[audubon-news] Newswire, Thursday, July 1, 2004

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Audubon Newswire
Volume 2, Number 13
Thursday, July 1, 2004

In this issue:
-- Audubon Minnesota Declares Victory: Amphitheater Plans Stopped
-- Audubon Magazine Special Issue on Latin American Eco-travel and Eco-business
-- Project Puffin's 'Tern Cam' Puts the Focus on Puffins this Week
-- Attention Chapters and Staff: Free Photo Resources Available on Internet
-- Attention Chapters and Staff: Chapter Services Office Moves to California
-- Audubon Nature Odysseys Features Trips to Lake Huron
Audubon Praises Decision Stopping Amphitheater: Plan Would Have Threatened 
National Wildlife Refuge 

Bloomington, MN, Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - Today - Audubon and its conservation 
partners praised a decision to halt construction of an amphitheater near 
Jordan, Minnesota that would have impacted one of America's most unique 
national wildlife refuges and affected wildlife - and people - throughout the 

Earlier today, the Scott County planning board unanimously rejected a music 
promoter's request to build a 20,000-seat amphitheater adjacent to the 
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Members of the Minnesota River 
Valley Audubon Chapter worked long hours to raise awareness of this issue and 
to make sure that the interests of the Refuge and those that enjoy it were 
amply represented in public hearings.

"The Scott County Board of Commissioners did the right thing today.  More than 
one million Minnesotans watch birds, and none of them want to do it in the 
middle of a rock concert," said Mark Martell, executive director of Audubon 
Minnesota.  "This proposed amphitheater would decimate bird watching on a 
national wildlife refuge and cost our community a chance to have a quality 
outdoor experience, as well as the income created by local eco-tourism."

Visit <http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/> for more information.
Special Audubon Looks at Tropical Travel:  July/August Issue Reports on Latin 
American Eco-Business and Travel

New York, NY, Thursday, July 1, 2004 - Ever think that the trips people take or 
the products they buy can change the world?  Whether they vacation in Belize or 
Panama, or just make sure that the coffee they drink is shade grown, U.S. 
consumers are poised to make sure that wildlife and their habitats are 
protected in the American tropics.

In this special edition of Audubon - <http://magazine.audubon.org/index.html>, 
the editors explore places just a few hours' flight from the United States 
where preserving habitat not only means protecting birds and wildlife, but also 
means growing the local economy as well.  The July/August 2004 Audubon shows 
how the choices we make as tourists and consumers are a powerful force for 
conservation success.

This issue includes three special features, Destination: Panama.  The Route to 
Prosperity on the wonderful nature tourism in the Panama Canal Zone; 
Destination: Belize.  Top Cat on the elusive Jaguar; Destination: Mexico.  Made 
in the Shade on the availability of and importance to our birds provided by 
shade grown coffee.
Audubon Moves Puffin Cam into Thriving Puffin Colony this Weekend, July 4th

Hog Island, Maine, Thursday, July 1, 2004 - Today, Audubon announced that on 
July 4th, the Project Puffin seabird camera will beam live-streaming video of 
Eastern Egg Rock's nesting puffin colonies, just off the Maine Coast.  The tiny 
island is home to the world's first restored puffin and tern colonies and it is 
the largest colony of endangered Roseate Terns in Maine.  This is the fifth 
year that the camera has beamed real time video to the web: to watch click on 

Currently on camera, Eastern Egg Island's tern population can be seen 
incubating eggs and some have begun to hatch.  When the camera is moved to its 
new location within the puffin colony, viewers will have close-up views of 
puffins, guillemots, terns, and Laughing Gulls.  A special microphone also 
permits viewers to hear the sounds of the seabirds.  The camera operates on an 
automatic tour from dawn to dusk, but staff manually controls it from 9-11 a.m. 
daily to insure close-up views.  Later in the summer, interns on the island 
will occasionally provide on-line, narrated talks directly from Egg Rock's bird 

The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin 31 years ago this summer.  
Visit <http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/0604-Puffin_Cam.html> for 
more, and go directly to <http://www.projectpuffin.org/eer_cameras.html> to 
watch live.
Attention Chapters and Staff: Free Photographic Resources Available on Internet

New York, NY, Thursday, July 1, 2004 - The following list of government-based 
online resources for royalty-free photos of birds, wildlife, landscapes, etc. 
is available for public use.  They are a valuable resource for brochures, 
websites, and other publications.

It is essential that users review and honor any requirements for image use; for 
example, many sites require that users include the photographer's name and 

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) provides excellent bird and 
conservation images:  <http://images.fws.gov/> 

Natural Resource Conservation Service: <http://photogallery.nrcs.usda.gov/> 

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): <http://www.photos.blm.gov/> 

United States Geological Survey (USGS): <http://libraryphoto.er.usgs.gov/> 

NASA provides maps demonstrating the effects of deforestation, development, 
etc.: <http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html> 

USAID family planning / Africa photos: 

Forestry Images: The Source for Forest Health, Natural Resources and 
Silviculture Images (free registration required): 
Audubon Chapter Services Office Moves to California

Bozeman, MT, Thursday, July 1, 2004 - On July 12, the Audubon Chapter Services 
Office will open in its new California location. Chapters are encouraged to 
change the mailing address for any newsletters currently directed to Chapter 
Services, and for any other communications. Please note that the 800-phone 
number will remain unchanged.  As of July 12, new contact information for 
Audubon Chapter Services and Lynn Tennefoss, Vice President for State Programs 
and Chapter Services will be:

Audubon Chapter Services
711 University Avenue
Sacramento, CA  95825
800/542-2748 (phone)
916/649-7667 (fax)
<mailto:chapter_services@xxxxxxxxxxx> or
Audubon Nature Odysseys Offers Train Journey through the American Northwest

Salt Lake City, Nevada, Thursday July 1, 2004 - Audubon Nature Odysseys, in 
conjunction with one of America's premier private trains - the American Orient 
Express, is offering a unique opportunity this summer to see the rugged 
Northwest and Rocky Mountains.  The vacation begins Thursday July 21, 2004 in 
Salt Lake City, NV, and seven days later, July 28, 2004, the American Orient 
Express pulls into its final destination, Seattle, WA.  The trip is designed to 
allow travelers to explore the striking landscapes of the American Northwest 
comfortably from the window of their own private cabin aboard a luxury railway 

Passengers are invited on all sorts of adventures both on board and off the 
American Orient Express.  The train's staff invites those who wish to relax to 
enjoy an old-fashioned train journey, but travelers are also given the 
opportunity to explore the wildlife at Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton 
National Park, Glacier National Park and Great Falls, Montana, along the way.

Paul Koehler, Director of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center in Aiken County, 
South Carolina, an avid birder and frequenter of the American Northwest will 
lead the trip.  To make a reservation or to receive more information, contact 
Beth Ryan at 800 967 -7425, or visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/market/no/trips/greatnorthwest/index1.html> .

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