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New Art/Conservation Facebook Initiative

Artists for Conservation

AFC artist Kitty Harvill set out earlier this year with the goal of inspiring artists to support each other and raising the profile of endangered species. She created a Facebook group that involved an art challenge to her followers, of creating one painting each week featuring wildlife and nature. The public Facebook group, named 52 WEEKS - Nature Painting Challenge, began with just nine members and through the year she has seen the group grow to over 200 participants, experienced and novice, from four continents.

Colors of a Feather

Artists for Conservation

Feathers, beautiful and complex, are perfect artistic creations by themselves. They show us that a human is not the only creature with a sense of beauty. Think of how a large measure of a female's choice of a mate is the attractiveness of male display feathers. By appreciating a bird's colorful display feather and calling it art, we recognize that they were selected and created by a female bird.

Guy Harvey Makes Waves in Florida

Artists for Conservation

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announced that Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are providing a generous financial gift that will allow students, faculty and staff at NSU's Oceanographic Center to enhance their research and academic program and also to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying marine science.

AFC Declares First "International Bear Day"

Artists for Conservation

Bears are iconic symbols and charismatic ambassadors for BC's wilderness. Given this, with so much talk and controversy in the media about B.C.'s upcoming bear hunting season opening at the start of October, we thought it made sense to focus on bears at the second annual BC Conservation Symposium. The goal was to help the science to reach the public and stimulate unpoliticized dialogue around the best use of this incredible resource.

Chris Navarro Goes Big & Primeval!

Artists for Conservation

Following the creation of a life-sized Columbian Mammoth in bronze, AFC bronze sculptor Chris Navarro has taken on another big challenge.

‘'Essence of Rex" is a life-sized T-rex founded in bronze. At 28 feet long, 13 feet hight and 7 feet across, the sculpture weighs 5500 lbs . The sculpture is even more noteworthy in that one side is a skeletal representation, while the other side is fleshed out with muscle and skin.

A Grand Adventure: AFC's Marine Explorers Program

Artists for Conservation

As a group of 8 Artists for Conservation (AFC) artists prepare to convene in Cayman Islands once again under the AFC's Marine Explorers Program. Signature AFC member and explorer, Brent Cooke offers a commentary on the program and his experience.

I was extremely fortunate last year to be invited to the first Artists for Conservation's Marine Explorer's trip conducted on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean last spring. Jeff met with me first to explain the program concept, intent and timeframe for the program and naturally, I couldn't wait to get started.

The Future of Kakapo

My deep and heartful thanks and gratitude go to ALL members of the Kakapo Recovery Team. I was blessed to have an opportunity to return to Whenua Hou in 2014.I will always treasure the honor of meeting the kakapo, and hopefully, contributing to their futre in some tiny way.

Thank you to Artists for Conservation, who found it fitting to fund an expedition to Whenua Hou, and publish the plight and perils of the Kakapo.

Tiaho's story

Tiaho is another alumnus from the kakapo year 2009. Tiaho hatched 2009, Mother: Rakiura, Father: Whiskas.

 

He was a very sickly chick, and nearly died. He was treated for very serious respiratory infection, and returned to Whenua Hou upon recovery. Being a special case, and under care and observation, he spent most of his time near the ranger hut. He was very shy and rarely seen, but was known to feed from hoppers nearby.

 

Location

Whenua Hou, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

Hurrah for Huhana!

Huhana, a female Kakapo, hatched in 2009. This was a huge year for Kakapo Recovery Team, a bumper crop of 33 chicks!

 

At five years old, she is the youngest Kakapo mother recorded, and the first hand-reared chick to reproduce. Her mother is Esperance, active in this year--2014--breeding as well and the star of the internet nestcam; her father was Whiskas, recently deceased. Huhana had a rough start to her own life. She needed veterinary attention and surgery as a young chick, and was returned to Whenua Hou after healing.

Location

Whenua Hou, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

Penguins!

The Kakapo of Whenua Hou have other flightless birds as their neighbors. Penguins! Kakapo AND penguin tracks on the beach!

 

Who DOESN'T love penguins? Whenua Hou hosts breeding colonies of 3 species--the hohio/Yellow-eyed Penguin, the Korora/Little Penguin, and the Tawaki/Fiordlands Crested Penguin. And several other species are occasionally spotted.

 

http://yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/plants/other-sites

 

Location

Whenua Hou, Southlands, NZ
New Zealand
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