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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission declares the Marbled Murrelet Endangered

   
 
 

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2021) Oregon joined Washington and California to protect Marbled Murrelets as Endangered under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4 to 3 to reclassify the murrelet from Threatened to Endangered. These protections come at a critical time for this species, which depends on marine areas for feeding and old-growth forest for nesting. Both of its habitats face uncertain futures with respect to the impact of climate change.  

“We are relieved the Commission has voted in favor of uplisting the Marbled Murrelet to Endangered status,” says Jennifer Davis, ABC’s Northwestern Regional Director. “This elusive species is extremely vulnerable to a host of threats, and without additional protections, it is at real risk of irreversible decline. We thank the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for this vote in favor of the murrelet.”

The Marbled Murrelet is Federally listed as Threatened, but this state declaration will provide much needed additional protections on Oregon State lands.

ABC will continue to work with partners and stakeholders in the region to ensure that this species is able to persist in the Pacific Northwest for generations to come.

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American Bird Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ABCbirds).   

2020 BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA TO AIR ON SUNDAY, MAY 17 NBC will air the 2020 “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” on Sunday, May 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The special, which was taped on Feb. 29, was previously postponed due to post-production delays. In celebration of man’s best friend and with the glamour only Beverly Hills can provide, the star-studded competition is co-hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway actor John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst David Frei. Mary Carillo, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Maria Menounos serve as contributors, and this year’s dog-loving celebrity guests include Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner, Reece Caddell, Jade Catta-Preta, Olivia Culpo, Ester Dean, Bo Derek, Doug the Pug, Parveen Kaur, MJ Javid & Tommy Feight, Nastia Liukin, Greg Louganis, Ariana Madix, Justine Marino, Caitlin McGee, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier and Jocko Sims. Leading up to the May 17 broadcast, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will present “The Dog Days of Spring” primetime marathon from May 4 - May 7 (7 p.m.-3 a.m. ET) and May 8 - May 9 (8 p.m-3 a.m. ET) featuring past competitions of “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” and “Incredible Dog Challenge.” Last year, a 3-year-old Havanese named Bono was crowned the 2019 Best in Show. The little canine from the Toy group is the most-winning Havanese in the breed’s history with over 90 Best in Show titles. Previous Beverly Hills Dog Show winners include 2018’s King, a Wire Fox Terrier, and 2017’s Ripcord, a Doberman Pinscher. On April 5, NBC aired a re-broadcast of the 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show, which was the second highest rated sports program of the weekend across all networks and was watched by an average of over 1.2M viewers. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC Sports, “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a new breed of dog show and must-see viewing for the whole family. Before more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties face off for the coveted Best in Show title, the canine competitors will mingle with celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet. For the main event, each group winner will walk the show’s unique runway for the Best in Show judge to determine which dog has what it takes to be champion.

 

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“What an extraordinary story… a rare combination of film and cultural history.”

                                                                                -- Leonard Maltin

 

A Fantastic Accompaniment to Easter’s

Legendary Classic ‘THE TEN COMMANDMENTS’

‘THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE’

Fascinating Documentary Heralds the Discovery of Long-Buried Sets

from DeMille’s Original 1923 Theatrical Epic

Digital Re-Release Accompanies Announcement of

2020 Final Excavation Effort

 


 

Los Angeles, Calif. – <<EASTER – APRIL 2020 >> – As the classic film THE TEN COMMANDMENTS heads back to television for its popular annual Easter Season airing (April 4th, 7 p.m. on ABC), the fascinating documentary film showcasing burial and recovery efforts of the original massive film set created for famed director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 version – THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE - has returned to Digital and DVD. The documentary release comes in celebration of the announcement by California’s Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center that the final excavation to recover the last of the sets that were hidden in the sand almost 100 years ago will begin this Fall, with fundraising currently ongoing to support the effort.

