Conservation Artist of the Month

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for May 2024

Each month, AFC recognizes an artist for their strong commitment to conservation through art. This month, AFC salutes Géry van der Kelen.

Géry van der Kelen, AFC,  from an early age had a passion for Ornithology, nature study, and conservation. To this end he has become a member of many diverse societies for nature study and conservation, and worked for many years, as a volunteer at the Belgian Royal Society for the Protection of Birds fighting against illegal poachers and hunters and selling books and educative material to promote bird and nature conservation. He is also a bird bander trainer associated with several migratory bird observatories which has allowed him to study numerous bird species in the greatest detail.

Géry lived the first 25 years of his life in his native Belgium, before becoming established in Canada. From the age of 7, accompanied by his paternal grandfather, he learned to identify birds. At 9 years old, his father gave him his first spotting scope. 

His currant forest engineer profession urges him to study the behavior and the habitat of the subjects which he represents to the slightest details to protect them better. He is a specialist of northern hardwood forest management and stand restauration.

His support for Conservation is illustrated by his many memberships in ornithological and conservation organizations including: 

- Natuurpunt (Ornithological WorkGroup, Flanders), Belgium- Naturagora (Société d’Études Ornithologiques AVES), Belgium- Belgian Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (Ligue Royale Belge pour la Protection des Oiseaux), Belgium- Birds Canada- Recognized Professional Forester: Ordre des Ingénieurs Forestiers du Québec (OIFQ), Canadaand he is a – Life Member of the Walnut Council, Purdue, IN, USA

Learn more about Géry van der Kelen...

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US Jul, 2022
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US May, 2022
CA Apr, 2022
IN Mar, 2022
CA Feb, 2022
US Jan, 2022
US Dec, 2021
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