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World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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Each 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.

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Parrot, Parrot, Parrakeet, Hummingbird

10,000 Birds

After a year in a large flight cage, the Parrots will be released in an attempt to establish a third population; existing breeding centers in El Yunque rainforest and the Rio Abajo Nature Preserve number almost 400, with roughly 100 more estimated to exist in the wild. And if your life list includes Bahama Woodstar , you might want to get back out into the field.

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Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

Green Home Blog

These locations have been scored as ‘developing countries’ displaying their ability to maintain a continuing drive toward preserving the environment, positive human rights practices and creating a “sustainable, community-based tourism industry.” 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.

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The Whistle Blowers

10,000 Birds

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. A recent focus has been on habitat preservation since wetlands in the Caribbean are a very scarce resource.

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Birding at the Tip of Florida: A Bit of Everything

10,000 Birds

It’s not just the warblers as other eastern birds such as Yellow-throated Vireo , Summer Tanager , and Least Flycatcher also winter annually in small numbers in the various parks, preserves, and management areas. 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.

We Don’t See Borders — We Just See Blue

Conservancy Talk

President Obama joined via video message announcing two significant actions: first, to create the world’s largest ocean preserve by expanding our national marine monument in the Pacific; and a to create a task force with a six-month deadline to develop recommendations to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing. Earth from space: our water world. Courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Written By Lynne Zeitlin Hale , Director, Global Marine Initiative for The Nature Conservancy.

Conscious in the Caribbean: Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts

Eco Chic

I love the Caribbean, from the Virgin Islands (British and US) to the Antilles and the Bahamas, and over my lifetime I’ve seen many of the gorgeous isles that populate that special sea between North and South America. There are always enough chairs and shade on Bucuti’s portion of the beautiful Eagle Beach! A low density of guests ensures no annoying overcrowding on the beach or anywhere else at the resort.

Collaborative List – March 2017

10,000 Birds

With Corey’s February jollies to The Bahamas (when he should have been at home looking for GGOs), Lichtenstein, Austria and Switzerland our country/province/principality/kingdom/territory list has swollen to 37. You should have forgone the Bahamas!). Sands Point Preserve. The Retreat, Bahamas National Trust. BS-Bahamas-Nassau-New Gate Road – 25.0644x-77.3035. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae.

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

10,000 Birds

Submissions for February have been received from Austria, Australia, UK, Japan, Costa Rica, Serbia, Mexico, USA, The Bahamas and Lichtenstein. Sands Point Preserve. The Retreat, Bahamas National Trust. BS-Bahamas-Nassau-New Gate Road – 25.0644x-77.3035. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range.

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Collaborative List – April 2017

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. The Retreat, Bahamas National Trust. BS-Bahamas-Nassau-New Gate Road – 25.0644x-77.3035. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae. It worked! After last month’s chastisement for shying away from the share button, Mike has come good. Humiliating him in front of his public had a far more productive effect than I could have hoped for in fact, as he upped and took himself off to Panama in an attempt to appease the compiler.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. Ramsey Canyon Preserve (formerly Mile Hi Ranch). The Retreat, Bahamas National Trust. BS-Bahamas-Nassau-New Gate Road – 25.0644x-77.3035. 9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico. They submitted 144 checklists, noting 628 species adding 72 to the year’s running total bringing it to 1890.

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Collaborative list – December 2018

10,000 Birds

9 beats contributed 140 checklists from 8 countries (USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Bahamas, Costa Rica, India and Serbia) through December which accounted for 829 species, bolstering the year list (comprising checklists from 27 countries), which finished at 2259 from 1861 shares and brings the life total to 3567 ( 48 countries and 4742 checklists) up from 3272 in December 2017. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae.

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Collaborative List – February 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae. February birding can be tough. “They will still be there next week” can no longer be used as an excuse to avoid some heavy weather. This month is when the hard work to fill the winter quota is put in. So bravo to the beats who have wrapped up, knuckled down and got out there. 149 lists were submitted from 6 countries by 10 beats.

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Collaborative List – January 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae. Oh, the thrill of a new list! Just 3 days into a new year and already the beats had contributed more than 20% of last year’s total. Within the week they had achieved the same measure against the life list. At this rate……… , but that’s the thing about lists.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. McInnish Park–Elm Fork Nature Preserve. Redgannet added another splash of colour to the collective profile by falling asleep on a boat and waking up in Uruguay , the 44th country to feature in the list. Corey smashed the world record for contributing to the list when he shared 29 lists in just 2 minutes. Redgannet retains the world record for staying up late to collate them.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

10,000 Birds

And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative List – June 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. It’s all been happening this month. Just when we thought that the beats deserved a quiet month after the exertions of May, they came out with Bushnell’s blazing and gave June both barrels! Honduras , Malaysia and the southern-most bits of South Africa feature large this month with Mike, Duncan and Tom all vying to be MVB for June.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. McInnish Park–Elm Fork Nature Preserve. That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

10,000 Birds

San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Claire and Grant have made it back to civilisation after sharing a checklist for almost every day of February. Their submissions didn’t quite make it into the February count, so we shall use them to boost the March figures. Tom continues his odyssey around the world, bumping into birds and beats along the way. In a blatant attempt to make the figures look even better than they already, any sightings shared with another beat will be counted twice.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Bahama Woodstar – Calliphlox evelynae. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

10,000 Birds

In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him. It is also a month when the Law of Diminishing Returns over-took itself.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

10,000 Birds

The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back. The migrants face many perils, hunters, predators, adverse weather conditions and lack of refueling opportunities due to habitat loss.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

10,000 Birds

Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single. This month has been a slow one with just 73 lists shared, but far more happy smiling kids on social media, so I guess it all comes out good in the end. 458 birds were seen by 7 beats in 8 countries.

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