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Adriano Manocchia named Official Conservation Artist

Ronald G. Dodson, Chairman of ISC-Audubon announced today that Adriano Manocchia has been named the Official Conservation Artist of ISC-Audubon. Through this position with the not-for-profit ISC-Audubon, Manocchia will be working with the organization to generate awareness of the importance of conservation oriented landscape management at home, work and at play.

Dodson said, “As Official Conservation Artist”, Manocchia will contribute through his art in raising awareness for the ISC-Audubon Adriano-fishing-2-low-resConservation Landscapes for America initiative, which is aimed at motivating people to become personally engaged in conservation and sustainability where they live, work, and play.

“We are very excited and honored that Adriano has agreed to become associated with our organization”, comments Mr. Dodson.

Manocchia said, “I first met and collaborated with Ron when he was working with the National Audubon Society and later with the Audubon Society of New York State. We lost connection for several years but I am very pleased to have now reconnected with Ron. I'm very supporting of the efforts he is now spearheading through ISC-Audubon and I’m honored to contribute to their success through my artistic vision.”

Dodson and Manocchia worked together with the support of the United States Golf Association (USGA) in the past to produce a series of golf related art that featured some of the top conservation oriented golf course facilities in the country. Dodson said that the present role that Manocchia will fill, will not only include golf conservation, but will feature artwork of other subjects including waterscapes, sporting art, wildlife and landscapes. His work captures some of the most magnificent conservation efforts in America.

Manocchia, a New Yorker who has been a full time painter for the last thirty years, is perhaps best known for his sporting art. His paintings have been displayed at such prestigious venues as the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. In June, 1997, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, New York exhibited Manocchia's work, along with the work of artist Mark Susinno, in a show called Above and Below. Manocchia also has often focused his attention on wildlife, especially the North American mammals that share his own watery and wooded habitat: moose, deer and wolves.

ISC-Audubon and Ronald G. Dodson

ISC-Audubon is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization committed to encouraging people to practice conservation and sustainability where they live, work and play.

Ronald G. Dodson is a wildlife biologist and natural resource planner who has worked for over 35 years in the conservation field. Dodson has authored a number of books and publications on wildlife management, sustainability and has created a number of award winning conservation and certification programs. As Chairman of ISC-Audubon Dodson leads the conservation and policy development efforts of ISC-Audubon.

Adriano Manocchia Bio: http://adriano-art.com 

Adriano Manocchia, born in New York in 1951, began a career in photo-journalism while completing his BA degree for literature from Pace University in New York. Upon completion of college, Adriano ran his own photo/film agency covering events for television and print media. His work has taken him aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, on mid-air refueling missions, on the Goodyear Blimp, and on numerous assignments to the White House.

In 1983, Adriano began spending his free time painting. A year later he decided to undertake this new challenge full time. Through his art, he has supported Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics. His limited edition prints - Giant Panda and Snow Leopard - were endorsed by the National Zoo in Washington and the New York Zoological Society. A Bald Eagle painting was chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution by the U.S. Bicentennial Committee, with the image reproduced on a poster and collector plate. Adriano's work helped raise over $250,000 for Ducks Unlimited through their Sponsor Print Program from 1990 to 1992. He participated in the North Atlantic Ducks Unlimited Flyway Artist program in 1991 and 1992 and was N.Y. Audubon Society Earth Day artist in 1993. He was selected Artist of the Quarter in 1991 and 1995 for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and sponsor artist in 1992 and 1996. Several of his paintings were featured in the hardcover collector's book Fine Art of Georgia's Fairways. His art has appeared on the NBC Today Show, State Of the Art, and Woods n' Water TV Show. His work has been widely published both in Europe and the United States.

Adriano's paintings won the prestigious OWAA/DuPont Art Award in 1989 through 1991. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Slow-Drift-12-x-24Journal, Flyfishing, Fly Rod & Reel, Collector Editions, Outdoor Life, Premiere (Monte Carlo), Wildlife Art, Conservationist, Pescare (Italy), Flyfishing Quarterly, Bugle, U.S. Art, Sporting Classics, and Flyfisher (Japan). Following a sold out show at the American Museum Of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont in 1992, Adriano traveled to Europe to introduce his work and was the featured artist at the 8th Annual International Fishing Expo in Verona, Italy. In 1997 his paintings were featured at a retrospective sporting art show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, in a one-man show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, and at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, New York, in a two-man show entitled "Above and Below". In 2000 he was featured in the J.N. Bartfield Galleries catalog and at an Artist Showcase exhibit at Trailside Galleries.

In the United States his oils are shown at J.N. Bartfield Galleries (New York City), Trailside Galleries (Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona), Broadway Gallery (Alexandria, Virginia), John Collette Fine Art (Highland, North Carolina), Zantman Art Galleries (Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho), The Sporting Gallery (Middleburg, Virginia), the Sporting Life Gallery (Beaver Creek, Colorado), and Montana Trails Gallery (Bozeman, Montana).

