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Announcing Sacred Mounds, a novel of Magical Realism and Historical Fantasy from Jim Metzner, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.
Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he is swept back to pre-colonial times, walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present-day America. Sacred Mounds Book Cover Four hundred years apart, they are bound by a mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.
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Bush Meat: Solutions: The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free legal online mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones; an amazing sonic experience.

Airdate: Apr 20, 2001
Scientist: John Robinson

Bush Meat: Solutions

Bush Meat: Solutions
Cooperation from logging companies can help prevent professional hunters from harvesting forest wildlife.


ambience: tropical rain forest, distant saw

The hunting of wild animals, for trade in local and international markets, takes place in tropical forests and has reached levels that these ecosystems can no longer support. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

John Robinson is a biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and he, along with many others, has been working to put a stop to the so-called 'bush meat business.'

"Local communities will frequently work with you because they see it in their interest to conserve the wild animals, and as long as you close down the commercial side of the trade, you can actually make some kind of progress."

Robinson and his colleagues also go to the root of the problem by asking the tropical logging companies, who sell their wood all over the world, to become more aware of the issue of bush meat exploitation.

"We work with logging companies, which are frequently the only institutional presence out there in the forest. Logging companies need to sell their wood and the public is asking for environmentally produced wood. What we're finding is that logging companies are quite sensitive to these issues, and will work with us to stop the transport of wildlife along logging roads, will work with us to stop their employees from hunting, and will work with us to stop professional hunters coming into the area to hunt."

According to Robinson, progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.

To hear about our new CD, please visit pulseplanet.com. Pulse of the Planet is made possible by the National Science Foundation. I'm Jim Metzner.