“Birds of Cyprus” field guide review

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Therefore, I was quite surprised when I learned that Helm has taken the gauntlet and, this January, published the “Birds of Cyprus” by Colin Richardson and Richard Porter. pounds to carry around, “Birds of Cyprus” (BOC) has 256 pages and weighs only one pound. BOC has 95 colour plates illustrating more than 400 species (three country endemics, Cyprus Wheatear , Cyprus Scops Owl and Cyprus Warbler , among them), with text and distribution maps on facing pages.

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Bringing Griffon Vultures into Cyprus

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A few months ago I shared with the 10,000 Birds community the plight of Griffon Vultures in Cyprus , and it has only been getting worse. A census conducted on March 31 indicated that there are in fact only only 6-8 Griffon Vultures left in Cyprus. I had written then that… There are rumors of a plan to capture Griffon Vultures breeding in Greece and release them here in Cyprus, to rescue the population. CREDIT: ©Jane Stylianou / Cyprus Bird Tours a.

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Migrant Warblers in Cyprus

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Migrating warblers typically pass through Cyprus from March until May every Spring – a fact that is sadly taken advantage of by illegal poachers. But that gets me thinking of just how many warbler species migrate through Cyprus. Birds cyprus migration warblersTheir migration typically peaks about a week before the end of April however. Well, last weekend certainly held up to the rule, with April 22nd being a particularly good day.

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Birding Cyprus’ Sewage Pools

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And the water treatment facilities built to support them are kept wet throughout the year, even in the blistering heat of summer in Cyprus. Birding cyprus Poop WeekIt’s Poop Week on 10,000 Birds and Sewage, though far from glorious, is great fertilizer. Or at least that’s why I think that the Larnaca Sewage Works is a great location to check out whenever you’re birding in the area. Technically it’s in Meneou, not in Larnaca proper, just behind the airport.

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Autumn 2011 Report From Cyprus

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“The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) Cyprus have now released the report on their bird protection camp during the peak of bird migration in autumn 2011. Asides cyprusIn just over one week, two CABS teams located 3,817 limesticks, 23 mist nets and 32 electronic decoys in the main Trapping hotspot in Famagusta District.

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Cyprus forests and avian inhabitants

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The most recent BirdLife Cyprus newsletter had a feature article that was just too good to pass up comment and elaboration on: Our avian forest gems … (English names emphasized by me) Cyprus, although only 16% of its land mass is covered with forest, hosts more than 34 species of forest birds, 15 all-year residents, eight migratory breeders and 11 winter visitors. Conservation cyprus habitat species

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The Eco Army of Cyprus

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Going green and doing it for the troops, in Cyprus. Cyprus, a small EU island off the coast of Greece and Turkey is the latest army to join the trend. The Greek Cypriot National Guard is adopting eco-management policies set forth by the EU Commission’s European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), according to the Cyprus Mail. Business & Politics army Cyprus ecology EU Greek Cyprus green policy greenhouse gas Mediterranean recycling solar power

The 2011 Cyprus Bird Race

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This just in… Dan Rhoads, weary to the bone with eyes nearly burnt out from competitive bird watching, just completed his report of the Second Annual Cyprus Bird Race , transmitted it to the 10,000 Birds home office through secret back channels, and then collapsed. The Penduline Tits were especially surprising – while they regularly winter in Cyprus, especially in recent years, this was very late in the year for them to be still found here.

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GreenGraffiti Hits Cyprus

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Cyprus may have a long way to go in terms of being eco-friendly, but GreenGraffiti has brought it a little closer. ” Now that GreenGraffiti has arrived in Cyprus, hopefully it can make the island a greener place too. :: GreenGraffiti. :: Cyprus Mail. Read more about Cyprus: Cypriot Law Threatens to Discourage Cycling. 1 Million Migrating Songbirds are Killed for Pickled Dish in Cyprus.

Cyprus Natural Gas Discovery Estimated at Billions

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The Republic of Cyprus has started surveying for natural gas, and recent estimates are that its undersea reserves are worth billions of dollars. Helped by Israel and America’s Noble Energy, the subterranean Cyprus discoveries could make the small island EU nation energy independent for 200 years, according to the Cyprus Mail. The gas find, termed “historic” by Republic of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, could be as much as 8 trillion cubic feet.

World’s longest undersea water pipeline uniting Turkey to Cyprus

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The 107 kilometer pipe will draw water from the Dragon River and unite the Turkish mainland with northern Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. The divided island is one of the most water-stressed places on Earth, and Turkey and Turkish Cypriots in the north have bickered with Cyprus over offshore natural gas discoveries recently. Green Tech and Gadgets Cyprus desalination Turkey water Turkey has started constructing what will be the world’s longest undersea water pipeline.

Cyprus Fruit Bats Decline and Head to Turkey?

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the latest decline to be noticed are fruit bats in Cyprus, an island offshore Turkey partly independent, and partly ruled by Turkey. Officials in Cyprus have noticed a shocking 85 percent decline in the bat population in Cyprus, according to a local paper. Cyprus is the only community belonging to the European Union that plays host to fruit bats. Meanwhile Cyprus is attempting to market itself as a Food Island, and its quality over quality.