A Hollywood detective story that will thrill any fan of movies and history, THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE pays tribute to Cecil B. DeMille, one of Hollywood’s most innovative and commercially successful filmmakers, showcasing the ‘making of’ both the original silent version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and the 1956 classic remake, while telling the story of the 30+ year quest to unearth the remains of his Egyptian city from the sandy coast of Central California.

Trailer:   https://vimeo.com/151446135

 

The Dunes Center, located in California’s Santa Barbara County, has announced the final excavation to recover additional parts of the set by launching a new dig, timed from October 2020 to April 2021, depending on wildlife conservation and weather considerations. This 2020 final excavation is contingent upon completion of a fund-raising drive currently in progress.  

The center depends on community and volunteer support during excavation efforts, temporary dig permits and ensuring the proper curation of artifacts is ensured by art restorers who are contracted to supervise. However, the restoration effort must secure approximately $135,000 to properly complete their goal. From the start, excavation efforts have been painstaking and fraught with fundraising struggles,” noted Doug Jenzen, Executive Director of the Dunes Center.

For more information about the Dunes Center’s excavation effort, visit dunescenter.org or call 805-343-2455.

After these artifacts are restored, they are housed at the Dunes Center museum. The museum promotes and celebrates appreciation for the region’s natural treasures and unique history through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. Among items housed at the museum is a perfectly intact 300 pound plaster sphinx head that was previously unearthed from the site.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY

 

THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE follows the decades long quest of a group of young filmmakers who first heard rumors of the burial of DeMille’s City of the Pharaoh, a huge set encompassing 20 sphinxes and four 35-ton statues of Ramses, in 1982. Too daunting to be constructed inside a 1920’s-era studio soundstage, DeMille and his production staff found their “faux-Egypt” on the beaches of Santa Barbara County. When they finished shooting, rather than leave the sets to be repurposed by second-rate hacks hoping to steal a little of his thunder, DeMille had the sets buried in the sand, counting on time and coastal elements to eventually destroy them.

Fascinated by this bit of movie lore about “the last of the great sets” and optimistic that much of the set may have survived, the filmmakers set out to arrange for an excavation and to make a documentary. What followed was decades of on-again, off-again excavation efforts, as the project faced seemingly insurmountable funding stumbles and bureaucratic obstacles.   The film concurrently interweaves the history of famed director DeMille with fascinating firsthand accounts from dozens of people who were involved in the groundbreaking 1923 production, including studio executives, extras, spectators and the filmmaker’s granddaughter Cecilia DeMille Presley.

 

Logline:

A fascinating companion to ‘The Ten Commandments’ showcasing the 30+ year quest to unearth the film’s massive sets, buried on the coast of California almost 100 years ago.

 


Film Specifications:

Director: Peter Brosnan
Screenwriter: Peter Brosnan
Producers: Peter Brosnan, Daniel J. Coplan
Executive producer: Francesca Judge Silva

Presented by: Cecelia DeMille Presley

Co-producers: Bruce Cardozo, Richard Eberhardt

 

 

Director of photography: Alessandro Gentile
Editor: George Artope

Still Photography: Kelvin Jones

Time Lapse Photography: Michael DeLavallade
Composer: Steve Bauman
Running Time: 88 minutes

Produced by: Lost City Productions

Distributed by: Random Media


About Film Distributor Random Media:

Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, digital platforms, cable, satellite and television networks and in conventional brick and mortar retailers. Random Media is known for its commitment to building strong, supportive relationships with its filmmakers. The companies’ growing library includes such acclaimed films as Getting Grace, Killswitch: The Battle for Control of the Internet, Yamasong: March of the Hollows, and The Landing.

