Conservation

"Making art is a process of research and discovery and helps me make sense of the world - it's a response to the force of nature that connects all living things. "

Background

In 2004, I made my home in Squamish, BC where I have witnessed a dramatically changing landscape. The town, built on Indigenous lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), continues to grow and evolve from its historic roots as a small logging community to the destination ‘outdoor capital’ of today. I have felt drawn to document places of historic interest and of rich, natural beauty, places that are unprotected and under threat of development. I’ve published this collection of watercolour paintings, now in various private collections, in a book entitled “Following the Sound” (Howe Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere region).

 

Squamish Environment Conservation Society

My ongoing partnership with the Squamish Environmental Conservation Society began in 2008 when the organization purchased one of my landscape paintings to use as signage at the entrance of a newly created interpretive estuary trail. Through various art related initiatives that followed, I entered into a mutually supportive relationship with Society members + directors.  I learned about SECS educational programs and the positive impact of their conservation work in the face of exponential growth + development. Most of my nature based art work shown locally, includes a fund raising component in support of SECS.

 

Wild Birds

In 2019, inspired by the Squamish monthly bird count, I created a series of wild bird paintings for a solo show on Vancouver Island. “Hidden worlds” was an exploration into the cyclical movements of tides, seasons and bird migrations around the Squamish Estuary. As my observations deepened, it struck me that the depth and richness of biodiversity at work in the Estuary goes largely unnoticed. The purpose of the 'Wild Bird' series was to reveal 'hidden’ elements integral to the wellbeing of the Estuary and nurture a passion for sharing knowledge within the community. My most recent donation, in May this year, has been in support of a bird friendly campaign to install ‘feather friendly’ decals onto glass barriers of new waterfront developments.

Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Wild Bird series - Bird Strike Prevention | Zoe Evamy

Wildbirds

The Squamish Environment Society is leading an initiative to have Squamish certified as a Bird Friendly City under Nature Canada’s certification program. This certification requires that a bird action committee work with its municipality to reduce threats to birds; promote habitat protection, restoration, and climate resiliency; and provide community outreach and education.

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Along the Mamquam - Christmas Fundraiser | Zoe Evamy

Along the Mamquam

EagleWatch ran an outreach program on weekends from early November until early January and daily during the Christmas holiday period. Teams of volunteer interpreters with spotting scopes met the public at Eagle Run dike. They talked about the eagles, their biology and life cycles as well as more generally about the ecosystems in our area and need for biodiversity conservation. EagleWatch also included a program for school students: each winter thousands of school children learned about eagles from classroom presentations as well as field trips to viewing sites. 

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Chelem Trail Interpretive Signage - Artwork and limited edition prints | Zoe Evamy

Chelem Trail Interpretive Signage

Purchase by SES of the painting 'Chelem Trail' (Estuary Meadows) for use at the head of a new interpretive loop trail on the Squamish Spit. 
Additional interpretive signs provided
Limited edition prints sold to raise funds for for future Estuary Trails and Eagle Watch.

Original artwork hangs in Council Chambers, Squamish.

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Bird Friendly Squamish - Bird Strike Prevention | Zoe Evamy

Bird Friendly Squamish

Due to increasing development in Squamish and the popularity of glass paneling on new buildings, wild birds are more at risk. Feather Friendly dot decals are applied to glass railing panels. These black dots help make the panels more visible to birds approaching from both sides. The dots are spaced about 5 cm apart, the maximum distance that most birds wouldn’t attempt to fly through.