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Big Canoe Fine Art Show Open to the Public October 23 to November 2, 2014 in Northern Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) October 14, 2014

Big Canoe Realty and The Big Canoe Building Group are sponsoring a wonderful cultural event open to the public in their award winning northern Georgia gated mountain community from Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. This North Georgia art show will take place in a beautiful custom home in the new Bluffs at Ridgeview neighborhood.

The Fine Art Event features a significant showing of works by 14 southeastern artists in various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, blown glass and glass sculpture. Admission is free and there will be many exquisite works for sale including art, furniture, and quilts. Come view the essential works of:

CAL BREED a glassmaker for over 20 years with a distinctive style and nature as his inspiration. Breed designs and creates functional glass and sculptures.

RAE BREED – a self-taught potter who began her artistic career on Andros Island in the Bahamas in the 1980s. Her stoneware and raku clay works feature unique glazes.

DUTCH – originally a wood sculptor, he worked in various mediums before settling on glass, using the pate’ de verre technique, learning hot glass sand casting, and finally blown glass.

JOHN GECI – a glassblower based near the Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina. His vibrant and distinctive line of glassware is J. Geci Glass.

JONAS GERARD – a painter, primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Gerards work is prolific and tactile, as he creates abstracts, other genres, and works with paint, silk, sculpture and more.

PAM HAGAN – a painter using watercolor, acrylics and mixed media, her subjects range from delicate floral studies to sweeping Southern landscapes.

JANET JACOBSON – a contemporary landscape painter, Jacobsons work reflects serenity, her love of nature, and her life in the mountains of North Carolina.

DEHANNA JONES – a glassblower who describes herself as a Glass Minimalist to describe her process. Jones designs are anything but minimalist, and true works of art.

CHRIS MOSEY – formally trained as a potter, Mosey creates fabulous glass objects that beg to be touched.

MULTITUDES – a Blue Ridge gallery representing over 75 artists, specializing in hand blown glass, as well as regional artists in jewelry, ceramic pottery, iron work, photography, wood working, stain glass and oil/acrylic/watercolor painting.

NNAMDI OKONKWO – a sculptor, whose fluid, simple lines and subjects often depicting the female form in action, communicates life, motion, and emotion with his work.

LORA RUST – a potter and pottery teacher who loves working with clay, Rust creates heirloom quality porcelain table and serving ware at her Atlanta area studio.

CAROL SKAPINETZ – originally an art teacher in New Jersey, Skapinetz is now a watercolorist who concentrates on floral landscapes using non-traditional techniques that give her watercolors a photographic quality.

JOHN SMITH – a landscape photographer inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains and the four distinctive seasons in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

ERIC STRAUSS – a sculptor who uses found, forged and fabricated steel to create scenes from nature and the elements.


The North Georgia art show, held during peak leaf viewing season in the Big Canoe gated mountain community, takes place in one of The Big Canoe Building Group’s newest model homes. The breathtaking model and fall scenery make a fitting backdrop for the art show, but there are other works of art to see as well. Three other custom Big Canoe model homes in The Bluffs are available for viewing, as well as a furnished model in the Twin Creeks neighborhood.

Big Canoe covers 8,000 acres of glorious north Georgia mountain scape comprising many different neighborhoods with a lifestyle for families of all ages and sizes. The gated mountain community in the foothills of the North Georgia Appalachians is only one hour north of Atlanta. Big Canoe offers the perfect escape for a weekend home or seasonal residence, however approximately 60 percent of homeowners are year-round residents, many of whom commute to Atlanta for work, happy to return to fresh mountain air at the end of the day.

With lakes, streams, and hiking & nature trails throughout, Big Canoe is a nature lovers dream. Outdoor sports are a huge draw, and the community has a well-developed set of amenities including 27 holes of championship golf with incredible mountain views, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools, and a 17,000 square foot fitness center. Dozens of clubs, sports leagues, events, and social activities plus the serenity of the North Georgia Mountains make the established, gated mountain community of Big Canoe a home worth coming home to.

The Bluffs at Ridgeview is Big Canoes newest neighborhood and offers heavily wooded home sites ranging from one and one-half to two acres of spectacular mountain views at an elevation of 2,200 feet. Lots are currently priced starting from the low $ 200s and there is no time limit imposed for building your dream home. Over 30 authorized Big Canoe builders with dozens of appealing and livable floor plans are ready to build your north Georgia mountain dream home in a variety of styles including historic Adirondack and Appalachian, Craftsman, and Western Log and Timber.

