We are filled with expectation! This is a chance for the children to teach us. Through their eyes, we will fall in love with the natural world. We want to bring the Field Guide Project to four international schools, four tribal communities, and regular monthly visits to local communities to help bring the skills and tools for children to help us document all of the living things within their neighborhoods.
We need help. We need someone, (paid help) to help catalog the work of these young naturalists, and to help us with our Field Guide correspondence. We need help creating a website where they can see their contribution to the field guide as well as others from other areas. We would like to make trading cards of the children's own design available to them to share with their friends. We need an accountant with a hopeful heart for nature to join our Board of Directors, and we would love the funding to help us reach out to disadvantaged communities. We need a geek who loves the vision to help us create the necessary links to create an interactive website so that the children can enjoy watching their discoveries impact our knowledge of the natural world. We will launch our crowdfunder project in March but we want our first quarter to come from the help of our inner community.
We have seen through the children's eyes. Just wait till you see the fauna as expressed though their hands. Our most recent trip to Zug, Switzerland, showed us the wisdom of how to proceed. There are many ways we can develop this project, all of them attainable, but the first thing we will need is funding for six months to launch. Our first goal is to help two financially disadvantaged schools to experience the excitement of their own expressions of discovery, and we need the supplies to help them do this. It's amazing what a few good pens and markers can do. It's impossible unless we just do it. It will take $24,000 to fund the first six months, this is the bare bones with our endless volunteer hours at the hub. We don't care, we love love love this- as a couple, this is a very rich way to spend our collective energies. We will expect to be paid for our hard work, but it will be a modest request, enough to keep us out of trouble.
The librarians need our help to support them during this time of transition from books to Google. Google and Wiki are not the only options, and children can teach us to see the natural world through their own research style. The elders of our communities hold much wisdom on the living things they have known. It is possible that when the children record these findings, they will help us see possibilities in bringing back some of the lost species. We'd like to visit the Chelan area where the fires have ravaged. Such sadness at the losses, but there is opportunity to witness the dynamics of renewal. Renewal is an excellent obsession in light of the grief so many children suffer from.
Yes, renewal is possible. Just last month, in Zug, I learned about the return of the Peregrine Falcons to the Zurich area, since the farmers changed to organic pesticides. The honey bees are sorely missed but they are returning in the city of Zurich on the tops of buildings where urban naturalists are rebuilding the balance. These things I learned from children who dove in to the interest of their animal. The librarians have provided support for the research and much bustling is happening to make the Field Guide come to life.
It is a lofty goal, that the children help us take an account of the living things, but we need to start somewhere. And I believe that this is the finest generation that has ever come to the earth. Let's give them the support they need as they turn their obsessions to nature, and help us fall in love with life again.
If you want to learn more about how you can help, please please please contact us. We are ready to pounce. Our goal for this first quarter, 2016, is $12,000. Our world will focus on the Field Guide Project... I will continue to paint to fuel my personal obsession, but I will designate all of my painting income to help keep me off the streets so I can focus on the project. We just opened our Field Guide Bank account and are ready for donations. We are searching for an umbrella group to lend us a 501C3 # so you can write off your donation soon, but until then, we are scraping to launch the project. We have the makings of a brilliant board of directors and an amazing advisory community. Seriously, it is just my amazing husband, David George Gordon, and I. But the librarians, community of naturalists, and hundreds of children who have walked the beginning journey with us have contributed to the bones of this wonderwork and have shown us that we can do this. The cadre of Field Guide Specialists is happening and our community of volunteers is growing as we speak. Would you like to join us?
Welcome to promise of a wonderful New Year!