Some of America?s Avian Treasures

10,000 Birds

North America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate. In the summer, they are the highest altitude breeding songbird in North America. The post Some of America’s Avian Treasures appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Forest bathing in Green Wine Country

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Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

Fairy rings, a circle of mushrooms in a forest, are where witches (or fairies, depending on your choice of lore) dance on Walpurgis Night. Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition by Karl B. Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition.

Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

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. Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Some features to consider: Birds of Central America is a big book.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

He became the social media hit of the day: “A Peregrine Falcon in Forest Hills!” And why I am so happy to see new, updated editions of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America being published.

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

10,000 Birds

However, as DNA and morphological studies have indicated, despite the barbets of Asia and Africa looking quite like the ones in the Americas, they aren’t closely related to each other. Although most New World Barbets live in the tropical forests of South America (“the bird continent”), us birders in Costa Rica are fortunate to have two species to watch and listen to. The post Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Forest restoration and thinning operations

Green (Living) Review

Forest restoration initiatives reduce wildfire risk and produces responsible timber by Michael Smith (Veshengro), RFS, RFA, EcoFor Forests that are overcrowded with small diameter trees are more susceptible to devastating wildfires, as smaller trees act as kindling to fuel the blaze and as veritable ladders that allow flames to reach the forest canopy. What is forest thinning? Nobody wants to clear-cut the forests, as that would be rather counterproductive.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, illustrated by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, does just that. When I went to Honduras in 2014, I was advised to use The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean (2014) and The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America by Steve N.G. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America covers 827 species, including resident, migratory, and common vagrant birds.

"A Carbon Offset Market for [Tropical Forests]"

Environmental Economics

Time to update the encyclopedia (don't follow that link unless you can stomach self-promotion): Tropical forests store huge amounts of carbon. Forests’ carbon reserves can be monetized and sold as offsets to greenhouse gas emitters who need them to comply with regulatory emissions limits, or who voluntarily want to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Songs from the Forest

10,000 Birds

The song referred to is that of the Wood Thrush , one of the natural world’s most beautiful singers, and a familiar sound to anyone who has spent time in the forests of eastern North America in summer. In fact, on the forest floor where darkness is dappled with small circles of sunlight, being beautiful to the eyes might be a bit of a waste. In forest fragments the rate of nesting success drops dramatically as the likelihood of nest predation increases steeply.

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Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Forests. Beer relies on healthy, functioning forests. Without those forests, it’s difficult to find clean water. The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Topik, director of the Restoring America’s Forests initiative , knows this connection well. He’s spent much of his career thinking about forest policy and working to ensure that forests are resilient and healthy. So are healthy forests, which support clean water. “We Forest Service lands.

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

A beautiful animal that also happens to arguably be the greatest threat to forests in the eastern United States. The Wall Street Journal then ran a story in November 2012 entitled America Gone Wild , noting the impact of overabundant deer. In many areas of the country deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by preferentially feeding on select plant species. A natural fire return interval would be a great benefit to many eastern forests.

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Raptors of Mexico and Central America by William S. This is the first identification guide that I know of that covers Mexico (technically North America but rarely included in North American raptor guides) and Central America. Like Peterson’s Hawks of North America, 2nd edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), which Clark co-authored with Brain K. There are also depictions of birds in habitat, like the Bat Falcon in the rain forest, above, and some close-ups of heads or tails.

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Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

10,000 Birds

” Note how well camouflaged this bird is atop a snag in its natural habitat of burned coniferous forest. Black-backed Woodpeckers thrive in forests where fires have burned and are are threatened by logging that destroys their post-fire habitat. Forest Service plan to allow 30,000 acres of logging in the burned area will cause significant harm to wildlife, water and the regrowing forest. Conservation black-backed woodpecker California forest habitat

Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Countryside surrounding La Amistad International Park in Costa Rica harbors both agriculture and forest fragments. Islands of forest in a sea of crops…that’s how people often think of tropical forest remnants (and the species that live in them) in places like Costa Rica or Indonesia. The results of this study demonstrate that there is a lot more going on between forest remnants than there is between islands.

Recovery: America’s Giant Squirrel Back from the Brink

Nature Conservancy - Science

Wildlife Endangered Species Forests MammalsEndangered Delmarva fox squirrel carcasses littered the road. But that was not as gloomy as it appeared. And today, the story is headed for a happy ending.

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Fading Forests: The High Cost of Invasive Pests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Invasive forest pests threaten ancient hemlock groves in the East. Sarah Johnson, a conservation GIS analyst for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania , tells a story familiar to anyone who deals with non-native forest pests. Staff at the Woodbourne Forest Preserve in northeastern Pennsylvania knew it was coming: emerald ash borer , an incredibly destructive and invasive beetle. In March, the emerald ash borer was found on Woodbourne by a forest crew. “I

New Hope for an Ancient Forest

Conservancy Talk

Sanjayan travels deep into some of the most spectacular forests on the planet, from uncharted areas of the Amazon to the jungles of Sumatra. Tonight’s episode demonstrates that in forests around the world, nature and people can thrive together. Great Bear is full of massive old growth forests spread across a vast landscape of mountains, fjords and waterways. And to get it right means taking into account all the ways people value this great forest.

