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Wildlife Notecard Collection

$40.00

Original watercolors, pen and ink illustrations or oil paintings of our world’s great wildlife on notecards.  Set of 12.

Product Description

This set of 12 hand-illustrated notecards includes 6 different wildlife images, 2 of each. Notecards are 5″x7″ and include a white envelope. The Wildlife notecard collection features:

  • Black Bear
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • North American Elk
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Moose
  • Bald Eagle

Text on the back of the notecards is as follows:

“Black Bear” Ursus americanus
Black bears are North America’s most familiar and common bears and are extremely adaptable to a variety of environments. Mother black bears are notoriously protective of their cubs who stay with their mothers for about two years. Omnivorous by nature, these opportunistic creatures forage constantly looking for nuts, fruits and vegetation but unfortunately, have also become easily habituated to human garbage.
Please help….…do not feed the bears!

“Bighorn Sheep” Ovis canadensis
Bighorn males, called rams, are famous for their large, curled horns. These magnificent growths are a status symbol and are used to establish mating hierarchy in epic battles ranging from Alaska to Mexico. Bighorn sheep in North America can be classified under four different species; Rocky Mountain, Sierra Nevada, Desert and Dall. They are all herbivores and typically prefer staying close to steep, rugged and rocky terrain where they are well adapted to escape from predators and protect their young.

“North American Elk” Cervus elaphus
Found in a variety of habitats (rainforests, alpine meadows, dry desert valleys and hardwood forests), today’s North American elk, or wapiti, can be broken down into four subspecies: Rocky Mountain (largest antlers); Roosevelt’s (Coastal Pacific Northwest and largest body); Tule (Central California and smallest body); and Manitoban (northern Great Plains).
Bulls can reach 900 pounds and are renowned for aggressively guarding their harems from other bulls during the fall rut season and their bugling call is certainly one of the most recognizable sounds in our wilderness.

“Grizzly Bear” Ursus arctos horribilis
The grizzly bear is a North American subspecies of the brown bear and can be found from Alaska south along the spine of the Rocky Mountains into the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems. Mostly solitary (except for females with cubs), these awe-inspiring, top-of-the food chain giants remain an iconic symbol of the American wilderness. Surprisingly quick and fiercely protective, this magnificent creature is best observed from a safe distance.

“Moose” Alces alces
The moose is the largest species of the deer family with massive antlers that can exceed 6 feet across and weigh more than 70 pounds. Typically found in coniferous forests near lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands, the moose population of North America has been in steep decline since the 1990’s. Despite their staggering bulk, moose are excellent swimmers and the cooling effect of water, from which moose are seldom far away, provides a generous food supply and protects against biting insects.

“Bald Eagle” Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Chosen in 1782 as the official emblem of the United States, the bald eagle has been an enduring and iconic symbol of freedom throughout North America. Opportunistic feeders that survive mainly on fish, this majestic creature is the only eagle unique to North America and builds the largest nest of any North American bird; they can measure up to 9 feet in diameter and weigh more than 2 tons! Found from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico, it is estimated there are 70,000 bald eagles and almost three-quarters of that population inhabit the northwest coast of North America.

All images are from original watercolors, pen and ink illustrations or oil paintings from artist and Xplorer Maps co-founder, Chris Robitaille. See more of Chris’ work at WWW.ROBITAILLEPAINTINGS.COM.