In India, indigenous youths are filming their own forests and communities

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta RUPA, India — When Tallo Anthony joined the local forest department in 2011 as a computer operator after finishing high school, it wasn’t because he particularly liked computers. Nor did he have much interest in forests or wildlife. “I joined only because I was looking for a job,” he says.In fact, despite having grown up in Rupa, a town just some 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the stunning Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Anthony knew very little about the forests surrounding his home. He was content with having secured a job that gave him a stable income. This was important because he wanted to support his mother, who had singlehandedly raised him and his three siblings since his father passed away in 2008. His desire to help take care of his family was also why he hadn’t been able to pursue what he actually wanted to learn: photography and filmmaking.Anthony, who belongs to the Apatani tribe, kept his interest in filming alive by watching YouTube videos. “I learned about cameras, what it means to edit, how to edit, and so on, through online videos,” he says. “I even downloaded an editing software on my computer. I would go to the office during the day and practice editing at night.” Often this meant leaving the videos to render through the night, a process that would take several hours, interrupted frequently by power cuts.Juggling between his office duties and night-edited passion projects, little did Anthony know that he would soon become a celebrated name in the region.Tallo Anthony began learning about photography via YouTube videos. Image courtesy of Tallo Anthony.The opportunityIt started with a nature camp that Anthony was invited to observe a few months after joining the forest department. The camp, held near Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and organized in part by the forest department, was meant to expose local schoolchildren to the biodiversity around them. It stirred Anthony’s interest in forests and wildlife, too.  “It was then that I saw that there’s such a beautiful forest near Rupa,” he says.It was also at the camp that Anthony first met Millo Tasser, a young forest officer who, the following year, would go on to head the Shergaon Forest Division, where Anthony worked. “Millo sir saw that I was taking pictures on my phone, so he understood that I’m interested in photography,” Anthony says. “Since then whenever there was a nature camp in Eaglenest, he would call me to take pictures.”For three years, Anthony split his time between his office duties, studying for a bachelor’s degree in arts that he was trying to complete through a distance-learning course, and his video projects. In 2015, his passion received a significant boost.Seeing that Anthony was talented, and interested in conservation, Tasser pointed him to Greenhub, a project that had recently been launched in the city of Tezpur in neighboring Assam state. Greenhub is a collaboration between Dusty Foot Productions, a New Delhi-based media company focused on wildlife and environment films, and the North East Network, a women’s rights NGO based in the city of Guwahati, Assam. The project was looking to train youths from India’s northeast region to use video as a tool to understand and document the area’s biodiversity and communities. And that year, Greenhub had put out its first call for applications. Anthony, encouraged and supported by Tasser, applied. Two interviews later, he was one of the 20 people selected for a year-long fellowship.Today, Anthony, 27, is one of Greenhub’s most exceptional fellows, says the project’s director, Rita Banerji, a wildlife filmmaker who’s worked in the northeast region for several decades.“One thing is that he had done a lot of his own learning from YouTube,” Banerji says. “So we can’t take the credit for everything. But we were able to guide him to enhance his skills.”For many of the fellows, though, Greenhub’s program presents their first foray into the world of filmmaking.Making young filmmakersThat’s the case for 21-year-old Shaleena Phinya. Phinya lives in Singchung, the main village of the Bugun tribe, one of the indigenous communities living around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Part of the latest Greenhub batch, Phinya is the first woman from the Bugun tribe to venture into wildlife filmmaking.“From the Greenhub point of view, she’s a very, very important fellow because she can change perspectives about women in the field within her community,” Banerji says.In fact, Tasser says they had to literally go door-to-door in Singchung to look for this year’s Greenhub candidates. “The patrolling team boys of the Bugun community reserve, who are all from Singchung, helped us find Shaleena,” he says. Researchers working around Eaglenest then helped Phinya prepare for the interview, and they continue to mentor her even now.As for Phinya, honing her video skills in Eaglenest has proved exciting in many ways. Just last month, she encountered a lone elephant while traveling through Eaglenest by motorbike with two members of the patrol team. The elephant, visibly spooked, let off a loud trumpet, while Phinya and the boys dropped their bikes and ran for cover, spending the rest of the evening hidden by the side of the road until help reached them after midnight.Shaleena Phinya is the first woman from the Bugun community to venture into wildlife filmmaking. Image courtesy of Shaleena Phinya.Like Phinya, all Greenhub fellows are exposed to practical training right from the start. They spend the first three months learning photography, videography, editing, storytelling, and sound-design skills from some of India’s noted filmmakers and photographers. They then spend the remaining months of their fellowship interning with different organizations and creating short documentary-style films, for a monthly stipend of 4,000 rupees ($54).The process goes something like this: The fellows go to the field site of the organizations they are interning with; they shoot footage for a few weeks or a month; then they return to Greenhub where mentors help them edit their material. They repeat the cycle several times over the course of around nine months.“We go through their entire footage to see how they are shooting,” Banerji says. “Only when they edit do they realize the mistakes they are making, and it is through the editing process that they understand the issue they’ve been shooting much better.”Greenhub fellows have created films on a wide range of subjects. There have been films on threatened wildlife species found in the northeast, such as the pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), a critically endangered species found only in Assam, and the vulnerable black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) that winters in Zemithang, Arunachal Pradesh, and is considered sacred by the Monpa community. There have also been documentaries on saving traditional millets, reviving traditional music and dance, the practice of cultivating fish in rice fields, and examples of community-led conservation initiatives, among others.During his time at Greenhub, Anthony, too, worked on a range of topics.