of Rachel Dillon, a book by Carl Brenders, and an exhibition of children's art with poems sponsored by David Shepherd), there was not much of a history of this coupling.

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 by Carel Brest van Kempen
Artists for Conservation

Cŏn-sērve', v. "to keep in a safe or sound state; to save, to preserve from loss, decay, waste, or injury; to defend from violation." -Webster's Dictionary

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Rachel Dillon
Artists for Conservation

I have yet to meet a first grader who doesn't love animals and art. I've worked with a lot of students to come to this conclusion. This past year has taught me how important creative expression is to our youth, and how creative time is dwindling for them. So many elementary schools in the U.S. don't have art rooms, let alone art teachers. Some teachers are able to incorporate art into their curriculum, but it sounds like it's getting harder and harder to do that, while adhering to strict state-wide standardized tests.

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