This collection of drawings represents a fraction of the 1,115 species identified on the U.S. endangered species list. I want to compose a showcase for these imperiled creatures, capturing their wide range of forms, patterns, textures and personalities. To ensure accuracy, these drawings are periodically reviewed by an extremely helpful and generous group of biologists: Dr. Benjamin Keck, a post-doctoral associate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Kristen Kuhn, a research affiliate at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Dr. Thomas Near, associate professor at Yale University and curator of the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History; and Greg Watkins–Colwell, collections manager of Herpetology & Ichthyology at the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History. Working from photographs, I create these pen and ink drawings while riding the train to and from work.
Photographs enable me to ensure my work accurately represents these species. Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for allowing me to use their photographs and archives for reference: John Fridell, Joel Sartore, Sam Stewart, John White, Arizona Game and Fish Department, BonTerra Consulting, Houston Zoo, Illinois Natural History Survey, Jaxshells.org, MUSSEL Project and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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