Inga Yandell

BirdGenie™ is a breakthrough app that helps anyone with an Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet accurately identify birds in the backyard, local park, or on the nature trail—all with the tap of a button! It’s like Shazam® for birds—just hold up your phone, record the bird singing, and BirdGenie™ helps you identify the species. The app’s highly developed sound identification ability and expert matching system enable bird enthusiasts to achieve an accuracy unheard of in the birding field. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the birds around them.

BirdGenie™ includes up to two hundred vocalization types for one hundred species: literally all of the birds likely to be encountered in a backyard or local park, or on a hike, in North America at any time of the year. And the app is easy to use. Just point your smartphone or tablet at a bird, and tap the screen when the bird starts singing. The app’s automatic pre-record feature ensures that you won’t miss the beginning of the song and BirdGenie’s™ patented, highly accurate expert system matches the recording to the closest species. The app’s sophisticated noise-reduction feature means that even in noisy environments, where there is conversation or traffic, you can discover what bird you’re listening to.

Beyond specifying a bird species, BirdGenie™ provides sample songs and spectrograms to compare with your own recording and to guarantee a confident match. The app also includes pictures of all plumages, information about habitat and behavior, and links to further reading. It even has 3-D models for some of the species so you can match different views of a bird. You can share your recordings, photos, and matches with friends and other users, and if you’re so inclined, you can anonymously share recordings to a scientific database to help researchers learn about birdsong variations. No internet connection is required for anything but sharing, making the program accessible everywhere. Perfect for anyone who wants to know what birds are singing around them, BirdGenie™ takes bird identification to a whole new awesome level.

With BirdGenie™ You Can

  • Quickly identify most birds just by recording their songs.
  • Look at vivid images of the bird—some in 3-D!
  • Listen to samples of the bird’s various songs and compare them with your recording.
  • Keep a log of all your recordings.
  • Share your recordings, matches, and photos with friends and family.
  • Browse the built-in catalog to learn about local species, their other songs, their habits and diet, and much more.
  • Use the app anywhere, as no internet connection is required!

Important features of BirdGenie™

  • The matching expert system beats anything in the market today.
  • Easy-to-use guided user interface.
  • Effective noise-reduction system helps users make identifications in less-than-ideal environments.
  • Complete species accounts with multiple photos for all plumage types (some with 3-D models).
  • Comprehensive spectrograms (voiceprints of songs).

Technical Specifications

  • Requires iOS 10 or later. Compatible with all iPhones after iPhone 6 including 7, 8, X and iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and above. Compatible with most common Android phones and tablets.

Software written by Tom Stephenson, Stephen Travis Pope and Scott Whittle. BirdGenie™ is a trademark of Princeton University Press.

Shazam® is the registered trademark of Shazam Entertainment Limited and is not affiliated with Princeton University Press in any way.

Good intentions and the initial actions with which we begin a new year are often noble but not always sustainable or more accurately…strategic!

We bound into hard graft with positive goals and the energy to support them, yet how many of us subscribe to a formula for achieving our lofty fitness aims? The mind is willing but the body needs time to adapt! As we feel the after effects of physical exercise—when stiff, sore, under-used bits begin to ache—most of us fall off the workout-wagon. Science suggests this abandonment of goals relates to a lack of habit-forming strategies and contingencies. In other words we need to prepare for DOMS and other torturous retaliation from our newly recruited limbs.

So, if soreness is a given when starting a fitness routine, and starting a fitness routine is what humans like to do at this time of the year. How can we minimise the inevitable onslaught of pain so we continue to train and give our fitness goals a chance to turn into a habit?

EMPLOY A RECOVERY STRATEGY

Athletes have been exposing themselves to various theraputic strategies for centuries, though methods have changed somewhat in recent times (from acupuncture to ice baths). Amongst the more scientific approaches comes a new breed of biotech which effectively blocks pain and stimulates cellular recovery.

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo

Before hitting the opiates, the 19th Century migraine sufferer and Les Miserables scribe may well have turned to another painkilling idea in vogue at the time—an idea  that’s been around for millennia but that’s now fomenting a healthcare revolution. Electricity.

With world pain endemic and the risks of painkilling drugs becoming increasingly acute, PainPod biotechnology engineers are switching on the power of our natural bioelectrical systems, not just to kill pain, but to precisely target a widening range of health conditions.

