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  Frédérique Morrel The French artist Frédérique Morrel was horrified to discover that when her grandmother died, all of her handicrafts were thrown away. Since then, she has been pursuing the idea of bringing her grandmother’s works back to life in order to revive the passion that was inherent in them. In the process, she has developed a completely new artistic concept that “ decycles ” unnoticed and unvalued pop artifacts, thus helping them make the transition to a new life cycle.  ** Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of  Frédérique Morrel’s art.  The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework.  While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ ghosts ”.)  If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then

Inspiration = BEAR, Otis

Yup, that is the bear OTIS 

[The legendary brown bear Otis is a quintessential example of longevity and adaptability in bears.]

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Otis: An Inspiration

Do your favorite live cam friends inspire you to take care of the world? Animals like Otis have a devoted following, so might their influence directly impact conservation efforts?

Our resident naturalist Mike Fitz along with his research colleagues sought to answer this very question, and their findings are illuminating. Much of their research is collected from viewers.

The research paper summary is available on our blog, and the full-length paper can be viewed here.



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