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.
Nature Scapes, the film on nature deficit disorder I created with Tara Nichelle, has been nominated for an award in cinematography at this weekend's Eyelens Film Festival. If you are going to be in Victoria this weekend, please check it out.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about, watch Nature Scapes at http://bit.ly/HQ5ENr
My latest story on Cazz, the avalanche dog, ran recently in the Red Deer Advocate. Watching this highly-trained canine search for his 'victim' was thrilling and highly inspiring. This is important work and dogs do it well- a dog and his handler can search the same area as 20 humans eight times faster!!
To read more click here http://bit.ly/HSgHAx
Did you know that a single shark in Palau brings $1.9million to the economy over its lifetime?? (Its worth only $108 it is caught once). Shark tourism in Palau brings in $18million in ecotourism each year or 8% of GDP. In Spain's canary islands shark diving brings in $24.7million each year.
Imagine the boost to tourism (and to conservation of sharks) if more countries focused on shark-viewing instead of shark-eating!
Each year 2 to 3 people are killed by sharks and another 65 are injured). Contrast that to the 73 million sharks killed by people each year.
If you are itching to get reacquainted with returning songbirds, a weekend touring Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve might be just what you need. Organizers have put together a package aimed at birders. The tour is guided by Cal Cuthbert, lodging at local B&Bs and birds provided by Mother Nature.
For more information check out Warblers To Waterfowl Weekend for Birders at http://rmbr.ca/2012/04/warblers-to-waterfowl-2012/