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eNewsletter January 2016

More Moths & Back to Birds

I've created 2 add-on Moth sets for December's Giant Moths release, each with 8 different species.  Both volumes are available at Hivewire3D and are on sale. 

Moths of the World Volume1

Moths of the World Volume 2

...Back to Birds...

I found myself halfway through my Nightjar project struggling to finish it.  That two-year non-stop creative freight train that brought four volumes of waterfowl, five volumes of Birds of Prey, the new and a revamp Owls sets and Nightjars was finally out of fuel. Creatively, I was simply exhausted and there was no way I could even begin to look at four volumes of Asian Birds. The moth projects turned out to be the right recipe to revamp my creative energy and now I'm returning to my greatest passion, creating 3D birds and educating people about their importance.  While I am going to be restarting my Bird of Asia project that I left in July to get Nightjars out for the fall, I find myself delaying it for a few more weeks to do another short project... in this case, the project is a bird and here's a sneak peek at prelimary modeling of the Songbird ReMix Kiwi.

Songbird ReMix Kiwi

Real Birds: Saving the Spotted Owl

by Audubon


Want to Save the Spotted Owl? Stop Trying So Hard.  New research shows that the California Spotted Owl may actually benefit from the forest fires the land managers have spent years avoiding.

California Spotted Owls thrive in the dense, multi-layered canopies and hushed shade of century-old pine and Douglas-fir forests—at least the 1,200 or so owls that are left today seem to. That’s why U.S. Forest Service and other land managers have worked for decades to prevent forest fire in the stands where they nest and roost: in hopes of preserving the elusive raptors.

Now recent research suggests that some of the very steps taken to protect the iconic species may actually be contributing to its well-documented decline. Suppressing fire, thinning green trees, and logging after wildfires—management activities intended to reduce fire danger—may not actually be helping the owls. In fact, according to studies published by independent scientists last year and earlier, they may be harming them more than no activity.

Their findings are so convincing that the California Spotted Owl is being considered for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in September. The research has also impacted a long-simmering controversy, spurring the Forest Service to launch development of a strategy designed to conserve the bird.             -->Read More

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