“I was lucky,” Anthony says. “Usually, most fellows intern with just one organization, but I ended up working with many different organizations, where I got to see what conservation actions on the ground actually look like. I also met a lot of people during the course of my internship and built a network.”In October 2015, Anthony went back to Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary for yet another nature camp for schoolkids conducted by the forest department and the Bugun Welfare Society, an NGO run by members of the Bugun tribe living near the sanctuary. This time, Anthony was listed as the official photographer. And this time, the video he made showcasing the activities at the camp won him a Young Achiever Award at the Woodpecker International Film Festival held in New Delhi in 2016.“I had gone to the film festival for the experience and good food, but when they called my name, I was very surprised,” Anthony says. It was only when the news of his award made it into the local newspapers in Arunachal Pradesh and was shared via WhatsApp that his mother realized that what her son had achieved was no small feat.“Even then my mother called me and scolded me for wearing a T-shirt to the stage. She said, ‘you should’ve worn better clothes,’” Anthony says while trying to stifle his laughter.Since graduating from Greenhub, Anthony has added several feathers to his cap. He was invited as a speaker at Nature inFocus, an annual nature and wildlife photography festival held in Bengaluru, the southern Indian city previously known as Bangalore, in 2016. This year, he was recognized by the government of Arunachal Pradesh for being a prominent young achiever in the state.Tallo Anthony was recently felicitated by the Arunachal Pradesh government. Image courtesy of Tallo Anthony.Anthony has also teamed up with three other youths from his batch at Greenhub, one each from the states of Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya, with whom he has formed a group called Genesis4northeast. In 2017, the team won an award for making the best tourism film of the year at a tourism festival in Arunachal Pradesh. And this year, they wrapped up a film on the Bugun liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum), an extremely rare bird found only around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary on land governed by the Bugun tribe.Commissions for wildlife-related films have, however, been few and far between. “It’s only when we get some projects from the forest department or conservation NGOs that we get to make conservation-related films,” Anthony says. “For now, I’ve been doing mostly promotional tourism videos, or cultural videos featuring traditional festivals in the state.”Anthony no longer works for the forest department, but continues to document the nature camp near Eaglenest every year. “He is an asset to the department,” Tasser says. “I keep reminding him that he should always do his bit to spread the message of conservation through his medium.”Genesis4northeast won an award for their tourism film. Image courtesy of Tallo Anthony.Empowering indigenous youthsThat’s Greenhub’s ultimate goal, too.Banerji acknowledges that not every Greenhub fellow will become a filmmaker. But at the end of it all, the Greenhub network should forward conservation and social change, she says.Two Greenhub fellows are, for instance, working in Delhi with a web channel called Hind Kisan that covers rural India. In Mizoram state’s Dampa Tiger Reserve, fellow Zakhuma, a forest guard from a Mizo indigenous group, has made a film documenting Dampa’s biodiversity and threats, including the challenges of patrolling a park that shares an international border with Bangladesh. Similarly, Greenhub fellows Chandan Patro and Paro Natung, both anti-poaching staff at Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, have made films showcasing the park through the eyes of the people who patrol it.Sital Dako, a field assistant with a research organization in Pakke, too, films the forest and villages surrounding the tiger reserve. Dako, who, like Natung, belongs to the Nyishi tribe, is one of the few female Greenhub fellows along with Shaleena Phinya of Singchung.Phinya, despite her encounters with elephants, says she isn’t afraid to go into the forest; she usually goes with the patrol team and she feels safe. What irks her, though, is when people say she shouldn’t be out in the field simply because she’s a woman. “My family doesn’t say much, but other people do,” Phinya says.At the same time, Phinya can see other young women and men from her village wanting to know more about her work. “One of my cousins, for example, now wants to do the Greenhub course,” she says.Banerji says her organization gets 30 to 40 applications from women every year, which is encouraging. Two out of 20 seats in every batch are reserved for women, while more female candidates are always welcome, she adds. The Greenhub project is also very selective in choosing its fellows: it prefers people who live in remote areas, don’t have access to technology, and can’t afford to but are interested in and committed to using video as a tool for conservation.Video showcasing highlights from the Greenhub Project. Video courtesy of Greenhub.The project’s ultimate goal is to empower the youths from India’s northeast so they see the value in the natural resources around them. And video is a powerful tool to achieve that.Banerji also hopes eventually to use the videos that the fellows make to create a digital library of biodiversity-related footage from the northeast. “For example, if someone coming to the northeast wants to look at butterflies, we will have a systematized footage on butterflies that’s easily accessible to people,” she says. But with only three batches of Greenhub fellows having graduated so far, this will take time to achieve.Anthony, too, is taking baby steps at the moment. Since filmmaking and photography equipment is expensive, he’s been working on smaller projects and using the money from those to buy more equipment — although Greenhub does provide filming and editing gear at a subsidized rate for its alumni.“When a client’s paying you good money, they expect good quality, but I don’t have very good equipment to take on such big projects right now,” he says. “When I have the necessary equipment, I’ll approach bigger clients for bigger projects.”Banerji, who invited Anthony as one of the instructors for this year’s Greenhub batch, thinks he should also work on films that he really wants to do.“Anthony is very good at his craft, he’s very good with people, and he has the ability to tell good stories,” she says. “Maybe it will take one or two more years before he can take out the time and get funding for a film that he’s been wanting to do for a long time. But he should. He’s a very special guy.”Banner image of Tallo Anthony courtesy of Tallo Anthony.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Featured, Film, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests, Videos, Wildlife In India’s northeast, the Greenhub project is empowering indigenous youths to use video as a tool to forward forest conservation and social change.Tallo Anthony, from the project’s first batch, has been one of the most successful participants, winning several awards.The project strives to empower people living in remote areas of India’s northeast region, who don’t have access to technology and can’t afford to but are interested in and committed to using video as a tool for conservation.Greenhub also encourages women to participate, with two out of 20 seats in every batch reserved for women, and more female candidates welcome. 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Casino Operations Manager Dies in Wreck on Balsam

