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Good forecasts gets pilots flying

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:43
February ended with a great soaring day (for the time of year) and several soaring flights and cross countries by J1M and AJ (BIC-DID) and observations that the task was set too small!

Today's forecast NWly and unstable airmass promised some flying on the ridge and the prospect of a good soarable sky. AJ, EN and J1M set off for the ridge but quickly realised the sky was looking too good to stay there and set off X/C - not sure where they got to, maybe the ladder will reveal?


Rolf bashing the ridgeRolf decided he wanted to have a look at the ridge and set off in KCZ for an hour or so before climbing in a thermal to get the height to get home.  
Busy sky
Finally late in the day John H set off for some soaring under a sky that still looked good at 16:00.

John H climbing late in the day
Categories: Gliding

National Geographic and YETi CGI to Develop Interactive Puzzle Game for Web and Mobile Platforms

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 18:44

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2015)—National Geographic has signed game design and development studio YETi CGI to a multiyear licensing agreement to create and launch a new branded, interactive puzzle game for kids for use on Web and mobile platforms.

“National Geographic Puzzle Explorer” will encourage critical thinking and basic problem solving skills as it teaches children to design and build interactive puzzles through colorful graphics and imaginative game play. Through creative use of National Geographic images and content, users are encouraged to travel the globe, unlocking new locations and experiences.

The game will be released later this year and will be available on the Web, iOS and Android devices. Visit YETi at GDC Play (Moscone Center, San Francisco, March 2-6, 2015), Booth PL 601.

“YETi is thrilled to partner with National Geographic to bring interactive education to a global audience through an engaging digital media experience,” said Ward Makielski, president of YETi CGI. “Access to National Geographic’s world-class content and expertise has given us a unique opportunity to deliver fun and meaningful learning while working with a well-respected and recognizable brand.”

“‘National Geographic Puzzle Explorer’ will integrate National Geographic’s award-winning photography with our own explorers’ narratives to create a completely unique and customizable experience for its users,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of Brand Licensing for North America. “YETi has a great track record of creating fun, compelling games for kids that are both thoughtful and entertaining.”

National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of this product will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

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About YETi

Focusing on the intersection of technology, games, and education, YETi CGI approaches emerging technology with a unique gamification mindset to develop new ways of engaging and growing audiences.

About National Geographic

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition Swings into National Geographic Museum May 14

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:31

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2015)—The beloved character of Indiana Jones and his adventures in search of the ancient past have inspired audiences around the world for over 30 years. These stories, many based on actual archaeological figures and sites around the world, playfully capture National Geographic’s spirit of exploration and provide the perfect platform to talk about real archaeologists and what they do. Opening at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C, on Thursday, May 14, Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology offers a redefined, modern exhibition experience with a combination of Hollywood magic, history and science. The innovative exhibition, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, features an extensive collection of original Indiana Jones film materials from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, along with photography, video and stories from the National Geographic Society and impressive artifacts from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), one of the greatest archaeology museums in the world.

Indiana Jones made archaeology cool for an entire generation and influenced countless scientists to go into this field,” said National Geographic’s vice president of exhibitions, Kathryn Keane. “National Geographic has supported and reported on the work of real Indiana Joneses for over 100 years. This is a great opportunity to talk about some of the fascinating stories from our own past and hopefully inspire a few future Indys.”

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology invites museum visitors on a multimedia adventure, immersed in the exciting world of Doctor Jones. Visitors will use an interactive, handheld device with an audio greeting from Harrison Ford and comprehensive educational content, photos and videos, which will guide them on the “Indy Trail” and through various archaeological zones. The exhibit features a vast, exclusive collection of original Indy props, models, concept art and costumes as well as a wealth of historical and cultural context and objects. The internationally renowned Penn Museum has provided a remarkable array of archaeological artifacts and educational material. As the exhibition’s global presenting partner, National Geographic has also shared photos, videos and content archives to illustrate the franchise’s connection to real-world archaeology.

“This exhibition is an exciting journey into the fascinating world of archaeology,” said Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic’s Archaeology Fellow. “This is the perfect opportunity to introduce audiences of all ages to this scientific field through the inspiration of these highly popular films.”

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology elucidates myths associated with famous, fictional relics like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail and explores mythical places such as Akator and Mayapore. The exhibition also sheds light on how archaeologists work on real projects and make scientific breakthroughs such as deciphering ancient scripts, finding lost cities and discovering treasure in unexpected places.

The exhibition was designed by X3 Productions with input from Hiebert and Dr. Michel Fortin, who helped to develop the educational content. Fortin is full professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Université Laval in Quebec City, where he has been teaching in the Department of History for nearly three decades. He has led numerous excavation teams in the Middle East and is a true ambassador for his profession. World-renowned archaeologist Hiebert is a field expert who has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and exotic places. His experience in both North and South America and across Asia is ideal for this project.