Cyprus starts political party for … animals!

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This is no joke: the island nation of Cyprus is now home a political party for animals. It is called Animal Party Cyprus and follows the lead of Holland – which seems like the first to launch a political party for animals. Something sorely needed in Cyprus, a land that brutally kills millions of wild songbirds for a pickled dish. It was launched in Nicosia on Sunday.

A Black Flamingo Was Spotted In Cyprus

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An extremely rare black flamingo was seen last week on Mediterranean island of Cyprus, and experts say it may be the only one of its kind. The unique bird was Read More The post A Black Flamingo Was Spotted In Cyprus appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals News Top News

Waterbirds that bred on Cyprus this year

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This comes from BirdLife Cyprus’ research officer Mike Miltiadou, and shared by Melpo Apostolidou: Waterbirds that bred on the island this year. Kentish Plover / Credit: Jane Stylianou It’s just the thing that I thought birders from outside of Cyprus would want to hear that I had to share it in full: BirdLife Cyprus conducts yearly waterbird breeding counts. This article was included in this month’s BirdLife Cyprus In-Flight e-News email.

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Take your next green holiday in Cyprus

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The Republic of Cyprus , a member of the European Union and recent convert to the euro, is expected to conform to EU environmental standards. On the subject of beaches, for instance: Cyprus boasts 52 of them certified by Blue Flag , a voluntary program run by a Denmark-based non-profit that monitors sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria of water quality, environmental education, information and management. Guest houses/Apartments Cyprus

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Cyprus gets new desalination plant with Mekorot Israel’s know-how

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Fresh water shortage issues are virtually normal now in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially in Cyprus, which has worse water shortage problems than Israel, Syria and Lebano n. The water shortage situation in Cyprus has gotten so bad that lakes are going dry (see photo). The just inaugurated plant will be able to produce between 40,000 and 60,000 cubic meters of fresh water per day for residents of Limassol, the Cyprus Republic’s largest city. “In

Cyprus kills 1.5 million migrating songbirds to eat in fetish dish

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million songbirds will have been killed in Cyprus this year to make a dish called ambelopoulia. The statistics in come BirdLife Cyprus’ surveillance programme. Martin Hellicar from BirdLife Cyprus told the BBC that in Dhekelia, organised criminal gangs created “labyrinths” of acacia trees, irrigating the plantations and cutting corridors through them in order to set up long mist nets. Travel Cyprus

Israel and Cyprus Align on Natural Gas and Renewables

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Axes of power are changing in the Middle East and Israel and Cyprus as an alliance could shift energy focus away from some OPEC oil countries. The decision for Cyprus to explore its undersea natural gas wells has Turkish government officials crying foul. Turkey occupies the northern half of Cyprus and the southern half is eager to develop its economy and ties with Israel. Joint natural gas exploration, with a processing facility built in Cyprus, is among recent proposals.

Solar Water Heaters Give Free Hot Water From Cyprus Rooftops

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Cyprus now leads the way. Although China leads the world in the number of solar water heaters in use, and Israel was the pioneer and chief country-wide user of solar water heaters for 25 years, today the Republic of Cyprus has the distinction of being the world leader of solar water heater users per capita. But Cyprus has an even greater percentage with 0.79 Cleantech, Science & Technology Energy Cyprus Egypt Israel Solar Energy solar water heaters

Cyprus Oil Spill Threatens Pristine Coastline

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Last Tuesday, an oil tanker delivering fuel to a power plant in the Turkish Cypriot-controlled north of Cyprus spilled approximately 40 tons of oil into the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the last undeveloped areas in Cyprus, in large part due to stalled development attributed to international sanctions that stunt the northern Cypriot economy. Image of dead bird in oil spill from Shutterstock; Cyprus oil spill cleanup from World Bulletin.

Holy Green Monday for Lent! A planet-friendly Cyprus tradition

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It’s a public holiday in Cyprus ; thousands flock to open areas, parks and beaches for picnics. Lifestyle Religion Christianity Cyprus fasting Lent meatless mondays Last Monday, Orthodox Christians across the Middle East kicked off the 40-day Lenten season with a wonderful food-based tradition called Green Monday, when folks tuck into a delicious (and usually outdoor) luncheon of greens, olives , potatoes and seafood. .

As Trees Die, Cyprus Republic Looks to Lebanon for Water Import

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Cyprus has one of the worst fresh water shortage than other regional countries , including Lebanon, Israel and Syria. Importing water into Cyprus is an idea that has been tried in the past. Now the southern portion of the Island, known as the Republic of Cyprus, is seriously considering importing water into their side of the island as well. Although Lebanon has many more water resources than Cyprus, it has its own water issues that.

Cyprus Fears Environmental Impact of Undersea Gas Drilling

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Natural gas drilling near Cyprus could affect lucrative tourism industry says its commerce minister. The environmental concerns of too much undersea drilling have now been expressed by Greek Cyprus Commerce Minister Antonis Paschalides , concerning his country’s exploration for natural gas in what is known as the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) south-east of Cyprus, known as Block 12. Map of Israel and Cyprus gas fields.

