Science at Emiquon: Restoring a “Wetland of Dreams”

Nature Conservancy - Science

Today, hundreds of thousands of coots and other waterfowl flock to Emiquon Preserve. It’s now Emiquon Preserve , a 6,600-acre project on the Illinois River that is one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the Midwest. Just eight years ago, this was a cornfield.

Camera Traps Chronicle Restoration Success at Davis Bend

Nature Conservancy - Science

At times conservation professionals talk about devastating, catastrophic wildfires that are destroying vast swaths of forest and at other times they talk about prescribed or controlled fires that can keep forests and prairies healthy and diverse.

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Recovery: Ranching Gone Right

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Still another cites as a “myth” that “profitable livestock production and ecological preservation can coexist.”. And all ranchers, green and otherwise, preserve open space from sub-division. Recovery: Prairie Reprise. Space Cowboys: A New Generation of Prairie Keepers.

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How Can We Prevent or Reverse Desertification and Save Lands from Desert Encroachment?

Greentumble

Communication, Cooperation and Gender Equality. Well, it is, but the widespread implementation of this strategy will demand transboundary cooperation and long-term engagement of land owners, policy makers, entrepreneurs and scientists.

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Birding Through the Seasons at Matheson Hammock

10,000 Birds

Just keep an eye out for the Barred Owl perched on a Mini Cooper and that is where you will find him. Matheson to preserve the wild and natural beauty of the area , this venerable park is the oldest in Miami-Dade County.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors – A Book Review

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Sometimes, I’ll reply with a story about the sparrows found in a local grasslands preserve. But no, Jim’s eyes only light up when I talk about the Red-tailed Hawk that observes feeder birds from the top of the pine tree behind our building, or the Northern Harriers that in fall kettle over that grasslands preserve. What is it about raptors that fascinates so many people? My work colleague Jim stops me at least once a week in the hallway to ask, “See any interesting hawks lately?”

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Collaborative List – January 2019

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. The first sharer of 2019 was Clare who narrowly beat Duncan by 5 hours. In a very competitive first day, even Corey, 18 time zones to the west, beat Duncan.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung.

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Collaborative List – February 2019

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. The life list has received a huge boost this month and has risen 43 points to 3616.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Dye Creek Preserve (restricted access). Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. McInnish Park–Elm Fork Nature Preserve.

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Collaborative List – February 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Prairie Falcon – Falco mexicanus. February birding can be tough.

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Collaborative List – January 2018

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Prairie Falcon – Falco mexicanus. Oh, the thrill of a new list!

2018 130

Collaborative list – December 2018

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers?

2018 141

Collaborative List – March 2017

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Sands Point Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Lists from nine countries have been shared this month with Cuba appearing for the first time.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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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).

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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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.

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. It’s all been happening this month.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. McInnish Park–Elm Fork Nature Preserve. That was May. Month of months.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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Prairie Falcon – Falco mexicanus. 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.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. 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.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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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.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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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.

2018 141

Collaborative List 2017 – February

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Sands Point Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range.

2017 130

Combined Beat list for 2016

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Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. It is a dream, nay, a mission statement of 10,000 Birds to see as many of the World’s birds as possible. A Strickerian task for an individual, but the combined eyes and optics of beat writers around the globe might be able to make a fair fist of it.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Plantation Preserve. Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire.

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Combined Beats’ List – August

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Plantation Preserve. Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Big up for Corey. Our very own “Mr July” piled on the pelagics during August.

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Collaborative List – April 2017

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Sands Point Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. It worked! After last month’s chastisement for shying away from the share button, Mike has come good.

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The Collaborative List 2017 – January.

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Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. Protests were organised, banners were waved, petitions were signed and 6 of the beats have been banned from entering their data.

2017 130

Collaborative List – August 2017

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. Ramsey Canyon Preserve (formerly Mile Hi Ranch). Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. 9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico.

2017 130

Combined Beats’ List – July 2016

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Plantation Preserve. Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve.

2016 130

Combined Beats List – June 2016

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Hardy Matheson County Preserve. The law of diminishing returns brings the inevitability of repeat sightings and has checked the momentum of the combined beats’ list for June. Despite recording 370 species during the month, the list total has advanced by just 45. As at June 30 th , it stands at 1796. Just to confuse things a little, only 14 new species were recorded since June 1 st.

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Combined Beats’ List, May 2016

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Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. This is an update for the combined yearlist compiled by the beat writers at 10,000Birds. The list is becoming big and cumbersome and difficult to fit onto one page. So this month, we have just noted the new sightings while we find a way to update the original without blacking out a city block.

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Combined Beats’ list

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. April was a good month for the list with a couple of our big–hitters weighing in to boost the numbers and The Management engaged in a beat recruitment drive in a cynical attempt to swell the catalogue.

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