Information and Ticket Sales

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition will be open at the National Geographic Museum from May 14, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016. Tickets are now on sale here or call (202) 857-7700. For information on the exhibit, visit indianajonestheexhibition.com.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Indiana Jones

2011 marked the 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones’ first appearance on the silver screen. Since then, audiences around the world have been enraptured by his exploits and adventures. The popular film series — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull — has garnered 14 Academy Awards® nominations and won seven Oscars. When the fourth film was released in 2008, it immediately reached the top of the box office as the No. 1 movie in America. The Indiana Jones films have become a part of film history themselves, and remain among the most popular films ever made — with record box office and merchandise sales and a strong fan base throughout the world. Boasting a charismatic hero with wide-spread appeal, the film series lends itself to an unprecedented exhibit opportunity by which museum visitors of all ages can be introduced to the history, tools, findings and principles of archaeology. For more information, visit indianajones.com.

About X3 Productions

X3 Productions consists of three reputed Montreal-based creative companies who have joined forces and combined their extensive expertise in order to offer turnkey project solutions that reflect the challenges faced by museums around the world. Established as pioneers and major players in the field of exhibit design and production for over 50 years, gsmprjct° (gsmprjct.com) is a collective of four integrated teams behind the creation of many exhibitions for a variety of world-class museums. As Canada’s leading cultural organization, L’Équipe Spectra (equipespectra.ca) is best known for its creation of world-class cultural projects reaching an educated clientele. Bleublancrouge (bleublancrouge.ca) has been voted one of Canada’s best creative agencies every year since 2008 by developing local, national and international integrated communications campaigns that have garnered worldwide acclaim. X3 Productions is committed to redefining the modern museum experience by developing and promoting interactive blockbuster touring museum exhibitions. With a focus on creating innovative concepts, gathering unique collections and developing content-driven experiences, X3 aims to provide a new kind of museum experience, one that engages, educates and entertains visitors in innovative ways. For more information, visit x3productions.ca.

About Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, INDIANA JONES and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a first-of-its-kind institution, designed to serve as the country’s premiere venue for understanding the connections and lineage of illustrative and visual art. Conceived by George Lucas, the museum is based in the filmmaker’s passion for education and the role art can play in inspiring young people. The museum will offer state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled programming for children, families, schools, scholars and visiting artists. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’s collection ranges from fine art to animation, from fashion to cinematic design, and is comprised of works of the great masters of the Golden Age of Illustration through today’s digital artists, showing the ways culture is reflected in the popular art of any given time.

About Penn Museum

Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located on the Penn campus in Philadelphia) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, Penn Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. The museum’s collection of nearly 1 million objects includes world-renowned artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean World, Asia, Africa, Polynesia and the Americas. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.

Categories: National Geographic

Weekend Clubs Restart

Water Sports Braylake - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 20:10

As the weather starts to warm up, and the evenings draw out, we’re getting our popular weekend clubs up and running again. Starting on Saturday 30th February (10am-12noon) with our adult club for windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. Then on Sunday 1st March Junior Club will be scheduled to run, perfect opportunity to get back out on the water. For more information about our clubs give us a call or email us. Or better still simply come down and check it out!

We will have an instructor available to help you select the right equipment, give some coaching tips and provide safety cover for…

Categories: Water Sports

National Geographic Announces Winners of Student Expeditions Video Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:49

WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2015)—National Geographic Student Expeditions has announced the winners of its Your World in Focus video contest, which asked high school students to create videos showing how they’ve made an impact through community service work. The grand-prize winner is Xenia Viragh, 18, from Los Angeles. Her winning video highlighted the work of the Mandalay-LA program she founded in partnership with Phaung Daw Oo Monastic School in Myanmar. She has won a trip to Nepal this summer to participate in a National Geographic Student Expeditions community service program, along with a $500 grant for the Mandalay-LA project.

“The program’s cross-cultural exchange really benefits both sides and allows all students to broaden their worldview. It is crucial to share your experiences with those around you and to expand awareness in your own community,” said Viragh.

Madeline Goldberg, 18, from Avon, Connecticut, placed second for her video about the Hands on Hartford organization and the profound impact that service can have on one’s life. Her project will receive a $250 grant. Third place went to Katie Curran, 17, from Pocasset, Massachusetts, for her video on a civics and leadership program she created for middle school students. Her project will receive a $100 grant.

A National Geographic panel of judges evaluated the entries according to three criteria: how the project has made a positive impact locally or globally; the student’s level of involvement in the service effort; and the creativity and passion demonstrated through the submission video.

“We launched this contest to celebrate high schoolers around the country who are working hard to improve their communities, and the entries we received are as inspiring as they are varied. These students are finding creative ways to make a positive impact in the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase their projects,” said Deb Harris, director of National Geographic Student Travel.

