AFC Announcements

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/28
Hot Chicks!

12 April 2014

 

Yes, that's right. HOT CHICKS!

 

Unseasonably warm and fine weather on Whenua Hou has brought sun-loving people outdoors, sandflies in numbers, and minor inconvenience to the babies in the rearing unit.

Contrary to everything known about baby birds, and to incubating and hand-rearing baby parrots, Kakapo chicks need to be...COOLED! Kakapos are adapted to cold temperatures, and as the chicks grow and are able to regulate their own temperature, warm weather can bring stress.

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/28
Nest-minder Dr. Pat!

Over Night, 11-12 April 2014

Nest-minder for the night!

The sweet sounds of moorpork owls and kakas singing in the night, soft wind in the rimu trees; gentle mist and a little hard rain. What could be closer to paradise? A mother kakapo and her chick, of course!

Good news and bad news--I loved this opportunity but I knew it would be hard on my out-of-shape-fat-postchemo-no-endurance body. Luckily Darryl was kind, forgiving and understanding and we made it to the nest site (without stroke or heart attack) just as Huhana left for her first foraging of the night.

Artists for Conservation
2014/04/28
Arrival at Whenua Hou!

11 April 2014

Arrival! Hoki mai!

At long last, the day has come to depart for the beautiful sanctuary island of Whenua Hou.The day dawned clear and cold in Invercargill, open skies with whispy cirrus clouds. No wind!

 

The first stage was arrival at the quarantine store, where all gear, persons and supplies were minutely inspected for seeds, soil, rodents, insects and other contamination. The entire process for 2 volunteers was about two hours.

 

 

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).

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