AFC Announcements

2014/05/14
Maoris and the Kakapo: Iwi Perspective

 

 

Artists for Conservation
2014/05/14
Taogna

Taogna was in trouble.

 

Taonga was hatched in 2011. A female kakapo chick is very valuable to the future of the kakapo as a species. As a three-year old chick, she was routinely monitored via her transmitter backpack and various weighing stations. A loss of weight was noted, and rangers were sent out to bring her back.

 

At the headquarters, she was examined and found to be severely underweright and in poor body condition. She was palced in the care facility, and a series of diagnostic tests were collected.

 

2014/05/14
Chick Sketches

Here are a few sketches of Lisa 1 and Rakiura 2, taken from journal entries:

 

 

where it all begins

 

Artists for Conservation
2014/05/14
Beautiful Feathers!

The kakapo is such a unique parrot. There are so many attributes that distinguish this species from all others. The lovely plumage is the first thing to be noticed.

 

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/30
Other Inhabitants of Whenua Hou

Kakapo are the largest non-human terrestrial denizens of lovely Whenua Hou. But they have many interesting neighbors.

 

Prior to humans, birds were the dominant vertebrates on the New Zealand Continent. The only mammals, some small bats, were tiny in comparison to the giant moas and eagles that roamed the landscape. Kakapos were the most numerous parrot in the land, when humans arrived.

 

2014/04/30
The Whenua Hou Ecosystem

Whenua Hou is the island home to the Kakapo. It was originally unhihabited, until the local Maori on the mainland gave the island to Maori-European couples to settle (and presumably to keep them separate and out of trouble). Sealing was the main interest, and life was rugged. Eventually the sealing trade diminished and the population of humans declined.

 

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/30
The story of Lisa1

 

 

 

What an extrodinary story!

 

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/29
Starting the art flow

13 April 2014

With all the diversions and interesting things going on, time is ticking away and I am ready to get on with some serious art work.

 

Field sketching is a good base for all illustration. Supplemental (but not professional) photography is integral to proper scientific illustration, so in truth I have already begun!

 

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