The winning videos may be viewed on the video contest page. The National Geographic Student Expedition in which Viragh will participate is a community service program based in an agricultural village in Nepal, which provides students with the opportunity to work alongside members of the local community. After spending time with villagers in Talmarang, the group will go on a mini-trek to a Buddhist monastery, support elephant conservation efforts in Chitwan National Park and explore the bustling city of Katmandu. The trip is one of National Geographic Student Expeditions’ high school programs, offering students summer adventures of a lifetime. With a variety of community service trips and expeditions, there are many ways for students to work with local communities around the world this summer — and students are invited to apply now. Learn more online at www.ngstudentexpeditions.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ngstudentexpeditions.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; travel books; maps; digital travel content; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 60 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 6.5 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on TwitterFacebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Categories: National Geographic

Cross Country Performance Programme

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 14:09
Hi
I apologise if you get this several times as I am posting as widely as possible to reach as many members as I can.Nice picture of the Duo for no other reason than that!
During the 2015 season, I will be running another XC Performance programme for budding or improving cross country and competition pilots. The programme includes some classroom stuff, some use of the SIM, and flying in the club's two seaters. I hope to enlist one or two other members to act as coaches but right now it is just me.

If you are interested in participating in the programme then please come along to the briefing room after my Cross Country Met lecture next Saturday 28th when I will describe the programme content and how I expect it to work.
BTW, good met is fundamental to successful XC so if you want to use the programme please come to the met lecture too.
Jim
Categories: Gliding

Still Sunny - Busy

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 21:31
The weather was gorgeous, with sun all day long. The wind was moderate, but straight on the nose along runway 24.


The launch point felt like it got into a nice rhythm by mid-afternoon with Mike Mike kept busy, and the retrievers kept away from the chocolate mini rolls in the bus.


A lovely days flying.
Categories: Gliding

Christine Kelly to Head Toy and Game Initiatives for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing Division

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2015)—National Geographic has named toy industry veteran Christine Kelly as director of licensing, toys and games, for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing division. In this new role, Kelly has been tasked with National Geographic’s toy business, both licensing and strategic retail partnerships. She will oversee marketing, retail strategy and product development, including the exciting new franchises “Mission Animal Rescue” and “Ultimate Explorer.”

“We’re delighted to bring Christine on board to leverage our current retail partnerships and maximize our brand presence with innovative products that appeal to kids and families,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing for North America. “National Geographic has a brand that parents trust and content that appeals to kids’ sense of adventure and curiosity, and we’re looking forward to expanding our reach even further under Christine’s direction.”

Kelly comes to National Geographic from Mattel Consumer Products, where she served as senior manager of licensing for Mattel’s Infant-Preschool division. She was responsible for managing Mattel’s consumer products business in North America for its Fisher-Price and Thomas & Friends brands, and she helped launch Thomas & Friends direct-to-consumer collaborations with American Girl, Mattel and Fisher-Price. Prior to Mattel, Kelly managed the Thomas & Friends brand for HIT Entertainment and served as director of licensing at Kids with Character, LLC, where she served as the key point person with licensors Disney, Warner Bros., Care Bears and Iconix.

National Geographic’s products and experiences inspire people to explore and understand the world, and support scientists and explorers who are pushing the boundaries of what we know about the world. The Society’s Brand Licensing division works with licensees and retailers in North America and abroad to develop innovative consumer products and programs in four key categories: travel and exploration; toys and gaming; home and gift; and retail and services. National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Kids Launches Premium Online Experience with Adventure Pass

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 19:57

WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2015)—National Geographic Kids today launched Adventure Pass, an online subscription that offers kids access to exclusive content on its award-winning website, kids.nationalgeographic.com. In addition to the free primary website, the Adventure Pass serves as an all-access key for kids to explore hours of engaging and educational content in a secure and fun online destination.

“At National Geographic, we are driven to inspire kids to learn about the world around them, and our website has always been a go-to outlet where kids can explore, learn and have fun,” said Melina Bellows, chief education officer of National Geographic. “Adventure Pass gives kids access to even more entertaining and informative content, and parents can feel comfortable knowing it’s a safe online environment.”

Adventure Pass provides kids with exclusive content such as:

·       Broadcast-quality streaming shows;

·       Interactive games that make learning fun;

·       Facts from the best-selling franchise “Weird But True”;

·       Amazing animal stories about real animals that have done incredible things;

·       Fun avatars so kids can explore as their favorite animal; and

·       See-it-first privileges for new website features.

Adventure Pass costs $4.99 per month, $29 for one year or $39 for one year plus a one-year subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine. To sign up, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com.

 

About National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. The award-winning website kids.nationalgeographic.com excites kids about the planet through games; videos; contests; photos; quizzes; and blogs about cultures, animals and destinations. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher with 60 titles each year, including The New York Times best-seller “Kids Almanac.” National Geographic Kids safely engages kids to learn through digital play in the virtual animal world of Animal Jam. National Geographic Kids apps bring the best of National Geographic Kids to smartphones and tablets.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine, March 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 23:05

Full-size PDF version of release available here.

Categories: National Geographic

Sunny Half Term

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 22:09
What a lovely day. We may still be in winter, but there was a strong sniff of spring in the air. It was fairly busy, but everybody got all the flights they wanted. And ended with a lovely sun set.



There was even some gentle lift for the tenacious. The young cadet George showed us all how to do it with a 30 minute flight, which was double the length of most others!