On average, 2 in 5 have daily aches or pain, 1 in 5 chronic pain and 9 in 10 of us can expect to suffer back pain. It’s not only the pain that impairs us – constant pain causes anxiety, depression, de-conditioning, social isolation, low self-esteem and relationship breakdown. Pain’s costs are incalculable and many of us are realising that the pills simply aren’t working. A fresh study recently published in the British Medical Journal suggests links between taking high doses of anti-inflammatory painkillers—such as ibuprofen—and heart attacks.  In sport painkiller addiction is endemic, opiates are the biggest cause of accidental suicide in Australia and opiate addiction is killing 175 Americans a day. Demands for effective natural alternatives to NSAIDs, analgesics and opiates are growing.

A new generation of ultra wearable devices that harness the body’s own bioelectrical system are providing an answer. By putting the power of advanced bioelectrical technology directly in the hands of medical professionals and everyday people alike, the evidence shows that not only are they blocking all types of chronic and acute pain, they’re revolutionising health self management by giving individuals the  means themselves to address conditions untouched by drugs THE POWER OF AN IDEA.

Ever since ancient Egyptians discovered the shocking effects of electric fish on the body, low level electrotherapy has been used to manage pain by stimulating nerves, tissues and muscles. The classical  Greeks were galvanised by electro-therapeutic healing—the root of narcotic derives from “narka,” the greek word for electric fish meaning—pain relief. As long ago  as 63 A.D. Romans were easing migraines with electric rays, Scribonius Largus, personal physician to Emperor Claudius,  was an electric  advocate:

“To immediately remove and permanently cure a headache, however long-lasting and intolerable, a live black torpedo is put on the place which is in pain, until the pain ceases and the part grows numb”

Throughout centuries since, devices utilising  electrical impulses have been improving health and saving  lives—in modern medicine most commonly pacemakers and defibrillators.  In the past 50 years,  commercial interest in the field has been dimmed mainly due to the rise of  pharmaceuticals and the debunking of electrotherapy as lacking meaningful evidence.  But times they are a changing.  Innovators are now harnessing latest medical evidence with the most modern understanding  of neurophysiology and molecular mechanisms, leading to a new generation of devices working in natural harmony with the body’s peripheral nervous system, the muscular-skeletal and biocellular systems.  

Now dubbed “Electroceuticals”, an increasing volume of pharmacological research is proving the central roles of  the peripheral nervous system and neuromuscular system in organ function, immune responses and the body’s respiratory, cardiovascular and inflammatory systems—developments which would have been inconceivable only 10 years ago. The last 5 years have seen an explosion of BioElectronics ventures being set up, with billions in funding being put to developing miniaturised electronic devices and electrical stimulation therapies—market analysts predict the electroceutical industry  will be worth $ 25.20 Billion by 2021 up from $ 17.20 Billion in 2016. What’s got investors attention is the potential for electroceuticals to address medical conditions currently  untouched or underserved by commercial pharmaceuticals and without the side effects
The signs are that electrotherapy is powering  out of the twilight and into the sun light.

TAKING THE POWER IN OUR OWN HANDS

What may prove different this time around, isn’t the promise of more power to big pharma or to the markets, it’s that  we can take the power of bioelectricity into our own hands. In the same way that self-monitoring has transformed health—people using smart ultra-wearable sensors and apps to process a wealth of data to help them manage their personal health—this new generation of personal bioelectric devices is democratising healthcare, fomenting a revolution in self-management that’s improving personal health. PainPod have not only developed devices that empower people with the means to manage their pain and help recovery by stimulating the muscular and nervous systems, they’ve  produced easy to use ultrawearables that mimic the body’s natural microcurrent, promoting cellular normalisation and healing from injury or disease.  

CEO Rick Rowan says the vision is to change lives “by making these advanced Biotechnologies accessible for everyone from the young to the elderly” PainPod deliver on that promise by programming the devices with specific frequency formulations, advanced waveforms and protocols formed by  the results of the best available current medical evidence—so,  whether you’re an elite athlete, an arthritis sufferer, a diabetic patient, a parent or truck driver with a musculoskeletal problem, the positive impact on your personal health is likely to be profound. Evidence based, easy to understand and, above all, empowering, these small, lifestyle biomedical devices hold the power to change lives.

