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The Contrary Conservationist, Part 3: The Vulnerable Ones

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

Fostering Children’s Love of Art & Animals

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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.

The Contrary Conservationist, Part 2: Conservation vs. Management

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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

Forming good natural resource policies first requires looking to the future, and establishing what objectives we want to reach and what kind of outcomes we want to avoid. I like to divide the strategies we use to reach the goals we set into two categories: conservation and management.

The White-eye and the Bluebell in Mauritius

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Mauritius may be just a small island in the Indian Ocean and the former home of the Dodo, but it still has an amazing array of endemic species, most of them unfortunately endangered. Like in most isolated places, Mauritian plants and animals have evolved in such a way that they have become dependant on one another.

This is the story of a very rare songbird and an even rarer plant.

The Olive white-eye (Zosterops chloronothos) is a member of the large family of Zosteropidae, small passerines native to tropical islands of the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific.

Peak Hours of a Flag Expedition – The Sea Seals of Lake Baikal

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Flames shot into the air and bright sparks twinkled into the night sky as I tossed another arm load of Siberian larch and pine onto the growing campfire. To my new Russian friends this was more like a bonfire, but for me, with the resinous branches on the fire and its showers of sparks, it became a fireworks celebration for this Fourth of July evening [America's holiday of independence]. And I mused that there was lots to celebrate since I could hear the nerpa colony slapping the water as I gathered wood on the bluff above camp.

Working Art and Conservation from Bhutan to Belize

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Around 70km north of Hanoi, Vietnam, a beautiful Asiatic moonbear stretches to his full height and climbs up onto a high platform to examine a fresh bunch of wild grasses, leaves and branches.

But until January last year, this bear had spent years in a dark cramped cargo container on an illegal bile farm in the south of the country undergoing the unending torture of regular bile extraction through an open wound on his abdomen.

Nature Art Uncovered - Coming of Age

Artists for Conservation

We have seen that with the development of serious scientific research the ‘exploration' of nature took on new meaning.

Painting, Poetry, and the Heart of Conservation

A dear friend recently asked me the question, "Why do you paint animals?" Although we drifted on to other topics before a response could be articulated, I think of this question, often, as I create my artwork.

How do we make “Hotspots” a little less “Hot”?

Artists for Conservation

What do you think of when you hear the word "hotspot"?

Hopefully you think of a biologically diverse area of our planet that is under severe threat. The concept was first defined by British ecologist Norman Myers in 1988, and according to Conservation International, there are currently 34 such "hotspots" on our planet.

The Greatest Threat in Serengeti’s History

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One morning in April 2010, I read an online article by a reporter based in Kampala about the announcement made by Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete that Tanapa (Tanzania National Parks) had approved a plan to build a commercial road across a 53 km stretch of the Northern Serengeti.

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