Grand River Brewery: 313 Polish Lager

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But I did have what comes close to qualifying as a Proustian moment in finding this week’s featured beer: 313 Polish Lager from Grand River Brewery of Detroit, Michigan. According to an explanation by Grand River brewer John Hebda-Burtka printed on the can, 313 Polish Lager is “an homage” to his “hard-working [Polish] ancestors that powered the [Detroit] 313 area code.” Grand River Brewery: 313 Polish Lager.

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Birdlife on Amazonian River Beaches

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Aerial view of an Amazonian River showing exposed sandy beaches. Beaches formed along Amazonian rivers are not much different. Shores and sandbars along Amazonian rivers support a similar bird community, which includes resident and migratory birds. But, unlike the relative stability of sea beaches, those along Amazonian rivers undergo dramatic changes through a year cycle. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper uses Amazonian river beaches during the Boreal winter.

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WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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The potholes and associated grasslands create North America’s most productive habitat for breeding waterfowl, making it an area of global significance for Mallards , Northern Pintails , Blue-winged Teals , Gadwalls , Northern Shovelers , and others. The region has justifiably been referred to as the “Duck Factory of North America.” Jason A.

Rivers, Dams, and Drive-By Truckers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Concentration, Confrontation, Collaboration: The Future of River Conservation and Sustainable Hydropower. Now, lots of people think they are awesome, but I may be the only person who does so in part because among the stories they tell are a few about hydropower, rivers and people. Launched during the great depression, the TVA built a system of dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries to electrify the rural south. Little Tennessee River.

Can Healthy Rivers and Hydropower Co-exist?

Conservancy Talk

This expansion of dams could impact more than 300,000 kilometers of rivers worldwide and many of the proposed dams overlap, almost perfectly, with some of the planet’s most naturally diverse places. Ironically, our quest for clean energy represents one of the greatest threats to the rivers that feed our communities and support our economies. At The Nature Conservancy, we believe we can find a balance between river conservation and energy production.

Platte River Sandhill Cranes: Enjoying North America’s Greatest Bird Spectacle

Nature Conservancy - Science

More than 500,000 sandhill cranes gather along Nebraska’s Platte River each spring. One of the world’s great wildlife spectacles is underway in Nebraska: the annual gathering of more than 500,000 cranes along the Platte River. Each spring, about 80 percent of the world’s sandhill crane population rests and fuels up along 70 miles of the Platte River before continuing their northward migration. Why do sandhill cranes congregate along the Platte River?

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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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. The colors are rich, much deeper and beautiful than the muted inks in my copy of Hawks of North America.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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So, I was very excited when I heard that Rick Wright was writing a book about sparrows, the first treatment of North American sparrows since 2001, possibly the first book about sparrows of North America, depending on your definition of that geographic area. Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America covers 61 species of the New World sparrow family Passerellidae that breed in Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico. They’re all birds of North America!

Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

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I want to alert you to a recent study (from April) that looks at the plight of bird populations under conditions of climate change in Europe and North America. The total overall impact on bird populations, related to climate change, is the same in North America (on the right) and Europe (on the left). Again, Europe is on the left, North America is on the right. Why are Europe and North America different?

Rare Birds of North America: A Book Review

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Recovering from and celebrating an excellent day of birding along the Hudson River, the conversation eventually turned, as it is apt to do when birders talk, to the more unusual birds we’ve chased and seen over the years. Where did the Coney Island Gray-hooded Gull come from, Africa or South America? I kept wishing I had Rare Birds of North America , by Steve N. Rare Birds of North America covers 265 species within these parameters.

Adventures with Bowfin, North America’s Underdog(fish)

Nature Conservancy - Science

I recall well my first encounter: pulling that bizarre fish with the long dorsal fin into a boat, as part of fish surveys I was conducting on Michigan’s Muskegon River. The very first Bowfin (Amia calva) I encountered in the wild; collected during field sampling on Michigan’s Muskegon River, Fall 2000. Habitat loss is one of the primary threats to biodiversity worldwide, whether in rainforests, coral reefs, or the backwaters of eastern North America.

