Notice the leaf-like leptocephalli? Love those baby eels!
Thanks to Justine Carson-Isles and many others who help with Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club in South Canterbury for their hard work on what is clearly a beautiful and fanciful addition to our dear Velvet. Here, see for yourself what they created:
And, the tinsel teeth on this festive great white!
And, “ta’da”… the finished panel will join the rest!
“Room 6, Te Awamutu Intermediate, went on a class trip to see the ‘We Love Eels’ exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum. The students were moved by what they discovered about the Longfin eel, and were disappointed that they could not sign the petition (being under 18 years old). Back in the classroom, the students hit on a plan.” …………
Read the whole article by Donna Palmer right here: Te Awamutu Save Me Article
I am really impressed with these kids who know how powerful they can be! WOW!
Gillian Pollock, who was in charge of Forest & Bird’s presence at Nelson’s Ecofest this August, has just reported that a huge longfin eel appeared, migrating through the event at the spot where the Maitai River meets the Tasman Sea…… and where the illustrations for “Velvet & Elvis…” were painted. Jo Reilly and her team were the organizers of Ecofest in Nelson for the City Council and Tasman District Council. Gillian sent this photo of new panels being created:
Ecofest went well with plenty of interest and a colourful new 2 metres in length added to the project. With the presence of Forest & Bird, who originally started the petition calling for a moratorium on commercial fishing of the longfin, there must have been lots of new signatures added to the thousands already in place.
A big “Thanks” to Gillian, Jo and all for making Velvet a centerpiece of this year’s Ecofest in Nelson!
Thanks to the hard work of Enviroschools regional co-ordinators Jenny Neilson and Jennie Upton as well as many others who helped out, Velvet was on display at the Dunedin City Library last month. Although we all got a good laugh at some mis-quotes and mis-spellings, this newspaper article: Dunedin article on the event is still sweet-as…….. especially with Jenny and Jennie showing off the velvety panels!
Also, Channel 9 interviewed Jenny Nielson about Velvet’s part in the International Science Festival. Check it out: http://www.ch9.co.nz/node/24881 “Cheers” to Jenny for doing such a great job representing our social art project and supporting environmental education in NZ!
These two lovely Enviroschool ladies also helped the children’s section of the library create a Dunedin panel before Velvet migrates out of Otago. Here are a few photos of the making of the colorful, lively piece:
Greta, Jenny’s grand daughter, is hard at work on her crab……
…and “TA- Daaa!” Love that smile.
This dolphin looks pretty happy too.
Jen Rodgers with EnviroSchools just shared these pictures of the two panels made by EnviroSchool kids in Kaikoura.
Love that koura K!
Thanks for joining in to the Tuna Tapestry! Great work.
Kia ora fellow Tuna lovers. My friend Kim McPherson in Hokitika just sent this along to share: Grey Star June 7, 2012 …………………….. the word is certainly getting out!