first_imgA Canton man died in a car accident in the Balsam area on Friday morning.Aaron Lee Snider, 32, died after he lost control of his vehicle while traveling west on US 23 around 9:10 a.m. Snider crossed over the concrete median into the eastbound lane and collided with another car.  Barbara Frischholz, 67, of Bryson City, was transported to Mission Hospital with injuries that included broken bones and bruises.A cause for the accident has yet to be determined.Snider was employed with Harrah’s Valley River Casino in Murphy as a casino operations manager.last_img read more

Marshfield swimmers pull away from Rapids

first_imgBy John KemmeterWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield High School boys swimming team won 121-48 over Wisconsin Rapids at Lincoln High School on Dec. 5.Myles Jensen won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, and Kyle Berres won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke to lead Marshfield, while Ethan Dagit won the 50 freestyle, Sander Marty won the 100 butterfly and Dane Tollefson won the 100 freestyle.Kyle Berres, Jensen, Jeffrey Berres and Dagit also teamed up to win the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay; and Tollefson, Matthew Gronski, Marty and Cole Hanson joined forces to win the 200 freestyle relay for the Tigers.Jackson Meyer (200 IM), Simon O’Day (50 freestyle), Matthew O’Connor (100 freestyle) and Adam Price (500 freestyle) each placed second to lead Rapids, which also had second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.last_img read more

