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in south africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides


durban, south africa — many worshippers at a large religious gathering in south africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. but some of the pelts are fake, reflecting an effort by an international conservation group to reduce poaching of the threatened animals.the shembe church of southern africa, which mixes christian and traditional zulu beliefs, is expected to draw many thousands of people sunday near the city of durban.the panthera conservation group says it has donated more than 14,000 fake leopard skins to shembe followers and that demand for real leopard pelts in the shembe community in south africa has dropped by 50 percent because of the paign.panthera launched its "furs for life" project in 2013.






conservation tax credits too critical not to fix


p o courtesy john fielderaubert ranch was put in permanent conservation in 2006 and the owner maxine aubert received transferable tax credits program through mesa land trust.maxine aubert spent her honeymoon as the p cook for the family sheep ranching operation atop pinyon mesa, southwest of grand junction. in the following decades, she returned each summer with her husband, auggie, a crew of relatives and hired help. children soon joined the mix, and later grandchildren. summers with her family among aspen forests and wildflower-filled meadows were an annual ritual that maxine repeated for 52 years.perched on the rim of unaweep canyon, the aubert ranch is a strategically located wildlife mecca. it provides critical habitat for deer, mountain lions and bears, and is a migration corridor fo






in south africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides


durban, south africa — many worshippers at a large religious gathering in south africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. but some of the pelts are fake, reflecting an effort by an international conservation group to reduce poaching of the threatened animals.the shembe church of southern africa, which mixes christian and traditional zulu beliefs, is expected to draw many thousands of people sunday near the city of durban. followers will come from across south africa, as well as neighboring zimbabwe and mozambique.the panthera conservation group says it has donated more than 14,000 fake leopard skins to shembe followers and that another 4,000 will be distributed. demand for real leopard pelts in the shembe community in south africa has dropped by 50 p






wind turbines and golden eagles; can we have both in the american west?


wind energy is a part of america’s strategy to achieve energy independence, and the wind energy industry is continuing to expand, particularly in the american west. while wind power has a ntages over nonrenewable energy, it’s not trouble-free. wind development can hurt wildlife, such as the golden eagle. as a federal agency with the mission to conserve fish and wildlife for the continuing benefit of the american people, the u.s. fish and wildlife service plays a critical role in working with our industry partners to balance energy development with wildlife conservation.we do not regulate wind, oil, natural gas or solar power industries. our role comes about because congress has charged us with implementing federal wildlife laws, including the bald and golden eagle protection act. the act p






history's shadow / boing boing


history's shadow ab1, 2010 c-print frame: 41 x 31 inches / p o: 40 x 30 inches ed. of 7 by david maiseldavid maisel p og hs the forgotten, the unseen, and the invisible. in 2006, he captured the unclaimed copper canisters containing the ashes of patients who died at a state-run psychiatric hospital, originally known as the oregon state insane asylum, between 1883 and the 1970s. the result was library of dust, a gorgeous oversized book and exhibition. then in 2008, maisel collected a series of "black maps," huge aerial p og hs of strip mines, lake beds, and other large features that aren't easily recognizable out of context but reveal curious and provocative patterns and topog hies. his latest project is history's shadow, an exploration of memory and excavation through x-rays of artifacts f






nasa displays apollo 1 command module hatches 50 years after fatal fire


cape canaveral — fifty years ago, after nasa completed its investigation into a fire that claimed the lives of three of its astronauts on the launch pad, the space agency stored the scorched remains of its first crewed apollo spacecraft out of view at its research center in virginia. now, half a century after the tragedy, nasa has placed on display the three hatches from the flame-damaged apollo 1 command module, marking the first time any artifact from the capsule has been on public view. the exhibit, located at kennedy space center visitor complex's apollo/ urn v center in florida, is dedicated to the memories of virgil "gus" grissom, edward white ii and roger chaffee, who died behind those same hatches on jan. 27, 1967. "we have gone too far without a memorial for gus, ed and roger her






dry for 40 years: ft. moore hill's drought is about to end


it’s so large, it’s easy not to notice it.its 400 feet of brick, mosaic tile and glazed terra cotta could be nothing but an odd retaining wall keeping what’s left of ft. moore hill from falling.on the speedway that hill street becomes between downtown and chinatown, a motorist could never appreciate the structure’s eloquently worded tribute to military service, the pioneering spirit and california history.“it’s the most historically and geog hically important monument that nobody knows about,” said clare haggarty, manager of l.a. county’s art collections. “it’s where los angeles really began, and it’s huge, and so many people don’t know it exists.”it’s the most historically and geog hically important monument that nobody knows about.— clare haggarty, manager of l.a. county’s art collection






dry for 40 years: ft. moore hill's drought is about to end


it’s so large, it’s easy not to notice it.its 400 feet of brick, mosaic tile and glazed terra cotta could be nothing but an odd retaining wall keeping what’s left of ft. moore hill from falling.on the speedway that hill street becomes between downtown and chinatown, a motorist could never appreciate the structure’s eloquently worded tribute to military service, the pioneering spirit and california history.“it’s the most historically and geog hically important monument that nobody knows about,” said clare haggarty, manager of l.a. county’s art collections. “it’s where los angeles really began, and it’s huge, and so many people don’t know it exists.”it’s the most historically and geog hically important monument that nobody knows about.— clare haggarty, manager of l.a. county’s art collection