Big Years in 2013

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What records will fall in 2013? Periodically throughout 2013 we will check in with the folks we find doing big years to see how they are doing. Anyway, without further ado, here are the 2013 Big Year birders! Check out EPIC Big Year 2013. You can keep up with Matt at Canada Big Year 2013. Laura Erickson is doing a “Conservation Big Year” seeking to see, photograph, and highlight conservation stories around the United States in 2013.

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2013 Big Year Update

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Now seems like a good time to look in on the birding big years happening in 2013 to see how folks are doing as they tear around their county or region or state or province or country trying to see as many birds as possible before 1 January 2014. Since the initial post on 2013 big years I have learned of several more people attempting big years this year. You can follow along at Birding for Conservation , where I learned that David has already reached 270 species for 2013.

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Birding in Ecuador 2013

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If you are planning a birding trip to 2013 maybe you should consider Ecuador, my home country! Thanks to Lonely Planet we hope to see a small boost in tourism this year since Ecuador has made it to Top 10 Countries to travel in 2013. Happy Birding in 2013! Destinations Ecuador 2013Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Even if you are not a birder, you will find Ecuador to be a top notch destination for all sorts of people.

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EARE 2013

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From the inbox: We are pleased to inform you that the Scientific Programme of the 20th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists is now accessible online at [link]. We also invite you to visit the Conference website at [link] , where information on keynote speakers, the venue, transportation, social programme, registration, accommodation, and much more is available  

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First Phoebe of 2013

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I finally saw my first Eastern Phoebe of 2013 yesterday at Hempstead Lake State Park on Long Island. So, like last year, I thought I would ask the question,which is only really relevant to folks in the midwest and northeast of the United States and in eastern Canada: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2013? In fact, I saw three!

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Bodegas Navarro Lopez Laguna de la Nava Gran Reserva (2013)

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I unearthed this 2013 Laguna de la Nava, a Spanish Gran Reserva wine bottled by Bodegas Navarro Lopez in Valdepeñas, a Denominación de Origen Protegida region in the province of Ciudad Real, about one hundred miles south of Madrid. Bodegas Navarro Lopez Laguna de la Nava Gran Reserva (2013).

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My 2013 Birding Year in Review (With My Top Ten Birding Moments!)

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In 2013 I birded in two countries, submitted eBird checklists for seven U.S. At the beginning of the year I said the following about my goals for the year’s birding: I start 2013 with 297 birds on my Queens Life List , 500 birds on my ABA Life List , and 1,096 birds on my World Life List. I would like to end 2013 with 303, 512, and 1,150 birds on those lists. But what were my top ten birding moments of 2013? What were your top birding moments of 2013?

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2013 AOU North American checklist proposals

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The first batch of proposals for the 2013 American Ornithologists’ Union North American checklist supplement has hit the ‘tubes. Let’s take a look at some of what lurks inside: Pygmy-owl split. Proposal 2013-A-2 would split the “Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl” ( Glaucidium cobanense ) of southern Mexico and northern Central America from the widespread Northern Pygmy-Owl ( G. gnoma ) on the basis of vocal differences and a discrete range. Sandwich Tern split.

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Climate Week 2013 Partners

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Climate Week 2013’s Headline Partner is Andrex® Eco, Kimberly-Clark’s first truly pioneering sustainable toilet tissue product. Climate Week 2013 Partners Climate Week Andrex Kimberly-ClarkClimate Week’s Supporting Partners are Crown Paints, Ecotricity and Shields Environmental: Crown Paints measures the carbon footprint of every product it manufactures. Ecotricity is changing the way energy is made and used in Britain.

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Your 2013 Green Crusade

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Your 2013 Green Crusade. Make it your 2013 green crusade and it just may be the best gift you receive this time next year. Whether solo or as a group, launching a green crusade is a great way to ‘hit the ground running’ into 2013. Sailing into the end of another three sixty five, might there be one thing we could choose to make next year that much sweeter? Sure, eat healthy, lose weight, exercise, blah blah blah, but what about a real green commitment?

