Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Children are the Future of Our Planet!

Whooping cranes have been the inspiration for my art and conservation efforts for the past ten years.

I'm not alone in this passion. Lots of peoples' hearts have been captured by the come-back story of a big white bird that was on the brink of extinction in the 1940's and still faces many obstacles to survival in both eastern and central North America.

If taking care of endangered species on our planet touches your heart and ignites your passion, then you've got to see this video created by the imaginative teachers at Barrett Elementary School in Arlington, VA.

Laurie Sullivan, Kindergarden Project Discovery teacher at the school, contacted me in September of 2008 and asked if she could use some of my art and photography to help with her school's kindergardner's Whooping crane study project. What an honor! Of course I said, yes. Recently she sent me an update with a link to her website and this awesome video. Be prepared to laugh, feel in awe and maybe even shed a tear for the hope of our planet's future. This is where love for our Earth and its wildlife begins!

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Visit the website, "Kindergardener's Journey with Whooping Cranes" to see more of what these creative teachers and children did to learn about Whooping cranes. You'll find endearing fun and inspiration that will surely touch the kid in you!

3 comments:

  1. I wasn't able to play the video unfortunately but i can appreciate the sentiment! Kudos to you for bringing attn to these cranes and sharing your art!

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  2. ...oh my goodness, that is the cutest thing. Listening to the little ones at the beginning make the aircraft sounds melted my heart. It's wonderful your art was an inspiration to this teacher. Your efforts of the last 10 years really have made a difference!! ...very cool...and awesome!

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  3. Thanks, Shelly. Wish you could view it.

    Hi Kelly,
    Isn't the video wonderful!! My art is only a small part of the inspiration but I'm delighted that I could contribute. There are so many organizations and dedicated people working together to help Whooping cranes. These people and a beautiful white birds are our true inspiration!

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