Shorebirds in Abaco, Bahamas

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Sure, I can see most of the birds in the Bahamas while living within Florida, but not in such stunning surroundings! The Abaco Islands are in the northern end of the Bahamas, covering over 700 square miles and home to around 17,000 people. Trips Bahamas Birding natureAbaco is beautiful. My family and I were staying at the edge of a sand beach, facing a wide flat in a house charmingly named “Bone Ami.”

The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas. All in all, twenty six airplane flights this year, traveled around the world, to 11 countries, and not one single delay, or interruption of service, until the Bahamas. Next we traveled thru one of the neighborhoods looking for a specific pigeon, before stopping at what turned out to be one of my favorites, the Bahama National Trust “Retreat”. Bahamas Species – 58.

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Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas

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Way back in February when I was enjoying a family-and-friends vacation on New Providence in the Bahamas I wisely hired the best – and the only – bird guide on the island, Carolyn Wardle , for half a day to show me around some of the hotspots and help me find endemics and other species I wanted to see. It was perhaps the oddest life bird I got in my too short time in the Bahamas, a bird that does not belong in the western hemisphere at all.

Spiny Lobster: Sustainable Seafood in the Bahamas

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Bahamas spiny lobster becomes the first Caribbean fishery certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Fisheries Sustainability

Birding Lakeview Drive Ponds, Paradise Island, New Providence, Bahamas

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From 20 February through 25 February I was on a family-and-friends vacation on New Providence in the Bahamas. More specifically, I was on Paradise Island, the small, resort-laden and heavily developed island on the north end of New Providence, adjacent to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. A female Bahama Woodstar feeding from flowers that were actually on the grounds of the Comfort Suites. Trips Bahamas Lakeview Drive Ponds New Providence

Bahamas Dolphinarium Ordered to Close, Release Dolphins

Eccorazzi

The Bahamas are taking a huge step towards the protection of marine mammals. A court in the Caribbean island has ordered that an illegal dolphinarium shut down and is questioning Read More The post Bahamas Dolphinarium Ordered to Close, Release Dolphins appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes Entertainment Featured News

Bahamas Bans Commercial Fishing of Sharks

Eccorazzi

The Bahamas has joined a growing number of nations recognizing the need to protect some of the most important members of the ocean ecosystems – sharks! According to the Huffington Post , over forty species of sharks inhabit the waters surrounding the Bahamas and will be protected by the new ban, enacted in response to demands from activists that the government take action.

White-Cheeked Pintails

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The White cheeked Pintail ( Anas bahamensis ), also known as the Bahama Pintail , is a dabbling duck that plies brackish waterways throughout its range. The Bahama Pintail is a truly beautiful duck with a divinely dappled fawn breast and spiky scalloping adorning plumage of black and rufous. Paradise Island in the Bahamas is, in my experience, a perfect place to spy these pintails. Birds Bahamas ducks waterfowl

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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North American breeders winging their way south for the winter may want to head for the Bahamas, where a new national park offers them protected habitat. News Audubon Bahamas California Condor Egypt European Kestrel geolocator Ghana International Bird Rescue logging migration power lines Prothonotary Warbler September 11th Tribute in LightWith fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news.

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The Little Big Year-Week 44: Off to the islands ‘Mon

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It seems his family of 5, had rented a condo that sleeps 8, at Atlantis Resort, on Paradise Island, in the Bahamas. Before we had even made it down the long drive way, we had several species, including the Bahama Mockingbird , a Palm Warbler , a Gray Kingbird, and a Smooth-billed Ani. Bahama species – 38. So far the only hummingbird we have seen has been the Bahama Woodstar. Trips Bahamas Paradise Island The Little Big Year

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The Little Big Year 2018: Best Birds of the Year!

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Trips Australia Bahamas Costa Rica England Little Big Year Mexico New Zealand Qatar Scotland South Africa WalesFor nearly 10 days now, I have been sorting thru all of the images from 2018. This is a daunting task in any normal year, but this one is a real exception. Over-all there were almost 80,000 photos taken, nearly 50 story’s posted on this website, and 10 countries, all with some amazing birds.

