Woohoo - the taxes are done, so it's time to announce which bird raised the most for conservation in 2022-23. Most of my art featuring endangered wildlife includes a 10% donation to a wildlife organization. Despite the economic downturn, we raised nearly $4500 for the birds!
On your behalf, I made donations to Zealandia
, Forest & Bird
, Kākāpō Recovery, Hihi Recovery, Capital Kiwi, Birds New Zealand/Te Kāhui Mātai Manu o Aotearoa
, Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust
, and the Kea Conservation Trust. Thank you so much for sharing my vision and helping support wildlife through art!
So which bird raised the most funds? Counting down to number 1, the top five are:
At number 5 - "Sweet Dreams (ruru)" continues to send good vibes...
This adorable morepork has dropped down the charts a wee bit as she's now sold out in the large edition size, except for one at Inspirit Gallery. She's super popular as a TinyArt
piece, and I can't make enough of them.
An honorable mention last year, "Her Mystery (tūī)
" makes the top 5 this year. Can you spot the sneaky kiwi that insisted on joining her?
Number 2 is a surprise newcomer "I Spy (ruru)"
Number 1 - No surprise - it's our favourite kākāpō couple "A Hidden World (kākāpō)"
Based on photos of Sinbad and Hoki by Andrew Digby from Kākāpō Recovery, I set them in a magical cove that had people guessing where in Aotearoa it was (it's a cove in the Bay of Many Coves in the Marlborough Sounds). Hubby Linton came up with the name "A Hidden World (kākāpō)
" after his experiences tracking kākāpō on remote Anchor Island. More recently, plans are forming to reintroduce kākāpō to the mainland, so perhaps their world won't be quite so hidden and more of us will be able to experience these incredible parrots in the wild.
Thank you for all your support - every little bit you do raises the profile of our gorgeous native birds. From liking and commenting on social media posts, to telling a friend about your favourite bird artwork, to supporting wildlife through your art purchases, it's all makes a difference!
f you'd like to know which artworks support which conservation organizations, just take a look at the back of any artwork. It's also indicated on the description for each piece in my online gallery
Do let me know in the comments which bird/artwork is your favourite, and who you'd like to see on the list in 2024!
P.S. If you're curious as to who came out on top in previous years, find out here