Writers and photographers are available for interviews Feb. 15-March 14 (see specifics below).
WOLF WARS (cover story), by Douglas H. Chadwick (Page 34) Gray wolf packs are making a comeback in the West, a development that has wildlife enthusiasts and tourists thrilled, but has some hunters and ranchers crying “big bad wolf.” Wildlife biologist and Montana wolf country resident Douglas H. Chadwick looks into the controversial animal that has ignited an age-old war over territory and food. Many see wolves as killing machines; others see a vulnerable animal that has made a miraculous comeback, adding economic stimulation to the area and perhaps repairing out-of-balance wildlands. The return of wolves brings a burning question to the forefront: Will wolves be included in the battle to conserve wildlife communities in America, or will they be left behind? Chadwick is available for interviews.
SPIRITS IN THE SAND, by Stephen S. Hall, photographed by Robert Clark (Page 56) Inca roads? Settings on the astronomical calendar? Alien spacecraft landing strips? Irrigation plans? All have been interpretations by scientists and amateurs of the mysterious Nasca lines left behind in a southern Peruvian desert. Since 1997, a large Peruvian-German collaboration has been underway in hopes of understanding where and how the Nasca people lived, and why they disappeared, the lines serving as a major link from the past to the present. Author Stephen S. Hall explores the Nasca people, whose relationship and appreciation for their environment may hold the answer to the lines that photographer
Robert Clark captures from near and far. Hall and Clark are available for interviews.
FATAL ATTRACTION, by Carl Zimmer, photographed by Helene Schmitz (Page 80) What enthralled Charles Darwin, perhaps even more so than the origin of species itself? Carnivorous plants, which lure insects into death traps, then gorge on their fl esh. Pitcher plants use scent to attract insects, then prevent their escape with downward-pointing hairs or sticky and slippery surfaces; sundews envelop their victims in an embrace of sticky tentacles; and bladderworts slurp up their prey like underwater vacuum cleaners. Writer Carl Zimmer explains how carnivorous plants attract and digest insects, and how these plants came to be in the fi rst place. Photographer Helene Schmitz gets close up to capture the intricacies of these flora that use looks and smell to deceive. Schmitz is available for interviews.
AFRICA’S LAST FRONTIER, by Neil Shea, photographed by Randy Olson (Page 96) Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, a place of rival tribes, stick-and-grass-hut villages, goat pens, grain cribs, tradition and revenge, is unlike any other place in the world. But change is coming to this corner of Ethiopia after generations of being shielded from the outside world by mountains, savanna and Ethiopia’s unique status as the only African nation never to have been colonized. As aid organizations deliver food, build schools and plan irrigation projects and the government works to modernize Omo tribes, writer Neil Shea examines a group that must change the way their lives have long been lived. Photographer Randy Olson captures the people, traditions and environment that make Omo Valley one of Africa’s most intact cultural landscapes. Shea and Olson are available for interviews.
SHANGHAI DREAMS, by Brook Larmer, photographed by Fritz Hoffmann (Page 125) Once a modest fishing town surrounded by low-lying farmland, today’s Shanghai is defi ned by its skyscrapers, with jackhammers, bulldozers and building cranes working to make it one of the fastest-growing megacities in the world. The city, once again a hybrid of East and West culture fueled by years of fast growth, is set to take the world stage this year in hosting Expo 2010, a contemporary version of the World’s Fair. Yet author Brook Larmer, former Shanghai bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, questions what has been lost in tearing down the old and building up the new, while photographer Fritz Hoffmann captures daily life in China’s most populous city. Hoffmann and Larmer are available for interviews.
March’s Departments section looks at how snakes get around; a new and trickier El Niño; a potential cure for color blindness; the elusive Scottish wildcat; ginger, the age-old remedy; the real apples-and-oranges comparison; and the breakdown of social networking visits.
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