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Parrot, Parrot, Parrakeet, Hummingbird

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And if your life list includes Bahama Woodstar , you might want to get back out into the field. News Bahama Woodstar baseball Inaguan Lyretail Maricao State Forest Night Parrot NY Mets parakeet Puerto Rican Parrot splitBecause “duck, duck, goose” is a little too wintry (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) for a post written in the dog days of August. In Australia, ornithologists have finally gotten their hands on a Night Parrot , the first such capture in more than 100 years.

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Top 10 ethical destinations in the developing world

Green Traveler Guides

Argentina Bahamas Central America Chile Costa Rica Dominica Europe Latvia Mauritius News Palau Serbia South Pacific Islands Uruguay Ethical Traveler Green Travel NewsEvery year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world's developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry.

World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

Green Traveler Guides

Africa Bahamas Barbados Cape Verde Caribbean Cuba Dominica Egypt Europe Iran Latvia Lithuania Middle East Namibia Oceania Palau South America Uruguay Chile ethical travel Ethical Traveler Green Travel News Mauritius Philippines Reuters

Learn To Love This Face

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In my first trip to the West Indies , I learned that the Bahamas boast an impressive array of wild native doves including the Caribbean Dove and White-crowned Pigeon. Birds Bahamas dovesThe various islands also support more adaptable civilized species like Mourning Dove , Common Ground-Dove , and Rock Pigeon. But one columbiform has clearly conquered the rest: in the Nassau area and perhaps beyond, the Eurasian Collared-Dove reigns supreme.

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Drinking the Water of a New Life.

Elephant Journal

Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Antonio Machado Bahamas bhakti yoga Joan Borysenko karma yoga peace Peter Max Philadelphia Sivananda Yoga Ashram spanish Swami Sivananda Swami Vishnudevananda YogaAll of us seemed to be at crossroads in our lives and in transition.

The Caribbean Summit: Leaders Valuing Nature

Conservancy Talk

The Bahamas created the largest marine protected area in the Caribbean by expanding Andros West Side National Park from 185,032 acres to 1,288,167 acres. The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic have established coral nurseries to counteract the decline of coral reefs in the Caribbean. Image: Aerial view of Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas. Later this month, I’ll be honored to join the first Caribbean Summit of Political and Business Leaders in the British Virgin Isles.

BBOTY – Red-legged Thrush

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Still slightly groggy, I was determined not to miss my first daylight in The Bahamas. It was around 08.30 on New Year’s morning. With a handful of target birds to choose from, one species was placed clearly at the top of my “wanted” list. A movement between the palm stalks caught my attention and there he was. A Red-legged Thrush. It turned out to be my first bird of the year and when asked to contemplate my Best Bird of the Year , it was the first to spring to mind.

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Tips for keeping your fitness plan on track during holidays

Elephant Journal

Since the beginning of this year, I have been planning this perfect vacation in the Bahamas for holidays, with my gal pals. Not only I have been micro-managing all the aspects of vacations, from hotel booking to airfare to shopping, also I am trying to get in shape for vacations. From sweating out in the […].

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2017)

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Corey spent Saturday journeying back to New York from the Bahamas and most of Sunday recovering. Another weekend, another opportunity to advance your causes, goals, and bird lists. How did that work out for you this weekend? With winter on the wane, my chance to visit with our local Short-eared Owls seemed to be slipping away, so I rectified that with a quick sundown sojourn. Fortunately, before he left he saw some great birds on Friday.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2017?

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Corey has been blitzing the Bahamas in his endless quest for Caribbean endemics, so wish him luck on those last holdouts. Yesterday, a small gang of Common Grackles rolled up to my bird feeder. For the rest of the day, everywhere I looked, grackles flew from tree to tree, strutting arrogantly with baleful eyes and mechanical whistles.

