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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

Owls of the World Volume 1: How to Get the Free Owls Update

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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Important Note:  My newsletter list file became damaged and unuseable.  If you haven't signed up as of April 2015, you'll need to resign-up in order to get the newsletter again.

 


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Real Birds: Cornell Labs unveils Bird ID Software

by Cornell Labs of Ornithology

 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.


Congress nullifies the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

The 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.