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Spring 2013 economics graduates

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CNREP 2013

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From the inbox: Global Expert on Ecosystem Services to Headline CNREP 2013 Conference Dr. Edward Maltby will be the keynote speaker at CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy – The 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. His address will mark the opening of the CNREP 2013 conference to be held March 24-26, 2013, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. This is a great conference.

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World Habitat Day 2013

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) October 7, 2013 marks this year''s World Habitat Day and the theme for this year is “Urban Mobility”. With this World Habitat Day 2013 acknowledges that mobility and access to goods and services is essential to the efficient functioning of our expanding cities and towns. Accessible cities encourage a shift towards more sustainable modes of transportation and draw more and more travelers out of cars and onto trains, buses, cycle paths, and footpaths.

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First Bird of 2013

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What was your first bird of 2013? And here’s hoping you see many great birds, including lots of lifers, in 2013! After all, 2012 was a pretty great year and there is no reason 2013 can’t be the same! Let us know in the comments…and, if you wrote a blog post or have a picture of your first bird of the year online somewhere, well, leave a link in the comments too. Happy New Year from all of us at 10,000 Birds!

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Jamaica Birding Trip 2013 Part 1

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One of the perks about living in Miami is that plane tickets to the bird-rich Caribbean, Central, and South America are often cheaper than going to places like Arizona, Colorado, or California.

2013 ABA Bird of the Year!

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The 2013 ABA Bird of the Year has been announced. It’s well worth clicking over to the ABA Blog and checking out the video announcing the 2013 selection. Congratulations to the Common Nighthawk ! It’s a nice bird, though no Green Heron. Seriously. Asides ABA

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CO2 emissions increased in 2013

Environmental Economics

energy-related carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions increased in 2013 by 129 million metric tons (2.5%), the largest increase since 2010 and the fourth-largest increase since 1990. In the decade prior to 2013, energy intensity decreased on average by 2.0% in 2013, this meant there was a 2.5% Heating degree days, a measure of heating requirements, increased about 19% between 2012 and 2013. Some time series data: U.S.

2013. Already. Trends.

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Here are some of my predictions for 2013: Thing Trends. Motor Trend’s 2013 car of the year is the Tesla model S. The learning revolution continues, and it won’t be restricted to 2013. Drones and Robots. We are seeing the robotic revolution take shape in new ways and become a part of our everyday lives. From sheep herding aerial chopper drones to driverless cars, to robotic butlers, this is the breakout year.

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Best Bird of the Year 2013

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As 2013 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 , 2011 , and 2012 , shared our Best Birds of the Year. I was fortunate to rack up a number of lifers in 2013, both at home and abroad ( Varied Thrush in Washington, Brewer’s Blackbirds in California, Burrowing Owl in the Nevada desert).

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Marine Resource Economics 28(4), 2013

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4 2013. "Making Table of Contents Marine Resource Economics Volume 28 No. "Making Cents Out of Barter Data from the British Columbia Groundfish ITQ Market" Daniel S. Holland. Thalassorama. "Conservation "Conservation Value of Coral Reefs around Kish Island, Iran" Shima Madani, Adán L. Martínez-Cruz, and Kenneth E. McConnell. Special Section in Honor of the Career of Professor Rögnvaldur Hannesson. "On

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2013)

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Were there any birds about this weekend? The only ones that concerned me were Ravens, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Eagles. Welcome back, NFL football! Of course I still kept my eyes out for other types of birds. This time of year is perfect for finding juvenile Eastern Bluebirds , which I was happy to do. Corey’s BBOTW was a Blackburnian Warbler on Saturday in Alley Pond Park in Queens. Fall migration is in full swing! How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2013)

