The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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Just a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem. My second visit came from an invitation from Luke Safford, coordinator for the Tucson Audubon Society, who hosts a weekly bird walk around the wetlands.

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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 – October 2018

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27 Oct 2018. Cano Negro Wetlands Lodge. 27 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 22 Oct 2018. 21 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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29 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 27 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 24 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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28 Jul 2018. 27 Jul 2018. 27 Jul 2018. 27 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 25 Jul 2018. 25 Jul 2018. 24 Jul 2018.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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30 Aug 2018. 29 Aug 2018. 29 Aug 2018. 29 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 25 Aug 2018. 24 Aug 2018. 23 Aug 2018. 22 Aug 2018. 20 Aug 2018. 20 Aug 2018. 18 Aug 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 – April 2018

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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. 06 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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31 Mar 2018. 30 Mar 2018. 28 Mar 2018. 28 Mar 2018. 26 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 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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Astonishing Facts About Wetlands

Greentumble

As unappealing as the term “wetlands” sounds, wetlands should be celebrated for their multiple services they deliver which help keep our planet and society going as well as for their extraordinarily beautiful landscapes. What is a wetland and where are wetlands located?

Bumper-Crop Birds: Pop-Up Wetlands Are a Success in California

Nature Conservancy - Science

By partnering with rice farmers in California, the Conservancy is transforming fields into pop-up wetlands for migrant shorebirds, yielding the largest average shorebird densities ever reported for agriculture in the region.

Urban birds, urban birding… is there a future?

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and after the road construction (June 2018). Birding Belgrade city birds Patch Birding Reva Lake Serbia Urban Birding Urban Birds wetlands

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St. Michael’s summer birding along the Danube in Serbia

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Trips Black Woodpecker Danube Europe Iron Gates Np mountains Serbia wetlandsIt was only a few days ago, yet it already seems like days long gone. Unlike today’s cold and gloom, it was a warm St.

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The Danube Backwaters

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How those primordial wetlands looked like before I got to know them? And after two decades I could read what he observed in my wetlands. Although now covering a much smaller, more disturbed and polluted area, his wetlands are still here, and most of his birds, too.

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Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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To this tasty tropical cocktail concocted in July 2018, we added one more volatile ingredient in the form of a contingent of Americans and Hondurans sponsored by the Honduras Institute of Tourism.

Recovery by Eradication: Saving Marshes from Nutria

Nature Conservancy - Science

Can non-native nutria be stopped from destroying wetlands? Wildlife Invasive Species Mammals Wetlands

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The Top-5 Birding Hotspots of Serbia

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Nonetheless, I visited some excellent habitats, especially the flooded wetlands, and saw some good birds,” wrote the UK Birdwatch Magazine journalist Mike Unwin of his bird tour of northern Serbia 15 years ago. This area offers probably the best wetland birding near Belgrade.

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Shorebirding in Costa Rica

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We don’t get huge numbers but I usually see a few Greaters and then, eventually, Lessers especially in fresh water wetlands. It’s an exciting time for birding in Costa Rica.

The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America

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I mean we see them everywhere, in almost any of a broad variety of wetlands, including freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, roadside ditches, and industrial-waste impoundments, as well as in coastal marine habitats.

Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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Those who did so on May 5th automatically became part of the biggest day of collective birding in 2018; Global Big Day ! GBD, 2018 in Costa Rica also resulted in conversations about organizing a Big Day and/or other birding events for Costa Rica.

Little Big Year -Week 38: Our first week in Costa Rica

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After this stay, we were on our way north, very close to the Nicaraguan border, and the Cano Negro Wetland. This time we were staying at the Cano Negro Wetland Lodge, a nice group of casitas, with an owner run kitchen area that also provided meals if you should choose.

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

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The lakes, ponds and wetlands of the Yukon Flats support huge numbers (approximately 1.5 October 18 is a legal holiday in the 49th state. Alaska Day commemorates Alaska’s formal transfer from Russia to the United States in 1867.

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Week 15: The Darwin area has some great birds, and Crocodiles!

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Along the way, we made what turn from a short, “look see” stop, into one of my favorites of the area, the Mamukala Wetland. This area has a very well established, beautiful viewing platform, over a huge wetland area, but this was not the attraction that I became so enamored with.

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After 250 Years of Dams, Rhode Island River Restored for Migratory Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish & Fisheries From the Field Connectivity Fish Migrations Nature + People Restoration Rivers Water WetlandsThe last time fish could migrate unimpeded on the Pawcatuck River, George Washington was a surveyor, not a president.

