Big cats have always been one of my favorite animal groups, and the lynx is no exception. Before starting this project I did not know that they were endangered, so learning that felt like I had to use it as the subject for one of these prints. The lynx have adapted to survive intense winters, with massive paws to track through the snow and thick fur to keep warm, they are ready for anything in the mountains. One noticeable characteristic about the lynx are their ears, specifically the long black tufts that stand at the top of their ears.
Photo credit: Vital Ground Foundation
I have always been fascinated by whales although I can’t pinpoint why. Maybe because of their size? or due to the mere fact that it was always such a challenge when spotting them, adding some kind of mystery behind the animal. The Blue Whale is an animal that travels in solidarity, I find it somewhat peaceful when thinking of a Blue Whale traveling alone in such a large body of water. This animal is endangered due to climate change affecting their food supply, meaning Krill, along with commercial whaling before it was made illegal. I had fun carving this animal in particular as I have drawn many whales before, the change in medium was refreshing.
Photo credit: Encyclopædia Britannica
Pacific Fisher Weasel
The Pacific Fisher Weasel has sadly become a threatened species due to over-harvesting for their fur and loss of habitat. Logging and deforestation for road building are two main contributors to the loss of their habitat, as well as the increased forest fires due to climate change.
Photo credit: Pacific Forest Trust
The pine marten is a small endangered mammal that is native to the Pacific Northwest. They are tiny carnivores that hunt in dense shrubbery along Oregon’s coastal forests. They had been considered virtually extinct for 50 years until their rediscovery in 1996. Conservationists are currently investigating patterns of marten migration in an effort to increase their numbers.