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Yellow Bitterns in Singapore

10,000 Birds

One bird that is easily encountered in Singapore without venturing too far off the beaten track is the Yellow Bittern. The Yellow Bittern is often overlooked by visitors to many of the parks and gardens in Singapore.

26 of the Most Effective Kitchen Hacks

Green Prophet

Everyone has their own comfort level in the kitchen. Some people feel completely comfortable with a knife in hand while others use the kitchen for snacks and as a place to sit while ordering take-out. .

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White, yellow or golden?

10,000 Birds

Collared Scops Owl – A Cat Head Eagle. For a German living in China, bird names have some additional complexities. Most of the Shanghai birds I only know by their English names, as this is the language of eBird as well as the language shared with other foreign birders.

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The pencil; a most reliable writing tool

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The question as to how “green” it is as far as manufacture and such is concerned is one thing but as far as reliability goes it trumps all.

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I have a few follow-up questions.

Environmental Economics

There seems to be a climate change pattern the administration's response to questions about climate change.

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Timber Rattlesnakes: Cool Facts and an Uncertain Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

Meet the feared but reclusive and docile snake of the eastern forest. From the Field Wildlife Herps Weird Nature

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Put Plants In Your Home To Live Longer

Green Prophet

Summertime, and the green outdoors beckons. It’s tempting to go for a healthy walk outdoors. But what if you live in an apartment, a bus ride away from a park? Or spend the best part of daylight hours in an office building?

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ARS-UVR-32PRO – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ARS-UVR-32PRO from Sorbus International Pro pruning saw with sheath, curved blade 4mm pitch, rubber grip. Blade high-Carbon Steel with hard-chrome plating. Curvature ground teeth (SUPER TURBOCUT®) and impulse hardened. 4mm tooth pitch with 1.5 mm tooth thickness. Blade length 320 mm and overall length 480 mm with a weight of 430 grams.

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Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) is a top 3 economics journal.

Environmental Economics

at least according to the Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2018. And yes, I'm telling you this because John and I now have a top 3 publication (and I think we deserve a raise dammit

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8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat

Nature Conservancy - Science

From urine-accented mud baths to “bloody” sunscreen, how wildlife stays cool in the hot summer. Climate Change Wildlife

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Antidepressants severely increases dementia risk when you are over 60

Green Prophet

More than 1 in 10 will become demented after 60 when exposed to antidepressants, versus less than 3 in 100. A strong warning to the medical world about loosely prescribing antidepressant meds. Among people over the age of 60, antidepressant exposure increases the risk of dementia by 3.43

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Waldorf Education Philosophy

The Green Changemakers

Source: [link] The Waldorf education philosophy is just one of the many systems we have researched to create the Education for Life Program. The Waldorf method distinguishes three broad stages in child development that each last approximately seven years.

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Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

10,000 Birds

I consider myself fortunate that I learned to love summer birding before I ever knew what the summer doldrums are, if only because summer was the very first season I began birding.

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Amur Paradise Flycatcher in Jixi, Anhui, China

10,000 Birds

A few weeks ago, I spent a few days at Jixi, Anhui, a relatively rural place about 2.5 hours away from Shanghai by high-speed train. There, breeding Amur Paradise Flycatchers have become an attraction for Chinese bird photographers, and the source of some tourism income for the locals.

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Great Mexican Bird Names

10,000 Birds

By the time this post is published, I will be on a short trip to Spain, though not principally for birding purposes. So I decided to make it easy on myself, and follow up on the whole name theme we did a couple of weeks ago.

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Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

10,000 Birds

Helm Field Guides, Paperback – May 2018. As we birders like to see ourselves, we aren’t tourists but travellers, even explorers. And hence we do not carry tourist guides with us. Our tourist attractions have feathers and unlike crumbling temples or colonial buildings, do not stay in one place.

Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Antpittas and Gnateaters by Harry F. Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. I hesitated because a 496-page book about two skulky neotropical bird groups is a little intimidating.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2019)

10,000 Birds

July birding in the Northern Hemisphere may be slow, but you’ve got to love those adorable baby birds! Does anyone out there keep a separate list for fledglings and chicks?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2019?

10,000 Birds

Summer (or winter, depending on where you are this week) rolls on, leading us deep into the dreaded doldrums. Don’t give up on birding, though. Even a small change in routine or location can open up unexpected possibilities.

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Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

10,000 Birds

The Trump Administration has been a challenging place for conservationists to find any glimmers of optimism. Other than a sweeping public lands package in 2019 , there has been little or no progress on the environment or wildlife protection. Indeed, there has been considerable cause for alarm.

