Birds of Prey Volume 5 on Sale until July 9th!
June will begin another set of Birds of Prey with many favorites
that didn't make the cut with the initial four volumes. Whereas
the four volumes were very specific on type of bird of prey,
this volume will include all types. Included are eagles
such as the Steller's Sea Eagle (shown above), the Eastern Imperial
Eagle, the Bateleur and the White-breasted Sea-Eagle. Falcons
include the Red-headed Falcon, the Red-necked Falcon, the African
Pygmy Falcon and the Laughing Falcon. For Hawks, there is the
Scissor-tailed Kite, the Black Baza, the Ferruginous Hawk (both
light and dark morphs), the Black-collared Hawk, the Rough-legged
Hawk and the Red Goshawk.
The first 4 volumes of the Birds of Prey series are available at Hivewire3D
On April 27th, I re-released Songbird ReMix Owls (which I did back in 2010) with a Major Update. If you bought Owls through Hivewire3D, simply reloaded the Owls set from your account page. Hivewire3D (my current publisher) will honor your Songbird ReMix purchases at DAZ for updates provided you open a Hivewire3D account and provide some form of Proof of Purchase (such as a screen capture of the Songbird ReMix packages you own listed in the DAZ Download Manager or your DAZ account Page). Email Ken with the screen capture and the email your Hivewire3D account is under and he'll get the updated files linked to your Hivewire3D account.
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Latest Products for Poser & DAZ Studio: (Hivewire3D): Songbird ReMix Birds of Prey Volume V, Songbird ReMix Owls of the World Volume 2, and Songbird ReMix Owls of the World Volume 1 (Re-release).
Recent Songbird ReMix Updates: (Look in Downloads or at Hivewire3D): Updates to all Songbird ReMix products are available to DAZ3D customers through Hivewire3D.com with proof of purchase. See details.
Birds of Prey CR2 fixes/updates now available (these haven't made it to Hivewire3D yet)
Recent Songbird ReMix Freebies: (Look in Downloads): There are freebies available for all four Birds of Prey Volumes plus a female burrowing owl for Owls of the World Volume 1.
Upcoming Projects: Songbird ReMix Asia (3 volumes), Songbird ReMix Hornbills, and Songbird ReMix Frogmouths, Nightjars & Goatsuckers.
Other Vendors Support Page for Songbird ReMix and other Ken Gilliland products
Cornell Labs has been working on a new bird photo recognition ID software and want you to beta test it on their website. Just upload a photo, click on the bird’s bill, eye, and tail, and let computer vision help you ID the bird. It currently recognizes 400 common North American bird species. Because it's powered by machine learning techniques, it gets “smarter” the more people use it. Help them improve the accuracy so they can add it to their Merlin Bird ID app. Try Photo ID.
Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA) is
a United States federal law, first enacted in 1916
in order to implement the convention for the protection
of migratory birds between the United States and
Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada). The
statute makes it unlawful without a waiver to pursue,
hunt, take, capture, kill or sell birds listed therein
("migratory birds"). The statute does
not discriminate between live or dead birds and
also grants full protection to any bird parts including
feathers, eggs and nests. Over 800 species are currently
on the list. There are some exceptions made for
certain "Game" birds for hunting.
This treaty has protected birds for almost a century after Americans felt something needed to be done with the extinction of the most populous bird on the planet, the passenger pigeon.
This month, the Republican majority in Congress has voted to ban all implementation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). In addition, they have other pending legislation aimed at weakening both the MBTA and the Bald Eagle Protection Act (1940), Golden Eagle Protection Act (1962), along with the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act (which were brought into law by the Nixon adminstration in 1972-3).
The primary goal in banning the implementation of the MBTA is to allow companies like British Petroleum, Duke Energy and other polluters not to have to pay for the harm caused to birds caused by their spills and negligence.
Enough is enough! Let your lawmakers know that harming birds and the our environment is unacceptable and doing so will put their political careers on the endangered list.