First Phoebe of 2012

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Have you seen your first Eastern Phoebe of 2012? my first decently photographed Eastern Phoebe of 2012 at Bayonne Park on 4 April 2012 This year I had several first phoebes.

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World Sparrow Day 2012

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We’ll be celebrating World Sparrow Day 2012 by running some of our favorite House Sparrow posts. Residents of the Americas may find this hard to believe, but the ubiquitous, adaptable House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus ) is declining in its native lands. We should all be concerned about this, if not out of love for this prosaic passerine then because the sparrow may very well be a signal species for more encompassing environmental threats.

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2012 Birding Resolutions

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Like some of the other beat writers around here I’ve been roped into keeping a year list this year , and inspired by the other lists I looked at I thought about what I wanted to achieve this year in birding. As opposed to my usual position of seeing whatever I see.

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Best Bird of the Year 2012

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As 2012 draws to a close we here at 10,000 Birds thought that it would be a great idea if we, like we did in 2010 and 2011 , shared our Best Birds of the Year.

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Copenhagen Consensus 2012

Environmental Economics

[I wish I had posted this on April 26*.]. Bjorn Lomborg in Slate : The Copenhagen Consensus project , which I direct, provides a link between academic research and concrete economic analysis that can be used by decision-makers in the real world.

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2012 Tent Round Up

Wend Magazine

This award winning 4 person storm-proof tent has been even further improved for the 2012 season. Related posts: 2012 Outside Gear Of The Year Announced. The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1 Al Tent . The Alps Mystique 1 perfect lightweight tent for solo trips.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Here, without further ado, are your Best Birds of 2012, in no particular order. I added 38 lifers in 2012, including Wilson’s Snipe.

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IOG Saltex 2012 – Show Review

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This year saw a rearrangement of the display areas are the usual top area close by the river could not be used as it had be rather churned up during the 2012 London Olympics boat races. DJ Turfcare used Saltex 2012 to launch Viano MO Bacter in the smaller 7.5

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Copenhagen Consensus 2012: Climate Change

Environmental Economics

That is the question that I posed to a panel of five top economists, including four Nobel laureates, in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 project. Bjorn Lomborg: If you had $75 billion to spend over the next four years and your goal was to advance human welfare, especially in the developing world, how could you get the most value for your money? The panel members were chosen for their expertise in prioritization and their ability to use economic principles to compare policy choices.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2012?

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Tomorrow is the first day of June, yet the complaints have already started. Have you heard them yet? “Now that migration is over, all I can do is look for local breeders.” ” “I guess I’ll go to the beach… maybe I’ll see a shearwater or something.”

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My Year in Birding 2012

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I had some goals for this year as well, goals which I laid out in the introduction to my 2012 year list. I came up just short of reaching 1,100 Birds on my overall World Life List , clocking in at 1,096, not a bad increase of 48 from the beginning of 2012 when I started at 1,048.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of June 2012)

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An interesting–or perhaps enervating–aspect of this time of year is how birding tends to run feast or famine. That is to say that, at least in the temperate regions, those of us who aren’t traveling somewhere special have to make do with the same old same old.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2012)

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Early April is a special time for most, especially those of us in the Northern Hemisphere that love each emerging sign of spring. The month and this particular period is all the more auspicious for me and mine, as so many friends and families celebrate spring birthdays.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2012?

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September has been flush with weekends this year, but all good months must come to an end. But worry not… regardless of weather conditions, this month goes out like a lion when it comes to birds on the move!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of March 2012)

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Now that late winter has eased into early spring, it seems owls are in the air. I’m hearing all kinds of owl howls, from Saw-whets at (where else?) Owl Woods and Short-eared Owls from New York to the Galapagos Islands.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of 2012?

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The last weekend of December 2012 is the last weekend of the entire year. Since I didn’t keep a year list in 2012, I feel no pressure to beat the bushes for final ticks. How many of you plan, before turning the page on this eventful year, to try to pad your year list?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2012)

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September slips away and October is afoot. What fresh fascinations does this month have in store? My best bird this weekend was a spry little Red-breasted Nuthatch consorting with its larger White-breasted kin.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2012?

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Assuming you survived the calendar craziness of 12/12/12, it’s time to come to grips with the truth you may have been denying: the 2012 holiday season has now started.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2012?

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Friends, birders, countrymen (and women)– lend me your ears. I come not to praise winter, but to bury it. Those of us occupying the boreal half of the planet can give Old Man Winter an exuberant sendoff this weekend, while you on the austral side can say so long to summer.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2012)

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April didn’t deliver many of its vaunted showers in my area this year. I’d fear for May flowers if so many weren’t already in bloom. How is the season in your corner of the world?

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of April 2012?

