I've started a couple impromptu projects to finish out the year, one will be a return to birds with a Prairie Chicken and Sage-Grouse model. The other will be another habitat set which will be based on the Big Cypress National Preserve in Flordia. Both sets prvoide unique challenges for me, in particular the inflateable throat sac on the males of the Chicken and Grouse. This set will include the Greater and Lesser Prairie Chicken (m/f) and the Greater Sage-Grouse (m/f). The challenge with the Big Cypress set will be creating a lush wetlands environment without killing most computers in the process. The Big Cypress set will include Bald Cypress tree and the Cardinal Airplant (wip render shown below), Spanish Moss, Ghost Orchids, Swamp Ferns and more.
As for the major Songbird ReMix series-wide updates, they are slowing progressing and I'll be probably releasing all together for the 2017 Audubon's Birthday Sale in April.
by National Audubon
President Obama has announced the establishment of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will provide permanent protection for Atlantic Puffins’ winter habitat, while benefiting numerous other marine species. It is the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
Audubon scientists discovered earlier this year that Atlantic Puffins depend on this region of the Gulf of Maine for their wintering grounds after tracking their movements. This population includes the birds that nest along Maine’s rocky coast—a focus of Audubon’s Project Puffin. The deep canyons and undersea mountains are a biodiversity hotspot rich with life, including cold-water reefs that nurture fish and invertebrate species, which support puffins, whales, sharks, and more.
Designating this nearly 5,000 square mile-region as a national monument will limit the pressures to expand fishing, drilling, and mining in this fragile habitat. These permanent protections will help grow populations of declining lobster and commercial fish, while providing a refuge for birds and other wildlife in the face of a changing climate and other threats.
This report is based on the first-ever conservation vulnerability assessment for all 1,154 native bird species that occur in Canada, the continental United States, and Mexico. The assessment was compiled by a team of experts from all three countries. Of these 1,154 species, 432 qualified for the Watch List, indicating species of highest conservation concern based on high vulnerability scores across multiple factors. READ MORE-->
To Read this newsletter online or remove yourself from this eNewsletter emailing list, go to: http://www.empken.com/songbirdremix/newsletter/index.html