Go with the Flow: Using Flow Experiments to Guide River Management

Nature Conservancy - Science

A river’s form and function are profoundly woven together. Rivers and streams have seen widespread habitat and species loss, prompting extensive restoration efforts. The recent news of a “ pulse flow ” in the Lower Colorado River has highlighted a steadily growing trend in freshwater conservation along “working” rivers – restoring elements of natural flow regimes. Flow Experiments” to Guide River Management.

No Dream Too Big for China’s Mother River

Conservancy Talk

Reuter is director of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership and North America Freshwater Program. The wild, brown, churning Yangtze River I knew in 2005 is gone. The Yangtze ranks among the largest and most powerful rivers in the world. At Yibin, where she forms at the confluence of the Jinsha and Min rivers, the Yangtze moves an average annual flow 10 times that of the Colorado River. (A Large rivers are more resilient than that.

GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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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. Giant anteaters, giant otters, giant armadillos, giant river turtles, giant termites and giant waterlilies that can sustain the weight of a human baby!

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A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

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As the subtitle implies, this appreciation drives the bulk of A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World. His description of the Platte River on page 39, in the midst of the chapter on the Sandhill Crane , stands as one of the best single paragraphs of nature writing I have recently read, bringing across both the critical hydrological factors and the sweeping power of the Rocky Mountain-plains interface in a mere four sentences.

The Mekong: roll on, muddy river, roll on

Green Traveler Guides

A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact The Mekong: roll on, muddy river, roll on 23 February 11 · 0 comments | The Green Cruise | W hat better way to make the transition from touristed Thailand to laidback Laos than on that most famous of Southeast Asia’s rivers, the Mekong? Unhurried, with time enough to get to know the river and its river culture as well as your crew.

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A Made in America Story: Petroleum-Powered Surfboards, Scandals.

Wend Magazine

Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe Wend Blog Share this: Tweet Share A Made in America Story: Petroleum-Powered Surfboards, Scandals, Hatchets and God Kyle Cassidy March 15th, 2011 Follow me on Twitter @Kyle_Cassidy The last thing my buddy expected to find while checking out surfboards on Portland’s Craigslist yesterday was an 11-foot aluminum-skinned foam beast with a two-stroke gas motor. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

Marks, a floodplain ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River program, is leading a research effort to restore populations of elms, once one of the most iconic and beloved trees in the eastern and midwestern United States. It’s one of 21 elm tree restoration sites Marks is overseeing in four New England states, primarily located along the Connecticut River.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin (ARB) — home of the reality TV show “ Swamp People ,” safety valve for the swollen Mississippi River, and one of the richest and most fascinating natural places in North America — might finally have met its match…in Conservancy scientist Bryan Piazza’s new book about it. Beautiful as science, and as a book — bursting with dozens of maps, graphics and photos that capture the astonishing biodiversity, from alligators to river shrimp.

Spring Flood on the River of Sorrows

Conservancy Talk

Water from this snowpack is the proverbial lifeblood of Rocky Mountain rivers. Residents of the Southwest weren’t yet competing for water in 1776 when two Spanish priests — Francisco Atanacio Dominguez and Silvestre Valez de Escalante — christened one of our lifeblood rivers, El Rio de Nuestra Senora de las Dolores. Better known as the Dolores — the Sorrows — many view this epithet as reflecting the current state of the river.

New Year’s resolutions for green travelers

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Africa Alaska Australia Chile Costa Rica Croatia Europe Kenya Masai Mara North America Osa Peninsula Peru South America Sweden United States Croatia truffles Great Ocean Road Green Travel News Kenai Fjords Masai Kuku Group Ranch Reuters River Klaralven Tambopata Torres del Paine PatagoniaTis the season for looking ahead to 2013. Here are eight New Year's resolutions to enrich and broaden the horizons of any green traveler.

America’s Best Stormwater Monitoring?

Sightline Daily

Polluted stormwater runoff is the biggest threat to the health of Puget Sound and other Northwest lakes, rivers, and bays. Polluted runoff is bad. Green stormwater infrastructure is good. But as rain gardens proliferate like frogs after a rainstorm and development continues to creep across the landscape, it’s time to flesh out those generalities with solid data. And stormwater folks in Washington state are poised to do just that with a new stormwater monitoring program. “We

Well-known stores closing in America

Green (Living) Review

Florida (11): Sears in Crystal River, Deland, Port St. But, America has not been and is not alone as far as store closures at the end of the year are concerned. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) London, UK, January 2012 : Sears has announced that it is closing many of its own stores and Kmart ones thought the continental USA and this announcement came just around Christmas time just a day or two before the New Year.