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High-Altitude Birding in Central Mexico

10,000 Birds

One of the things I love about birding around Morelia, in central Mexico, is the wide variety of habitats I have nearby.

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Bring back the Blue Tit

10,000 Birds

I’m a long-time champion of the IOC World Bird List as a standard for bird names. I pushed for Wikipedia to adopt them, and then to follow the taxonomy, and given the dominance of Wikipedia in Google search results, this is no small thing. I’m not blind to the list’s faults, though.

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Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

For many folks who live in places with cold winters, toucans are the birds on cereal boxes. While growing up in western New York during the 70s and 80s, sure, we could have found some information, some illustrations of toucans at the local public library. But that would have required a lot more time and tedious effort than gazing at a cereal box accompanied by a sugar-soaked breakfast.

The cuckoo tree

10,000 Birds

On a recent trip to India, a non-descript tree caught my attention. It was overlooking the butterfly garden in Sanjeevaiah Park , Hyderabad. The hysterical call of an Asian Koel , Eudynamys scolopaceus , first attracted me and as I turned to look, a Greater Coucal, Centropus sinensis , flew down from its leafy boughs and disappeared into the reeds of a nearby wet patch. The koel and coucal are both from the extended cuckoo family Cuculidae.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2019)

10,000 Birds

Weekends, whether long or short, usually produce opportunities for noteworthy moments. Hopefully, you manufactured one or two of the avian observation variety. Most of the birds of note during my weekend in Pittsburgh appeared in transit.

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Central Catchment Nature Reserve Singapore

10,000 Birds

The Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore is a huge area that covers over 2,000 hectares of forest. There are over twenty kilometres of walking trails within the park and it is open from 7am until 7pm daily.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of July 2019?

10,000 Birds

Many Americans have kicked off the first weekend of July with a very extended weekend. Unfortunately, a week of Saturdays won’t bring the migrants back! With hope, each of you finds yourself exactly where the best birds are.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

10,000 Birds

Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?)

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Boobies, Really?

10,000 Birds

It is my sincere intent to have a short discussion about small group of birds, the Boobies, without any form of sophomoric humor. Those of you that know me, will find this extremely hard to believe, but I am going to give it my best shot, because really that’s what this is all about isn’t it?

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Cape May Warbler is a Bad Name and Should be Replaced

10,000 Birds

The Cape May Warbler is a boldly patterned, voracious predator. Primarily yellow below, with black racing stripes, it prowls through the canopy laying waste to caterpillars. A thrill to see, especially to see well, the Cape May Warbler is most commonly spotted as a passage migrant or as a winter resident, considering that its breeding area is the spruce-fir forests of Canada and some of the northernmost parts of the United States.

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Blue, Gray, or Grey?

10,000 Birds

Does anybody know which part of the Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias is referred to that entitles it to use the colour blue in its name? Perhaps Occasionally White Heron Ardea cinerinoncaeruleumalbanuncenimfiunc might be more appropriate?*

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The Birds of Washington, DC

10,000 Birds

There are a lot of birds in Washington, DC. Oh sure, you can go to Rock Creek Park or the Tidal Basin to seek out living avian species, or visitors can head to the Smithsonian museums for a dose of past and present bird lore from all over the world. In early June, I took note of each museum bird I spotted. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History boasts an entire collection of skins of birds native to the DC area, from large Bald Eagles to tiny Eastern Screech Owls.

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Birding Singapore Sports Hub

10,000 Birds

One of the best features about Singapore is the fact that wherever you go there are birds. Admittedly we did not go into the downtown area once during our three week stay, but wherever there are trees there are birds and Singapore is a green city.

Corporate Branding of Birds for Conservation: A Modest Proposal

10,000 Birds

I’d learned a lot since the last time I sat in a meeting room even close to this fancy. Mostly, don’t steal breath mints. I’m still full of good ideas, though. And the faces around this table – faces you might recognize, and names, if I hadn’t signed an NDA that I’m pretty sure allows me to be shot into space if I tell you who was present – were doing a pretty good job of acting like they wanted to hear them.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2019?

10,000 Birds

You have to love June, when birding stops well before the month itself. Is anyone willing to struggle out this weekend to look at birds? A nagging sense of duty may impel me to seek out Yellow-billed Cuckoo at some local haunts this weekend.

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Wood Warbler Names Done Right

10,000 Birds

For many North American birders, wood warblers represent everything exciting, compelling, and immediate about birding.

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I’m not seeing spots: Towhee issues

10,000 Birds

When you bird in Latin America, you quickly realize how America-centric English-language bird names are. Consider, for example, the Summer Tanager. This is an easy species for me to see in my region — any time BUT in summer.

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