Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, June 29, 2023


Roger Peet, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, (503) 753-7027
Mike Stark, Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252,

‘Protectors’ Art Exhibit Spotlights People Working to Save Species From Extinction

PORTLAND, Ore.— The plight of endangered species and the inspiring stories behind those trying to save them are the focus of a new traveling art exhibit launching today. The exhibit is a partnership between the Center for Biological Diversity and the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.

“Protectors: Saving Biodiversity in the Age of Extinction” is a portfolio of fine-art silkscreen prints celebrating those taking extraordinary measures to stop endangered birds, fish, plants, reptiles and other species from vanishing forever.

The exhibit features 12 original artworks produced by the members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. Each depicts an extinct species, an endangered species, and a person fighting to save that species. Among those featured are a Tribal elder, an artist, an Indigenous border activist, a retired teacher, and scientists from different backgrounds — all determined to stem the tide of extinction.

Exploring everything from community organizing to lockdowns to science education, this project shows the myriad ways anyone and everyone can get involved to protect species from the threats they face.

“These people are on the frontlines of the biodiversity crisis, fighting incredible battles in defense of an intact future for the whole planet,” said Roger Peet of Justseeds. “Their work deserves to be more widely known and we’re hoping more people take up the fight.”

Scientists predict that 1 million species could go extinct in the coming decades. Among the wildlife featured in Protectors are red knots, Sonoyta mud turtles, hellbender salamanders, American burying beetles, candy darter fish, Miami blue butterflies, and Tiehm’s buckwheat. Species from across the country are represented, from Hawai‘i and California to Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York and Nevada.

“We live in a time when so many of the animals and plants we all love are struggling against the pull of extinction,” said Mike Stark, creative director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “This exhibit is a powerful reminder of the wonderful array of wildlife in our midst and that anyone can be a part of making sure none of them vanish on our watch.”

Protectors is coordinated, curated and sponsored by the Center and artist Roger Peet of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and is being distributed by Booklyn and Justseeds.

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I'iwi. Credit: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Center for Biological Diversity. Artist: Fernando Martí. Image is available for media use.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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