More of the same tomorrow please


Categories: Gliding

New NG Book- ABROAD AT HOME: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 20:10

WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2015)—Many of us dream of traveling to new and exotic destinations, but we don’t always have the time or resources to do so. In March, the National Geographic Travel Team offers a new book, ABROAD AT HOME: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1499-8; on sale March 17, 2015; $24.95), that takes travelers on a trip around the globe without ever leaving North America.

Organized by region, ABROAD AT HOME is a beautifully illustrated, fact-filled travel planner that provides enticing tips on how to experience the best of North America’s international flavor. Tapping into the diverse melting pot that makes up the U.S. and Canadian populations, the book travels from our cities’ many Chinatowns and Little Italys to Polish, Ethiopian, Russian and Japanese enclaves — transporting readers to authentic landscapes and experiences that are the next best thing to being in New Zealand, Portugal, Brazil or France. A bonus index listing each destination by heritage makes this travel guide the perfect resource for culture vultures, those eager to trace their ancestry and history buffs alike.

Robert Reid, National Geographic Travel’s “Offbeat Observer,” wrote the introduction to ABROAD AT HOME and serves as spokesperson for the book. Reminiscing about the time he lived in the diverse neighborhood of Queens, New York, walking past carts selling Salvadoran cornmeal pupusas and shops filled with Tibetan noodles, Argentine steaks and Uruguayan pastries, Reid writes: “… as I ventured beyond my international urban mecca and through the pages of this book, I was amazed to see how much of the sense of the world you can feel all across the United States and Canada. … Experiencing the world at home is fascinating, fun, and real. And more important, put together, these experiences add up to a fuller understanding of what the United States and Canada really are.”

For travelers seeking exotic experiences in their own backyard, a potpourri of domestic options abounds:

  • Amsterdam in Albany, New York: Enjoy more than 100,000 tulips that blossom every year in Albany, and celebrate the city’s rich Dutch roots.
  • Peru in Paterson, New Jersey: Discover the Peruvian enclave of Little Lima in Paterson, where seviche and papa a la huancaina, popular Peruvian dishes, are found on neighborhood menus.
  • Africa in Washington, D.C.: Join an eclectic crowd of footloose dancers, acro-yogis and hula-hoopers at Washington’s Meridian Hill Park, featuring an African drum circle, a weekly tradition with roots in the Civil Rights movement.
  • Iceland in Spanish Fork, Utah: Spanish Fork was home to the first Icelandic settlers in the mid-1800s. Every February, their descendants congregate for Þorrablót, a mid-winter feast with shark meat, dried fish and sheep.
  • India and Pakistan in Vancouver, Canada: The Punjabi Market or Little India of Vancouver boasts authentic eateries and several festivals. The annual 10-day City of Bhangra festival is the largest celebration of its kind in North America, with Punjabi music and dance.
  • Basque culture in Boise, Idaho: The “Basque Block” in the heart of downtown Boise offers an array of culture, food and art, including the largest exhibition about Basque culture in the United States.

ABROAD AT HOME also includes 22 “The Best” lists, profiling the best destinations in the United States and Canada for global experiences for everything from international art galleries to foreign cooking classes to language immersion programs.

Seasonal festivals, authentic restaurants, sporting events, musical performances and religious celebrations fill the pages of ABROAD AT HOME, accompanied by in-depth travel guidance and comprehensive walking maps. The book also features intriguing facts and statistics about each destination as well as “My Neighborhood” reminiscences from locals that give an insider and colorful perspective of featured locations. Yelp’s community manager Kimberly Van Santos recalls hating her childhood visits to Eden Center, a Vietnamese restaurant and shopping center in Falls Church, Virginia, with her Vietnamese refugee father, when other kids were going to McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, but as an adult, she now appreciates this Vietnamese enclave and returns frequently to experience comfort foods like bubble tea, pho and bánh mì (baguette). Asha Gomez, chef and owner of Atlanta’s Indian patisserie, Spice to Table, recommends heading to Decatur, Georgia, for all things Indian: travel agencies, gold jewelers, Bollywood video stores and especially spices.

ABROAD AT HOME is a dream trip planner for excursions into “other worlds” on any North American trip. No matter where you go, there are cultural surprises around the corner.

About Robert Reid

Robert Reid, travel expert and National Geographic Traveler writer, wrote the introduction to ABROAD AT HOME and serves as spokesperson. As National Geographic Travel’s Offbeat Observer,  Reid investigates the whys and hows of experiencing the world and he encourages people to follow his lead by “traveling like travel writers.” Reid often uses his own hobbies and interests to build trip itineraries, research articles and provide a framework for video storytelling. Follow Reid on Twitter @reidontravel.

About National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

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Aleksander Doba Voted National Geographic’s 2015 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 18:47

WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2015)—Aleksander Doba has been named the 2015 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for completing the longest open-water kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean — at age 67. Doba was selected from a group of adventure innovators whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports distinguished them in the past year. More than half a million online votes — the most ever — were cast on the National Geographic Adventure website.

“It was the vote at the National Geographic website that showed how many known- and unknown-to-me friends I have all over the world who are fascinated with the 67-year-young person in a kayak on the great ocean. It makes me feel humbled and very honored,” said Doba.

