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Highlights from Costa Rica, Global Bird Weekend, 2020

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If the birding world had an official holiday, it would have to be Global Big Day (GBD). No other date captures the attention of so many birders, no other day is dedicated to the celebration of birds and birding in so many places and at the same time.

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An Overlooked Threat to Freshwater Fisheries? Bowfishing

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bowfishing is often unregulated and unstudied. And that could be a big problem for native fish. The post An Overlooked Threat to Freshwater Fisheries? Bowfishing appeared first on Cool Green Science. Fish & Fisheries Conservation Science Fish Fisheries

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Electric cars wont save us and the Planet

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There are, despite what governments and especially industry try to tell us, far too many points against it, and I know that I have said many of those things before.

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Secret oil pipeline revealed between Israel and the UAE

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The FSO Safer is a sinking oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. Rebels won’t let international bodies in to contain the oil which is slowly leaking into the Red Sea. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel signed an historic peace deal last month.

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How the Production of Foie Gras Impacts the Health of Ducks and Geese


As a result of increased animal welfare awareness in the past few decades, the production of foie gras has been thrown into question.

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The ABA Area and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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The third anniversary of Hurricane Maria barreling its way through Puerto Rico was a few weeks ago. In the aftermath of Maria, I had wondered why both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were not part of the ABA Area. After all, both are U.S. territories and their residents are U.S. citizens.

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Fish Fence: Yard Décor Becomes Lionfish Control

Nature Conservancy - Science

Lattice fencing offers a new hope in controlling the lionfish invasion. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Fish Invasive Species Oceans

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The Best Cannabis Strains For Beginner Growers

Green Prophet

Cousin to the cannabis plant, hemp is also considered a healing herb – and one that is legal anywhere to grow. High amounts of CBD make it an interesting anti-anxiety medicine for many folks.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2020)

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Any time of year that features skies filled with birds pretty much all day demands attention pretty much all day. If your neck is sore from being on a swivel this weekend, may I suggest swiveling with your hips to get through the rest of the month?

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves. It’s when Orange-crowned Warblers share the Goldenrod with lisping and chirping sparrows, when hardy Yellow-rumped Warblers dominate the Parulid scene.

Sniping: The Final Frontier?

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For those of us who have been bestowed with the good fortune of seeing a snipe, we understand the gravity of the blessing. Any snipe is a good snipe, they say. Out of the approximately 26 species of snipes worldwide, two have been recorded on Trinidad. Only one has been seen on Tobago.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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A bird of prey showed up in the tiny park across the boulevard from me yesterday, setting himself down on a park bench and ignoring a crowd of socially-distanced smart phone wielding photographers. He became the social media hit of the day: “A Peregrine Falcon in Forest Hills!”

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I am probably one of the least qualified people to write a post with this title, as my interest in food is quite limited, as long as I do not go hungry.

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A Good Walk Well Spoiled

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Golf is a good walk spoiled. — Mark Twain. Once, and only once, a while after I became a bit crazy about birding, my long-suffering wife decided to go along with me and see what it was all about. Now, my wife is extremely conscientious about exercise.

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Mammals of South Asia (Lynx Edicions)

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I was lucky to visit India several times, but as a keen birder I carried along only a bird book, and even upgraded it to a new edition between the trips.

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Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020

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Some of you may well remember the quarry that I wrote about in October 2016. The remaining amount of water was really quite disastrous for the local bird-life. Each year is different and the last visit a few weeks ago there was substantially more water.

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Birds of Chile – A Photo Guide

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If you want to write a bird guide, you should have guided people yourself.

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Tenet Wines: The Pundit Syrah (2016)

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At the risk of yet again reinforcing our predictable North American slant at Booze and Birds, it has to be noted that this year’s United States presidential campaign season has certainly been an occasion for drinking, especially as we enter the final two weeks before the election.

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Fully fledged Pied Oystercatcher chick

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This is a post that I always hoped I could write! We were cautiously optimistic that the Pied Oystercatcher chick would survive once it had made it to forty days since hatching. However, we have learned over the years that until a bird can fly it is not completely safe from predators.