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Here in the United States, April 15 is Tax Day, which means that countless Americans have toiled through the last 48 hours to prepare their taxes. Some are surely at it still. What a way to ruin a weekend! With the foresight to get my taxes taken care of early, I was free to enjoy the cold spring weather and lingering winter species around here. It’s nice to see that Red-breasted Nuthatches still haunt my home turf. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a total surprise.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2013)

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One question every self-described birder must grapple with is to twitch or not to twitch. Some of us love to chase down preposterous vagrants, while others eschew bird chasing for contemplation of standard local fare and seasonal specialties. I raise this perennial issue because I found myself twitching a rare ABA bird this weekend. Did you? My ill-advised twitch was a run for the Long Island Ruffs recently spotted on the south shore.

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Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2013

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The forecast is based on an analysis of Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2013 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Healthier air travel and hotels lead the year's travel trends spotted by Wellness Tourism Worldwise, an international organization focused on well-being and travel.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2013)

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As the year 2013 accelerates towards its imminent endpoint, I find myself deluged with end-of-year tasks both mundane and inspired. Instead of easing into the last days of December and out of 2013, you might consider redoubling your efforts to end this year on a triumphant note. We may all perceive time differently, but in the modern world we are all subject to the same calendar.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2013

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Keep your eyes to the skies for fun celestial bodies! Did you see Pan-Starrs? Clare Kines spotted the charismatic comet above Admiralty Inlet in Nunavut!). Spring is here! I know this not from the gradual appearance of robins, grackles, and blackbirds around me, but rather from the fact that our local schools are about to embark on spring break. Party! We won’t be leaving town until after the weekend, but plan to celebrate Easter the way we always do: egg hunt, baskets, and a nice hike.

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My top 10 albums of 2013

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Based on revealed preference as submitted to the  No Depression  top 100 (I missed voting in WNCW's top 100 by 35 minutes - dang it!):  Jason Isbell - Southeastern  Scott Miller - Big, Big World  Patty Griffin - American Kid  Steve Earle - The Low Highway. Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison - Cheaters Game  Holly Williams - The Highway  Donna the Buffalo - Tonight Tomorrow & Yesterday. Son Volt - Honky Tonk.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2013?

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After all, this is National Moth Week 2013! When the birds of summer grow stale, a birder’s fancy turns to leps and odes. If you don’t know what those terms mean, think about the most colorful and fascinating flying creatures that aren’t birds. Summer is sweet for dragonflies, butterflies, and moths, the last of which deserve your attention over the next seven or so days.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2013?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for flying pink birds like these Roseate Spoonbills , which are really ibises with big flat bills ! Excited about the equinox? One half of our global population will be surrendering minutes and then hours of daylight for darkness while the other half enjoys the inverse transaction. Those dark days of December are still far off, however, and migrants fill our skies in light and darkness. This threshold weekend holds promise everywhere in the world, so enjoy it!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2013)

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Winter in the temperate portions of the Nearctic ecozone might be cold, but fine birds choose to visit no matter what the weather. I’ve always equated winter with big predatory birds like Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks. But on second thought, smaller birds like Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs spring to mind. And on third thought are those winsome winter waterfowl and exciting alcids… so what avifauna do you equate with winter in your part of the world?

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Second International Birding Rally in Northern Peru: June 11-18, 2013

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The most flamboyant of all hummers, the Marvelous Spatuletail will be one of the many endemic bird highlights along the route of the Second International Birding Rally Challenge in Peru. Photo: Courtesy of Dubi Shapiro. I can’t convey how thrilled I am about the upcoming International Birding Rally Challenge in Peru. This is the second version of an event like this in a different region of the country; and this time I will be participating!!!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2013)

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Another long, lovely summer weekend has slipped into history. Midsummer will be giving way any moment to late summer. I know that families in the United States are already fretting/anticipating September’s arrival. How do you feel about it? Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Least Tern that flew over his apartment, only the second he ever saw from the comfort of his balcony. My best birds were Eastern Kingbirds , which usually catch my attention in summer.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2013)

