Welcome to the Wildlife Youth Art Gallery of Newtown, PA
Students attend various schools in the Council Rock District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and are 8-18 years old. These talented artists have created works around a theme of saving Wildlife. To donate to their cause please visit:
Sierra Nevada Blue Butterfly by Amelia B.
The Sierra Nevada blue is considered to be globally rare as its entire range is restricted to a small part of Europe. Due to its restricted range, any changes to the native vegetation could have a negative impact on this species. Climate change could potentially shift the Sierra Nevada blue’s range to higher elevations where the habitat is not suitable for this species.
Tip to help slow global warming: Use air conditioning and heating more efficiently. About one-half of our electric consumption is used for cooling and heating. Install UV film on windows that are exposed to sunlight. This will decrease the need for air conditioning and save electricity. Install ceiling fans to cut down on the need for air conditioning in the summer and circulate the hot air in the winter. Install insulation and weather stripping to make sure that no air is escaping. By adjusting your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer, save 2,000 lbs of carbon dioxide per year.
Arctic Fox Cub by Alison C.
Taking to the ice helps foxes survive the winter because there are fewer predators and food is easier to find than on land. The foxes wander hundreds of miles across the frozen sea ice looking for seal carcasses left by polar bears. But now diminishing Arctic ice makes the foxes more vulnerable.
To slow global warming: Set goals…and rewards! Get your family involved by asking for specific changes in everyone's habits. Tape signs to light switches reminding family members to turn out lights when they leave a room, tape a sign to your car dashboard reminding the driver to check tire pressure during the first week of each month, assign someone to turn out all lights and cut power to unused appliances each night to reduce standby power usage. Use the money saved to do something fun with your family or if you have children, increase their allowances by the amount saved to encourage them to get involved in finding new ways to conserve.
Hawaiian 'I'iwi/Scarlet Honeycreeper by Bella C.
Like other Hawaiian forest birds, the 'I'iwi is in decline. Its susceptibility to avian malaria and avian pox, both transmitted by mosquitoes, is a major factor. The 'I'iwi keeps migrating to higher altitudes out of mosquito range. But that “safe” range continues to shrink as global climate change warms the high mountain forest, bringing the disease-bearing mosquitoes with it.
Tip to help slow global warming: Reduce paper consumption by reading books and articles online. Make a few phone calls to get off of catalog and junk mail mailing lists. Create note pads by stapling together once-used paper. If you must print documents, Use both sides of each piece of paper print on once-used paper and/or bleach-free, recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content available. Switch to a digital organizer for tracking your to do's and grocery lists. A few free suggestions: Wunderlist, Remember the Milk, GroceryIQ. Leave messages for family members/roommates on a reusable message board.
Flamingo by Victoria C.
Flamingo by Victoria C. Flamingos depend on the rainfall to help them mate. Many researchers find that global warming reduces the chances of rain in many areas and is the leading cause of drought in some of the areas where Flamingos live. This can mean a significant reduction of offspring being produced in the years ahead.
To slow global warming: Rethink the way you do Laundry. Washing your clothes with cold water cuts laundry energy use by up to 90%. Using a clothesline to dry your clothes whenever possible is a great way to reduce carbon emissions. In the U.S., you can sign the right2dry.org petition to support legislation to void clotheseline bans by homeowner's associations.
Moose by Taylor D.
Rising temperatures and booming parasite populations are expected to cause this cold-weather species that calls the northern United States and Canada home to move farther north. That’s because milder winters and less snow can lead to higher numbers of winter ticks. Tens of thousands of these parasites can gather on a single moose to feed on its blood -- weakening the animal’s immune system and often ending in death, especially the calves.
Tip to reduce climate change: Reduce water waste. Saving water reduces carbon pollution, too. That's because it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. Use the shower rather than the bath and reduce wasting water and energy. A shower requires much less water than a bath and less energy required for the water heater.
Rondo the Polar Bear, acrylic painting by Amanda G.
Rondo The Polar Bear, acrylic painting by Amanda G. Arctic sea ice on which polar bears hunt is progressively disappearing during the summer. Sea ice is forming later in the fall and disappearing earlier in the spring. As the Arctic sea ice retreats, polar bears have to exploit alternative food sources, such as on land, which is not the best alternative for the bears, and also causes increased encounters with humans.
Tip to slow global warming: Plan trips carefully. Cutting down on the time spent in the car is the easiest way to conserve fuel. To minimize driving time, experts recommend combining all your short trips and errands. When possible, use carpools, public transportation, bike ride or walk. If your family owns multiple cars use the most fuel-efficient car whenever possible. Run errands with a friend when possible.
Snowshoe Hare by Addison K.
To help hide from predators, this North American rabbit has evolved to turn white in winter to blend in with the snow. With climate change, snow in some areas is melting earlier than the hares have grown accustomed to, leaving stark white hares exposed in snow-less landscapes. This increased vulnerability might cause declines in hare populations that could lead to implications for other species. Snowshoe hares are critical players in forest ecosystems.
Tip to slow global warming: Plant trees! Trees are great for pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and releasing oxygen in its place. One tree can absorb a ton of carbon dioxide during its life. The tree with also provide a sense of shelter, shade, and heat protection naturally.
African Lion by Brady K.
Droughts and downpours exacerbated by climate change allow diseases, viruses and tick bourne illnesses to wipe out large numbers of African lions.
Tip to slow global warming: Have “Blackout Fridays” at home! Every Friday keep lights and electronics turned off. don't use machines, don't cook, don't answer your phone and, in general, don't use any resources. Play board games by candlelight and tell ghost stories!
Ring Sealed Cub by Olivia K.
Like polar bears, ringed seals live on the snow, or actually IN the snow. They burrow into the snow, digging out caves where they give birth, and raise their young. The caves keep the pups warm and hide them from polar bears and other predators. However, because Arctic snow has been melting so quickly, seal caves often collapse, making the pups easy prey for polar bears, foxes, and ravens. If they don’t get eaten, exposed pups can freeze to death once the snow cave melts away. Global warming disrupts the entire ecosystem in the Arctic, affecting species from the ringed seal, all the way up to the chain to the Inuit people who live there.
Tip to help slow global warming: Replace Your Light bulbs. Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. They consume 70% less energy than ordinary Replacing five or six light bulbs that are used the most can decrease carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by about 700 lbs a year. You will save about $90 annually just by changing light bulbs.
Cheetah by Emily L.
Very low genetic diversity within the species could hinder ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
Tip to help slow global warming: Refuse Give Aways. When a business or individual offers you a free give away that you don't need, politely refuse. This can be anything from a straw or plastic utensils in a restaurant to promotional gifts to paper handouts. This not only saves the company or individual money, but it keeps resources from being consumed unnecessarily (even if it is recyclable) or ending up in a landfill.
Atlantic Puffin by Jessica M.
Puffin populations are declining in the United States and elsewhere. As the sea warms, fish are moving into deeper waters or further north, making it harder for puffins to catch a meal and feed their young. Delayed breeding seasons, low birth rates and chick survival are all affecting the reproductive ability of these birds. Tip to help slow global warming: Fly less. Air travel leaves behind a huge carbon footprint. Before you book your next airline ticket, consider sustainable transportation options.