Doba spent more than six months paddling about 7,700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, beginning in October 2013 from Lisbon, Portugal, and ultimately docking in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in April 2014. He originally intended to follow a 5,400-mile route, but a combination of storms and equipment failure pushed him off course and extended the journey. Averaging 30 miles a day, Doba is the only person to kayak across the Atlantic, continent to continent, alone, unassisted and under his own power. Doba, who is now 68, began kayaking at age 34. He had already kayaked across the Atlantic from Africa to South America in 2010-2011.

“Each of our honorees embodies the spirit of adventure and is committed to following big dreams and redefining what’s possible,” said Mary Anne Potts, editorial director of National Geographic Adventure online. “That Doba’s story touched so many shows that experience and wisdom triumph in the end. He reminds us that, no matter your age, life should be an adventure.”

Other 2015 Adventurer of the Year honorees include Tommy Caldwell, who recently completed the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, and Will Gadd, who scaled the frozen face of Niagara Falls in January.

The full list of the other 2015 honorees:

  • Tommy Caldwell, a climber from Colorado, who completed the first traverse of the Fitz Roy massif, the iconic skyline in Patagonia, Argentina, in February 2014 with previous Adventurer of the Year Alex Honnold;
  • Liz Clark, an exploratory surfer from southern California, who has spent the last nine years living on a small sailboat and traveling across 25,000 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean in search of remote swells;
  • Kit DesLauriers of Wyoming, ski mountaineer, National Geographic grantee and first person to ski the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each continent), who led a team of skiers and scientists to Alaska’s Brooks Range to measure the change in glaciers and establish baseline data for the region;
  • Will Gadd of Canada and Gavin McClurg of Idaho, who paraglided 400 miles over the Canadian Rockies to complete the longest-known journey covered in the air by a paraglider;
  • Ben Knight and Travis Rummel of Colorado and Matt Stoecker of California, a filmmaking team whose documentary “DamNation” brought the topic of dam removal to the forefront of conservation efforts;
  • Briton Lewis Pugh, a long-distance swimmer who aims to bring attention to the deterioration of marine ecosystems and who swam the Seven Seas (Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Seas) in 2014, choosing extreme locales plagued by overfishing and invasive species;
  • Wasfia Nazreen, a humanitarian who has embarked on a mission to become the first Bangladeshi to climb all of the Seven Summits to empower her country’s women and girls;
  • Ueli Steck of Switzerland, who set a new route in record-setting time climbing, solo, the south face of Annapurna in the Himalayas; and
  • Blind kayakers Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell, who paddled 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, relying on their sense of touch and sound.

To learn more about each adventurer through photos, interviews and a video, go to http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2015/.

National Geographic has named Adventurers of the Year for the past 10 years. Catalonian mountain athlete Kilian Jornet was voted the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for pioneering a hybrid sport that combines ultra trail running and alpinism to break numerous speed records and push the limits in the mountains.

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Por el Planeta International Conservation Photography Competition Launches with Mission to Promote Conservation through Art of Photography

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:11

MEXICO CITY (Feb. 10, 2015)—Por el Planeta, the first international conservation photography competition, is now open for submissions via its online portal at porelplanetaphoto.com. The inaugural competition, which runs through March 27, 2015, will award more than USD $300,000 in 22 prizes, including $100,000 for the best picture overall. Participation in Por el Planeta directly translates into resources to support conservation efforts.

Por el Planeta: Wildlife, Nature & Conservation Photo Competition

Por el Planeta is not just a photography contest, it’s a movement seeking to transform our relationship with the planet and its wildlife. The competition was born out of a desire to reaffirm narrative photography as a powerful tool that encourages nature conservation and generates an appreciation for biodiversity.

“We believe photography is more than just light, beautiful pictures or perfect proportions,” said award-winning photographer Cristina Mittermeier, director of Por el Planeta. “It is also a vehicle for real change.”

Por el Planeta will award more resources than any other photography contest to recognize the dedication, skill and talent of photographers who strive to create images that infuse society with an understanding of and care for our shared natural heritage. At the same time, Por el Planeta wishes to encourage the development of new photography and conservation projects, mobilize audiences and raise awareness of the daily threats faced by our biodiversity.

Call for Entries

Por el Planeta is open for submissions from photographers around the world through March 27, 2015. Entries may only be submitted online via www.porelplanetaphoto.com. Entries are divided into age groups: Adults (18 years or older at close of competition); and Under 18, divided in two age groups: 10-13 and 14-17.

Categories and Awards

There are 10 categories divided into three themes: Biodiversity (Animal Portraits, Animal Behavior, Animals in Their Environment, Wild Habitat, Underwater and Micro Nature); Conservation (Our Changing Planet and Conservation Photographer of the Year); and Storytelling (Six Frames for Change and Short Video).