Starting Another Year of Birding in Costa Rica

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That bunch of noise marked the official beginning of 2018 and although I was annoyed at knowing that I had to get up in four short hours, I couldn’t help but feel a smidgeon of excitement. Southern Lapwing – Vanellus chilensis; El Silencio wetland, 12-Jan.

eBirding National Wildlife Refuges

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The same is true for Townsend WPA , home of the eBird hotspot Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (below) in Minnesota. Birders who bird on National Wildlife Refuges should note that the 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp is now available (as of June 29, 2018).

Guide to the Birds of Honduras: A Book Review

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What do you do when you are a bird guide in a Central American country incredibly rich in birds and other natural resources but which has no birding field guide? You write your own. And, what do you do when you can’t find a publisher?

Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas

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Mallards, Blue-wing Teal, American Wigeon , and a bunch of American Coots were taking advantage of the well managed wetland areas. With Wyoming and South Dakota in our rear view mirror, we look toward Colorado, and a hot spot I have been anxious to visit.

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The Beauty of Tropical Birdiness in Arenal, Costa Rica

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As if these weren’t enough sites to visit, Arenal can also be used as a base to bird the wetlands of Cano Negro and other quality sites in the area including the road to San Ramon. “Birdiness” No, not an official word but, um, so what?

La Vieille Ferme: Rouge (2016)

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I’ve been dragging my feet on wine reviews here at Booze and Birds for quite some time. Not that I haven’t been searching: by now I have a good backlog of bird-bedecked bottles that I’ve picked up over the last few months, just waiting for the right moment to uncork.

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Australian Painted Snipe breeding near Broome once again

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After an incredibly wet start to 2018 as a result of several tropical cyclones and other rain events the land remains saturated around Broome and as a result of this there are several bird species breeding that we don’t even encounter in dry years.

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Heading out on the road

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Here we will actually stop for a full day, as there is a 10,000 acre wetland refuge, which should hold several species of gulls, White-fronted Geese and Black Brant, just to name a few. And so the next chapter begins. By the time most of you will be reading this, we will be on the road.

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Yanchep National Park-Perth

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Loch McNess is the main water body within the park and there is a short Wetland Walk around the lake which is mostly on flat ground. Yanchep National Park is a very popular destination if you are visiting Perth and have access to a vehicle.

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Daily Birding at Destin’s Norriego Point

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With trees and brackish ponds on one side, productive wetlands on the other, I had a ton of new birds to learn. If you’re like me, searching for new birding locations is like a drug: exciting, energizing, and addicting.

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Week Nine: Auckland, and points north.

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My Father-in-law had worked with the DOC here to establish a managed wetland here on the property, and it has been well received by the very rare Brown Teal. This weeks posting finds me north of the Whananaki area, which is north of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Hitting the hot spots on the Baja.

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It is also known for the 10,000 acre wetlands that have been set aside for migrating birds. February 1st. As we begin traveling north up the Baja, our first stop on February 1st will be Puerto Escondido.

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The Traveling Birder

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The morning fly-off of Sandhill Cranes from a frozen wetland at Bosque del Apache NWR is a spectacle, well worth frigid temperatures. In a recent post, Corey listed five things to do when it is too cold to go birding and one of those things is planning birding travel.

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Quality Birds at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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Whatever the case, there are some serious quality birds lurking in the wetlands and woodlands of Cano Negro, Costa Rica. Cano Negro is one of Costa Rica’s two largest wetlands. The cool thing about Cano Negro is that rainforest occurs in addition to wetlands, and the tall trees harbor various woodpeckers, trogons, and, perhaps best of all, the Snowy Cotinga. Fulfilling, delicious if you will, satisfying. Serious chocolate cake? Almost, but even better.

The Best Way To Buy Protection From Severe Storms? Invest In Nature

Conservancy Talk

Investing in healthy reefs, wetlands, and other natural systems — or “green infrastructure” — will significantly reduce the impacts of flooding, storms, and wildfires. Researchers found that coastal wetlands reduced more than $625 million in property flood damages.

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My fear is that now that this is underway, any attempts to re-establish objectivity in benefit-cost analysis will be viewed as founded in political gamesmanship rather than objective economic analysis.

Environmental Economics

The vast majority of benefits were those associated with protecting wetlands, including essential services such as flood control, water quality improvements, fish and wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge, and recreational opportunities. The EPA under Pruitt’s leadership asserted, with surprisingly little justification, that the 10 studies used to estimate the range of benefits associated with wetlands protection were not recent enough to sufficiently reduce uncertainty.

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Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

These resources include, but are not limited to: estuaries, beaches, wetlands, shores, mangroves, seagrasses and salt marsh, coral reefs, and essential fish habitat. From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.

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