I'll be speaking on some great travel destinations for bird lovers at the upcoming Wings Over the Rockies festival in Invermere May 11th. If you'd like to learn more about great destinations like Iceland and Costa Rica, get your tickets soon.
As I wrote in one of my recent travel stories, people are keen to see bears. Now there's an app for that. Where's the Bear app tells you where bears have been spotted in Yellowstone.
It makes it easier for wildlife watchers to see bears but it can also lead to bear jams and cause habituation of bears to people. This can ultimately lead to bear deaths. I also wonder if such an app could help poachers find wildlife. Currently it is used in a protected area but Parks are facing budget challengs which means there isn't a ranger behind every tree. And what is to stop technology being used in this way outside of protected areas?
Sometimes technology has effects we hadn't counted on. What's your feelings on Where's the Bear app? You can post here or join a discussion on Flickr
Nature Scapes, ,the film Carol Patterson and Tara Nichelle, created on the issue of Nature Deficit Disorder came up a winner at the Eyelens Festival in Victoria. The film won Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Award and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design and Composition.
We are thrilled that our story of celebrating time in nature in uncoventional ways is drawing more eyes!
To see the award-winning movie go to http://bit.ly/Hut24y
If you want to make money doing what you love, check out the Road Less Traveled workshop being held in Calgary May 9th.
Carol Patterson, who has turned conventional training as a professional accountant into an uncoventional career as a tourism consultant and travel writer, will share strategies and techniques to help your dreams come to life!
For more details visit http://bit.ly/n3qgMy
I found Bhutan to be a world like no other and their tourism model to be infinitely inspiring. The comments by Kensang Wangdi, Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan in a recent interview are very interesting, especially his (and the Royal family’s) view that tourism can lead to dignity for the poor.