Saving Biodiversity in the Age of Extinction
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Protectors: Saving Biodiversity in the Age of Extinction is a portfolio of fine-art silkscreen prints celebrating those taking extraordinary measures to stop endangered birds, fish, plants, turtles and other species from vanishing forever.
The exhibit features 12 original pieces produced by the artists of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. Each depicts an extinct species, an endangered species, and a person fighting to save that species. Among those featured are a tribal elder, an artist, an Indigenous border activist, a retired teacher, and scientists from different backgrounds — all determined to stem the tide of extinction. Exploring everything from community organizing to lockdowns to science education, this project shows the myriad ways anyone and everyone can get involved to protect species from the threats they face.
The complete, 12-piece project is available for acquisition and exhibit by universities, museums, libraries and galleries.
Protectors is coordinated, curated and sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity and artist Roger Peet of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
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Featured: The extinct Maryland darter; a colorful and endangered fish called the candy darter (threatened by pollution and sedimentation); and Becky Crabtree, a retired teacher standing up in direct action against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Art by Mary Tremonte.
Featured: The extinct Rocky Mountain grasshopper; the American burying beetle now struggling against habitat loss and pesticides; and Bob Merz, who is both a voice for American burying beetles and a key player in an innovative program that breeds these endangered insects in captivity and releases them into the wild. Art by Aaron Hughes.
Featured: The mysterious and extinct Catahoula salamander; the hellbender (the largest salamander in North America); and Will Miller, former chief conservation officer with the Seneca Nation of Indians, who led a pioneering program to reintroduce hellbenders in western New York and garner public support for protecting this giant salamander. Art by Roger Peet.
Featured: An extinct member of the sunflower family called Appalachian Barbara’s buttons; an endangered plant in Nevada called Tiehm’s buckwheat (threatened by a lithium mine); and botanist Naomi Fraga, who has worked to protect this plant and generate public support. Art by Sarah Farahat.
Featured: The extinct Hawai‘i mamo (once one of the most honored birds in traditional Hawaiian society); the endangered ’i’iwi (threatened mostly by introduced mosquitos); and Kuʻulei Wong, a native Hawaiian who grew up with a love of the islands’ birds and forests and now, as a scientist, is working to save them. Art by Fernando Martí.
Featured: The extinct Zestos skipper butterfly; the brightly colored Miami blue butterfly (now disappeared from 99% of its range); and Sarah Steele Cabrera, part of a team of intrepid scientists working to reintroduce the butterfly. Art by Molly Fair.
Featured: The extinct Viesca mud turtle; the Sonoyta mud turtle, who lives in a single spring-fed pond at the U.S.-Mexico border; and Amber Ortega, a Hia-Ced O’odham activist who participated in a series of protests, ceremonial prayers and direct actions — and was even arrested — fighting construction of the border wall. Art by Andrea Narno.
Featured: The extinct yellow-blossom pearly mussel; the endangered shinyrayed pocketbook, driven out of most of its historic range; and Jim Williams, an icon of research and advocacy for endangered species in the American Southeast, including freshwater mussels. Art by Sanya Hyland.
Featured: The Bramble Cay melomys, the first modern mammal driven extinct by climate change; the American pika, a small mammal related to rabbits and hares that’s threatened by the climate crisis; and Zeph Fishlyn, a longtime artist and activist with a distinct focus on addressing climate change and the extinction crisis through visual art, storytelling and direct action. Art by Saiyare Refaei.
Featured: The Tecopa pupfish (declared extinct in 1981); California’s Owens pupfish, barely hanging on in the face of climate change and drying habitat; and Harry Williams, who was water protector, activist, elder, educator and environmental organizer with the Bishop Paiute tribe. Art by Paul Kjelland.
Featured: Extinct northern curlews, who were once among the most numerous shorebirds on the tundra of western Arctic Canada and Alaska; the now-endangered far-migrating red knots; and biologist Larry Niles, who has been working to understand and save red knots for more than 25 years. Art by Erik Ruin.
Featured: An extinct tree called the woolly hawthorn; the swamp bay (an everglades tree that’s been devastated by a disease spread by nonnative beetles); and the Rev. Houston R. Cypress, a member of the Otter Clan of Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe and cofounder of the Love the Everglades Movement. Art by Kill Joy.