Prize money of USD $300,000 will be divided between 22 prizes, including $100,000 for the best picture in the entire contest; $15,000 for the best image captured in Mexico; and $10,000 for the People’s Choice Award. The winner of the Conservation Photographer of the Year category will receive $15,000; the winner of Six Frames for Change category will receive $12,500, plus an additional $50,000 to finance a photography project in a Mexican biome; and the winner of the Short Video category will receive $10,000. The first-place winner in each of the other categories will be awarded $10,000, and the second-place category winners will receive $2,500. The best photograph from each of the Under 18 age groups will win a trip with paid expenses to Mexico City for the minor and an adult.

National Geographic: Media Partner

As Por el Planeta’s media partner, National Geographic, through its global reach to photographers and conservationists, will help amplify the competition’s objectives and conservation message of inspiring more people to care about our planet and supporting a wide range of ecosystems throughout the world.

All of the proceeds from the registration process will be donated to conservation initiatives. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to an initiative closely related to the photograph that wins the People’s Choice Award. The other 50 percent will go to National Geographic’s conservation and awareness initiatives and the International Photography Contest for Kids.

Selection and Jury

A team of renowned photography professionals will judge the proposals. Por el Planeta’s jury comprises National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen (chair of the jury, Canada); photographer Graciela Iturbide (Mexico); National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry (USA); National Geographic’s senior photo editor for natural history, Kathy Moran (USA); and photographer Sophie Stafford (UK). Cristina Mittermeier (Mexico) will act as technical secretary.

Por el Planeta is organized by Televisa, with National Geographic as its media partner and with the support of Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) and National Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta).

Follow Por el Planeta on social media at Facebook @ElPlanetaPhoto; Instagram @ElPlanetaPhoto; Twitter @ElPlanetaPhoto; and Pinterest @ElPlanetaPhoto. For more information, visit www.porelplanetaphoto.com or email info@porelplanetaphoto.com.

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National Geographic and Garant Media Holding Introduce Local-Language Edition of National Geographic Kids Magazine in Azerbaijan

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 23:19

BAKU, Azerbaijan (Feb. 6, 2015)—Garant Media Holding has partnered with the National Geographic Society to launch the local-language edition of National Geographic Kids magazine in Azerbaijan. The newest edition of National Geographic Kids magazine debuts with the February 2015 issue. The magazine will be available monthly on newsstands and by subscription. Konul Nasibova is the editor.

Aimed at children ages 6-12, National Geographic Kids magazine is a photo-driven publication that inspires young adventurers to explore the world around them. Each month, the magazine features colorful stories about animals, people and places, interspersed with fun puzzles, facts and figures. It also includes the popular departments “Weird But True,” “Wild Vacation” and “Amazing Animals,” and highlights its readers by displaying user-submitted photos.

National Geographic Kids Azerbaijan will publish content from the English-language edition and will have a similar look, but will introduce local content of interest to Azerbaijani readers.

National Geographic Kids is the second magazine in Garant Media Holding’s portfolio with National Geographic, having launched National Geographic magazine in Azerbaijan in September 2014.

“We’ve been pleased with the success of National Geographic magazine in Azerbaijan, and we’re excited to now expand that partnership to include a local edition of National Geographic Kids magazine,” said Terry Adamson, head of international publishing for National Geographic. “Our goal with National Geographic Kids is to create a fun, accessible entry point for kids and inspire them to learn more about the world around them through rich graphics and stories. In doing so, we hope to create the next generation of explorers.”

“The success of National Geographic magazine in Azerbaijan clearly illustrates that there is a huge demand in our market for the type of content that only National Geographic can deliver,” said Seymur Teymurov, general coordinator for Garant Media Holding. “We are excited that we can now bring the same type of content to a younger generation so that our children can enjoy reading National Geographic alongside their parents.”

The price for the magazine on newsstands is 3 AZN. A 12-month annual subscription costs 28 AZN and a six-month subscription is 14 AZN. Initial circulation will be 1,000 copies.

National Geographic Kids launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. The Azerbaijani edition of National Geographic is the 17th local-language edition of the magazine, preceded by the Latin American digital edition in October 2014. Other local-language editions are available in Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.7 million.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Garant Media Holding

Garant Media Holding was established in February 2014. Its aim is to unite activities in the spheres of media and Internet businesses. Subcompanies of Garant Media Holding are the popular magazine National Geographic Azerbaijan, the news agency Oxu.az, the news agency in the English language News.az, automobile sale-purchase advertisements websites Turbo.az and Car.az, real estate sale advertisements website Bina.az and job advertisements website Boss.az. The establishing of the holding will help these subcompanies in their development and in gaining increased popularity in the media and Internet.

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‘Monster Fish’ Exhibition to Open at National Geographic Museum March 26

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 19:46

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2015)—National Geographic Museum visitors will dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in the new exhibition “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants,” opening Thursday, March 26. Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats. Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish,” has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition. The interactive exhibition will include five extraordinary, life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on interactive activities for audiences of all ages. “Monster Fish” will remain open at the National Geographic Museum until Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

“Monster Fish” takes visitors on a journey to river basins around the world to learn about colossal fish and the people that depend on them. Through detailed maps, sculptures and custom illustrations, the exhibition showcases close to 20 fish species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems. In addition to highlighting the biology of each species, the exhibit depicts the cultural ties between the fish and local people. From mythical tales and storied traditions to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the connection between humans and fish.