Twin Creeks is an intimate, 14-home Southern Living cottage neighborhood featuring a Pavilion and hiking trail that connect to Big Canoes Meditation Park trail system. This new neighborhood is conveniently located near the communitys main gate and offers a choice of mountain, creek, or golf views each as lovely as the others. The cottages, with four different floor plans, start in the mid $ 300s.

This is your perfect get-away opportunity to take in an exceptional art event and tour the newest Big Canoe model homes during one of the most beautiful times of the year in the north Georgia mountains.

For directions and more information about this North Georgia art show and the Big Canoe community, call Big Canoe Realty at 770-893-2733 or 1-866-244-2266.

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Shirtless Nick Jonas In Robin’s Jean For Flaunt Magazine

(PRWEB) October 25, 2014

Flaunt Magazine has just released a series of eye-popping, mind-blowing, steamy pictures of Nick Jonas in boxer-briefs channeling 90s Marky Mark. Jonas has been busy bulking up for his role as an MMA fighter in the DirecTV show Kingdom, and had no problem exposing the fruits of his labor, going shirtless in Robins Jean Motard biker jeans. Robins Motard biker jean is the one of the top styles for men with zipper details on the pockets and knee pleating for maximum comfort and movement.

Photo: Yu Tsai for Flaunt

The Jealous singer is promoting his new album due on November 11th and will be on the cover of Flaunt. The shoot and interview took place in Los Angeles. It was styled by celebrity stylist Joseph Episcopo and photographed by Yu Tsai for Flaunt #137, The Grind Issue 2014.

Founded in 2005 by Robin Chretien, Robin’s Jean features a unique collection of jeans, jackets, tops, hats, sneakers and belts for men, women and kids. The brand is Made in the USA with five Robins Jean Flagship store locations; Beverly Hills, CA; Soho, New York; Laguna Beach, CA; Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey and Ibiza, Spain, and more to come.

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Professional Photographers of America Announces Photographers of the Year

ATLANTA, Ga. (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) announced today its Diamond Photographers of the Year. The winners achieved PPAs highest competition honor at the International Photographic Competition (IPC) in August and will be honored and have their work displayed at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1-3, 2015.

A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at the IPC. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collectionthe best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated Loan Collection book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the Showcase book by Marathon Press.

Only 26 photographers went four-for-four on their submissions, meaning all four of their images were accepted into PPAs Loan Collection. Its the highest honor one can achieve through PPAs International Photographic Competition in a given year.

These photographers have reached a prestigious achievement, states Randy McNeilly, PPAs photographic exhibition committee chairman. It takes dedication to achieve the consistent quality and creativity necessary to earn the title of Diamond Medalist in one of the worlds most celebrated photography competitions. While they will be receiving this award at PPAs International Convention to be held February 2015 in Nashville, the real winners will be the clients who have commissioned the work!

The 26 photographers will be honored at the Award and Degree ceremony at Imaging USA, the longest-running international photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the world. The event dates back to 1880, when it began as the annual convention and tradeshow for Professional Photographers of America (PPA). More than 10,000 industry professionals will descend upon the Music City for three days of photography education and inspiration as well as some exclusive shopping.

Highlights of Imaging USA 2015 include the three-day Imaging Expo tradeshow, featuring more than 600 booths, giving photographers the exclusive opportunity to demo and purchase the latest products at discounted rates. The event also includes several all-inclusive parties and more than one hundred speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the photographic industry. Imaging USA also features mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and 10,000+ photographers to network with and create career-spanning relationshipsa real bonus for photographers, who typically work for themselves.

New to Imaging USA this year will be a new mobile app and game, extended viewing hours for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, a PPA Charities 5K and shoe drive, an opening night Super Bowl viewing party and a keynote presentation from acclaimed landscape photographer, Peter Lik, M.Photog.

PPA offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $ 27.92 a month. For everyone else, there are many different ways to experience Imaging USA, including but not limited to the full conference, a full conference plus pre-conference courses option, tradeshow only and off-site classes throughout the surrounding areas.

Visit for complete registration information and pricing options. And keep checking back for updates to the event schedule.

