Channel Island Restoration (CIR) with Ken Owen requested a new t-shirt illustration that showcases the restoration project- new habitat for the historically endangered Island Night Lizard Island Xantusia riversiana. The Island Night Lizard is a unique, medium-sized endemic reptile found only on the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California, where it occurs on Santa Barbara, San Nicolas and San Clemente Islands. It is also unusual as it is a soft skin lizard and gives “live” birth to it’s off-springs. They prefer sandy soil and thrive within these two plants the San Nicolas Island Boxthorn – Lycium verrucosum and the Coast Prickly Pear Opuntia littoralis. Both plants have been grown and planted on the island for the past two years and becoming a patchwork of new home sites for the little secluded reptile.
When the t-shirt is silkscreen, I will let you know. Channel Island Restoration (CIR) is always looking for volunteers as this project is on-going on San Nicolas Island.
NATURE UNFOLDING science guides keep good company at the Monterey Bay Aquarium book store bookshelf.
It is coming together S L O W L Y, as art work and text need much research. There are many sea otter experts, but they do not agree on facts! No problem. The final editing is the most time consuming and most articulate aspect of these guides. We will get it right. Below…on location in Morro Bay. I counted 21 females and three babies. SWEET!
Here is the finished line art for inside spread of SEA OTTER 2018 – NATURE UNDOLDING series of science guides. NEXT…the coloring in photoshop.
YES…I have finally returned to SEA OTTER for the 2018 first edition of the NATURE UNFOLDING series of science guides. Here is first round of preliminary sketches as I navigate the sea otter kelp forest habitat and the selection of favorite foods of our furry friends. Look for next phase of line art…soon. DNE
We have another fabulous author to add to the list of NATURE UNFOLDING’s talented, dedicated and passionate professionals: GRAY WHALE is written by David W. Weller, Ph.D., Marine Mammal & Turtle Division, Southwest- National Marine Fisheries Science Center, NOAA . Purchased on amazon.com:
The North Pacific GRAY WHALE migrates from their summer feeding areas in frigid Arctic waters to wintering areas in warm lagoons off Baja California. The occurrence of Gray Whales along the coast is a celebrated event as the migratory corridor brings these whales within easy view along the shores of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.
Despite a nearly disastrous period of interactions with humans that resulted in the near extinction of Gray Whales, protection measures have allowed this species to once again flourish in the Pacific and make their way into the human consciousness as respected and cherished icons of the sea.
Nature Unfolding © Science Guide series coalesce science, literature and vivid imagery to inspire a deeper connection with nature. A compilation of natural science illustrations, a migration map and poster, photos, and other diagrams provide the newest information and research on our science subjects.
Along the sea shore – water, sand, wind, and tides are in continuous turmoil. It is a challenging home for the abundance of wildlife which flourishes within the waves, hidden beneath the sand, or in plain sight. ‘SEA SHORES’ aligns with the California State Science Content Standards for Earth Science. Grades K-12.
SEA SHORES now available on amazon: click here.
The content, visuals and text for this science guide are all original and can not be read anywhere else. Hopefully teachers will add this to their classroom programs , along side KELP FOREST & TIDE POOLS NATURE UNFOLDING science guides, as we all need a better understanding of the sea shore environment and habitats.
Thank you to:
Karen Martin PhD. Professor of Biology, Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, Pepperdine.
Lindsey T. Groves. Malacology Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Two inside pages: