South India's Fort Cochin: stay in green luxury

Green Traveler Guides

This was where Christopher Columbus was dreaming of dropping anchor when he happened upon the Americas instead. A very walkable area of art galleries and cafes, and even the spice market, a synagogue dating to the 1300s and the former palace of the rajah of Mattancherry (now known as the Dutch Palace ) are but a short auto-rickshaw ride away.

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Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

Conservancy Talk

So for our family vacations, we started visiting parks and nature preserves, first in the U.S. Bioswale on Columbus street in Manhattan. A family plays along the beach at The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida. From standard safety practices to prevent urban fires, to seatbelt mandates that limit auto deaths, and even healthy behavior changes like smoking cessation.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

10,000 Birds

Dye Creek Preserve (restricted access). Christopher Columbus Park. So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th. In fairness, he had to celebrate Star Wars Day with his teenage son as this is their only means of effective conversation.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

10,000 Birds

It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble. April is now behind us and Old Tom’s arthritis is clearing up nicely, thank you very much for asking. The migrants are coming (Hurray!). Some are already here, or passing through.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

10,000 Birds

Sacramento NWR–Auto Tour Route. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Sacramento NWR–Auto Tour Route. Sacramento NWR–Auto Tour Route. Dye Creek Preserve (restricted access). Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed. There can be no denying that spring is coming and with it, the summer visitors and passage migrants. Oh, joy!

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