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    The Art of Biodiversity
    • January 21, 2021

    CNDDB recently contacted LJ Moore to submit rare species detections to our project on iNaturalist. We learned that LJ is an artist and poet who draws inspiration from California’s unique wildlife. She agreed to share some of her artwork with our blog. We hope it motivates you to continue your explorations of our state’s remarkable biodiversity!

    Painting of a California newt looking to the right with its tail coiled beside it.
    A California newt emerging during the first rain of 2020 at China Camp State Park: a welcome sight during a very difficult year.

    Painting of a baby turkey vulture
    Portrait of Lethe, a turkey vulture hatched in California in 2000 and now part of the Education Team at the Cascades Raptor Center in Oregon.

    painting of a Mojave green rattlesnake coiled in front of a Mojave fishhook cactus
    Mojave green rattlesnake and Mojave fishhook cactus: both seen near Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Barstow, California.

    About the artist: LJ Moore-McClelland was born in Southern California and used to ditch school to go boogie boarding. Introduced to the Mojave Desert at a young age, she gained a deep love and respect for organisms able to thrive in extreme environments. Her adventures include sailing the arctic circle with a group of artists in 2013, and a 2010 residency at Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. She now lives in Marin County and is an avid naturalist and illustrator committed to documenting, celebrating, and preserving biodiversity.

    Many thanks to LJ for the beautiful artwork. Check out more of her content on Instagram link opens in new window@xenofiles.

    If you, too are active on iNaturalist, we encourage you to share rare plant and animal observations with link opens in new windowCNDDB’s project. And, as always, you can submit detection data directly to CNDDB via our Online Field Survey Form.

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