Californian Wildlife Biro Drawing Workshop
Blue House, Laguna Beach
5 February 2020


This workshop was a wonderful opportunity for Jane to work with residents of the beautiful city of Laguna Beach, where art and nature are treasured. Celebrating incredible Californian wildlife, an inspirational group of women attended the workshop, many of whom hadn't drawn since school. The drawings they created were astonishing and a joy to see!

Image: Goff Island, Laguna Beach

The presentation for this workshop explored the enormous variety of Californian species. From coast to mountains to desert, California is brimming with endemic and iconic species. The state has 321 endangered species so this workshop highlighted ways to combat the bio-diversity crisis:

  • LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN BACK YARD! Looking after local environments can help biodiversity flourish, no matter where we live. Plant pollinator-friendly plants from seed in gardens, pots and window boxes. If you don’t have a garden, volunteer for community urban or woodland planting schemes or beach clean-ups. Our gardens, parks and wild spaces can become a network of nature reserves. STOP using pesticides, nature will look after itself with birds and other insects eating greenfly on your roses! Embrace endemic weeds as the wildflowers they are and let them grow

  • REDUCE CONSUMPTION: CHOOSE products that are sustainably and ethically sourced. RECYLCLE; EAT less meat; TAKE less car journeys; USE less water & power

  • TELL others about climate emergency and biodiversity crisis – WORD OF MOUTH is key

  • CONTACT your local Senator and voice your concerns about the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis

  • DONATE to or RAISE funds for conservation organisations to help them help wildlife

Image: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

    One of the most endangered species in California is the gray wolf and the presentation included information about the famous wolf known as OR-7 who journeyed from Oregon to California in 2011. Sadly since this workshop OR-7's daughter OR-54 was killed. Read more here:


    Slide from presentation with information about gray wolves in California

    Discussing the phenomenal journey and presence in California of OR-7 during her presentation also reflected the work of the Wolf Conservation Center, New York who Jane has supported since 2012 to producing fundraising artwork:

       American Dream 2014 colour Biro drawing, Jane Lee McCracken for Wolf Conservation Center

    DRAWING SELECTION Selected for this workshop were endangered, endemic or iconic Californian species:
    Gray Wolf:
    Conservation Status CA: EN
    Population CA: 7-10
    Mountain Lion:
    Global Conservation Status: LC
    Population CA: 4,000 - 6,000
    Canada Lynx:
    Conservation Status CA: VU 
    Population CA: UNKNOWN
    Tule Elk:
    Conservation Status CA: UNTHREATENED
    Population CA: 4,000
    Northern Spotted Owl: 
    Conservation Status CA: VU 
    Population CA: 560 pairs
    Desert Tortoise:  
    Conservation Status CA: VU
    Population USA & Mexico: 100,000
    Black Bear:
    Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN
    Global Population: 10,000 - 15,000
    Each drawing created by these amazing women is made using their own unique style. It's often daunting putting pen to paper with no pencil guidelines or erasers but fears were overcome brilliantly and all attendees made the beautiful drawings below. A huge thank you to Kirsten Rogers for hosting this event and to all who participated and celebrated the astonishing wildlife of this state:
    Mountain Lion 2020 Biro drawing, Kristin Hunziker
    Gray Wolf 2020 Biro drawing, Amy Turner
    Northern Spotted Owl 2020 Biro drawing, Sara Warner
    Tule Elk 2020 Biro drawing, Katrina Puffer
    Island Fox 2020 colour Biro drawing, Katrina Puffer
    Mountain Lion 2020 colour Biro drawing, Karol Kennedy
    Gray Wolf 2020 colour Biro drawing, Cara Holtsneider
    Ana Hummingbird 2020 colour Biro drawing, Jenne Colar-Dark
    Black Bear 2020 colour Biro drawing, Jenne  Colar-Dark
    Ana Hummingbird 2020 Biro drawing, Laura Williams
    Desert Tortoise 2020 Biro drawing, Laura Williams
    Island Fox 2020 colour Biro drawing, Laura Browning
    Canada Lynx 2020 colour Biro drawing, Kirsten Rogers