Ali Armstrong

Endangered

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

Endangered, Locally Endangered, WolfAlison ArmstrongComment
Gray Wolf painting by Ali Armstrong

48x48 Acrylic painting of the Gray Wolf - SOLD (Prints Available HERE)

10% of the sale price was donated to the California Wolf Center and their “dedication to the return of wild wolves to their natural habitat and to the people who share the landscape with them.”

Canis lupus, Gray Wolf

Conservation Status: Federally listed as endangered throughout the lower 48 states, except for Minnesota and a portion of the Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment (DPS) encompassing Idaho, Montana and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.

MORE on listing status for California

MORE on listing status for Nevada

Major threats: Human / animal conflict.

Sightings:

In 2011 a lone gray wolf, made its way into California from Oregon. In August of 2015, it was confirmed that California has its first wild wolf pack in almost 100 years! The Shasta pack includes a breeding pair and five puppies. Before this wolves had been absent from California since 1924. Read about it : HERE

Nevada has also had good news! “The Nevada Department of Wildlife has confirmed a wolf from the Shasta Pack in Northern California was spotted near Fox Mountain in northwestern Nevada in November 2016. Fox Mountain is in northern Washoe County, west of the Black Rock Desert.” Read more : HERE

Reintroduction

Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in the 1990s and now the wolf has begun to return to California on its own! Yellowstone says, “Wolves are causing a trophic cascade of ecological change, including helping to increase beaver populations and bring back aspen, and vegetation.” HERE ….But USA Today says, “Yellowstone is still not 100% back to normal – and it may never be.” Read why: HERE


Losing an animal to extinction is tragic, but the tragedy doesn’t stop there. There is a ripple effect that changes the ecosystem too.

The conditions that changed while wolves were absent created conditions that made it very difficult to restore willows.”-Tom Hobbs, a Colorado State University ecology professor.


What can we do?

We can become aware!

"The lesson is let’s not let things get as bad as they did with 70 years without wolves."-Bill Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University,

The California Wolf Center’s “is dedicated to the return of wild wolves to their natural habitat and to the people who share the landscape with them. We foster communities coming together to ensure wolves, livestock, and people thrive in today’s world.” Find out how to get involved: HERE

The Endangered Wolf Center ‘s mission is, “To preserve and protect Mexican wolves, red wolves and other wild canid species, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, reintroduction and inspiring education programs.” Find out how to get involved: HERE

AND….If you haven’t read about the meaning behind, SCARCE, take a look HERE!

ALI

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Endangered, Great Gray OwlAlison ArmstrongComment

(LEFT) SOLD | 48x48 acrylic painting of the Great Gray Owl

10% of the sale went to Yosemite Conservancy

(Right) $5,400 | 48x48 acrylic painting of the Great Gray Owl with 24k Gold.

10% will be donated!

*prints and pillows available

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Conservation Status: endangered to the state of California

Main Threats: habitat Loss and development pressures

Population: 200-300

“Yosemite, today, is the southernmost range and last sanctuary of almost all of California's great gray owls, listed as California State Endangered Species. Researchers estimate there are only about 200 to 300 individuals in California, and about 65% of the state's population resides in Yosemite. Great gray owls nest in the middle elevations of the park where forests and meadows meet. They can be active at any time of the day or night, preferring to hunt in open meadows and clearings within the forest.Then, in winter, they move downslope to snow-free areas where they can more easily access their rodent prey.

This rare and endangered owl is the largest North American owl but also can be found in Asia and Europe. It stands as tall as 2 feet with a 5-foot wingspan and has distinctive piercing yellow eyes accented by large facial disks.”

Read more from the National Park Services’ article HERE

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)

Endangered, Asian ElephantAlison ArmstrongComment
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Asian Elephant. 48x48. Acrylic Painting. $4,800

*Prints and pillows available

Inspiration/reference photos from this painting are credited to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary  

Meet Wassan! She lives at Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary (BLES).  BLES is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural home for Thai elephants.

"We care for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 600 acres of forested land. There are no performances — just elephants.”

10% of the sale of this painting will go to BLESS for the adoption of this exact elephant!

For more information on BLES visit: http://blesele.org/ 

Asain Elephant Facts:

Conservation Status: Endangered

Population: 40,000 -50,000

Major Threats: Human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss, and poaching

Process Photos:

 

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http://blesele.org/

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