“This fascinating exhibition is a trip around the world with one of Nat Geo’s favorite explorers in search of bizarre and extraordinary species of freshwater fish,” said National Geographic’s vice president of Exhibitions, Kathryn Keane. “Zeb Hogan shows us that despite their size, these fish are an increasingly fragile link in some of the most important freshwater ecosystems on Earth.”

In addition to life-size models and live fish (not monster varieties) in aquariums representing various habitats, “Monster Fish” features several interactive elements and games designed to provide visitors with opportunities to learn about how monster fish grow; how scientists study them; and how anglers and others can help these fish survive. In “Monster Size Me,” users maneuver a marble through a circular obstacle course, avoiding threats like invasive species and dams and seeking ways to grow areas like protected habitats. In “Minnow or Monster,” groups can step onto a large scale to see their equivalent weight in monster fish. The “Go Fish” game invites children to use magnetic fishing poles to catch fish and then place them into a chute for release back into the river. A model boat serves as a theater, which guests can climb aboard to view five video shorts featuring Hogan talking about what it is like to search the world for monster fish.

Hogan will conduct a student program and will share behind-the-scenes adventures and real “fish stories” from scientists and locals with National Geographic Live audiences on March 26. The National Geographic Museum will stay open late that evening to give Nat Geo Live ticketholders the opportunity to visit the exhibit before the event. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased at www.nglive.org/dc.

Hogan’s Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish,” now in its fifth season, is produced by National Geographic Television. In each episode, Hogan immerses himself in a local culture, where fishing is often more than a sport or even a profession — it’s a way of life. He tastes the regional cuisine, mingles at fish markets, listens to the harrowing stories of native fishermen and sleeps where his local guides do. For more information on the series, visit www.natgeowild.com.

University of Nevada, Reno, where Hogan is a researcher, is the educational partner for the “Monster Fish” exhibition. University of Nevada, Reno will create educational offerings and support Hogan’s participation in the project and in special events related to the exhibition.

National Geographic Learning is also publishing an educational companion volume to the exhibition as a part of its “Explore” series. The book will be available at the National Geographic Museum Store.

The National Geographic Museum’s family-friendly offerings will also include alternate screenings of the films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 3D” and “Meerkats 3D” on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the duration of the “Monster Fish” exhibition. Additionally, the popular exhibition “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” will be open until April 12. A free photo exhibition, “Photo Camp: A Decade of Storytelling,” is on display in the museum’s M Street gallery now through May 31.

The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Though the photography exhibitions in the museum’s M Street gallery and outdoors are free, the exhibitions in the 17th Street galleries are ticketed. Admission is $11 for adults; $9 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $7 for children 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic ticket booth, 1145 17th Street, N.W., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281 or email groupsales@ngs.org.

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National Geographic Kids Announces Grand-Prize Winner of International Photography Contest for Kids

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 21:38

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2015)—Thirteen-year-old Grace Chung from Saratoga, California, has captured the grand prize of the 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids for her close-up portrait of a gecko. She has won a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of National Geographic headquarters. The competition was conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine and 11 local-language editions.

Each edition held a national contest and submitted its first-place-winning images in four categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging for the international photo competition. The categories were Amazing Animals; Dare to Explore; Weird But True; and Wild Vacation.

The four category winners in the international contest were:

  • Grace Chung, Saratoga, California, United States — Amazing Animals
  • Ben Duursma, 13, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom — Dare to Explore
  • Olivia Bertie, 14, Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom — Weird But True
  • Olivia Moll Pinnell, 11, Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom — Wild Vacation.

“More than ever, photography is a great way for people — and especially kids — to show their perspective on the world. What they produce is funny, creative and sometimes surprising, and we’re excited to see our contest grow more and more each year,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor of National Geographic Kids magazine (U.S.). “This year, we not only expanded our contest to Germany and China, but we also received the largest number of entries worldwide. It’s encouraging to see kids actively participating in the medium and engaged in the world around them.”

A total of 16,752 entries were received from Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The judges for the international contest were Buchholz; National Geographic photographer Mark Thiessen; and Jay Sumner, director of photography for National Geographic Children’s Publications.

In the U.S. competition, Chung was awarded first place in the Amazing Animals category and was named the overall U.S. winner. Twelve-year-old Jack Girton from Edina, Minnesota, placed first in the Weird But True category. Samuel Putnam, 14, from Shorewood, Minnesota, took first place in the Dare to Explore category, and 14-year-old Remadi Maple from Coulee City, Washington, was named first-place winner in the Wild Vacation category.

Chung’s grand-prize-winning image, “Gecko Eye,” as well as the images of the other U.S. first-place winners and second-place contestants will be published in the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Kids magazine.