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Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists more than 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

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Chimani Launches Zion National Park App for iPhone and Android

Yarmouth, ME (PRWEB) June 21, 2011

Chimani, LLC announced today it has released its newest app – Chimani Zion National Park – for the iPhone and Android platforms.

The Zion National Park app, an indispensable resource for anyone exploring the 7th most visited national park in the United States, delivers a 45 minute audio tour of Zion Canyon, a high-resolution GPS-enabled map, constantly updated ranger led activities, over 75 photos and much more.

Users can view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, plan hikes, review key safety information, learn about over 250 points of interest and access a complete list of facilities including locations of all the restrooms, campgrounds and picnic areas in the park.

Like the Grand Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park apps that preceded it, the Zion app boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is custom-made, GPS-enabled, includes every hiking trail in the park, and displays interactive points of interest. Unlike other apps for the park, the map works without the need for a cell or data connection and is specifically designed for the mobile app platform.

“Visitors to national parks welcome the simple design of the app and how it so easily compliments their experience in the park,” says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan. “The Zion app is no different – its designed to offer an expanded understanding and appreciation of the beautiful that Zion National Park offers.

Users rave about the ability to follow their progress using the GPS feature, even when cell coverage fails or isn’t available at all. “Like all the features of this app, you don’t need cell access to unleash its full capabilities. Whether you are simply trying to find the closest restroom or taking the audio tour of the park (with over 45 minutes of professionally narrated material), you’ll always be able to enjoy the full experience of the app,” says Gallivan.

The new iPhone app can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Android version from the Android Marketplace (keyword: “chimani”). The iPhone app is free for a limited time and the Android version is available at an introductory price of 99 cents.

The Zion National Park app is the latest in a series of apps by Chimani, including Acadia National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore. All are available in Android versions as well as the original iPhone versions.

About Chimani

Chimani, LLC is the leading developer of mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android designed to help people explore our national parks. Apps launched to date include those for Acadia National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Soon to be released parks include Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information visit


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Explore the Asheville Art Crawl in October 2014 in one of the Best Mountain Art Towns in North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Mark the calendar and save the date! On October 3, 2014 is the next First Friday Art Walk in one of the best mountain towns in North Carolina. Participants can explore 25 downtown galleries, studios and museums all located with a half-mile radius. The gallery walks are a great way to explore downtown Asheville. Packed into a small area, folks will find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.

The city is one of the top arts destinations in the southeast, featuring hundreds of art galleries and working art studios. Downtown, visitors can stop by 30-plus galleries, or embark on one of the many Art Walks sponsored by the Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) throughout the year.

The following is a list of member galleries that make up the Downtown Asheville Art District:

American Folk Art & Framing 64 Biltmore Ave. 828-281-2134

ArtEtude Gallery 89 Patton Ave 828-252-1466

Ariel Gallery 19 Biltmore Ave. 828-236-2660

Asheville Art Museum 2 Pack Square 828-253-3227

Asheville Gallery of Art 16 College St. 828-251-5796

Bender Gallery 12 S Lexington Ave. 828-505-8341

Black Mountain College Museum 56 Broadway 828-350-8484

Blue Spiral 1 38 Biltmore Ave. 828-251-0202

Castell Photography 2-C Wilson Alley 828-255-1188

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design 67 Broadway Street 828-785-1357

Gallery Minerva 8 Biltmore Ave. 828-699-2787

The Haen Gallery 52 Biltmore Ave. 828-254-8577

Jewels That Dance 63 Haywood Street Alley. 828-254-5088

Mountain Made 1 Page Ave., Suite 123 828-236-2889

Susan Marie Design 4 Biltmore Ave. 828-277-1272

Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft 29 Biltmore Ave. 828-281-4044

Woolworth Walk 25 Haywood St. 828-254-9234

ZaPow 21 Battery Park Ave. 828-575-2024

Zest Gallery 16 Patton Ave. 828-254-2630

Just minutes away from Asheville neighborhoods, the River Arts District is home to an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional artists. There is art everywhere you look and you have many opportunities to see it. Many studios are open every day, all year round. Visitors are encouraged to come explore artist studios and watch while they work, or meet the artists and discuss the creative process.

Its never too late to appreciate art or to become an artist. Maya Angelou was in her 60s when her poetry and books became popular. And legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed his best films between the ages of 54 and 61. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, began successfully writing childrens books in his late 40s.