Extensive, qualitative evidence and systematic reviews show the formulations and modalities in the devices to be effective for pain relief including chronic, acute, post-surgical and neuropathic pain. Proprietary, embedded neuro-electrical muscular stimulation formulations can stimulate the body systems to produce the hormones essential for body functions and that have been shown to positively impact conditions ranging from muscle atrophy and osteoarthritis through to improved function of  Hematopoietic Stem Cells in diabetic patients—a potential regenerative tool for treating human vascular disease. The same modalities that an athlete can use to increase exercise intensity for muscle mass and strength gains can be used to improve muscular and cardiovascular conditions in the elderly, obese and diabetics.  

Further still, the imperceptible power of Microcurrent has shown beneficial effects in cutaneous wound healing with extensive evidence for  different applications to  promote healing, reduce inflammation and participate  in tissue repair.  

With the ever-growing understanding of the power of our own biosystems and the evolution of devices to harness it, along with the growing power of social evidence to influence change, Rick sees a time fast-approaching  where our first choice will be to reach for the devices not the drugs.   Putting the power in people’s hands, driven by a proposition of mass participation and accessibility “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” And, this time, it most certainly has.

IN A NUTSHELL

PainPod is a drug-free, pocket-sized device which harnesses the body’s bioelectrical system to moderate and manage pain levels. It works by delivering bio-electrical nerve stimulation pulses through the skin to the nerve endings in the affected area, blocking pain signals from travelling to the brain. PainPod has a range of devices for different applications, including some specifically designed for hands and feet, but top of its bestseller list are the PainPod 3 and PainPod Mi. PainPod 3 has 12 treatments to choose from and 20 intensity settings; it’s also a 3-in-1 device, not only blocking pain, but also accelerating recovery and increasing performance levels. PainPod Mi is a tiny, ultra lightweight smaller version which is wearable all day, offering a 10 hour micro-current painless treatment, and with a touch of a button the device gives a 15 minute booster massage for immediate pain relief. 

What Is It: A small, drug-free pain relief device.

Why Buy It: It’s wearable and portable, so it can be used on the go.

The Details: The PainPod 3 is rrp $479, and the PainPod Mi is rrp $99, available from www.thepainpod.com, pharmacies, physiotherapists and chiropractors nationally. 

Great Bear Rainforest is a Spirit Bear Entertainment film presented by Seaspan and directed by Ian McAllister (PacificWild.org), produced by Jeff Turner and executive produced by Kyle Washington and Byron Horner. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

A Magical Environment. Unchanged for 10,000 years…

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear RainforestHidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world—a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia. Now, for the first time ever, experience this magical world in IMAX and giant screen theatres, and discover the land of the spirit bear.

What is a Spirit Bear?

The spirit bear is a subspecies of the North American black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait. Spirit bears are only found in the Great Bear Rainforest. No one knows exactly how many spirit bears there are, but estimates range from 50 to 100. They truly are the rarest bears on earth!

Guardians of the Forest

Since the last Ice Age, First Nations people have lived among the bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Their living history is inseparably connected to the vibrancy of the rainforest, which they have protected for thousands of years. Today, indigenous youth are coming together and taking responsibility for this place they call home. Learn more about their work in Great Bear Rainforest.

For Educators

Invite your students to have a learning experience they won’t forget! Book a field trip to see Great Bear Rainforest and become immersed in the biology, geography, environmental sciences and other key school curriculum. Download the Educator Guide for hands-on activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA and Social Studies. Schedule your field trip now by contacting your local IMAX theatre for information about special group programs.

Filming in the Rainforest

Filming in the remote Great Bear Rainforest presented a unique set of challenges for filmmakers Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner. Over the three years it took to make this film, the crew faced everything from extreme weather, unpredictable wildlife, and the daily rigors of being in a rugged environment far removed from modern conveniences. But this also pushed the filmmakers into fresh creative territory where every shot was carefully planned out and new filmmaking techniques were deployed. Learn more in this interview with director Ian McAllister, who has worked and lived in the rainforest for 30 years. Read the Interview with Ian.

Learn more

To learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest and how you can help protect the spirit bears and their ancient forest home, visit PacificWild.org.  Each of us can make a difference in helping preserve this unique environment, one of the last truly wild places on earth.