Maintaining Healthy Forests Takes More than Planting Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can we do to slow climate change and restore America’s forests? Our remaining forests face great challenges like massive wildfires and invasive forest pests. Forest managers are researching strategies that can keep forests resilient under multiple stressors so that they can continue to provide habitat for wildlife, clean air, clean water, carbon storage, and, yes, timber far into the future. Wait, Why Can’t Forests Recover Without Intervention?

Checkerboard: Putting Western Forest Pieces Back Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

A checkered past still limits forest management in the West today. The purchase was one of the largest forest acquisition projects ever undertaken by a conservation group. The “checkerboard” of lands plays a key role in wildlife connectivity and forest health. More than a hundred years ago, Congress made a decision — a decision that seemed logical enough at the time, but still has serious limitations on forest management and wildlife today.

Cavity Nesting Birds of North America and Their Babies!

10,000 Birds

Such trees, commonly called snags, have often been considered undesirable by forest and recreation managers because they are not esthetically pleasing, conflict with other forest management practices, may harbor forest insect pests, or may be fire or safety hazards. Bufflehead Female with Ducklings In the past such dead trees were often eliminated from the forest during a timber harvest. Cavity-nesting Birds of North American Forests.

A Lung Scan for the Planet: A New Global Forest Change Interactive Map

Nature Conservancy - Science

The new interactive Global Forest Change Map could change the way we conserve forests. By Peter Ellis, Forest Carbon Scientist. The new interactive Global Forest Change Map promises not only information but inspiration. And it could change the way we conserve forests. The Global Forest Change Map (accessible to anyone with an internet connection) pushes us to see not only what is there, but what is happening. The new interactive Global Forest Change Map.

Anne Stobart – medicinal forest gardens – a new quality in permaculture

Green (Living) Review

Medicinal Forest Garden Anne and Kay created and nurture the Holt Wood – a 2.5 acre piece of woodland, which they transformed from a commercial conifer timber planting to a diverse forest garden. Most gardens only keeps medicinal herbs, whilst they have built a multi-story forest assembly. They have also looked outside the UK, and brought trees from other climate analogues, mainly in North America.

The Ten Creepiest Spiders of North America

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bradley, author of Common Spiders of North America , is one of many professional and novice arachnologists in the country studying the planet’s eight-legged critters and working to dispel popular myths. Depending on what criteria is used, either the black widow or the brown recluse is the most venomous spider in North America. While the brainiest of all jumping spiders are found in Africa and Australia, North America has a few over-achievers of its own.

Quick Study: Do REDD+ Projects Benefit People as Well as Forests?

Nature Conservancy - Science

A field trip to Reserva Natural El Hatico, familia Molina Durán, near Palmira, Colombia, to take carbon measurements in an area of tropical forest, as part of a CIAT-hosted workshop on REDD+. Forests 4, 296-318; doi:10.3390/f4020296. The Big Question : Forests contain an estimated 80 percent of the above-ground and 40 percent of below-ground terrestrial carbon, and currently hold more carbon than earth’s atmosphere.

Harvesting Whitebark Pine Cones to Save a Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Saving the Forest for the Beers. Since the summer of 2009, I’ve been part of a crew of independent contractors working seasonally on whitebark pines for the US Forest Service. Aerial view of damage from the mountain pine beetle in a whitebark pine forest. The seedlings are planted by crews with hoedads (a flat-bladed tool with a handle like an axe), often the year following a wildfire, on National Forest lands. Photo © US Forest Service.

Technology to the Rescue for Foresters in the Thick of It

Nature Conservancy - Science

So, when forest managers are working to recreate the complex, seemingly random patterns found in nature, how do they do it? Even so, after you determine what a more natural forest would look like in your area, there’s the challenge of implementing that on the ground. . We gather in Cle Elum, Washington to learn about the science behind restoring a forest to a more natural pattern of individual trees, tree clumps and forest openings (ICO).

Are Latin America’s Protected Areas Effective at Conserving Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Protected areas are the single most important conservation strategy in the world, and Latin America has the most land within protected areas of any region of the world. But are Latin America’s protected areas effective at conserving nature inside their boundaries? Using six years of biweekly remote-sensing data from Terra-i , a Nature Conservancy team and partners recently measured the land and forest degradation inside 1,788 protected areas across 19 Latin American countries.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder App Provides Database of Every Federal, State Land in America

Wend Magazine

ParkFinder from the American Park Network provides users with a searchable database of every single state and federal public land in America. The parks database itself is extensive, and includes thousands of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation areas and a variety of other public lands. The brand-new (and free) iPhone App Oh, Ranger!

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

10,000 Birds

Before I delve into some of these avian treasures let me give you a few non-birding reasons to visit this gem of South America. Destinations ecotourism Guyana South AmericaGuyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters” but it could just as easily mean “land of many birds”.

