Meet Your Neighbours Co-Founder Clay Bolt was honored to accept the North American Nature Photography Association‘s 2015 Environmental Impact award on behalf of Meet Your Neighbours during the annual summit in San Diego last week. Clay writes, “The last recipient was the incredible James Balog so its significance isn’t lost on me. More importantly, I was so touched to be on stage with many of my dearest friends and colleagues who have really been the ones to make the project a reality.” From the left: Chris Linder, Kevin FitzPatrick, Paul Marcellini, Roy Toft, Sheri Mandel, Nathan Dappen, Krista Schlyer, Clay Bolt, Neil Losin, Gabby Salazar, Karine Aigner and Paul Hassell. Other contributors who were present but unable to join us on stage were Andrew Snyder, JP Lawrence, Matthew Cicanese, Kika Tarsi Tuff, Todd Amacker, Steven David Johnson, Dave Huth. Photo © Gaston Lacombe / iLCP.
-By Karine Aigner, Washington DC, USA: I was in Brownsville, Texas, having a nightmare of a time trying to photograph a 3 day old Texas tortoise that we had found. I had pretty much given up on the cheeky juvenile reptile when I heard something moving at my feet. Strategically placed right at my foot was a cockroach the size of my thumb, seemingly pulling a scorpion. But, the scorpion was attached to the roach’s backside, holding on! The cockroach was having some success at pulling itself across the floor until the scorpion, almost half the roach’s size, turned itself sideways (with me watching) while holding onto the roach, and without further ado slammed it’s tail into the roach four distinct times. Not a minute later was the roach sedated, but not yet dead. So, what did i do? Throw them both onto the plexi and watch the scene play out. The scorpion waited till the roach stopped moving, then moved itself into position to start eating the roach head first. It later turned it over and continued eating.
Dr C’s goal will be to get the otter healthy and stable, and to acquaint him with other otter orphans his own age. Once old enough to be released, the group will be set free together in a suitable wilderness area. Juvenile wildlife is always a challenge for caretakers, and not all babies make it. Wildlife rehabbers such as Dr. C dedicate their lives to helping animals. From the sick, to the orphaned; their work doesn’t stop at 5pm-baby animals need to be fed every few hours. People like Dr. C work tirelessly to care four our pets and get wildlife back into the wild. Let’s thank them for all they do-for all the little otters out there!
Visit www.karineaigner.com for more of her images.
The MYN team just returned from an action-packed weekend working in Rocky Mountain National Park as part of National Geographic’s 2012 BioBlitz. MYN and iLCP team members Karine Aigner, Clay Bolt, Krista Schlyer joined scientists and volunteers at several sites during the event including Lily Lake and Iceberg pass, which is an Alpine Tundra ecosystem due to the elevation. Team members Neil Losin and Kevin FitzPatrick were also on-site as active participants in the event. Neil made a wonderful discovery this past Friday during the event, which we’ll be sharing more on in the coming days along with many more stories from the field. Stay-tuned!
You can read a brief field-report by going to National Geographic’s “News Watch” site by going here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Meet Your Neighbours Photographers and the International League of Conservation Photographers team up to photograph National Geographic Society’s 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Greenville, South Carolina – August 16 , 2012 – Meet Your Neighbours is pleased to announce a partnership with the International League of Conservation Photographers to photograph species found at the 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park for the National Geographic Society. National Geographic will be conducting a new BioBlitz each year until 2016, which is the Centennial of the U.S. National Park Service. NGS defines a BioBlitz as “a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.”
Meet Your Neighbours photographers who will participate in the 2012 event include Karine Aigner, Clay Bolt, Kevin FitzPatrick, Krista Schlyer and Piotr Naskrecki.The mission of the expedition is to capture beautiful portraits of as many of the discovered species as possible. The images will be used to not only promote the event but, more importantly, encourage participants, Coloradans, and viewers on-line and beyond to take a closer look at the wildlife in their own backyard and community. Presentations will also be given at the event by Clay Bolt and Piotr Naskrecki.
Founded in 2009, Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative, which is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps – and enriching their lives in the process. Meet Your Neighbours images have an instantly recognizable look. Each subject is photographed on location in a field studio. A brilliantly-lit white background removes the context, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition. Seen this way, animals and plants we thought we knew reveal another side of themselves, encourage a second glance, perhaps even renewed interest.
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