Awards & Distinctions

Save The Sound - Official Poster Artist, 1987

Panda Conservation Research/Smithsonian - Print Artist, 1987

Snow Leopard Project/NY Zoological Society, Print Artist, 1987

Kentucky Trout Stamp Competition - Hon. Mention, 1988

Maine Sportsman's Show Wildlife Art - 1st, Hon. Mention, 1989

Official Artist of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1989

OWAA/DuPont Art Contest - 1st & 2nd: 1990, 1st: 1989,'91

Sportsman's Alliance of Maine - Sponsor Artist, 1989,'90,'91

Official N.Y. Audubon Earth Day Artist, 1990

N.Y. Ducks Unlimited - Sponsor Print Artist, 1990,'91,'92

Atlantic Salmon Federation - Special Poster Artist, 1990

Collector Editions Award Of Excellence Nominee, 1990-1994

FFF N.E. Council - Artist of The Year Award, 1991

Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation Artist of the Quarter, Summer 1991

Animal In Art Exhibit - Hon. Mention, Merit Award, 1991

Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation - Premier Sponsor Artist, 1991, 1995

National DU Flyway Program - Selected Print Artist, 1991

Wetlands America - Official Artist, 1991

OWAA Annual Conference - Featured Artist, 1991

New England DU - Sponsor Print Artist, 1992

AIPO Intern. Fishing Expo, Italy - Featured Artist/Poster, 1992

Art For The Embassy Program - Selected Artist, 1992-1995

Collections

Pitman Company Collection, Totowa, New Jersey

Tudor Farms Collection, Cambridge, Maryland

Fly Fishing Federation Museum, Livingston, Montana

Paul Jones Collection, Isla Morada, Florida

National Park of Abruzzi Museum, Italy

U.S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey

U.S.G.A Headquarters, Far Hills, New Jersey

Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Houston, Texas

PGA Tour Headquarters, Ponte Vedra, Florida

Precision Valve Collection, Yonkers, New York

American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont

IGFA Museum Headquarters, Florida

Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, Livingston Manor, New York

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John James Audubon Conservation Network

John James AudubonAudubon Lifestyles is engaged in keeping the spirit of bird conservation alive in the name of the John James Audubon Bird Conservation Network, through a programs for communities, called the Bird Sanctuary Program.

In these tough economic times people might wonder: “Why should we care about birds?” In short, while the United States is blessed with diverse landscapes, a wealth of natural resources, and spectacular wildlife, we are also blessed with more than 800 different bird species, and we share these birds with people from around the world, as billions of migratory birds follow the seasons across oceans and continents. Birds have become a part of our national heritage. As Americans, our passion for nature is growing ever more evident, as wildlife watching generates $122 billion in economic output annually, and one in every four American adults considers themselves to be a "bird watcher".

John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785. He grew to become a famous American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He painted, catalogued, and described the birds of North America in the early nineteenth century, and published Birds of America, a massive book containing 435 hand-colored plates of 1,065 individual birds. Audubon became the chosen name and symbol for a movement coined “The Audubon Movement" that began in the late 1890s to stop the unrestricted slaughter of birds. Early Audubon members pledged to shun the fashion of the day of wearing hats and coats adorned with bird feathers and wings, and to hunt birds for consumption only, rather than sport or trade. Early members also studied birds, improved their habitats, and fought for bird protection. Their activism fledged a broader conservation movement and eventually led to passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918. The Act ended trade in migratory birds, and was among the first federal protections ever afforded to wildlife.

The U.S. human population has skyrocketed from about 8 million to 300 million since that time, and as we have harvested energy and food, grown industries, and built cities, we have often failed to consider the consequences to nature. During our history, we have lost a part of our natural heritage—and degraded and depleted the resources upon which our quality of life depends. We have lost more than half of our nation’s original wetlands, 98% of our tallgrass prairie, and virtually all virgin forests east of the Rockies. Since the birth of our nation, four American bird species have gone extinct, including the Passenger Pigeon, once the world’s most abundant bird. At least 10 more species are possibly extinct.

Birds are bellwethers of our natural and cultural health as a nation—they are indicators of the integrity of the environments that provide us with clean air and water, fertile soils, abundant wildlife, and the natural resources on which our economic development depends. In the past 40 years, major public, private, and government initiatives have made strides for conservation. Has it been enough? How are birds faring?

We ask you to join us in continuing to reverse the damage to our nation’s habitats and protect our remaining natural landscapes—the foundation upon  which our  precious resources, our wildlife, and the lives of our children depend. Cooperative conservation efforts among the government, conservation organizations, and ordinary citizens—private landowners, hunters, and bird watchers—really are making a difference.

Audubon Lifestyles, a non-profit organization founded upon the Principles for Sustainability, is engaged in keeping the spirit of bird conservation alive in the name of the John James Audubon Bird Conservation Network, and has developed programs for communities and landscapes of all types called The Bird Sanctuary Program. Simply stated, the Bird Sanctuary Program programs provide direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for municipalities, communities and businesses throughout the United States who have embraced the importance of birds as part of our American Heritage, and who include “bird friendly” landscapes in the way their properties are being managed. This includes landscapes with a focus on the needs of birds during their nesting, migratory and winter seasons. The Bird Sanctuary Program is intended to be fun, educational, increase community and civic pride, and encourage public participation.

Portions of this story have been excerpted from the “State of the Birds” and can be found at www.stateofthebirds.org

Learn more about the Bird Sanctuary Program here


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Cold Climate Housing Research Center
www.cchrc.org

The State of the Birds
www.stateofthebirds.org

Green Living Tips
www.greenlivingtips.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov 

Bird City, Kansas
www.birdcity.com

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu 

Sustainable Northern Shelter
www.cchrc.org

 

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