Making a Copycat Site? At Least Copy an Idea That’s Working

first_imgRelated Posts As the old saying goes, lightning never strikes twice. For some entrepreneurs that saying doesn’t hold water and they strike it rich time and again, but rarely with the same business. When Alex Tew came up with the seemingly silly idea to sell pixels for $1 each in 2005, most people thought he was nuts. But sure enough, a little over 4 months later Million Dollar Homepage had indeed racked up over $1 million in sales. A flood of copycat sites appeared, but most failed. Lightning didn’t strike twice.Undeterred, Tew launched his second venture, Pixelotto last December. The idea was basically the same with a slight change: pixels would cost $2, and half of the two million dollars the site expected to raise would be given to one lucky visitor (while 5% would go to a charity of the winners choice). Pixelotto got off to a good start, raising over $100,000 in the first few days, but sales have since basically stalled. The prize fund has only advanced $15,000 in the past six and a half months and it seems unlikely that Tew will reach his goal of a $1 million prize by year’s end (the pot sits at $152,000 right now).Likely, the first couple of weeks of torrid sales at Pixelotto were due to Tew’s earlier fame as the progenitor of the pixel sales idea. And yet, the copycats persist, even as Tew himself can’t make the idea work this time around.A couple of days ago I came across a site called Blog For A Year. The idea behind the site is that bloggers sign up, donate to a prize fund, and then get people to vote for them. At the end of the year, the blogger with the most votes gets half the prize pool as payment to write their blog full time for a year. (Sounds like a twist on something familiar, eh?)Alex Tew himself can’t seem to replicate the success of Million Dollar Homepage.The site was launched on July 1st, and already has $1,762 in their blogger fund (I’m not sure if that’s the prize amount or the amount that will be cut in half). 149 bloggers have entered and over 45,000 votes have already been cast. Impressive numbers for a 5 day old site, to be sure, but there are some flaws with the design of their contest that makes me highly skeptical that they’ll ever reach their stated goal of $160,000 raised in the next six months.The first is that they rely on donations. That’s donations, not entry fees. This is likely to get around some tricky legal issues, but it means that anyone can enter and accumulate votes without putting something into the prize pool. The field might grow, the competition might get stiffer, and the prize might never get bigger. That is not a great selling point for getting people to pony up some cash when they enter. The second flaw I see is that they’re picking the winner based on votes. So the closer you get to the end of the contest (either when they raise $160,000 or January 1, 2008), the more disadvantaged late entrants will be, because they’ll have less and less time to catch up to the established leaders. This will likely leads to a progressive slow down in the number of entries and donations as the contest goes forward.ConclusionSo what conclusion can we draw from this? Please, some originality people. Lightning never rarely strikes twice. Copycat ideas can sometimes be successful, but they’ll almost never equal the success of the original. And copying generally unsuccessful ideas (not that Pixelotto hasn’t made an impressive amount of money, but it won’t live up to its stated goals), just doesn’t seem like a good way to spend your time. If you do feel the need to borrow an idea, you should definitely make changes and try to innovate and push the concept in new directions. But if you do, you should do so to ensure a greater chance of success, not the other way around. josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#web last_img read more

