Ten Highlights from Birding in Costa Rica, 2018

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Birding in every form is a gift and since there are too many highlights to mention, I’m not sure if the following are the best ones from my 2018 but they are treasured nonetheless. Learn more about supporting these local important conservation efforts by visiting the project sites.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

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23 May 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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Collaborative List – February 2018

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01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – January 2018

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01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018.

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Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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” The definition of the word CONSERVATION is “the act or an instance of conserving or keeping from change, loss, or injury.” ” Obviously the dictionary does not equate hunting with conservation. It is obvious that hunting is NOT conservation.

Collaborative list – December 2018

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December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence. 23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018.

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Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

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It is therefore appropriate for birders to pause and recognize significance of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). At the signing ceremony, President Carter stated : We are setting aside for conservation an area of land larger than the State of California.

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Scorecard is in and it looks like conservation is losing

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2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill.    It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits.  The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2018)

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The compelling contrarian positions put forth during Come@Me Week undoubtedly had many of you questioning your core beliefs about birds, birding, conservation, and even basic biology.

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The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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Through multi-partnerships, cooperation, federal funding, and the private conservation efforts of one family, 616 acres were officially added to the Cherokee National Forest in September 2018. Conasauga River snorkeling video courtesy of © Georgia Conservancy.

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Results from November 2018 ballots indicate a large and dedicated block of voters who are concerned about the health of ecosystems, as well as the preservation of complex wilderness areas. Below are highlights from across the country where conservation and stewardship won the day!

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Yellowstone National Park Bird Celebration

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This is the bird formerly known as Gray Jay (from 1957 to 2018). Conservation Destinations Ryan Zinke Yellowstone National ParkFor the love of birds and parks.

The Juniper Titmouse Nesting Project

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In fact, they have risen to become the most active Nest Watching group in New Mexico (regardless of species), contributing 77% of the state’s data in 2018.”. Conservation Aldea Bird Group Cornell Lab of Ornithology Juniper Titmouse New Mexico titmouse

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Inspiring Conservation Books From Our Twitter Users

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Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek recently asked Twitter to name the most inspiring conservation books. Here are some of the favorite picks. Ideas

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It’s Time to Clean Out Your Nest Boxes

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Conservation Ash-throated Flycatchers birdhouses Cavity nesting birds House Wren nest boxes Oak Titmouse Tree Swallow violet-green swallow Western Bluebird White-breasted NuthatchBirds can be attracted to your home simply by offering food, water and shelter.

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Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

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Ideas Urban ConservationHow will nature fare in the face of the most significant urban growth in human history?

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Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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A “ Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ,” more commonly known as the “Duck Stamp” currently costs $25 and income from sales goes into the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (“MBCF”). It received a temporary reprieve in 2018, though surrounding areas did not.)

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DDT, oil spills, and a wall.

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27, August 2018, Vol. Conservation "Border Wall" human impact Protest360 miles of National Park land at the border! My first ‘protest’ memory involved putting pencil to notebook paper and writing the President about the harmful effects of DDT.

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The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

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A look at the promise of eDNA methods for conservation fieldwork. Ideas Conservation Science

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Review: Eating and Conservation

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Four books that explore sustainable eating in ways that are humorous, thought-provoking and even infuriating. Ideas Books Sustainability Top 10

A Q&A with Eddie Game: How Acoustics Are Changing Conservation

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Conservancy scientist Eddie Game explains how acoustics could revolutionize conservation data collection. Ideas Acoustics Research

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7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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From now through the first week of November (2018) autumn leaves are peaking along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians. Leaves and birds in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Record-breaking eagles’ nests, coastal Georgia, and a wicked sunburn

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From that moment to this, the islands remain untouched thanks to the restrictions of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, actions by the Nature Conservancy, and ultimate management by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Conservation barrier islands eagle georgia

Six Ways Sound Data is Changing Conservation

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The world is a noisy place — and scientists can use that sound to help protect wildlife and wild places. Acoustic recorders are like audible camera traps, capturing bird song, frog calls, insect stridulations, bat or marine mammal echolocation, and […]. Nature Tech Bioacoustics

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Why You’re Seeing More Hawks at Your Birdfeeder

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Birds & Birding Citizen Science Wildlife Birds Conservation Science Urban ConservationHawks are reclaiming the city. A new study examines the factors most influencing this recolonization.

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To Drill, or Not to Drill? That’s the Wrong Question.

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Conservation drilling national parksAs we enter the second century of protecting, preserving, and respecting our wild spaces, certainly no one would actually consider undoing, reversing, and exploiting our national parks, forests, and monuments. Right? And yet, it has begun.

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Bird Litigation: Spotted Owl v. Barred Owl

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2018 U.S. 2018). Conservation Barred Owl Bird Litigation Endangered Species Act Migratory Bird Treaty Act Northern Spotted OwlThe Northern Spotted Owl is a “ threatened ” species under the U.S.

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Review: Fishing and Conservation

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Three great new reads and references for angler-conservationists. Fish & Fisheries Books Fish

Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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2018, 584 pp., One field guide, seven countries. It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds.

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A New Journal for Conservation Science & Practice

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Why do some conservation strategies succeed, while others fail? Wiley recently announced a new journal, Conservation Science & Practice, that will feature research trying to answer some of […]. And how do we connect research to actual results on the ground?

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Miami Mega Mall vs. Everglades National Park

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Merchandising folly 1 – Conservation 0. They expressed a number of concerns with conservation, traffic, and funding at the top of the list. Birding Conservation Everglades National Park Florida

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Aquanauts Join Forces with The Nature Conservancy to Monitor River Restoration!

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In preparation for the removal of the Columbia Dam and restoration of the river, the Aquanauts and The Nature Conservancy team up for a citizen science monitoring project. Citizen Science Forests Human Well-Being Restoration Rivers Try This Urban Conservation Water Water Quality

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"New Group, With Conservative Credentials, Plans Push for a Carbon Tax"

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The initiative has already won endorsements from some environmental groups, like the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International; fossil fuel giants like Exxon Mobil, Shell and BP; and major companies in renewable and nuclear energy and consumer goods. “It’s

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The Danube Backwaters

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Conservation Belgrade Beljarica Black Stork Danube Serbia wetlands White-tailed EagleAs you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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In the case of the Hawaiian Goose ( Branta sandvicensis ), the public notice was published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2018. Also, research filled in many knowledge gaps and informed conservation efforts. Conservation Endangered Species Act Hawaii Hawaiian Goose USFWS

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For the Birds: Midway Atoll Mouse Eradication and NEPA

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On March 21, 2018, FWS released a 198-page document entitled “ Midway Seabird Protection Project — Draft Environmental Assessment.” The public had until April 20, 2018 to comment. Conservation Hawaii Midway Atoll NWR NEPA USFWS

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