Help make a difference.
Help others understand and appreciate Florida's natural beauty. Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.
We will share it on our website and social media. We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that "Florida is... Nature."
Help preserve our wilderness. Help save our environment.
I’ve had the privilege to call South Florida my home of 18 years. Ever since I was little wildlife conservation has been close to my heart, as I believe we need to do a better job in protecting the endangered. The Swallowtail butterfly, the most delicate and beautiful of these diminishing species in South Florida, needs to be protected and saved. In my piece I bridge the connection between humans and these amazing insects. Its time to see the issues infront of us, and re-build our ecosystem of South Florida.
The Florida Scrub Jay is a beautiful species of bird which is sadly endangered. There are only about 5,000 of these birds left. I made this picture learning Adobe Illustrator, technology that may help me find a career later in life. What shocked me about this project was to see so many endangered species up on the computer screens, all from my area of the world.
Sadly there are people that do not appreciate Florida nature and we are losing them due to their poisonous decisions. I chose the Florida Panther because they are an important part for our habitats, since they are at the top of the food chain at the top of and they protect many plants and animals that live there.
The Amur leopard is endangered because people hunt them, poach them and they are killed by forest fires. I decided to put the fire in the leopard’s eyes to show one of the many reasons why the Amur leopard is endangered. I was inspired to do this because I love animals and they can’t speak up for themselves! I also love art so this was a great project for me to express both my love of art and animals.
Since the theme is about the endangered species, I wanted to add some species who we affected with our destruction and mess. Whether it is throwing trash in the ocean, destroying any environment or hunting, we don’t notice the damage it does towards the animal. That is why I wanted to present a piece that shows how and why animals are endangered.
For my contest entry, I have chosen the beautiful Red Wolf which is critically endangered due to lowered numbers early on from predator control during the 1960s and now deforestation. There are only a few hundred and most are in breeding programs. The painting depicts a red wolf and its pup looking at their once called home, which was lost to deforestation. I hope to raise awareness about the wolves with this painting.
Florida is filled with beautiful species of animals and plants that make up our ecosystem. animals such as the red panda are being stripped away from there homes or being forced to leave due to pollution and deforestation. I painted this to spread awareness of endangered species so that we may be able to undo the harm we have done.
The jaguar is majestic and lives in the Florida wildlands. This is contrasted with my image made of groomed gardens and carpet fabrics that are part of the symptoms of shrinking habitat. The giraffe head above “kisses” the air like an angel above my jaguar (made out of medicine packets). These animals are in danger!
The Red Wolf specie is in danger when humans and the fear that they represented evil pushed them into killing many of wolfs, and the destruction of their habitats has also affected them. The red wolf also was used for for breeding in a way to save them, so i feel like they deserve to be appreciated in a way.
Florida is a natural wildlife sanctuary. It is home to a wide variety of beautiful and exotic creatures. Sea turtles are a joy to see due to their spectacular colors and patterns. Oftentimes, sea turtles are portrayed as endangered due to the trash that fills their home. I chose to draw a sea turtle because of their pure beauty and innocence. I hope to learn how we can protect and save these creatures.
Florida is life. From swamps to it’s world renowned coasts, Florida never fails to lack variety. Within it’s vast ecosystems, animals roam freely and palms take root, contributing to the abstract landscapes we witness today. In recent times; however, human desires have contributed to the loss of habitat and many species. Key deer have fallen victim and are an endangered species. In deciding to represent these deer, I hope the beauty of their species would draw attention to our need to protect them. With raised human awareness we can help the key deer population rise. Saving animals like these is truly the key to life.
My art piece fits the theme perfectly because rusty patched bumblebees are now endangered and can go extinct. The world needs bees for many reasons, one being that one third of our food supply is pollinated by bees. Without these little creatures, our plants won’t get pollinated. We need bees in this world and I wanna make awareness through this piece.
Florida is a tropical paradise to people around the globe. Most people usually come for the marine life, and are brought into close contact with the habitat(s). I believe my piece addresses the theme of endangered species because it shows how beautiful a single fish could be in its natural habitat, and if people continue to kill the marine life, then we will never get to see them either.
My piece addresses the theme of endangered sea life, specifically the sea turtle. Without these turtles a great number of other species will be affected, effecting their habitat and ours. The corals are alongside the turtle as a statement; if one is gone, then the other is gone until there’s nothing left.