Afloat in Alaska: On a Charging River where the Salmon Run

Conservancy Talk

We are on a 50-passenger jet boat up the Class VI rapids of Devil’s Canyon on the Susitna River in Alaska. The roar of the jet boat is lost in the thrumming as the reddish-brown canyon walls squeeze one of the largest rivers on the continent and drop it off that ledge. We began rocking and rolling up the river as the canyon walls rose and closed around us. The Susitna River of Devil’s Canyon is nothing like the river I know.

How to Create Intimacy with Our Partners Through the South American Practice of 4 Rivers.

Elephant Journal

Health & Wellness Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) Sexy connecting culture enlightened relationships intimacy lover mindful communication partner questions relationship South AmericaEleditor’s Note: This is one author’s personal story and experience. It is not meant to represent an entire continent, culture or group of people. Getting close to someone is not always easy. Frankly, sometimes it feels downright frightening.

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For America’s Birthday, Take Your Party to a Park

Conservancy Talk

And then an afternoon hike at Sugar Hollow, where the Moormans River tumbles down from Shenandoah National Park. We waded the refreshingly icy river, then hiked on uphill just beyond Blue Hole, a popular swimming spot. In my mental memory book, the most indelible images involve exploring America’s national parks and monuments with family and friends. Shortly, I traversed some of America’s most hallowed ground, The Wilderness battlefield.

From Rattlesnakes to Turquoise Rivers: Unlikely Connections Hold Key to Conservation Success

Conservancy Talk

That’s because most present knew him as “John, the guy that’s leading our new conservation program on Balkan rivers with WWF.” His job title and home base evoked red rocks, rattlesnakes and roulette, but he was here to talk turquoise rivers and trout—a juxtaposition as hard to reconcile as our conference room’s interior and its “Game of Thrones” exterior. The global challenges for river conservation are diverse, continually evolving and increasingly urgent.

A Made in America Story: Petroleum-Powered Surfboards, Scandals.

Wend Magazine

Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe Wend Blog Share this: Tweet Share A Made in America Story: Petroleum-Powered Surfboards, Scandals, Hatchets and God Kyle Cassidy March 15th, 2011 Follow me on Twitter @Kyle_Cassidy The last thing my buddy expected to find while checking out surfboards on Portland’s Craigslist yesterday was an 11-foot aluminum-skinned foam beast with a two-stroke gas motor. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

New Train Points to Underground River in Jerusalem

Green Prophet

Jerusalem will get a new railway line, and in the process, geologist find large underground river. Excavators digging for a new railway station deep under the surface of central Jerusalem have discovered what geologists say is the largest underground river ever found in Israel. We found a nice but small underground river,” Professor Amos Frumkin, head of the Cave Research Unit of the Hebrew University’s Department of Geography, told The Media Line. “In

China’s Yellow River In Dire Situation

Eco Friendly Daily

One of the most important rivers in China is the Yellow River. This is the river that stretches for 5,464 kilometers, providing water to hundreds of millions of people throughout the country. However, a recent study has found that one-third of the Yellow River is not fit for any use, and only one-sixth of the river is safe to drink. The reason is that there are many boom-years industries along the river, that are dumping pollutants into the river.

New Electric Fish Discovered in South America

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A previously unknown genus of electric fish has been identified in a remote region of South America by a team of international researchers including University of Toronto Scarborough professor Nathan Lovejoy. The Akawaio penak, a thin, eel-like electric fish, was discovered in the shallow, murky waters of the upper Mazaruni River is northern Guyana.

The Last Reindeer in America

Sightline Daily

And then someone should tell me why reindeer were widely domesticated in the Eurasian Arctic but not in North America? Editor’s Note: The following is a re-post of a 2009 holiday favorite. Who knows? Our local herd could help deliver Santa’s presents tonight. Most people don’t know it, but the Northwest is home to the last wild reindeer still living in the Lower 48 states. To be sure, there aren’t many of them—a few dozen at most—but they are here.

