Birds, Butterflies and Orchids: A Life in the Cloud Forest is a book of stunning and intimate photographs of Ecuador's Cloud Forests. Most of the book's plant and animal photographs were taken within a 15 minute walk of the photographer's home, giving us a rare glimpse of one of the world's most biodiverse, beautiful- and threatened- ecosystems. The 9 X 9 inch hard-cover (and sewn) book contains 120 pages with 160 photographs of-- besides plenty of birds, butterflie and orchids-- striking images of cloud forests, plants, moths, mantids, lizards, frogs, beetles, and spiders. The book also highlights some of the threats these biological jewels are facing. Table of Content: Acknowlegement Preface (by Peter Joost) Cloud Forests Orchids Butterflies, Moths, Beetles and Other Forests Denizens Birds The Curse of Copper A final Word Resources About the Photographs
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Carlos Zorrilla and his wife, Sandy Statz are the founders of the first ecological tourism destination in Intag (Intag Cloud Forest Reserve) as well as the first private protected forest reserve. The Intag Cloud Forest Reserve protects over 500 hectares of cloud forests and waterfalls, as well as the area's spectacular wildlife. Carlos has also been instrumental in protecting several other private forest reserves. Carlos has been involved in environmental work since moving to Intag in 1978, a task that became urgent when Bishimetals, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, found copper in the area in the mid nineties. In this new role, Carlos has been a co-founder of several environmental organizations. In 1995, he was instrumental in the creation of Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Intag-DECOIN, a grass roots environmental organization whose members are committed to developing alternatives to a proposed copper mine, and to conserving Intag's spectacular biodiversity. Since then, the work against large-scale mining development has not let up, and the people of Intag have been successful in stopping large-scale mining. Besides being the main organization in Intag leading the struggle to keep large-scale mining from destroying communities and the area's biological and hydrological wealth, with support from international conservation organizations DECOIN has, to date, helped create 40 community-owned watershed and forest reserves, protecting not only thousands of hectares of cloud forests and their threatened wildlife, but also providing safe drinking water for thousands of residents. DECOIN's work also encompasses environmental education, support for community sustainable productive alternatives, and native-species reforestation. DECOIN has also worked with local governments to help create and pass local laws to protect the environment (see decoin.org for more details). Carlos travels widely to give talks on environmental activism, the impacts of mining on communities, and conservation. He is the author of numerous essays and booklets on mining, community and the environment. In 2008, he received the Denver Zoological Foundation Conservation Award. Carlos lives on his farm-reserve in Intag, where he devotes part of his time to ecological tourism (mostly US university students) and tends his shade-grown coffee bushes. A large chunk of his time, however, goes to working for DECOIN, where he is executive director, a role that includes directing some of the organization's conservation and productive projects. In his spare time, he is out photographing Intag's magnificent scenery and wildlife. Birds, Butterflies and Orchids: A Life in the Cloud Forests is Carlos' first photography book.
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Book Description Carlos Zorrilla. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. SIGNED by the author. Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of use. Boards are faintly rubbed overall. Small bump to spine. Bookseller Inventory # 1213230316