My piece emphasizes the playful nature of the subject. I wanted to show these wild dogs in a more positive light. They are often accused of killing farmer’s livestock which leads to them meeting the same fate. They shouldn’t be punished for simply following their instincts. I hope others may be able to see the end from a different point of view just as I do in this piece.
Florida is Ravishing, just like the Florida Red Wolf. For such a stunning animal, it has almost been endangered to the point where they can only be found in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. As well as the Florida Golden Aster flower is also endangered as a native plant of Florida
Florida is…Coming and Going because our home is constantly changing. As development increases and natural areas shrink we risk groups of animals “going” forever. The roseate spoonbill is an intense pop of color along our coasts and in the everglades. It would be a tragedy to lose such a unique species. I hope that my painting encourages people to maintain protection of this vibrant bird.
My work attempts to address the changes that led to the endangerment of the cactus tree. It utilizes the Miami skyline as well as the boats and houses to represent the urbanization that has occurred. My cactus tree collage is created by using gardens of resorts, which are truly the direct threat of this species and the whole ecosystem of Florida.
This piece touches upon the theme of endangered species by showing the destruction caused because of human interaction. Most of the time, people want to evolve, develop, but they don’t tend to think about how these projects affect the environment (flora and fauna). A lot of organisms have had to learn how to survive in these places. This piece brings awareness to the spectator.
Not all the bees in FL are on an endangered species list, however many of their populations are decreasing rapidly. Bees are some of the most (if not the most) important pollinators in the state and help to allow fruit, trees, and much of the agriculture here to flourish. Bees help the animal life as well as they help create the food which animals eat, and without them, our animal, plant, and health without fruit or trees will suffer. Floridians need to be more careful with their agricultural pesticides so that they don’t make a hole in the ecosystem so big the animals can’t work their jobs.
The Florida Panther is one of the most recognizable species native to Florida. It is also one of the most endangered. There are so few panthers still living in the wild and they must be protected. I painted my panther, in watercolor, as the main focus of my artwork to highlight this species unique to Florida.
When people think of endangered species they may not think about sharks. Many people just find sharks scary and might not think to protect them. However, hammerhead sharks, found in Florida waters are endangered and they are as important to keeping the food chain and nature together as any other animal. I have depicted my shark, appropriately, in watercolor.
When most people think about Florida, they think of alligators or flamingos. They do not typically think of bears. Yet the Florida Black Bear is a species native to Florida and endangered. The animal often hides itself, especially as its land is taken more and more for development. I have depicted the Florida Black Bear in watercolor with marker accents, hidden in his habitat.
The manatee is one of the most recognizable of endangered species in Florida. It is so rare to see a manatee that has not been injured in some way, or is being rehabilitated in some special rescue. We must constantly remember these gentle animals as we share the waters with them. I have created my manatee in watercolor and colored pencil.
The Florida manatee has been on the endangered species list for as long as I can remember. The manatee, also known as the sea cow, is a gentle animal and would never hurt a creature. But the manatee is often hurt by people. I wanted to show how gentle manatees are with my work, done with watercolor and colored pencil.
My piece attempts to capture the beauty of the loggerhead and the man-made obstacles the species faces. The loggerhead suffers due to the overuse and ineffective disposal of plastics as well as from lights that attract hatchlings toward land. Hopefully awareness of these issues can help preserve this beautiful species.
Butterflies are important to keeping our plants alive, with their ability to pollinate. Since butterflies are so small and delicate, they are easy to overlook. Yet, we need these species as much as any other to keep our ecosystem together. In Florida, the swallowtail butterfly is specifically endangered and should be protected. I have painted mine in watercolor.
The Key Deer is one of the most endangered species in Florida. Its population has been pushed farther and farther south as development increases and the deers’ numbers continue to decline. These small animals, one of the smallest of the deer species are unique and gentle. They should be treated with this same gentleness. I have depicted the Key Deer in watercolor and marker.
The Florida Marsh Rabbit is one of the mammals that is endangered in Florida. It is often neglected, in favor of more common endangered species like the panther or key deer. I wanted to give attention to an often overlooked species. This was also part of my choice to illustrate the rabbit only in graphite.
In my acrylic painting, I wanted to portray the beauty of the Key Deer, a species of deer that solely lives in the Florida Keys. Often victim to car accidents, habitat destruction, and poaching, there now remain fewer than 1000 left. I wanted to use the vivid warm colors in the background to bring out the deer and alarm the viewer about the endangerment of this species, along with the volatile actions of mankind. I contrasted this with the soft, neutral tones of the deer to capture its innocence and lack of protection among Florida without the proper course of action.