Kevin Rose: New Digg Search Destroys the Old Stuff

first_imgFor discovering new content and participating in an active community, Digg is awesome. But, everyone who has used the service for a while knows that Digg search has been mediocre at best, returning different results from one day to the next. All that has changed today with the just-announced Digg Search overhaul. Designed by (in Kevin’s words) pretty bad ass engineers, the new search takes in to account a lot of under-the-hood Digg mechanics when selecting what results to show you, while simultaneously improving the user interface and usability.There are numerous improvements in all areas of Digg Search. The biggest improvement, hinted at by Digg’s own post title, is that it no longer sucks. Search results will be more reliable. General terms will give you more relevant content, and more targeted searches (using quotes around an exact match and a minus sign in front of a word you want to exlude) are now supported. Search results can be further refined by choosing to weight by Digg count, age, categorical topic and more. New shortcuts are supported, for example +u will only return stories marked ‘upcoming.’ Additionally, searches on particular domains (we suggest this search, illustrated below) gives most priority to stories from that domain. With these changes, the strength of using the available search result-generated RSS feeds has also improved. Now, you have greater flexibility to get just the items you are interested in from in a search result, and consequently, in your feed reader. If you are an information junkie like we are, you know that leveraging some time getting the perfect search result locked in to an RSS feed is huge, and it can make the difference between continuously sifting through noise and every story being one that is important to you.Frankly, we think Digg’s work on search is simply tremendous. Although it does not rely on search to remain immensely popular, its now leverages that popularity to return results that are relevant and useful sliced any number of different ways. A great job on a core part of Digg’s infrastructure that has been overlooked for too long. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#search#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… phil glockner 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea ace Kante: Do I cheat at cards? Well…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace N’Golo Kante insists his reputation of being a card shark is overblown!Kante has been mercilessly teased for the way he plays cards when away with the France squad.But the World Cup winner has joked the accusations are unfair.”On cards, when you’re in complicated situations, you use little strategies and that’s what I did from time to time. That’s why I was called a cheater,” said Kante.”They are not entirely right because I’m not the only one to have done it but they are not wrong…” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoFenerbahce rival Caen for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabate

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fenerbahce rival Caen for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Leicester City striker Fousseni Diabate is heating up.Caen are keen to set up a loan deal for the 23 year-old next month.However, Le 10 Sport says Caen face competition from Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Diabate.Like Caen, Fener are eager to discuss a loan deal with Leicester for Diabate.The forward joined the Foxes a year ago from Ajaccio. last_img read more

Jamaica Customs Reminds Customers to Desist from Abusing Customs Officials

first_imgThe Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is reminding passengers, importers and anyone who does business with the Agency to desist from behaving in a disorderly manner, verbally abusing or physically harming, or obstructing a Customs Official in carrying out official duties, as they may be liable for prosecution.This reminder comes against the background of a recent incident, which took place at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston, involving the assault of a Customs Official by two females, following the assessment of Customs duty. The assessment was calculated after one of the females, exceeded her US$500.00 duty-free allowance, an entitlement given to all passengers eighteen years and older. In this regard, her other items would be subject to Customs duty.The two females were subsequently charged for ‘Obstructing a Customs Officer’, ‘Assaulting a Constable’, ‘Disorderly Behaviour’, and ‘Using Indecent Language’ and appeared before the Kingston & St. Andrew Parish Court. The Defendants pleaded guilty to three (3) offences and were each fined, $100,000.00 or three (3) months imprisonment for Obstructing a Constable, and $10,000.00 or thirty (30) days imprisonment for Disorderly Behaviour.The JCA takes this opportunity to encourage persons to use peaceful means to resolve differences and reminds our customers that, should a disagreement arise as to the assessment of any Customs duty or charges, a request may be made for a re-assessment by a Supervisor. If they are dissatisfied with the re-assessment of the Supervisor, the JCA encourages the use of the Appeals Process through our Valuation and Verification Unit located at our head office – Myers’ Wharf, Newport East, Kingston.We thank all our customers for their business and look forward to their cooperation.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighbourhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own.Mama Java Coffee, an online coffee retailer, is joining with seven other online businesses that cater to mothers to offer a joint discount. A shopper spending $40 at any of the companies on Small Business Saturday will get $10 off purchases at the other seven. Kim Roman, owner of Mama Java Coffee, says the group, which will market the event on Instagram and other social media, came up with the idea just a few weeks ago.“We were chatting about ways to be unique and help promote each other,” she says.Many communal Small Business Saturday events have grown to the point where they’re organized by local chambers of commerce and community business organizations that have big marketing budgets. About 200 indie retailers throughout Portland, Oregon, are banding together in a marketing effort called Shop Little Boxes that will run from Friday through Sunday. The stores are offering discounts, many of them 10 per cent, and shoppers get raffle ticket numbers for each visit and purchase they make. Shop Little Boxes has a smartphone app that shoppers can use to find participating stores and to register their raffle ticket numbers.Retailers say they do see sales blip up during Small Business Saturday, but their aim is also to remind shoppers that they are there year-round.The event in Henderson, Nevada, like many others, is aimed at fostering goodwill; Shop Small Henderson will be a five-hour block party with activities for children. Parents may not be able to do much shopping during such events, but owners say they do return to shop after the party is over.Landlords also sponsor Small Business Saturday events at their developments. Pier Village, a residential complex in Long Branch, New Jersey, has about 30 retail tenants, and many will be taking part in a communal Small Business Saturday event.Some of the events aim at giving craft makers and artisans a place to sell their creations; about a dozen craft makers will take part in a pop-up event at Broadway Market, a retail complex in Seattle. And some companies with surplus space are inviting small vendors to set up shop on their premises — in Elmhurst, Illinois, Brewpoint Coffee is hosting small retailers in its roastery._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Museum curator responds to concerns raised by PRRD Board