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Curlew Sandpiper feeding

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One of the more common shorebirds along Broome’s beaches is the Curlew Sandpiper- Calidris ferruginea. They are often found in large mixed flocks and many have recently arrived from the Northern Hemisphere.

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Dollarbirds are back in Broome

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In a year when there’s not a lot that is normal some things happen like clock-work. Nature continues its routine regardless of everything else that is going on in the world. We are lucky in Western Australia that we can move around our own state.

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Queens County Bird Club Seventh Annual Big Sit

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This past Saturday, 10 October, was my favorite birding event of the year. Yes, it was the Queens County Bird Club Big Sit, our seventh iteration of the sedentary birding classic. What is a Big Sit?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2020)

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With so many sports leagues competing for attention this month, missing out on October’s avian bounty in favor of following your favorite teams is understandable. Unforgiveable too, but still understandable.

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The best laid plans… Last week, I had hoped to get permission to get onto the campus of one or Morelia’s many universities, to look for a family of Wood Ducks that apparently have arrived to spend the winter in its unusual habitat of marshy forest.

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Ken Wright Cellars: Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley (2017)

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One of the highlights of autumn for many birders in eastern North America is the annual release of the Winter Finch Forecast.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2020)

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The first weekend of the tenth month of the year usually delivers in terms of birds, but you’ve got to meet them halfway. Did you find time to catch any avian action?

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You Can Go Your Own Way

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Last week I wrote about my first experience with a new site that a friend thought looked promising when he saw it on Google Maps. My friend was right. I had such a good time there that I went back the very next week, to see what I could find by walking a bit higher into the woods.

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Climate report shows iconic cedars of Lebanon in distress (video)

Green Prophet

A forest of cedar trees in Lebanon. The Lebanese cedar tree is being decimated by climate change, a new video report released by Greenpeace explores.

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Covid-19 survives sewage treatment, finds new study

Green Prophet

Oded Nir has isolated living Covid-19 virus at sewage treatment plants after treatment/Dani Machlis credit. Wastewater must be treated beyond conventional methods used today in Israel in order to eliminate Covid-19 , report scientists from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Beersheba, Israel.

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The hijab is the bombshell sportswear in this Afghan gym

Green Prophet

Women work out in a concealed gym in Afghanistan. Image credit: Reuters. Muslim women face varying amounts of oppression from men depending on where they live.

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The UAE and Oman’s 3000-Year Old Irrigation System

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Falaj, an ancient water management system, has watered the Arabian Peninsula’s arid lands for centuries.

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US oil giant Chevron buys into Israeli natural gas

Green Prophet

Israeli offshore gas fields are now under control of one of the world’s biggest energy companies, Chevron. It irks activists, but might spark a pan-European pipeline, one analyst suggests. . Israel started finding natural gas in offshore gas deposits more than a decade ago.

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Dubai’s Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2021 revealed in real

Green Prophet

When I was a kid my parents decided us 3 would go to the World Fair Expo ’84 in Vancouver. I loved travelling with my parents, but I felt the Expo was like a giant marketing event with each country trying to out-impress the other.

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Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

Nature Conservancy - Science

Black witch moths are dramatic creatures, feared in some cultures, celebrated in others. Wildlife Insects & Pollinators Weird Nature

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Getting cadmium out of my chocolate through the roots

Green Prophet

Simran Sethi is a writer and activist who protects food we love, like chocolate and wine. Scientists too are working to protect the food we love safer through more sustainable agricultural practices. I am an addict. They say it’s good for me if I eat the 90% cacao, fair trade and organic.

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Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Nature Conservancy - Science

Have you seen a bird with abnormally long and deformed beak? Here’s what’s happening. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds Conservation Science Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature

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Vegan cheesemaker eyes IPO

Green Prophet

It’s a sign of the times: a vegan cheesemaking company in Israel is considering listing on the TASE – or Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Two meat or animal product substitute companies already list there and now Vgarden, which makes vegan cheese is looking to raise capital.

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