The subject of my mixed-media piece (watercolor and color pencil), is a hammerhead shark. Many species of hammerheads are endangered, including those that linger in the warm Floridian currents. In the artwork, the shark is hovering over a stingray (a common prey), to show how as a keystone species, sharks are essential to the food web. Hammerheads pin stingrays down with their heads and eat them to prevent overpopulation.
Florida is a place of biodiversity that is full of endemic species. However, much like many environments, the beautiful life it holds is being threatened. This piece portrays the human role in the endangerment of animals such as the bog turtle. We have a moral responsibility to save species from oblivion. If we collaboratively change, we may be able to turn back the clock to a better time.
The Kirtland’s Warbler is one of the most endangered bird species in the United States and it spends its winter months, like so many people, here in Florida, particularly in the Keys. While birds may be small and easy to overlook as they quickly fly away before individual species characteristics can be easily noted, they must be protected. I have created my work in colored pencil and watercolor.
The South Florida waterways are a beautiful and dangerous environment for aquatic mammals like dolphins and manatees. My piece shows how motorboats can affect species like dolphins and manatees by not being careful with their boat propellers. They endanger these mammals as well as other species to the point that combined with other circumstances they endanger their evolution and sustainability.
My piece portrays the idea that many of our precious animals such as the spoonbills, sea turtles, manatees, and the Florida panther are all slowly disappearing. The black whole in the middle is how the Earth is losing it’s color(symbol for biodiversity) and Florida is a home to mysterious and unique creatures.
The Shau’s Swallowtail butterfly because it is such a unique and beautiful species with amazing, colorful wings and exotic colors. The impressive butterfly has such tint white dots that are so bizarre, but at the same time amazing. I think that the Schau’s Swallowtail is one of Florida’s wonderous beauties that needs to be protected and removed from the endangered species list.
My picture is a depiction of turtles swimming in the Florida waters with a couple ofcans in the sea grass. I chose to add these cans because the turtle population has been decreasing due tomorrow to pollution of the ocean that they tend to eat like plastic bags they mistake for jelly fish. I hope to show people the beauty of these turtles to hopefully make people understand what we could be loosing if don’t stop polluting the ocean
The Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak is an endangered species native to Southern Florida which is currently being threatened by environmental and fire damage. Florida as a whole is also being affected by these factors and a chain reaction of destruction follows the declining numbers of these butterflies. Most notably affected is its host plant, the Pineland Croton, which is integral to this ecosystem.
My piece depicts the fleeting qualities of such species, who now more than ever are becoming a more abstract concept, alienated from reality and us, and soon to be forgotten and only remembered as one of many instead of an actual important matter. Such qualities come from the abstract nature of my work, and the brushstrokes on the bird.
I chose the Key Largo woodrat as my endangered species as it is indigenous to the Everglades, a natural wonder of the sunshine state. This small rodent is an imperative part of the hardwood hammock habitat, being one of the most prominent yet unrecognized keystone species in the region. Its role in helping certain types of fungi and algae decompose organic matter is critical to the environment. Even though the Key Largo woodrat is so vital to this habitat, they are critically endangered due to the overdevelopment of land, stripping them of most of their resources, as well as introducing the common house cat as a new and unwanted predator. There are active efforts being made to restore the population of the Key Largo woodrat.
As a passionate nature artist, my focus for the last 30 years has been celebrating the beauty of natural Florida. I paint the things that take my breath away, faithfully reproducing the nuance which defines our unique home. The bio-diversity of our state is fragile, and if I can inspire others with my images, then perhaps we can preserve our co-existence with nature for a while longer.
Florida is home of the Florida Sandhill Crane. We should keep our animals safe before the animals disappear forever. Direct los of the habitat due to wetland drainage or conversion of prairie for development or agricultural use are the primary threats facing the sandhill crane. The threat is causing more than just loss of the crane .
Florida is the home of the Grasshopper sparrow and it is on the endangered subspecies list in North America and is perhaps the most endangered animal. Despite best efforts in attempts to improve the declining population we have been unsuccessful. Unless we find a new way to help them grow we are not going to have them much longer.
Florida is an appropriate environment for the beloved manatee. Manatees are occasionally called “sea cows”, as they are slow plant-eaters of the sea. Cows and manatees are both peaceful and similar to each other. They often graze on water plants of the seas that are tropical. We need to take care since they can get hurt by boats and people who do not pay attention to the shallow water areas.