This is my submission for the Losing Altitude collaborative art book, featuring endangered bird illustrations from a ton of talented artists.
Since I like ducks, I chose to paint the Laysan Duck for the book. The Laysan was at one point in critical danger of extinction with a population of only 7 adults and 5 juveniles. By the 1950s they had recovered to around 500 individuals and later a small population was moved to Midway Atoll to ensure that any disasters on Laysan would not result in the extinction of the species. My painting is named “Midway” for Midway Atoll – it also makes reference to the fact that conservation is a continually ongoing process.