These days, baby boomers are huge supporters of various forms of art. Retirees enjoying the retirement lifestyle have plenty of time to enjoy browsing through art galleries either in places they visit, the River Arts District or at their own backyard. The surrounding Asheville neighborhoods can also be described as works of art. Biltmore Lake is no exception. Its located in the heart of Asheville and spread across 1,300 acres featuring a mix of architectural mountain home styles overlooking the lake. The Biltmore Lake hiking trail system has 4.2 miles of walking and biking trails that weave throughout this Western North Carolina lake community leading to parks, fishing piers and viewing areas. A fishing dock and kayak/canoe boathouse is lakeside at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse. The lake is stocked with bass for a day of catch and release fishing.

Southcliff is a gated Asheville neighborhood with long range layered mountain views. Six miles of groomed hiking trails lead to their beautiful community parks and well-designed outdoor living rooms. Southcliff is 400 acres in size and has almost 50% of the community’s acreage preserved as protected green space. Its amenities include a rustic tree house, children’s playgrounds, scenic overlooks, open-air pavilions and fire pits.

Lush woodlands and fresh mountain air greet residents upon their arrival to the The Ramble at Biltmore Forest. Its nestled in the fertile woodlands of Ducker Mountain and borders America’s Favorite Scenic Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Developed across 1,000 acres of curated forest, this Asheville neighborhood boasts some of the largest luxury home estates in the area. Longmeadow Park is the community’s largest park and is the setting of outdoor social events and concerts on the lawn. The stunning outdoor amphitheater and living room includes English formal gardens, open-air pavilion with restrooms, children’s playground, basketball court, multi-purpose field with soccer goals, and a hand-hewn stone fire pit.

Nature lovers may also be drawn to Reynolds Mountain. This gated mountain community located on the north side of Asheville offers luxury living while enjoying spectacular views of Asheville, the Grove Park Inn, the golf course of Country Club of Asheville, the sparkling waters of Beaver Lake and heart-stopping sunsets over downtown.

Asheville, North Carolina is an ideal place to live for families, retirees and most especially art lovers to admire beauty. Its small town friendliness and rich cultural happenings at the River Arts District provide the best of all worlds in one of the best mountain art towns in Western North Carolina.

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Animal Lovers Join Wildlife Internships and Volunteer Projects Abroad

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

International internships and volunteer abroad programs offer a unique opportunity to combine cultural experience with education. Participants not only gain work experience and language skills, but also enhance their global network and cultural intelligence. International volunteers and interns have the option to choose from a variety of work projects abroad, but the choice is made easy for animal lovers. Recent participants through report their experience helping wildlife projects abroad. In the attached video (, participants showcase this unforgettable experience of a lifetime working with animals abroad.

Wildlife Internships in the Amazon Rainforest

Tori Pollins, a California native and student of Natural Resources Conservation at the University of British Columbia, was considering wildlife internships abroad and eventually applied for a 3-month internship in the Amazon rainforest. Tori chose to intern through CrossContinental due primarily to their versatility and affordability.

The typical duties at wildlife projects abroad include: feeding animals, caring for sick animals, repairing enclosures, constructing enclosures, fishing, and cleaning. Before the internship even started, Tori shared, “I am really excited about going to the Amazon with CrossContinental to work on a wildlife internship. I am really passionate about the environment and animals.”

Benefits of International Internships

Such international internships enable individuals to experience other cultures while gaining valuable work experience and learning a second language. Upon successful completion of the internship, Tori said, “It gave me the opportunity to travel, learn more Spanish, and work with animals; the three things I am most passionate about.”

The Support Network and Cultural Experience

Speaking of the support network through CrossContinental, Tori comments, “Both my host family and my local coordinators were great! My home-stay mom made me feel very welcome and was very accommodating of my needs during my stay. Patricia (the local coordinator) made herself readily available by phone and checked in with me a few times to see how I was getting along at the center.”

Recognizing the effort of CrossContinental and the unique cultural experience they offer through their programs, Tori said, “I always felt supported and that I had the proper guidance, both before my departure and during my time in Ecuador. The people CrossContinental connected me with gave me an amazing cultural experience that I can never forget.” She added, “CrossContinental helped me connect with my dream of working in wildlife rescue.”

