|Young A'lala by Amanda Corlies Sandos|
|Begging Baby A'lala by Amanda Corlies Sandos|
Yes, I actually convinced my boss to send me to paradise for an extended stay and pay me for it, too. Officially, I went there to learn about incubation and hand rearing techniques for all of the highly endangered Hawaiian native species. Secretly, I was over the moon at the chance to work with Alalas. Also, called The Hawaii Crow, the Alala is now extinct in the wild. Though Keauhou has been trying a release program to restock the wild population, the release efforts have not yet been successful. For now, they continue to work towards freeing the environment of disease vectors and introduced species, and they are keeping the population alive entirely through their captive breeding programs.
|Feeding with a puppet by Amanda Corlies Sandos|
Ravens and Crows continue to frequent both my visual art and my writing. When I sat down with Andi Lea and West Thornhill to brainstorm a new young adult scifi fantasy adventure series, we quickly came to the decision that we wanted all of our characters to go to the same high school. Of course, this meant finding a mascot. In my book, you can't find a better mascot than a raven.
As it turns out, we named the whole project The Ravens Crossing, and I'm extremely proud of it!And every time I hear the name, I am reminded that the inspiration came from my friends the Alalas.
|Alala by Amanda Corlies Sandos|