Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"American Bald Eagle" - artistnannie

TITLE: American Bald Eagle
EBAY ID: artistnannie
ARTIST: Fran Brooks

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

Whenever I see a movie or read a book where an animal is killed for sport or no valid reason, I am brought to tears. When watching TV programs where wolves, for example, are being saved from extinction and reintroduced into areas where they can run free, makes me happy. I enjoy painting animals and started adding them into my landscapes several years ago, then progressed to painting bird and butterfly portraits as well as wolves and my favorite dog breed, our Border Collies.

I entered my painting of the American Bald Eagle in the Endangered Species contest as it too was once on the brink of extinction, but has now made a triumphant comeback in the wild and is close to being taken off the list of threatened species. I was curious as to how this came to pass, so researched the bald eagle and came up with these facts. The decline in the eagle population was due to several reasons. Humans moving into territories with deforestation causing eagles to die off due to lack of food and shrinking habitat. Pesticides used on mice and other small animals, and then eaten by eagles who would ingest the poison caused sterility and death in eagles. Power lines placed too close to high tension wires would electrocute eagles when wings touched both wires at the same time.

Over the years power lines were replaced and spaced further apart, pesticides have also been banned from use and laws were passed to preserve eagles in the wild. Eagles were also hatched in captivity and then reintroduced into the wild. The eagles have begun to flourish again on their own and the American Bald Eagle continues to thrive because people decided to do their part to save these magnificent birds. I decided to participate in the Endangered Species Quilt project as my small part in helping to make others aware of the habitats that are endangered and the creatures that live within. I am thankful and humbled to be a small part of this project with many talented ACEO artists.