As grand-prize winner of the U.S. competition, Chung will also receive a National Geographic Costa Rica Family Adventure. She and a guest will travel to Costa Rica where they will hike through cloud forests, swim in thermal pools, dine in a tree house and experience up-close encounters with big cats such as jaguars and ocelots at an animal rescue center. All first-place category winners in the U.S. contest will receive a 20.1-megapixel digital camera; an 8GB memory card; and copies of the National Geographic Kids books “100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up,” “Weird But True: Ripped From the Headlines,” “National Geographic Kids Cookbook” and “Mission: Polar Bear Rescue.”

To view the grand-prize-winning image and other top images from the international contest, visit natgeo.com/kids/ipc-winners.

National Geographic Kids launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. There are now 17 local-language editions, the most recent being the Azerbaijani edition, which launched this month, and the Latin American digital edition, which debuted in October 2014. Other local-language editions are available in Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.7 million.

NOTE: Captions, credits and images can be downloaded at

http://press.nationalgeographic.com/downloads/IPC_Kids/2014_winners

(user name:  press    password:  press), or contact Carol King Woodward at

ckingwoo@ngs.org.

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About National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications and are available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. The award-winning website kids.nationalgeographic.com excites kids about the planet through games, videos, contests, photos, quizzes and blogs about cultures, animals and destinations. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher with as many as 125 nonfiction titles each year, including the New York Times best-selling “Kids Almanac.” National Geographic Kids Games engages kids to learn through play with games like the online virtual animal world of Animal Jam and the interactive TV experience of Nat Geo Kinect TV. National Geographic Kids Apps bring the best of National Geographic Kids to smartphones and tablets.

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Olympic Champion Alpine Ski Racer Anna Fenninger Signs On to Help National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:00

WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2015)—As Austrian Olympic champion Anna Fenninger prepares for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, this week, she also takes on the role of a “big cat champion” to support and promote the work of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI).

Fenninger, the 2014 Winter Olympics alpine ski racing champion and overall 2014 World Cup winner, is dedicated to wildlife conservation efforts around the world. In her role as European Ambassador for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), she has raised awareness for the plight of the cheetah through a video and calendar shoot in Namibia. Fenninger’s Olympic helmet was donated to the CCF to be on permanent display at the CCF visitor center in Namibia.

Fenninger’s interest in wild cheetah conservation has extended to protection of other big cat species, including lions. Her research in the area led her to National Geographic’s BCI, which was launched in 2009 to help combat the decline of big cats in the wild through on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign called CauseAnUproar.org. Big cat populations around the world are in serious decline; some species are facing the real possibility of going extinct.

In her new role as a big cat champion, Fenninger will help raise awareness for BCI with her active participation in BCI’s Build a Boma campaign, a peer-to-peer fundraising initiative to help build bomas, which are fortified enclosures/fences that have been shown to save lions by keeping them away from livestock. Protecting livestock from predation helps protect big cats from retaliatory killings.

Fenninger is challenging her sponsors to help her build bomas to make a tangible difference in big cat conservation. She also encourages her fans to start their own Build a Boma campaigns at buildaboma.org, so they too can get involved in the cause.

Fenninger said: “I am a dedicated cat enthusiast, from my house cat to the big cats in the wild. Therefore, it is my honor to be part of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and to help to ensure a living space for human and animals in peaceful coexistence.”

Alexander Moen, vice president, National Geographic Explorer Programs, said: “We are thrilled to have Anna Fenninger join the Big Cats Initiative as our first European big cat champion. We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to saving big cats, so it is inspiring to see Anna take action in support of these magnificent creatures. Anna’s passion and leadership in the Build a Boma campaign will directly help protect big cats in the wild.”

About the Big Cats Initiative

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the 127-year-old National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches more than 600 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI) was founded in 2009 with Explorers-in-Residence, filmmakers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert as a long-term effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. BCI supports efforts to save big cats through assessment activities, on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public-awareness campaign, “Cause an Uproar,” launched in partnership with Nat Geo WILD. For more information, visit CauseAnUproar.org.

 

NOTE: Images of Anna Fenninger can be found on the ftp site:

http://press.nationalgeographic.com/downloads/temp2/file/anna_fenninger

user name:  press    password:  press

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Off to the Ridge

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 18:26
The alternative 35 departureA quick chat with the tower, a short run into an icy wind, an eye on the t's and p's, over the north side parking, watch for helicopters, into the turbulence, safe height now, speeding up, throttling back, on towards the ridge.
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Wind 31015 - It must be on the Ridge

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 18:28
The cold north westerlies must be good for something and with the wind forecast to be on the ridge there were no excuses for getting the K21 out and showing the ridge a good time.

First out was Mike Gatfield who also decided there had to be a task flown and turnpoints were declared and a (very!) short task was flown but at 116kph (and Bookers first ladder flight for 2015). This even allowed for some air to air time to formate on a passing RV6.

Mini-Gat enjoying life on the ridge
Running in
KCZ as seen by walkers on the ridgeEncouraged by KCZ's safe return, Paul C/Steve W and George H/Jim W went out and enjoyed an hour or so each on the ridge in KCZ and John H put in an appearance in his Ventus. It was extremely cold and progress was observed by many members on FR24 back in the clubhouse. In spite of the cold, general consensus was that it was more fun doing the flying than watching it!



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