Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wild at Heart: The Regent Honeyeater

Over the next week, I will be bringing you previews of the work that will be exhibited at May 26th's "Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild," the endangered species benefit that Andrew Hosner and I are co-curating at Thinkspace. 20% of the proceeds of the show will go to Born Free USA to help threatened wildlife. Hope to see you there!

Frank Gonzales "Regent Honeyeaters"

The Regent Honeyeater is native to the eucalyptus and ironbark woodlands of Australia, where it flashes its “yellow embroidery” feather patterns as it feeds on nectar and insects. Once seen in flocks of hundreds ranging up to 150 miles inland of the eastern coast, its habitat is now reduced to three small areas, and the breeding population is estimated to have declined to less than 1,500 individuals. 85% of the honeyeater’s habitat has been cleared for development and agriculture, and what is left remains fragmented and of poor quality. Efforts are underway to replant habitat trees in its current range and establish captive colonies as a backstop against species collapse.

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