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Celebrating Mexican Cuisine from Maya Forest to Chef’s Plate

Conservancy Talk

Nine kilometers through the forest. Following the bike trail was like riding through a living map of Mayan life—as we rode, the connection between the people, their land, their food and their forest transported me into a simpler world. This year, Merida is hosting the Kooben Gastronomic Festival , to celebrate this connection between healthy forests, thriving communities and world-renowned ingredients. As we biked, the milpa slowly gave way to the forest.

Forests could suck up world’s greenhouse gases

Green Prophet

Now what would seem like a no brainer moment for scientists, shows us the obvious: by letting forests grow we can greatly remediate the effects of climate change ( and a mass Exodus from the Middle East ) in the near future. Her recent study in Latin America shows that if recently abandoned South American farmland reverts to forests we can suck up 31 billion tons of carbon in the next 40 years. A forest as carbon sink? The earth warming is not a recent invention.

State of North America’s Birds Report Released to Commemorate Centennial of the First Migratory Bird Treaty

Nature Conservancy - Science

protecting birds and other wildlife, connecting all of North America in its efforts to protect our shared species. In this Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial year, the three countries united once again to produce a “ State of North America’s Birds ” report — a groundbreaking collaboration to evaluate bird populations in habitat types across the continent. The tropical and subtropical forests of Mexico and the very southern U.S.

Emerald Edge: Old Growth Forest Injects New Life into Conservation

Conservancy Talk

A vital wilderness Take a look at the Conservancy’s Emerald Edge program, a hugely ambitious effort to conserve a 100-million-acre band of emerald forest and vibrant ocean. Emerald Edge is the world’s largest intact coastal rainforest, producing 50% of all the wild Pacific salmon in North America, and the Great Bear Rainforest , which The Nature Conservancy helped protect in 2003, is a 21-million-acre jewel that sits at the heart of this project.

Forest Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Offsets

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report in 2004 indicated that United States forests sequestered 10.6% America's urban trees sequestered another 1.5%. Terrestrial carbon sequestration is simply a forest's or grassland's ability to take in and lock up atmospheric carbon dioxide during photosynthesis over a significant period of time.

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Why Congress Should Fix How the U.S. Pays to Fight Wildfires

Conservancy Talk

Forest Service. Fighting these fires is draining the budgets of the very agencies that need to focus their resources on sustaining healthy forests and providing all the benefits of the nation’s public lands. And more people now live near fire-prone forests, increasing the need to extinguish wildfires that previously did not put people and communities directly at risk. As these fire costs increase, they are using up more and more of the budgets of the U.S.

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find Me an Elm: Restoring America’s Iconic Tree Through Genetics

Nature Conservancy - Science

As canopy trees, American elms once affected the ecology of the entire floodplain forest , the rich, fertile habitat that periodically floods along rivers (and also provides flood control and cleaner water for people). By then, it was too late—it raged through Europe’s elms and by 1928 was devastating forests in the eastern United States. That model won’t work in forests , where elms aren’t isolated and expensive treatment regimes are impractical.

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Tree Study Proves the Clean Air Act is Saving Forests


In 1970 congress enacted legislation that cleared America''s skies. Read More The post Tree Study Proves the Clean Air Act is Saving Forests appeared first on Ecorazzi. Today, scientists are still discovering ways the Clean Air Act has helped protect nature. Causes Environment News People Science Top News

Green America Applauds President Obama’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Green (Living) Review

Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline and moving toward a clean energy economy, including key steps identified in the President’s new Clean Power Plan, represent a win for our economy, farms, businesses, the environment, public health, and our long-term energy security,” said Fran Teplitz, Green America’s Executive Co-Director for Business, Investing & Policy. Tar sands extraction and transport will pollute and harm the environment including water, land, forests, air, and wildlife.

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A Pop-Up….Forest? A Daring Project to Bring Nature to Times Square

Eco Chic

PopUP Forest: Times Square will give visitors an immersive natural area experience in the most un-natural place on the planet. Nearly 1/8 of the Big Apple is forests, marshes, and meadows, more than any other city in North America. We think PopUP Forest: Times Square is the answer! By showcasing the city’s green assets, PopUP Forest: Times Square will lead the way in helping all urbanites see cities differently. The post A Pop-Up… Forest?

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

This month The Discovery Channel premieres a new 7-part series, North America , that gives viewers and inside look at the animals and plants of North America. Our organization works across borders to protect lands and waters in North America and beyond, for people and for nature. The best part of North America ? One very special species is the red-cockaded woodpecker, a rare bird that lives only in mature pine forests in the American southeast.

A Growing List of Hummingbirds

10,000 Birds

The diminutive but rather extravagant Tufted Coquette will likely never come to a feeder, but is perfectly content to feed on the abundance of flowering shrubs throughout forested areas on Trinidad. Green-throated Mangos prefer mangrove forests, although they do sometimes wander.

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What Is Forest Resilience & What Does it Means for Conservation?

Conservancy Talk

Last year I was in the famed Golden Teak forests of Central Myanmar. For centuries timber from these forests not only framed the templed cities of Southeast Asia but also found its way into furniture in North America and yacht decks in the Mediterranean. Myanmar was known for the rigor of the forest management system perfected under British Colonial rule. Yet in recent years mismanagement of the forest had taken its toll.