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No matter where you live in the world, you’ve probably noticed how interesting the unfolding of this season is becoming. True, many of you live in locations that are verdant and vibrant all year long or cold and white most of the time. But from pole to pole, creatures are on the move and blossoms and berries are bursting to greet them. Isn’t that exciting?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2013)

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No need to draw this question out. Many of us are still enjoying the final weekend of May, so let’s cut to the chase and talk about our best birds. My best bird this weekend was an Eastern Wood-Pewee calling from a bare branch. When it comes to New World flycatchers, empids tend to irritate me for the same reasons they irritate everyone, but species in the genus Contopus make me much happier for inexplicable reasons.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2013?

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What will you do this weekend to improve your 2013 year list? Keep your eyes to the skies. Snow is in the air! This penultimate weekend of the year inspires last-minute panic: how are you going to get everything you need before time is up? Some folks will go to extraordinary lengths to cross off everything on their sizable lists. How about you? You knew that’s what I was talking about, right?).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2013)

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Before this lovely June weekend began, I bemoaned the evident end of spring migration. What I failed to recognize were all the great things that happen around here when the waves of migrants subside. For example, the local farmers’ markets are back in action! If you can’t get fresh birds, at least enjoy fresh produce. My favorite sighting this weekend was a House Wren at my house. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an easy one to decide upon.

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Jamaica Birding Trip 2013 Part II

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Heading out of Ecclesdown Road on the second day of my trip, I had nailed all of my targets save four species ( Caribbean Dove , Yellow-billed Parrot , Jamaican Owl , and Stolid Flycatcher ). I had a reservation to stay at Hardwar Gap for the night, previously thinking that I would need the extra full day to look for Jamaican Blackbird and Crested Quail-Dove, which I decided to honor.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2013)

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Is it coincidence or conspiracy that Father’s Day falls on a weekend where very good birding can still be found in most areas? You be the judge… I got into a bunch of great grassland and forest birds this weekend. Honors go to American Redstart which somehow escaped me for the year until now. Corey was very pleased to finally find a Bell’s Vireo this weekend in Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Orange County, California.

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The Best of the Year 2013

Green (Living) Review

Best products Loewe garden pruners must here be mentioned as the best tools that I have reviewed in 2012 and 2013 as far as pruning shears are concerned. 2013 saw the 90th anniversary of the first ever anvil pruning shears made and patented by Loewe and for this anniversary the company went retro and produced a version of the first one in almost identical packaging too. My take on the best books and product that I was able to review in 2013.

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Remembrance Sunday 2013

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Once again we have been commemorating Remembrance Sunday, and tomorrow, November 11, Armistice Day, as per usual, a two minute silence at 1100 hrs in memory of the thousands who died on all sides in the War to End all Wars. Problem is that the War to End all Wars did not end all war and that ever since we seem to have more wars and "conflicts" than at any time in history though, aside from World War Two, none have come close to home.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2013)

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I’m wondering if Best Bird of the Weekend is too restrictive a way to consider the avians we encounter from Friday to Sunday. Of course we should seek reasons to celebrate every bird species we share our weekends with, but is the species that delights us most always the most memorable?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2013)

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Birding and wildlife watching can be, as we all know, a solitary activity. And our practices, though familiar to anyone in our phenologically-attuned culture, can seem strange, sometimes even threatening, to the uninitiated. We receive ample, often poignant reminders of what tragedy can befall those who travel alone among those who don’t recognize their ways or understand their motives. So be careful out there, wherever you roam.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2013?

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Even in winter, a sunrise is warm. Ah, December, such a deceptively cheerful month! December offers us many reasons to celebrate, one of which I never considered until I heard the words of American author Oliver Herford. Herford (1863-1935) gave the world such wry epigrams as “Many are called but few get up,” and “Only the young die good,” but his most sincere and touching contribution was surely this poem, I Heard a Bird Sing : I heard a bird sing. In the dark of December. A magical thing.

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