Ridgway's Hawk, Hispaniolan Hawk

Ridgway's Hawk, Hispaniolan Hawk by AFC

Buteo ridgwayi by Rebecca Richman
(8 in. x 8 in. | Watercolor & Pastel | ID#3688)

Family: ACCIPITRIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing

Artist Statement

To celebrate nature, I paint the space between the threads that weave together the amazing tapestry of biodiversity. My work reflects the quiet connection of one life to another, and the ways in which we impact the earth and all life forms, and are impacted by them. The Ridgway's Hawk is on IUCN's red list with an estimated population of only 300 birds left in the world. Dr. David Anderson is the director at The Peregrine Fund and he's working with his staff and volunteers to save these amazing birds with support from Morris Animal Foundation. Ridgway's hawks are now only found in isolated areas including Los Haitises National Park in the Dominican Republic, one of the bird's last strongholds due to habitat loss, human disturbance, and botfly infestation. If you look closely, the beautiful islands in this national park are supporting the nest in my image as a symbol of how important this area is to the hawks.
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