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How An Artist Helped Shape B.C.'s Wave Of Shark Fin Bans

Artists for Conservation

A wave of bylaws banning the possession, trade, sale and distribution of shark fin products, has swept across the province of British Columbia this past month. North Vancouver joined Port Moody and Coquitlam in introducing a ban on shark fin soup in restaurants, a popular Asian dish that supports a vast industry that is decimating shark populations worldwide and threatens many species with extinction.

Life-Long Devotion to Nature and Art - Aleta Karstad

Artists for Conservation

We all know someone who is devoted to a cause. Sometimes, we think the person is eccentric or extreme; sometimes, we wonder "Why the dedication?"; sometimes, we simply admire the commitment and never-ending effort. In this blog, I would like to introduce you to a person who unquestionably deserves our admiration, who begs the question "Why?" and who is maybe just a little bit eccentric.

The Kindness of Strangers

Artists for Conservation

"Where are you going next?" Apart from "How long do your paintings take?" these have to be the words I hear most frequently!

AFC Video Blog #2 - Earth Day 2012

AFC launches Video Blog on Earth Day, 2012.

Welcome to AFC's First Video Blog

On Earth Day, Artists for Conservation (AFC) launches a video blog to share and highlight conservation stories relating to AFC and its artist members around the world. 

Welcome to the launch of Artists for Conservation, Video Blog, a conservation vlog that will share member conservation stories, AFC updates and important community messages from Jeff Whiting and others... Tune in to get the latest happenings.

Flag Expedition #13. Nigel Shaw Road Trapping for Raptors

Artists for Conservation

March 18, 2012 - "We spend more time road trapping the raptors. We are seeing lots of Amur Falcon and Lesser Kestrels. Steppe buzzards are not responding well to our trapping techniques. We caught and banded two, but lots more around as they are nearly ready to start their northward migration and will probably stop eating.

Flag Expedition #13 - Nigel Shaw in the Field

Flag Expeditions, Limpopo, Nigel Shaw, Raptors

March 15, 2012 - "We had only been away from the airport in Johannasburg for about 30 mins when the landscape opened up. Once vast grasslands, home to thousands of gazelles and acompaning cheetas, this farmland is slowly being reclaimed bu scrub and acaicia. Hundreds of Amur falcons and Lesser kestrels use the poles and lines along the road to hunt the vast amounts of grasshoppers and other insects. Other raptors like the Greater kestrel, an African species also utilizes the area and rodents abound for the taking.

A New Snake in Berlin

Artists for Conservation

New species are not just discovered in the wild; sometimes it happens that a rare find is made in a depot of a long lost and forgotten specimen. This happened with a very rare member of the enigmatic family of "splitjaw snakes", Latin name: Bolyeriidae.

This blog leads - again - to Mauritius. The reason for my repeated mind travel to this country lies in the fact that so many unusual species have evolved there. No matter where you look, the species of the Mascarenes all have their own peculiarities.

Where the Buffalo Roam

Artists for Conservation

With all the recovery efforts put forth by managing and monitoring the wilds, isn't it great when wildlife does it on their own, setting their own course and thumbing their collective noses at us? It further proves the resilience of wildlife in overcoming obstacles and expanding their territory, or in this case, escaping the human domain.

AFC Record-Breaking Tour & 2011 Festival Recap

Artists for Conservation

On January 14, 2012, AFC's annual exhibit travelled to Tucson, Arizona to open at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Art Museum. The opening day broke all-time attendance records for an art exhibit opening at the museum. Susan Fisher, Director of the ASDM Art Institute commented: "Wow! What a turnout we had. There was a record number of attendees topping all previous records for Gallery receptions here at the museum. Visitors were very impressed with the quality of the show and really seemed to enjoy looking at the works...

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