Food is more than energy it is an expression of love, a vessel of memories, an important part of culture, tradition, and a way to connect to the land—its flavours and fragility. So, as others rush through the stores in search of the perfect gift, consider slowing down to make the best gift of all—good food!

Good food starts with great ingredients…

The simplest way to elevate any dish is with an ingredient of local origin, this adds to the freshness but also the story on your plate.

Stories make a meal into a memory…

Instead of a menu, make a discovery diary with pictures of the land and people behind the produce. I got this idea watching an episode of Destination Flavour: China (S.1 Ep.3), where Australian chef, Adam Liaw explores the food philosophy of Dai Jianjun, owner of the world famous DragonWellManor, (or Longjing Manor), an exquisite fine-dining restaurant nestled in a private garden in Hangzhou. Dai keeps a daily diary with pictures of the produce he cooks with and the people who grow it—his “farm friends”—which he treats as family. The importance of nurturing relationships with his suppliers stems from the philosophy that food is more than ingredients, it is a connection to the land, to culture and community.

A discovery diary is a keepsake your guests can treasure, and if you fill it with recipes from your feast, it becomes a living memory they can recreate, re-experience, reinterpret and share with their loved ones.

No Menu adds novelty…

In his earlier series, Destination Flavour: Scandinavia, Adam visited the Swedish city of Malmö and the kitchen of Titti Qvarnström, the first Swedish female chef awarded a Michelin Star for Bloom in the Park. There he found that the secret to her menu, is not having one! Titti likes to surprise her guests, allowing them to experience food as a delicious discovery. Placing emphasis on the experience of trying something new, unearthing unexpected combinations that we wouldn’t normally consider.

Let your guests make their own delicious discovery. Use this concept to introduce different foods, heirloom varieties, or better still, serve a plant-based version of a festive favourite.

Do a Heston for the Holidays…

Heston Blumenthal is known for his clever food deceptions, artfully reimagining how food looks, tastes, feels, sounds and smells. Why not apply this approach to inspire a fresh perspective on plant foods? To get you started here are some suggestions.

Ahimi: turn your tomato into tuna like chef James Cromwell.

This Cheese is Nuts: make aged-almond cheddar or cashew camembert like Julie Piatt.

Smokey Christmas Menu: stuff a breast of celeriac and give poultry the bird like Lisette Kreischer.

Plants offer unexpected benefits…

In her book OMD (One Meal a Day for the Planet), Suzy Amis-Cameron shares her families favourite foods—all of them plant-based. The book sheds light on the amazing impact of eating just one plant meal a day, a small change that dramatically reduces your carbon footprint on nature (OMD estimates that eating one plant-based meal a day saves 736,895 litres of water and 350 kilograms of carbon emissions). Suzy calls these “benefit effects” as opposed to the health and environment side-effects of consuming increasingly larger quantities of animal products.

Make Christmas a celebration of community…

Even if your motives aren’t environmental (though everyone is effected by climate change) or health oriented (according to a study by Harvard researchers, swapping just 3% of processed red meat for plant proteins reduces your chances of an early death by 34%), perhaps the incentive behind making your feast minus the meat is about celebrating and empowering community (reducing demand for industrial meat and dairy improves access to nutritional foods for poorer communities, supporting local farmers and urban/school garden schemes).

I hope this post inspires you to share your table, create memories, re-connect with nature, and celebrate your community through the best gift of all—good food!

Inga Yandell, Editor BE Journal

 

In this video you can hear from Fellows with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) first-hand on what conservation photography means to them and why they devote their lives to this effort. They explain the behind-the-scenes work that goes into capturing compelling images.

iLCP supports visual storytellers in a shared mission of furthering environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography and filmmaking.

iLCP is best known for its Conservation Photography Expeditions that connect local, national or international organizations, our Conservation Partners, with one or more of their Fellows. The objective of these intensive documentary efforts is to produce a body of images that fully captures the threats and opportunities faced by communities whose physical environments, fauna, flora, and/or cultural traditions are in peril from human activity. With their deep and varied skill sets in all areas of science and years of experience working in the field, iLCP Fellow Photographers do far more than simply take pretty pictures. Rather, they capture visual narratives that give compelling evidence of the need to protect these special places. Through their extensive network of media, conservation, and policy contacts, iLCP help amplify our Partners’ existing advocacy campaigns to bring about positive conservation outcomes.

Learn more about iLCP @ conservationphotographers.org