Wildlife Volunteer Projects in Africa

The sentiments are shared by another CrossContinental participant, Anouk Jans, from the Netherlands. Anouk, at the age of 17, enrolled in a gap year program to work with animals for 6 months in Africa. To get a taste of both urban and rural lifestyles, she spent 1 month at a city zoo and then 5 months at a monkey sanctuary in rural Africa. As a wildlife volunteer abroad, she cared for the needs of animals and also provided educational tours for visitors.

The personalized support offered by CrossContinental is essential to a successful volunteer abroad trip, as Anouk reports, I want to thank Cross-Continental for the great experience I had in Ghana. Its really something I will never forget.

These stories are just a few of animal projects abroad involving wildlife rescue or animal care-giving. Many other projects are available at dog shelters, animal welfare centers, animal hospitals, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries around the world. Whether ones goal is to earn school credit or express their love for animals, there are projects somewhere in the world that fit the bill.

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Cross-Continental Solutions provides affordable yet flexible international learning programs, including volunteer abroad, intern abroad, cultural immersion, language study, and gap year programs. International internships can even be taken for school credit. A large variety of work placement options are available such as: Teaching, Healthcare, Community Development, Business Coaching, HIV work, Care-giving, Orphanage Work, Journalism, Photography, Wildlife, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Microfinance, Tourism, Marketing, and more. Programs are available at many locations around the world, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. By living and working side by side with locals, participants gain an exceptional cross-cultural experience and the opportunity to truly make a difference. For more details, visit

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Pre-Med Students Gain Invaluable Experience from Medical Internships Abroad

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

On-the-job experience and volunteer hours make one stand out amongst the fierce competition for medical school or other graduate programs. Sadly, internship opportunities in hospitals are very limited in North America. However, pre-med university students Mika White and Tate Besougloff were able to find hands-on technical training in an actual hospital on their summer medical project abroad through

Technical Skills and Hands-on Experience Gained from Medical Internships AbroadMedical internships and volunteer programs organized by CrossContinental allow participants to work closely with hospital staff and truly experience the healthcare system in other parts of the world. Hailing from Boston, USA, Mika White joined the summer abroad program for 2 months to acquire work experience and volunteer hours. Upon returning, she shared, The hospital was a great place to get hands-on experience, and I was able to watch and do things that I would never have been able to in other cities and countries.

In addition to watching surgical operations and assisting in childbirths, the students typical duties involved giving injections & IVs, administrating medicines, and practicing the traditional Chinese medicine treatments of acupuncture and fire cupping. In the attached video (, the interns were able to showcase some of the new things they learned while in the hospital abroad.

The interns were not only able to shadow and learn while working closely with the doctors, they interacted freely with the local medical students as well. Virginia local, Tate Besougloff, recalls his medical internship in China saying, The most rewarding experience was getting to know the Chinese medical students, who spoke English well enough to communicate on a slightly more advanced level than the doctors.

Cultural Immersion during Medical Internships AbroadMedical internships abroad offered by Cross-Continental stand out in the industry due to their flexibility, affordability, and uniqueness. The programs are designed to allow a unique and unforgettable cultural immersion experience.

Working on a medical project in a Chinese hospital, a few hours away from Beijing, it is a great opportunity to truly immerse oneself in the real China. Mika reported, “Volunteering in Zhangjiakou brought me to an underdeveloped part of real China, which was a great experience in terms of cultural exposure.”

In a media dominated world where one is only exposed to certain aspects of any given place, it is truly hard to develop a deep understanding about individuals living on the other side of the world. While most medical students in developed countries rarely seek to step outside their comfort zone, Tate and Mike were able to gain valuable medical experience that not only gives them an edge in their medical studies, but also awards them memories to last a lifetime.