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Uncommon Yellowthroats

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The Bahama Yellowthroat lives, well, on a collection of Bahaman islands. The Yellowthroat group is an odd collection of bird species. The one migratory species, aptly named the Common Yellowthroat , can be seen almost anywhere in North America. Another one, the Masked Yellowthroat , can be found in five unconnected resident territories over much of South America. Both are marsh-dwelling species.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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Ask any birder–migration is joy. It’s endless frustration that suddenly erupts into wild excitement, a reason to get up in the morning, a goal for the mind and a bandage for the soul as we muddle through winter and pandemic.

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The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

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When we returned to Tucson, from the Bahamas, I was approaching a milestone number, 1300 bird species, and drove myself hard, climbing, hiking, searching, and driving all over the state of Arizona looking for those last eight birds. Bahamas Totals: 58. We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”. It ended with little fan fare; in fact I did not even go chasing birds on the last two days of 2018, as I am just plain tired.

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Evidence of earlier humans in Madagascar is unconvincing but interesting

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There is a virtual flock of new and interesting bird science news all of the sudden, including the rediscovery of an extinct Bahama Nuthatch. But here I want to note, and for now, dismiss, a find from Madagascar. It was always thought that humans first inhabited the island of Madagascar about four or five thousand years ago or so. It was after that date that many of the great and strange animals of that island went extinct, presumably because of human hunting.

Sand as an exhaustible resource

Environmental Economics

A third option is buying sand from countries in the Caribbean, possibly the Bahamas. It looks like they are running out of sand in south Florida: Offshore sand has always been the first choice to counter beach erosion. It is inexpensive and does not disrupt reefs or marine life. This is why the Army Corps and the state are hoping that Martin and St. Lucie Counties will come around and free up some of their sand, which could then be dredged and shipped farther south.

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My Birding Goals for 2017

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That I have trips to Puerto Rico, Austria, and the Bahamas planned in the first two months of the year makes me a bit more confident than usual that I can make it again this year. Though I have those three trips planned I still don’t think reaching 50 will be too easy as the Bahamas does not have much new for me and I’ve seen lots of European birds already. Thank all that is good and holy in the world that the abomination that was 2016 is finally in the books.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Orange Is the New Beak, and a Dead Parrot (No Joke!)

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Or maybe you’re visiting Belize, Guatemala, Paraguay, or the Bahamas? If you’ve got some downtime between barbecues and fireworks (or, outside of the U.S., obsessing over World Cup matches), here’s some bird news to peruse: Loss of suitable habitat , instead of insecticides, seems to be the culprit in declining numbers of grassland birds. Know what else kills grassland birds? Ill-timed mowing … which a petition aims to stop in New York’s Hudson Valley. Meanwhile, in San Jose, Calif.,

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Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

Green Home Blog

The Bahamas. In 2011, the Bahamas banned shark fishing. Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012. It is nice to be with family during the holidays but for some it can be a challenge. If you are one who embraces an eco-friendly lifestyle and wants to get away from it all or the family scene just may be a little too much this year, here are the top 10 best eco-holiday destinations in 2012 as reported by the all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization Ethical Traveler.

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The Whistle Blowers

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They are found in the Bahamas, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, Antigua, Barbuda and Jamaica. Known breeding localities are now limited to only a few of the islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Antigua/Barbuda.

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‘Barefoot Bandit’ Gets 7 Years

Wend Magazine

Colton Harris-Moore, 20, managed to evade police in stolen planes, boats and cars for 2 years before officials finally caught up with him in the Bahamas. Click here to view the embedded video. The young man known as the “Barefoot Bandit” pled guilty to several criminal counts in a Washington state courthouse today, earning himself more than 7 years in prison.

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When All Else Fails, Shoot Out the Window

Conservancy Talk

These photos by Erika Nortemann — of Andros Island in the Bahamas — have been my virtual sun and warmth through long weeks of snow and ice when even the air seems gray. Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. Erika Nortemann In September 2014, I was traveling with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Board of Directors as they visited our work on Andros Island in The Bahamas.

