"Art can be a powerful tool in raising awareness, which is the first step on the road to conservation. We can only hope to save that which we love. "

(Photo above: Jennifer and friends as official ambassadors/bird for the International Ornithological Congress 2018 pose in front of the Silent Skies Mural at its first installation in Vancouver. Jennifer created two of the bird costumes photographed here, in addition to contributing four paintings to the Silent Skies Mural.)

Jennifer's connection to conservation issues began at a very young age, as a relative involved her even as a young child with NY State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). One of her earliest memories was the profound joy of being allowed to release a wild wood duck at a banding station. After her Federal Duck Stamp win in 2014, Jennifer developed a program that she has given at over a dozen events called "The Art of Conservation". This talk aims to educate and inspire the public about the connection between animal art, conservation efforts, and the need to engage a passion in the public. She intends to inspire others to explore creative ways to engage the public about conservation issues. Though they are not the primary focus of her work, Jennifer also creates realistic bird masks and costumes, which are a very engaging and interactive way to educate the public (especially children) about wildlife. The masks are a very attention-grabbing way to intruduce the public to the plight many species face.

Jennifer has also worked with, volunteered with, or donated (artwork and/or financially) directly to the following:

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Delta Waterfowl
  • The Peregrine Fund
  • World Parrot Trust
  • Kakapo Recovery
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • NY Department of Environmental Conservation
  • National Audubon Society
  • Clouded Leopard Project
  • Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance
  • Great Swamp Conservancy
  • Pfeiffer Nature Center