Waterfowl v5 & the Update

My latest Songbird ReMix product is “Waterfowl Volume 5: Geese”. The new Geese volume has 12 species of geese with some m/f, juvenile and subspecies variations.  It uses the updated Songbird ReMix Library structure, somes in both Poser and DAZ Studio versions and supports Iray, 3Delight, Firefly and Superfly renderers.

For those unfamiliar with my huge Songbird ReMix library update, it includes a folder restructure with everything being put under one folder (birds, props, materials and poses) in both Poser and DAZ Studio native formats. Yes, I said native DAZ Studio. The update includes a stand-alone native version for DAZ Studio users. Also, the update now supports all 4 renderers; Iray, 3Delight, Superfly and Firefly. I saved the best for last… all birds are now in “character” formats-- that means one click loads the bird. There is no more confusing loading the model (and any additional conforming parts) and then applying Morph/Material files from another library. The first batch of these updates has already been released and includes all 5 volumes of the Birds of Prey series, all 4 volumes of the Waterfowl series, both Owls volumes, Nightjars and Kiwis. The second batch will be released late summer (I'm working on Penguins and Flock Formations v1 now) and the final third, hopefully at Christmas.

For those who purchased my sets at DAZ, there is a purchase transfer program that Hivewire3D has set-up to allow you to get my free updates.

Real Birds: Audubon Sues the Federal Government

by Audubon

A coalition of national environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed litigation, National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior, in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

In a legal opinion issued December 2017, the Trump administration abruptly reversed decades of government policy and practice—by both Democratic and Republican administrations—on the implementation and enforcement of the MBTA.

The Act's prohibition on the killing or "taking" of migratory birds has long been understood to extend to incidental take from industrial activities—meaning unintentional but predictable and avoidable killing. Under the Trump administration's revised interpretation, the MBTA’s protections will apply only to activities that purposefully kill birds. Any “incidental” take—no matter how inevitable or devastating the impact on birds—is now immune from enforcement under the law.

The risk of liability under the MBTA has long provided the oil and gas industry, wind energy development companies, and power transmission line operators with an incentive to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize bird deaths. For example, in an effort to protect migratory birds and bats and avoid potential MBTA liability, the wind industry, conservation groups, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked to develop comprehensive guidelines aimed to ensure best practices for siting and developing wind farms. The Trump administration’s new policy eliminates this incentive for industries and individuals to minimize and mitigate foreseeable impacts of their activities on migratory birds, putting already-declining populations of our nation’s songbirds and other migratory birds at risk.

The MBTA also protects birds from fossil fuel development. Oil pits kill hundreds of thousands of birds – if incidental take liability is eliminated, industry need no longer take measures to protect birds from these hazards. In addition, when the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled more than 210 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico more than 1 million birds were killed in the four years following the blowout. BP paid $100 million-dollars in fines under the MBTA that supported wetland and migratory bird conservation. The new interpretation would bar the federal government from seeking such mitigation under the MBTA for devastating oil spills in the future.

The National Audubon Society, American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife are being represented in the litigation by the public-interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP.

“One of the first conservation laws, the MBTA sparked 100 years of conservation leadership in this country,” said Sarah Greenberger senior vice president of conservation policy for the National Audubon Society. “It defies all facts for the Department of the Interior to suggest that this law is somehow broken when we have a century of evidence that says otherwise.”

For more details, read our press release.

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