AFC Announcements

2014/04/17
The 14th Flag Expedition


As I write this, I am looking out across the Foveaux Straights, on the far south of the Te Waipaunamu (South Island) of New Zealand, whilst sitting in the kakapo rearing facility on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island. It is cold and windy, the sea choppy with whitecaps. Freezing on the outside but warm in the heart.

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/17
The 14th Flag Expedition


As I write this, I am looking out across the Foveaux Straights, on the far south of the Te Waipaunamu (South Island) of New Zealand, whilst sitting in the kakapo rearing facility on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island. It is cold and windy, the sea choppy with whitecaps. Freezing on the outside but warm in the heart.

Artists for Conservation
2014/03/19
Anticipation and Anxiety

The 14th Flag Expedition (me!) is scheduled to depart the dusty Sonoran Desert in the first week of April, 2014. Arrival to be in the Southern Hemisphere, green and wet, a different season, a different hemisphere, a different date. The plans are in place, the arrangements made, the permits secured--yet the wait is fraught with anxiety as well as excitement.

Artists for Conservation
2014/02/26
"Art For Animals" inspiring Africa's children through artistic endeavors to care for their wildlife.

Several years ago in a remote dusty village in Zambia I was sitting on a log drawing the village and its surroundings when a shy young girl sat next to me intent on seeing what I was doing. Within minutes she was joined by 20 or so others all scrambling to get a better view. It was then that I realized not only were these children mesmerized by my materials but also by the emerging animals I was drawing. I handed out pieces of charcoal and paper from my sketchpad indicating they could have a try.

2014/02/05
New Campaign to Bring AFC To South Florida

Mark your calendars and join us in Florida this May. AFC is working with The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, BBX Capital Foundation and Nova Southeastern University  to help establish a new annual Artists for Conservation event in South Florida. The new festival will feature AFC's annual tour plus a selection of artwork by artists from AFC's Marine Explorer's Program. The event will also feature art and environmental education programming for youth and adults, lectures and films. A special teaser exhibit is tentatively scheduled for May 2014 (dates TBA).

Artists for Conservation
2014/01/29
The boys are a-boomin’ the girls are a-choosin’, and the season is a cruisin’!

There were rumors, late in 2013, that the precious rimu trees might produce a good crop this year. On Whenua Hou, the available rimu mast is what triggers females to have a good breeding season. And indeed, somehow the males are attuned to this chord: the boys were a-boomin' this year!

2014/01/27
AFC Festival Returns to Vancouver in 2014

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - January 27, 2013 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the return of their signature event to Vancouver in 2014. The 4th annual AFC Festival will take place from September 26th through October 5th, at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver, BC. RE/MAX is returning as the title sponsor of the event.

Artists for Conservation
2014/01/17
A Kakapo Adventure

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In early February 2011, I was between bird patients on a busy and slight irritating day at Arizona Bird Clinic. I needed to check email for some pending lab work on a little patient. I saw a message from the Kakapo Recovery Team. Naturally I thought they were asking for money...

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