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. Birding 2013 big year listing

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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!

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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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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”.

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Clare M’s 2013 Year List

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This was last updated January 4th 2013. Birding 2013 listing year list

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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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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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Remembrance Sunday 2013

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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.

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The Best of the Year 2013

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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. My take on the best books and product that I was able to review in 2013.

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Duck Hunt 2013

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So as many of my loyal readers know, I have a very mixed relationship with vagrants and the chasing thereof. Nevertheless, when a Baikal Teal was reported by the illustrious Radd Icenoggle just outside Missoula, I couldn’t very well ignore the siren call. Especially once the bird made the front page of the Missoulian and my friends started asking me about it. My quest began on Tuesday, two days after the first sighting and mere hours after the second set of x-rays on my wrist. (It’s

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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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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].

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World Sparrow Day 2013

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North Americans may find this hard to believe, but the House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus ) is beloved around the world yet slowly declining throughout the Old World. The annual observance of World Sparrow Day reminds us of the impact our changing world has on even the most common species as well as how much we miss the birds we take for granted when they are gone. Most of us in the United States are unwitting Sparrow Heroes , providing water, food, and nesting sites.

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Your 2013 Green Crusade

Green Home Blog

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.

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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.

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EARTH DAY 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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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.

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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.

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A Moveable Feast at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013

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RHS Flower Shows Kate Turner RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 RHS RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Army Wives A Moveable Feast

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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.

Ecover showcases sustainable plastics in garden design at 2013 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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Prince’s Foundation Winning Design Unveiled for this year’s Ideal Home Show 2013

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Ideal Home Show 2013 Highgrove Prince's Foundation

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2013)

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I made some uncharitable and in some ways inaccurate comments about the month of February last week which were starkly contradicted by some excellent birding reported in different parts of the world. However, I don’t take any of it back.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of January 2013

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Does anyone out there remember the film The Endless Summer ? This surf classic centers around the idea that one could, with sufficient time and money, follow good surf all over the world. One of my old college roommates — a surfer, obviously — hung the poster for inspiration.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2013)

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I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Must be from all that shoveling this weekend. But when life becomes most inconvenient, I become most impressed with those who blow past those inconveniences to pursue their passions. How did you pursue your (non-Valentine) passions this weekend?

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Pop ups, pollinators and reused products at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of February 2013

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Fandom is a funny thing, isn’t it? We’re headed towards Super Bowl Sunday, when the most popular sporting event in the Western Hemisphere plays out annually. Consequently, football fandom, which is always ardent, has reached a fever pitch.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2013

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Wouldn’t you love to visit Cape Kidnappers in NZ, where Duncan Wright has enjoyed sauvignon and seabirds ? March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and all that rot.

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Garden celebrities design planters for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013

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Australian White Ibis Survey 2013

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Are you going to be in Australia this weekend? As you go about your weekend, how about helping out and counting any Australian White Ibis that you see? This survey started in 2003 and needs your help! You can report your sightings easily online. You may even see a tagged ibis, like we did on our trip to Sydney last year. This bird “040″ had been banded at about 5 weeks old in 2005 and given a tag as an adult in 2008 within Centennial Park.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2013)

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Birding tends to be an extremely freeform activity, demanding only we pursue our bliss to the best of our means and ability. But, every so often, the call is sounded, and the sharpest eyes and ears on the planet are pressed into service.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2013)

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Based on the last two weekends, this year’s weather will probably be as wacky as last year’s. We’ve oscillated in New York from frigid to balmy back towards frostbitten in what feels like a few days.

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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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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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Spring 2013 economics graduates

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2013

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How many of you are already used to writing 2013 for the year? I usually need until the end of February to feel certain about the date.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2013)

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One weekend does not dictate the tempo of a year, but it never hurts to get a year off on the right foot. How did that work out for you this weekend? Are you looking forward to more like it or hoping for better?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2013

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I can think of so many more interesting things to think about than the weather, and yet one cannot contemplate a winter weekend without checking the forecast. You lucky souls in stable climes don’t know how good you have it, always being prepared for what the weekend holds.

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Climate Records Shattered in 2013

Green (Living) Review

Climate data show that global temperatures in 2013 continued their long-term rising trend. Four groups of scientists, who rely on slightly different methods to calculate global surface temperatures, ranked 2013 slightly differently compared with other years.)

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Bird Science and Evolution: 2013 Year In Review

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Many, many things happened in the area of bird science this year, so this review can not be comprehensive. But I’ve compiled a sampling of this year’s news and events for your edification. I’ve organized them by date (month/day) of the approximate reporting or blogging time of the item of interest, which does not necessarily reflect the actual date of occurrence. 01–15 Who could forget the catfish that figured out how to eat birds ?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2013

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How I’d love to be pelagic birding in New Zealand right now! What could be ( better / worse ) than the last dregs of winter? How about a week during that winter when your kids are not in school? How ( awesome / less than awesome ).

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