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Re: Tips For Talking to the Press?

Subject: Re: Tips For Talking to the Press?
From: madl74
Date: Mon Jun 2, 2014 6:04 am ((PDT))
I did put a prominent smiley in my email. The very idea of a "Las Vegas 
environmental reporter" makes me smile. If that isn't a non-sequitor, what 

If I found myself in Vegas, I would be searching for the quickest way out, 
so what would I say to the readers of a Vegas journal? What happened to the 
desert wildlife before man deleted it in favour of a highly carbon-emitting 
artificial culture? 

What I would try to do is to take the reader's hand metaphorically and show 
them that there are remnants of a natural world still out there which is not 
noise polluted and where wildlife has lived for millions of years until now. 

Man made noise annoys us recordists, but it also disrupts animal 
communication. One example is long distance LF sounds from whales which 
travel for tens or even hundreds of miles but are now masked by ship noises. 
Birds sing more loudly in town than in the country. 

Last night on BBC TV "I Bought a Rainforest", a wildlife cameraman 
discovered he had actually bought 100 acres of coca plantation, and met the 
illegal planter. The trees he had fondly hoped to preserve had been felled 
and the wildlife had gone. The family working the coca had no other income 
and in any case the area was controlled by armed bandits. 

In one sequence, a remnant mahogany tree loaded with wildlife, including 
three times as many frog species as in the whole of the UK, was legally cut 
down to be sold to the UK to make luxury furniture. 

Destruction of habitat is a one way process, so perhaps the most important 
"why" question about recording wildlife is to at least preserve the sounds 
of the wild as they once were. 

Too preachy? :-) 

David Brinicombe 

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