first_imgAmong the issues, Fraser said that the Museum’s curator Dr. Lisa Buckley was exploring other locations to have the museum’s fossils moved to in case the museum were to once again lose its funding, and that the TRMF had denied UNESCO evaluators and Geopark Society members access to one of its paleontological digs.Dr. Buckley said during an interview this week that her chief responsibility with the museum is to ensure that the fossils – which are in fact the property of the B.C. Government – are stored in a proper place for safekeeping.She said that due to the museum’s ongoing funding woes – which began in March – if the museum were to close its doors once again the fossils might not be stored in a proper place.“Any collection, whether it’s a fossil collection, or a collection of bugs in jars, or pickled fish in jars, if those natural history collections lose financial support and their ability to remain in an area, they become what’s termed an ‘orphaned’ collection,” said Dr. Buckley. “It’s not like storing rocks in a garage. These are heritage items and they do need specialized care. With that care comes a building to put them in, paying people to actually look after them and to manage all of the records that are associated to them, and to monitor tham and make sure nothing horrible happens to them in their cabinets. There’s a lot that goes into the preservation of our natural history collections. It’s not just like putting ceramic things on a fireplace mantlepiece. Even though they are fossils and have a lot of rock in them, they’re still subject to degradation.”She said that the provincial government has strict regulations on how fossils are cared for and managed under the Fossil Management Framework, which was implemented in 2005.Dr. Buckley also gave a reason for the Museum Foundation denying UNESCO evaluators and Geopark Society members access to one of its paleontological digs, saying that the cancellation was given on short notice, and because the dig in question is of critical scientific importance as it is so far the only tyrannosaur trackway discovered anywhere on Earth.“We did get very short notice to arrange a trip to the site, which is in a remote location and it does take a lot of time – more than a couple of days – to get a site ready for visitation. So, the logistics just weren’t going to work out in the timeframe that were notified with. As far as we know, the Geopark Society knew months in advance that the advisors were coming in. We had a week’s notice, so that’s not really enough time to properly prepare a site.”Dr. Buckley said, however, that the chief reason for the denial was due to the museum restricting access to its scientifically-important fossil localities to paleontologists and students. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The curator of the Tumbler Ridge Museum and executive director of the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre has responded to several concerns raised by the Peace River Regional District Board at a meeting last week.At a meeting last Thursday, the PRRD Board voted in favour of a resolution from Director Rob Fraser for the Regional District to seek clarification from the Museum Foundation and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Board about a meeting held on July 20th.Fraser, who was at that meeting as a representative of the PRRD, said he heard several things that caused him to become concerned. She added that the restriction had been put in place prior to the museum knowing about the visit.“These are people who we know work with very sensitive location data, and we know that they are bound by the same ethics and sense of responsibility when it comes to not disclosing that just because it’s a cool site and they want to take other people to it. This is a very, very sensitive location. It’s difficult to get to, but once you know where it is, it’s easy to find again. It’s also physically sensitive. The rock that the footprints are on is very unstable.”She explained that as a paleontologist, she wanted to ensure that as few members of the general public know the location of the site, due both to its rarity and also due to other fossil sites being vandalized in the past.“Every fossil footprint site that we’ve opened to the public has been vandalized or has had specimens stolen from it. So, this is a very real concern that we face when we make a decision to open a site to the general public.”last_img read more