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Gather 'round, my bird and bird-admiring friends!

If you've spent any amount of time in my gallery, I'm sure you have guessed by now that I am passionate about birds. I have been since I was a toddler-- literally-- and saving birds through awareness has always been a goal of mine. It's one reason I am honored to announce that my work along with the work of many other very talented artists are going to be featured in a book called "Losing Altitude". It is an art book, showcasing endangered bird species that need help. One of the biggest hurdles facing endangered birds and steps to help them is awareness-- it's true that we are often bombarded with imagery of more charismatic, well-known animals such as leopards, tigers, and pandas. All of them are very deserving of our help, but birds are also facing some serious issues and not many people know about it.

That's one reason a book like this is pretty awesome. The more well known the book gets, the better the chances that people will see-- and delight in the art of course, but hopefully take small steps in their lives to help these beautiful animals.

If you are interested in the book, buying it or just supporting it, check out the kickstarter here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Even if you cannot help at this time (and trust me, I do understand!), you are welcome to spread the word!
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RedDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really cool, and I'm in! :)
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! I bet it's rewarding to be able to use your skill toward a good cause ^_^
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm delighted any time I can help-- critters, ecosystems, or people!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I don't understand what this Kickstarter thing is, even though I keep seeing it! I would be interested in purchasing the book, but it's not making much sense to me right now - do I have to make a pledge to buy it, and is there a time limit??
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Kickstarters are a way for people with no money to invest in something to attempt to make their (thing). In this case, the artists and creator of the book cannot afford to print and publish the book out of pocket, because it costs thousands of dollars to do. So, they set up a kickstarter, where anyone that might want to support the project (and, actually get a copy of the book if they sign up for the pledge that offers the book) can pay into it and help fund the project. People that pledge only get charged the amount they signed up for IF the project reaches its full funding by the due date (dec. 26th in this case). If the full amount is not reached, no one is charged a penny, and the project will not be made. If it IS funded, everyone that pledged will be charged, and sent the reward that they signed up for (if any).
Does that help?
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
It does, yes! Thank you for the explanation! I shall pledge and spread the word!
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I would have loved to have been an artist on this book. Like, OMG, how perfectly awesome. I love painting birds so much; though I'm actually doing more professional looking ones right now, only my old (small) bird paintings are online at the moment [link] [link] I'll certainly be contributing by purchasing though! I hope it does extremely well, I do not see how it could not. *Best of luck!*
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As one of the participating artists and a big fan, I can only thank you for featuring our project here! There's been a massive leap in funders, so it's most definitely working. THANK YOU so much :love:
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Took the words right out of my mouth! :)
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Elijahsrevenge Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist
You should read National Geographic. They do a lot of articles on birds, the threats facing them, and what can be done to help minimize those threats. There were several times when they featured birds of paradise and all the unique species of those. Another time it was puffins, or albatrosses, or penguins, or philippine eagles, bowerbirds, swifts, whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, bald eagles...I can't even remember all of them!
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