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The 14th Flag Expedition

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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.

Anticipation and Anxiety

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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.

"Art For Animals" inspiring Africa's children through artistic endeavors to care for their wildlife.

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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.

The boys are a-boomin’ the girls are a-choosin’, and the season is a cruisin’!

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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!

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...

2013 AFC Festival Photo Blog

This past fall, AFC launched the 3rd annual Artists for Conservation Festival, celebrating nature's beauty and diversity with a spectacular art exhibit and a host of inspiring art and environmental education programs. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation. It also brought together over forty AFC artists, a small army of dedicated volunteers, and supporters including RE/MAX, Deeley Harley Davidson Canada, our gracious host, Grouse Mountain and many other supporters and patrons.

AFC Flag Expedition Blog: Whakaata te Kakapo

Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition

AFC Artist Pat Latas of Tucson, Arizona to Study and Support Plight of Flightless Parrot. The primary goal of the expedition is to illustrate and support the efforts of the Kakapo Recovery Team - a conservation organization whose mission it is to save the Kakapo- a flightless species of parrot that lives in burrows in New Zealand.

 

AFC Marine Explorer Shares Experience with Irish Youth

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Whilst undertaking my scuba training course in Ireland, the new trainees were constantly reassured to the benefits of diving in our little country. They don't sound too alluring.....wet and windy conditions, fast flowing currents, icy cold temperatures, poor visibility (sometimes needing to be measured in inches rather than metres!), risk of separation from your buddy as well as the boat and the extra complication of having to dive in a dry suit!

AFC Artists Return from Successful Pilot Marine Explorers Program to Cayman Islands

Reef Dive - Photo by Lorna Hamilton

On May 5, seven AFC members began jointly exploring the diverse and spectacular marine life of the southwestern Caribbean island of Grand Cayman with a goal to support its protection. Our expedition was particularly significant as it represented the launch of the new AFC "Marine Explorers" program aimed at supporting marine conservation and inspiring more artist involvement and depiction of marine wildlife.

It's Endangered Species Day!

May 17, 2013 is Endanagered Species Day!

In honor of this important day that is formally recognized in the USA, enjoy this collection of paintings from AFC's 2012 Exhibit by international artists illustrating endangered wildlife from around the world.  Stay tuned for details of another inspiring exhibit in support of conservation opening September 28th. Our 2013 exhibiting artists will be announced soon.

 

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