Gray Kingbird: An Awesome Parking Lot Bird

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Populations in the eastern part of its range, including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Lesser Antilles are resident while those in the western part of its range such as Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas are migratory. Parking lots in Miami-Dade county offer a mostly standard assortment of birds compared to the rest of the United States.

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The Razorbill Invasion of Florida

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As the storm was pulled northward across Cuba and the Bahamas, it began to temporarily weaken, lose convection, and suffer from dry air intrusion before it began interacting with an incoming trough. Perhaps more due to being underbirded, there have been no reports of Razorbills from Cuba or the Bahamas (both would be first national records). Razorbills ( Alca torda ) have invaded the coastal waters of Florida on an unprecedented scale this December of 2012.

Expose the Bastards Petition Wants an Investigation on Climate Change Like The One Held on Tobacco in 1994

Celsias

It has already won the best feature documentary award at the 2012 Burbank Film Festival, the Eco-Award at the 2012 Boston Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2012 United Nations Film Festival, 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival and 2012 Costa Rica International Film if you want to get angry watch this.

Come@Me: Snowy Owls are Superior in Every Way to Great Gray Owls

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Snowy Owl irruptions are relatively predictable and often huge, with birds arriving as far south of their normal breeding range as Florida and the Bahamas. Owls are mystical beasts that are well loved by both birders and those who casually look at birds. There are many species that captivate those looking at them: Burrowing Owls , Barn Owls , a variety of fishing-owls, Stygian Owl , Elf Owl , the list goes on and on.

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Diving Robot Will Protect Whales from Sonar

Eco Friendly Daily

It rides on an autonomous vehicle called a Slocum Glider and, fresh from a trial run in the Bahamas, it’s getting ready for another launch in Australia. Jim Theriault of Defence Research and Development Canada, Dartmouth, was in charge of the Bahamas trial, and is enthusiastic about the possibilities. “We are entering a new era of underwater sensing,” he says.

Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

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Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean. Oh, the joys of slipping through the pages of a new book that has just arrived, the Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle and Sharpe. I am checking the References and one name, expectedly, stands out: Bond, J. Is it even possible to bird the Caribbean without the feeling that James Bond birds over your shoulder, telling you: That may be an incorrect ID, recheck that one?

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Great Gray Owl in Keene, New York

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And, honestly, I feel a little guilty saying that traveling to Puerto Rico, Austria, and the Bahamas so far in 2017 is what has kept me from seeing not only a Great Gray Owl but New York’s first Clark’s Grebe and the young Ross’s Gull that was visiting Tupper Lake. Little Grebes and Least Grebes more than made up for not getting the Clark’s Grebe and Wallcreeper , Puerto Rican Tody , and Bahama Woodstar seem like a fair trade for Ross’s Gull.

Birding at the Tip of Florida: A Bit of Everything

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La Sagra’s Flycatcher , Thick-billed Vireo , Western Spindalis , and Bahama Mockingbird are the most regularly occurring, but other species show up to like Loggerhead Kingbird and Bahama Woodstar.

New York City’s First Eurasian Collared-Dove

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove , as Larry has already ably pointed out , has spread rapidly across North America since its release in the Bahamas in the mid-1970s.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Forest Park

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Austria, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and a brief visit to California have kept me in new birds and it has been wonderful. This year has been a good year for me in terms of travel. But there is still little more in birding that I like than birding my local haunts and seeing what there is to see. At Forest Park on Good Friday I caught up to a Red-breasted Nuthatch and got to watch and digiscope it as it foraged through the understory.

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The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It: A Book Review

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And, while friends have told that me that I can go to the Bahamas and easily see the warbler in January, it turns out that is not true, the bird is elusive in its winter habitat as well (which is not Jack Pine, by the way). The second section of the book, The Present, describes the current state of research on the Kirtland’s Warbler in the form of you-are-there stories about projects investigating the bird’s nesting success requirements and diet, both in Michigan and the Bahamas.

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