Praising the efforts of the organization, Mika had this to say: CrossContinental offers great programs in terms of flexibility volunteers can pick their arrival and departure time, their wok duration, and take weekend trips during their stay. The hospital work placement is also extremely open, and the director of the hospital allows volunteers to select our own departments to work in, as well as easily move from department to department. “

Having the satisfaction of providing assistance, while simultaneously gaining life altering experiences, are two of the most important things that international internships and volunteer abroad programs have to offer. Access free resources or plan a life-changing trip at


Cross-Continental Solutions provides affordable yet flexible international learning programs, including volunteer abroad, intern abroad, cultural immersion, language study, and gap year programs. International internships can even be taken for school credit. A large variety of work placement options are available such as: Teaching, Healthcare, Community Development, Business Coaching, HIV work, Care-giving, Orphanage Work, Journalism, Photography, Wildlife, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Microfinance, Tourism, Marketing, and more. Programs are available at many locations around the world, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. By living and working side by side with locals, participants gain an exceptional cross-cultural experience and the opportunity to truly make a difference. For more details, visit

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Got Geese? Start Controlling Them Now

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

The Canada goose is one of the most common North American pest birds, known for stubbornly returning to the same areas year after year. Populations of year-round resident geese have been exploding in recent years, while migratory birds add to their numbers seasonally.

In the United States, September marks the return of birds from Canada joining the resident flocks, and the problem gets worse as winter goes on. For this reason, Bird-X pest control experts recommend setting up goose prevention devices now when resident geese are no longer attached to their nests, and before new geese move in and get too comfortable. The key is prevention as early on as possible.

Canada geese are complex creatures with extremely sharp sensory capabilities in both hearing and vision. They follow instinctive cyclical behaviors throughout the year. Knowledge of these seasonal variations is essential to implementing successful strategies for long-term Canada goose control.

Because Canada geese are creatures of habit, once a habitat has been chosen they are known for returning year after year. They select areas that meet their needs; grassy areas and especially those with bodies of water, such as golf courses, corporate grounds, and hospital grounds provide these birds with everything they need. Grass itself serves as a nutritious food source, which is why these birds are so often found on lawns. By using a liquid aversion product such as Bird Stop to cover the lawns, birds find the grass no longer appetizing and will seek out grassy areas that taste better. This is the same product used by farmers to protect fruit; it is harmless and commonly used.

Geese also respond to sound technology, but recorded sounds need to be specific to their species (most bird callers are not made for geese). Dr. Philip Whitford, Ph.D., who has studied Canada geese for over 30 years, recorded the only documented natural recording of a Canada goose alarm call. Combined with the Canada goose alert call, these sounds were used to create the Bird-X GooseBuster. Tested by Dr. Whitford over many years, this is the most effective, continuously relied upon goose control product available on the market today.

Visual decoys can also be beneficial, especially when combined with the tactics mentioned above (by creating a multi-sensory attack and making an area as unwelcoming as possible, geese are far less likely to get very comfortable). When placed on property early in the season, freshly returning geese will quickly see that predators have moved into their territory, think this area is not safe, and will move on.

General bird control means the clean-up of any bird mess (feather, droppings, and any remaining nests), as birds look for these markings to recognize safe territory. This is also just good housekeeping, and any responsible building owner, facility manager, or landscaper should be doing this anyway, since bird feces can carry disease, fungus, and other potentially dangerous materials. Geese themselves can be dangerous to humans as they are prone to attack, especially if they are allowed to nest. Furthermore, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 prevents the removal of geese when they are actively nesting until the goslings are old enough to move on safely; therefore prevention is in anyones best interest.

By installing goose control methods now, the risk of a larger goose problem later is greatly reduced. Once nesting starts in later winter and early spring, geese are much more challenging to move; the best opportunity to start a program is now in late summer and early Fall, when adults have recovered from their molt and goslings are capable of leaving.

Bird-X, Inc. is the leading international brand of bird control products since 1964, and is dedicated to protecting human health, wildlife and the environment in which we all live. The Chicago-based company manufactures a complete line of unique pest control products with an unmatched focus on quality, efficacy, and customer service.

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Largest Photography Show in North America Lets Consumers Try Latest Gadgets, Learn How to Take Better Pictures

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2014

Photography and filmmaking have become more mainstream than ever a record number of people are now using mobile phones to take and share images and this number will only get bigger. Recognizing this, PDNs 2014 PhotoPlus Expo will host several seminars and free presentations on Saturday November 1st for people who want to enhance their skill sets and make the most out of the technology they use.

The largest photography show in North America, PhotoPlus Expo is home to more than 225 exhibitors who will be displaying the latest in photo, video, and mobile imaging technologies. On Saturday, November 1, photography lovers of all levels are invited to the Javits Center to experiment with the latest imaging technologies, explore awe-inspiring photo galleries, and learn from world-class professionals about how to take better photos and videos from any imaging device. Admission to PhotoPlus Expo is free by registering online through October 28th.