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COMPLETE ARTWORK/PHOTOS and PRESS INFO LINK:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u2z3txld74s8f7h/AACOsJWz4MLt9ugKa9qfuShwa?dl=0

DOCUMENTARY/‘The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille’

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/The-Lost-City-of-Cecil-B-DeMille-1614033822253579/

IMDB:             http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2507306/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1

            TRAILER:      https://vimeo.com/151446135

OFFICIAL SITE:   https://www.lostcitydemille.com/

Stay Safe & Support Rescue Pets this 4th of July!
I am thinking of you, your family and your pets during this Fourth of July holiday! 
Since the world is a bit crazier than years past, I just want to give a brief reminder to keep your eyes open, stay safe, and never put you, your family or your pets in compromising situations during this holiday season.. 
In California and many places around the country, there is an enormous amount of illegal fireworks being set of, as you already know. Your pets’ simply cannot stand this horrible time and they become stressed to the point they can break out of anywhere!
There are many herbal remedies available for animals in many pet stores, which we highly recommend! From now through the Fourth of July, at any time, day or night, reckless people will be shooting off fireworks and trying to scare and hurt animals.
Keep your pets inside and monitor them when they are outside! Please, keep your cat safe as well! I don’t want to go into details about bad teenagers and people that can hurt your pets! If you see an animal being hurt, please call 911!
 I realize people want to go to parties and have fun but your pets have to be number one! Play gentle music loud enough to drown out as many noises as possible. TV programming that won’t upset your pets like a good movie or old-fashioned television shows that air constantly on different channels will also work to drown out the noise of fire crackers and M80s that unruly neighbors might be shooting off. Animals are able to hear the vibration way before you can! Put them away in a room… Just keep them safe! Don’t leave them in hot cars! 
We have been saving people’s pets that have been abandoned at shelters for the last three weeks, and now we are down to the wire as the holiday approaches! The shelters are clearing out as many abandoned pets, as they can to make room for people’s pets that run away from the fireworks!
 They are literally euthanizing really nice dogs and cats that just don’t deserve to be born to die because it’s the Fourth of July week! 
 Make sure your pets’ microchips are up-to-date! If you don’t have your dog or cat microchipped, maybe it is the time to make a veterinarian appointment and get one done! It’s a matter of finding your pet if they run away! Otherwise you’ll never see them again, that’s just the truth nowadays… I don’t want that for you. Below you will see some pictures of a few of the many dogs both small and large that we’ve been rescuing over the last few weeks. We still have many more coming in from a variety of shelters as we are trying to help out as much as we can all over Southern California. 
 Please donate! All donations will help save lives! It is an emergency fund raiser to help as many as we can. We still need food to feed them, portable water that has to be trucked in since we are in the high desert, baby pools for them to cool off in, in the high heat and we keep our window unit air conditioners working to cool down from the high heat so our electrical bills are pretty high!
No donation is too small or large! Right now the shelters are just begging for us to get the pets out to make room! We service our community. I volunteer all of my time in hours, crisscrossing the country, trying to educate on animal welfare, spay and neuter and stamp out animal abuse!
I am forever grateful for your love and support, and as usual we need it now more than ever during the summer! I’m counting on you.
 From the bottom my heart,
 Thank You & Stay Safe,
Linda Blair
 
Meet Our Newest Rescues!
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Forever Loving Homes!
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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Bumblebee

Paramount Pictures, Allsoark Pictures, Bay Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro, Tencent Pictures and Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production present a PG-13, 113 minute, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure film directed by Travis Knight, screenplay and story by Christina Hodson with a theatre release date of December 21, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Bad Times at the El Royale

Twentieth Century Fox presents an R rated, 141 minute, Mystery, Thriller, directed and written by Drew Goddard with a theatre release date of October 12, 2018.

Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation | 10061 Riverside Dr. Suite 1003, Toluca Lake, CA 91506

 
 
We truly need your help! All of the shelters are overfilled and they are begging rescues and people to adopt the many dogs and cats before they start euthanizing. (You can read the article here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/local/all-la-city-animal-shelters-at-capacity-hundreds-of-pets-may-be-euthanized/ar-BBLnCRZ?ocid=se)
 
We have done what we could here at LBWF. We have been pulling emergency dogs since Memorial Day. We know right now we are in an emergency crisis with the animals but so few people are listening as the Country is so devastated. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. If you are able, would you please, please, make a donation today to help us.
This upcoming Tuesday, August 7th, the electric company is turning off the electricity in our area for nine hours so they can fix the electrical grid. The temperature is supposed to reach 107 degrees. We are in shock they are doing this and we are asking for donations to help us rent generators so we can keep the dogs cool and comfortable. The only way we can provide this is by renting three generators to hook up the mini air conditioning units, purchasing 100 blocks of ice for the baby pools so the dogs can lie in the cool water, and regular bags of ice. The cost of renting a generator is $250 each.
Everyone in the area is affected and we know there are many that are not thinking ahead but we truly are as we care for our rescued animals with all our hearts! Please help! We are also on fire alert every single day. Our emergency funds are very low and down to nothing because of having to spay and neuter most all of our rescue dogs since the shelters won’t. Please help us to help the dogs in need. We have rescued so many and save so many lives because of your support! You can donate by clicking the link below and please put a message of support in the message bar!
With Love & Thanks,
Linda Blair
 
Below are pictures of our rescue dogs enjoying pool time and play time. Everything we provide is because of your support & donations! 
Our Recent Rescues
 
A Day In The Life of an LBWF Rescued Dog
Your support & donations make this possible!
 
Happy rescued dogs get the "zoomies!"
 
 

 

Dangerous Pesticides Kill Wildlife, Harm Unique Ecosystems

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Pesticides Science and Regulation, American Bird Conservancy, 202-888-7475, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Staff Attorney, Earthjustice, 415-217-2000

(Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2017) On behalf of American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to adopt a statewide prohibition on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the more than one million acres of wildlife habitat under its jurisdiction. “We need to be sure that these lands remain safe havens for birds and other wildlife,” said Cynthia Palmer, ABC’s Director of Pesticides Science and Regulation.

Neonics are a relatively new class of chemicals with the potential to derail California’s efforts to safeguard its unique ecosystems. Neonics are deadly to pollinators and other wildlife, including birds. For example, a single seed coated with neonics is enough to kill a songbird, and exposure to just one-tenth of a coated seed per day during the egg-laying season is enough to impair reproduction. Even tiny doses can cause birds to lose coordination and the ability to fly. Neonics are also lethal to many of the terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates — including butterflies, bees, earthworms, and mayflies — that are critical food sources for birds and other wildlife.

“What’s so stunning about these pesticides,” said Palmer, “is the fact that they can actually exacerbate the pest problems they were meant to solve. By harming pollinators like bees and butterflies, as well as natural pest control agents like birds and beneficial insects, neonics are sabotaging the very organisms on which we all depend.”

Europe has enacted a moratorium on the use of neonics, and Canada has proposed a nationwide ban on the most widely used neonic, imidacloprid, given the risk it poses to birds, insects, small mammals, and other wildlife. In addition, many U.S. companies such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, True Value, and BJ’s Wholesale Club, as well as state and local legislatures, are reining in the use of neonics. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned neonic use on National Wildlife Refuge lands as of last year.

“We hope that the California Fish and Game Commission will follow the lead of the federal Fish and Wildlife Service and prohibit any use of neonicotinoid pesticides on the important network of wildlife refuges it oversees throughout California, one of the nation’s most biodiverse states,” said Trent Orr, the Earthjustice staff attorney who worked on the petition.

“It’s time for the agencies managing state refuges across the nation to join in protecting our endangered species and other wildlife from these poisons,” Palmer stated. “California has long been an environmental standard-bearer for the other states on everything from auto emissions to building codes. We urge the California Fish and Game Commission to lead the way on pesticides, as well, by adopting a statewide prohibition on neonicotinoid insecticides.”

