ENDANGERED SPECIES SERIES

In 2009 at the age of 12, I developed a project that combined my interests in ecology and art to contribute to conservation. I began by researching endangered species in New York State and chose four to paint in watercolors. I then turned these paintings into greeting cards to be packaged and sold as Series 1. The original series raised over $1,000, which was presented to the Nature Conservancy. In 2010, I was honored at the Nature Conservancy's Beaches and Bays Gala for my efforts and was later presented with a proclamation by the Town and was featured in the newspaper and a television news story. As a result of this first series, I saw the impact even a small project can have on the community. In 2011, I expanded the project to promote community service and awareness of the Nature Conservancy’s mission. I chose three endangered species (now from the Northeastern United States) and created new cards in pen and ink as Series 2. To get the community involved, I worked with National Junior Honor Society volunteers from a local middle school to assemble packs of cards for the first two series. This collaboration was a great opportunity to educate younger students about the importance of practicing sustainability and contributing to the protection of threatened wildlife. In early 2013, I released Series 3, illustrating endangered species of North America in pencils. This work has raised $5,000 to date donated to the Nature Conservancy.

Each series contains two greeting cards for each painting or drawing. The cards and envelopes are wrapped in biodegradable wax paper bags. On the front of each card is an image of an endangered species, the inside is blank, and on the back is a description of the animal, why it is endangered, and what can be done to prevent further loss.

 

Click on a series to purchase a pack! Once you submit your order, I will contact you to arrange for payment.

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