Between conference seminars and show-floor presentations, Ben Folds the multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer will give the final keynote presentation from 12:30-1:30 p.m. performing several of his songs and sharing his experiences as a successful performer and how he fell in love with photography. Folds will share not only his music, but several of his images, explain how photography has become a creative extension of his musical art, and discuss how anyone can create an art of their own with photography and video. Tickets are $ 15 online and $ 20 on site. Admission to the keynote is included with the purchase of any PhotoPlus conference seminar pass.

Mobile technology has let people define and share their lives in an unprecedented way. Communities have formed around image sharing and that is what PhotoPlus wants to help nurture, explains Lauren Wendle, vice president/publisher of PDN and the Photo+ group. Our educational classes gives everyone opportunities to explore new and creative ways making images and/or video even more interesting and exciting. Saturdays seminars are focused on consumer interests ranging from secrets to taking great travel photos to tips for taking better action shots with a smartphone.

Seventeen conference seminars will be held on Saturday, November 1, each presented by some of the biggest names in the photo industry. For those who want to roam the floor, several booths will be hosting dynamic presentations and lectures at the Photography and In Motion Filmmaking Theatres; admission to the both Theatres will be included for those who register for an Expo Pass, free of charge before October 28. Conference seminars include:

Top Ten Secrets to Great Travel Photographs

(Saturday, November 1 10:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.)

In this visually stunning presentation, Andy Katz will show you how to use the available light in your travels to produce breathtaking images. Learn how to find the best light in any environment, what to look for and what to avoid, and how to choose the best places and times to shoot. Katz will also discuss the best ways to approach subjects. Finally, he’ll share his top ten secrets for getting powerful travel photos every time. This session is ideal for those looking to take their travel photos from good to great or from great to extraordinary. Sponsored by Sony

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Mobile Device

(Saturday November 1 2:00 pm. -4:00 p.m.)

Mobile phones have become a valuable creative tool that allows us to explore, capture, and create photos and videos in a fun and easy manner. During this presentation a panel of experts will share new and creative ways to photograph with your smartphone, how to use a variety of imaging applications to process panoramas and collages, and to apply numerous creative effects for stunning results you cant wait to share with the world. The panelists will offer tips about the latest shooting and creative apps and address how to process and publish images meeting the highest visual standards.

Earth is My Witness

(Saturday November 1 2:00 pm. -4:00 p.m.)

Nature photographer Art Wolfe’s definitive opus, Earth Is My Witness, represents forty years of expeditionary photography. For the first time, Wolfe presents the three subjects at the heart of his worklandscapes, wildlife, and cultures on the edge of extinctionin a single masterpiece that takes us through the world’s ecosystems and geographical regions in a vivid display of the fragility and interconnectivity of life on Earth, while simultaneously exploring his evolution as an artist and the techniques he uses to capture the nuances and rhythms of nature. Sponsored by Leica

More than 225 Exhibitors

(Saturday, November 1 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.))

Beyond the extensive list of seminars lies an entire seventy-five thousand square foot expo show floor where the latest imaging devices and accessories from more than 225 exhibitors and presenters will be demonstrated, including Adobe, Canon, Epson, Fujifilm, Hasselblad Bron, Leica, Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon, Sigma, Sony and Tamron among many others. Beyond the latest camera and printing technologies and software, consumers will see drones designed for photos systems.

Consumers are encouraged to register online in advance as admission to the expo is free. Alternatively, registration onsite for the expo costs $ 70 per person. All seminars that are part of the conference program cost $ 99 each if purchased online in advance or $ 149 each if purchased onsite. A one-day conference seminar pass costs $ 199 for unlimited access to seminars, including the keynote presentation that day, if purchased online in advance or $ 249 if purchased onsite.

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Barbara has been a photographer since she was in grammer school. Over the years she has used 35 mm Nikon cameras, 4x5 and 11x14 studio cameras, Hasselblads, and now Nikon digital cameras. She loves them all.

At one time Barbara was a portrait photographer with a studio in Princeton, NJ and Hopewell, NJ. Her focus is now on birds and animals. Of course, she still does the occasional portrait.

Over the years Barbara has studied with many well known photographers, including Philippe Halsman and Lisette Model.

All of Barbara's photographs are available for purchase as prints or downloads.