(Photo: Banning the use of neonics on Califonia's public lands would benefit songbirds such as Horned Lark and many other species. Photo by Tom Grey)

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American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Earthjustice, the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization, wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. Because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Talkin' Pets News

July 29, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - The Dog Writers Association of America’s Annual Writing Contest Opens and Jen Reeder, President of the DWAA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 07/26/2017 at 5pm EST to discuss the contest

 

You "Otter" Watch this Video about the Unusually Large Population of
Adorable Sea Otters Living in Morro Bay, and Find Spring Lodging Specials, Save $130 on Sailing, Surfing, kayaking and more , and Get VIP Access to Amgen's Morro Bay Finish 
Morro Bay, CA, March 28, 2017 - There's an abundance of pure unadulterated cuteness going on from the recent increase in California Sea Otter families living in Morro Bay. Mommas and babies are everywhere eating and grooming each other as if no one is watching. But we are and we can't look away - they are so dang cute! Now is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures in their natural habitat since Morro Bay harbor is experiencing the highest count to date of these adorable critters. A survey taken last May of the Morro Bay harbor documented 36 adult sea otters and nine pups, a significantly higher number than the typical five or fewer otters frequenting the harbor in the early 2000s.
 
"Large gatherings of otters throughout the harbor have attracted tourists and locals all along the waterfront to experience them in their natural habitat," explains Jennifer Little, Executive Director of Discover Morro Bay. "You can watch along the shore or rent paddleboards and watch from a safe distance on the water as they forage for food and groom their young. They use rocks and other tools to break open crab and local food sources and are so fun to watch. We've seen up to 30 - 40 of them at a time floating around on their backs and enjoying life in Morro Bay."
 
Just plop down a beach chair along the Morro Bay Harbor Walk and start watching - they're everywhere and easy to find. If there isn't a family of otters hanging out already, they will soon appear. The southeast side of Morro Rock is a great landmark for sea otter viewing as is Coleman beach at the intersection of Embarcadero and Coleman Drive. There are also public viewing spots all along the Embarcadero for wildlife viewing in between the plethora of restaurants, boutique shops and wine bars. To get an even closer look, paddle out in a kayak or rent a boat at Bay Cruisers and Electric Boats. Visitors can also take a ride on the Lost Isle Tiki boat to see the otters and the ever-barking sea lions, which includes a quick detour to the Morro Bay natural sand spit. Kayaks can be rented at Kayak Horizons and the Kayak Shack.
 
Otter Population Growth
Over the past three years, the average count of sea otters in the California range hit 3,272. This is the first time that the index, which started in 1982, has exceeded 3,090, the threshold suggested by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether the species should be delisted under the Endangered Species Act. The threshold would need to be surpassed for at least three consecutive years before the species is considered for delisting. The index hovered in the 2,800 only one decade ago.
 
Experts say what's really driving the population increase is the abundance of food they find in the waters of Morro Bay. Sea otters are integral to the health of the Morro Bay harbor environment. When viewing otters be very careful as they are wild animals and may react poorly if approached. When viewing from the water, it's best to stay at least five kayak lengths away at all times and enjoy them in a responsible manner.
 
Find Spring Lodging Specials, Activity Rental Discounts and Amgen VIP Packages
Morro Bay currently has an abundance of spring lodging specials and up to $130 in discounts off outdoor activity rentals. Surf, Kayak and sail for less when you stay in Morro Bay through April. Also, find VIP Amgen packages and get FREE Amgen swag when you book a room for Amgen Tour of California finish on May 16 in Morro Bay.  For information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit www.morrobay.org.
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About Morro Bay
Get out on the open road and visit Morro Bay, CA on Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County, just minutes from Hearst Castle and teeming with California Sea Otters. A true gem, this seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in a gorgeous natural setting. Morro Bay's coastal climate is perfect for the abundance of year-round outdoor activities found in this unspoiled slice of California. Recently recognized in as her home in Finding Dory, Morro Bay was named as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and outdoor activities are a way of life. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone. Located along coastal Highway 1 in midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is easily accessible from northern CA via Highway 101 South to Highway 46 West or Highway 41 West.
 
Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock, welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit www.morrobay.org or follow Morro Bay on its Facebooktwitter or Pinterest pages.
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