The Top Threat to the Most At-Risk Rivers

Eco Friendly Daily

A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature identified the most threatened rivers in the world. One common denominator with the world’s top five rivers was dams and infrastructure. The most at-risk rivers include: Salween River in southeast Asia. Danube River in central Europe. La Plata River in South America. Ganges River in Asia. The environmental impacts of disruptions to river flow can occur both upstream and downstream.

San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way

Green Traveler Guides

| Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […] San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

After America’s fossil water goes dry, will the Middle East follow?

Green Prophet

One of America’s largest “fossil water” aquifers is the Ogallala aquifer, which lies under 8 states in America’s “bread basket” wheat growing region; stretching from South Dakota to Texas. When ex-Libyan leader Muamar Gadaffi began his Great Man-Made River project in 1984 , he boasted that the water in the Nubian Aquifer could supply the needs of Libya for “hundreds of years” and turn that country into an agricultural wonder.

Rivers in the Atmosphere? How Water Moves in the Sky

Green Living Ideas

Did you know that rivers exist in the air? Atmospheric rivers —the Amazons of the air—are vast and unbroken streams of wind that carry water vapor from tropical oceans, moving thousands of miles through the sky. Atmospheric rivers are massive not only in their geographical extent, but in the amount of water vapor they transport. Atmospheric rivers can rain themselves out over the oceans, but many travel over continents, bringing moisture.

The Ugliest Tax Table in America

Sightline Daily

Here’s what the same analysis looks like south of the Columbia River. Not only in terms of graphic design, but in terms of the actual contents: If you’d like to spend some time being appalled by a state tax code that manages to substantially worsen an already serious problem with income inequality… well, then feast your eyes on this new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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America) or westbound (from Europe). Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kinabatangan River, Borneo. The main areas are Mount Kinabalu (320 birds, including 17 endemics), and the lowland rainforests by the Kinabatangan River (200 sp.), With its 810 birds, Guyana is located at the northern coast of South America. Trips Africa Asia Borneo Costa Rica Ecuador Ghana Guyana Malaysia PNG Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South America Sri Lanka Tahiti Thailand Uganda world birdwatch

This Is Why We Travel. ~ Katie Stephens

Elephant Journal

At times, we find ourselves stuck on crowded, filthy, noisy river boats for days on end with no escape. Homepages (Gold Tabs)* Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Travel Amazon River community Lonely Planet South America Southern hemisphere travel Traveling is not always rainbows and butterflies. It can be full of challenges, trying moments and exhausting situations.

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Amid Midwest Flooding, a Call for New Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Michael Reuter is The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Freshwater in North America and leads the Great Rivers Partnership globally. He lives in Peoria, Illinois and has worked on the Illinois River for more than 20 years. The central Illinois community where I live is experiencing some of the worst flooding in its history , with the Illinois River reaching a record high, swamping businesses and homes.

The Napa River Inn & Mumm's Sparkling Pinot Noir

The Alien Next Door

The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Tuesday, July 21, 2009 The Napa River Inn & Mumm’s Sparkling Pinot Noir Neither Margaret nor I was terribly keen on joining the kids for the day at 6 Flags outside San Francisco. As we aimlessly wandered along the Old Town Napa River waterfront, we stumbled upon the former Napa Mill, an old brick building that currently houses a quaint stretch of stores, galleries and the historically preserved hotel, the Napa River Inn.

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Birding Botswana’s Borders

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I bring this up because birding the Chobe River in northern Botswana gave me the interesting opportunity to bird a country I technically wasn’t in. Even without being on the water it was possible watch birds across the river, as evidenced by my lifer pair of African Pygmy Geese , which flew down the river and landed on the Namibian side. Nile Crocodiles, Waterbuck and Impala are also very common around the river.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 27

Conservancy Talk

rivers have “poor” water quality. We’ve got quite the spread of green news for you this morning. Let’s get started. Check out these 8 interesting uses for drones , including many that help protect the environment. ( MNN ). This chilly spring we’ve been experiencing? Melting Arctic sea ice may be to blame. Mongabay ). Michigan’s governor just approved a bear cub petting zoo bill. Huffington Post ). Want to save African lions ?