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Perhaps I’ll even see my First Phoebe of 2012. Most weeks, we tend to focus on the movements and migrations of birds. However, with upcoming Easter and Passover festivities and America’s all-important Spring Break, now is a good time to focus on the peregrinations of people.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2012)

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Faith and Begorrah, I’ve made it through another St. Patty’s Day without ingesting corned beef, cabbage, or green beer! My liver lingers on in the same (sorry) state in which it entered the weekend. Can you say the same?

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of April 2012?

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Some thrill to the feeling of spring in the air. Others crave something more primal such as love. Well, friends, can’t you feel it? Love is in the air… bird love ! We’ve been talking about it– often in rather graphic terms –all week.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of September 2012?

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Like it or not, fall is falling all over the Northern Hemisphere and spring is sprung to the south. But what’s not to like about either season? These magical months of transition feature flora and fauna in flux, which can lead to your year’s best bird watching.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2012)

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September, as you’ve no doubt heard time and time again, is a season of flux. No matter where you are in the world, chances are that an array of organisms are responding to climatic signals by, among other things, growing, dying, blooming, fruiting, fattening, nesting, or migrating.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2012?

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This month strikes me as the oddest April in my memory. Then again, April is always an odd month. Robert Frost certainly thought so… The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.

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How Sustainable Were the London 2012 Summer Olympics?

Sustainability Ninja

London and the United Kingdom put a great deal of effort in making the 2012 Summer Olympics as sustainable as humanly possible. The 2012 Olympics will not only be a legacy for London but it will set an example for all future Olympics wherever they are held.

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Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

Green Home Blog

Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012. It is nice to be with family during the holidays but for some it can be a challenge.

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The Last Diabolical Wood-Warbler Quiz of 2012

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Catherine Hamilton has been the first to get all three species correct in the last two diabolical wood-warbler quizzes. If she gets three in a row it will show she is the best birder in the world and Felonious Jive will suffer the sad misfortune of dropping to second place.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2012?

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With the arrival of May, we turn from bird love to migrant mania. Forget March Madness… this is when things get crazy for those in sync with the endless sojourns of countless species. Make the most of this special time!

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A Look Back at 2012

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Back in January of last year I said in my list for the year that I’d be happy if I hit 300 birds in 2012. Birding 2012 Year List New Zealand year listMy final number for last year was 402 as it turns out. So I guess the question is “am I happy?”

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Top 9 Eco Stories From the Middle East in 2012

Green Prophet

Hit the jump to see these and other stories that captivated our readers in 2012. In 2012 we brought on a new science writer Brian Nitz, who wrote this fantastic piece about ESL’s and CFL lights, and our readers hung on every word.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2012)

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Phenology is a funny thing (a funny word too, which is neither here nor there.) Every wildlife watcher, no matter how specialized, becomes attuned over time to the ebb and flow of each local plant and animal’s life cycle.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

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Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend. Just to keep that sweet paternal vibe going, I’m going to award double points to anyone whose best bird of the weekend was seen in the company of a dad or by a dad with his child.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2012?

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Ambrose Bierce, one of my literary heroes, crafted a supremely cynical lexicon called The Devil’s Dictionary. Though it’s over 100 years old, the work still has teeth and is worth a read. I’ve been considering a similar work called The Birder’s Dictionary.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2012)

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Stick with 2012 until the New Year comes rocking in! December is drawing towards its grand finale as we all work furiously in advance of seemingly endless celebration.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2012?

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The Jackson Pollack-inspired effigy of the Chicken Inferno 2012! July is ending, which prompts me to inquire whether you are making the most of your months. Summer months mean a lot to me, which must explain why I’m always on the run these days.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of March 2012?

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Ah, spring is here (at least on my side of the world.) Rather than wax with my usual eloquence on vernal splendors, I’d like to share a silly song that always comes to mind this time of year. My kids just loved the movie Lost in the Woods by Sisbro Studios.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2012?

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Nature lovers who love to travel know that few experiences are more enjoyable than preparation for a big trip. The mundane details that actually allow a trip to happen are tedious, but researching all those potential birds… huge fun!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2012)

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You are undoubtedly reviewing the best and worst of everything you experienced in 2012 as we prepare to ring in the New Year. Time to put another year in the books!

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2012?

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Most Americans are enjoying an early Thanksgiving weekend, for which I’m thankful. My family and many others are looking forward to veritable feasts to honor the fall harvest, for which I am also thankful.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of Octber 2012?

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October in the Northern Hemisphere is a glorious time of transformation. Not only do devoted leaf peepers fully come into their own this month, wildlife watchers have no dearth of diversions. The only way to enjoy October is to immerse yourself in it, especially during its warmer weekends.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2012)

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Change is in the air, isn’t it? All around the world, satisfaction subsides as an inevitable restlessness sets in on a cellular level. If you’re able to resist the lure of migration, you can at least pull up a seat and watch the endless waves pursue their predestined bliss.

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