Joanna Lumley Condemns Pig Neglect in Cyprus

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English actress Joanna Lumley has spoken out against the neglect of pigs in Cyprus and other farms throughout Europe, following an investigation by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF). A spokeswoman Read More The post Joanna Lumley Condemns Pig Neglect in Cyprus appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News joanna lumley

Greek Cyprus Fearful Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling

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Map showing disputed Cyprus underwater gas fields, as well as those being contested by Israel and Lebanon. Cypriot’s “neighbor&# , the Turkish-occupied and controlled Northern Cyprus, is now giving more than just “veiled threats&# according to two regional news sources, Cyprus News Report , and Turkey’s Hurriyet News Company. This fact makes any drilling agreements between southern Cyprus and Israel “null and void&# in Turkey’s eyes.

Turkey Begins Controversial Drilling In Cyprus

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Turkey has started exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the town of Iskele in northern Cyprus (red arrow), angering the government of the Greek-controlled southern region. z called a “force for peace in Cyprus.” A race is underway for access to the hydrocarbon resources of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus refused, but Turkey has now proceeded anyway. The Republic of Cyprus is currently facing an economic and energy crisis within its borders.

Cyprus Researcher: Protect Sea from Natural Gas Drills

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Drilling for undersea gas in Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone may have serious impacts on marine life. Like 0ther-energy poor countries in the eastern Mediterranean basin, including Israel and Lebanon, who are now in a serious dispute over energy reserves located there , the Republic of Cyprus has shown interested in exploiting the undersea natural gas fields that lay near its shores. Map of Cyprus EEZ and Israeli gas fields. Cyprus Mail.

Navies Circle Cyprus As It Explores Natural Gas

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Navies crowd into once placid waters as Turkey presses Cyprus on gas reserves. As Greek Cyprus begins exploiting its potentially vast gas and oil reserves , Turkey has asserts its growing role as a regional power, and a worried Israel is pushing back. Turkey persists in acting illegally,” Cyprus government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said. Indeed some analysts contend that Turkey has sought to escalate the Cyprus dispute in a bid to gain the attention of the EU.

Cyprus, Israel and Turkey Near “High Noon” Standoff Over Med’s Natural Gas

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There’s a lot more for southern Cyprus to be alarmed about these days concerning its commitment to explore for natural gas offshore. First of all, there is the environmental factor dealing with undersea drilling off Cyprus , which could be damaging for an island so dependent on industries like tourism. There is also the acute water shortage issue, making Greek Cyprus heavily dependent on desalination for fresh water supplies.

Turkey Tells Egypt to Bypass Israel and Cyprus With Long Pipeline to Europe

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In a continuation of his anti-Israel and anti-Cyprus governmental and economic policies, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to persuade Egypt to ship its natural gas to Europe, via the Nabucco Pipeline scheme that is being hailed as a “gas bridge” between Europe and Asia. It will bypass Israel and Cyprus, of course. Read more on regional natural gas and other energy issues: Greek Cyprus Fearful Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling.

Prince Charles Demands End to Slaughter of Songbirds in Cyprus

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Read More The post Prince Charles Demands End to Slaughter of Songbirds in Cyprus appeared first on Ecorazzi. Prince Charles asks Major-General Cripwell and President Anastasiades to halt the slaughter of half a million songbirds at a British Army base. Animals Causes News Top News prince charles

1 Million Migrating Songbirds are Killed for Pickled Dish in Cyprus

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Every year trappers in Cyprus kill millions of migrating songbirds that are boiled or pickled – a national delicacy called ambelopoulia. ” One songbird is illegally trapped or killed every four seconds to provide residents of Cyprus with ingredients for a dish called ambelopoulia , according to Wildlife Extra. BirdLife Cyprus has been monitoring the situation in Cyprus since the annual bird-trapping season started in September.

Solar Powered Vending Machines to Be Installed Along Cyprus’ Bus Routes

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People waiting for the bus on a hot day in Cyprus will soon be able to purchase cold water from a solar powered vending machine. A few weeks ago Cyprus received the distinction of being the world leader of solar water heater users per capita. An agreement has already been reached with the national bus company in Cyprus, stating that the solar powered vending machines will be installed on select routes that have large passenger volume.

European Call to End Bird Trapping

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The big story of the fortnight in Cyprus isn’t about birds, but it crosses the path of birding (kinda). It seems that it came off rather well, and was co-organized by the Cyprus Game Fund and members of the Bern Convention. BirdLife Cyprus noted that, “The three-day conference dealt with illegal bird killing across Europe, and emphasis was given to the problem of poisoning, which affects many bird species in many countries (including the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus).

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A Crowd House of Martins

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As I mined my old birding photos, I recalled one such experience at the Palekhori-Kambi Dam in the eastern part of the Troodos mountain range of Cyprus. It’s a common species throughout Cyprus and Europe for that matter, but sometimes the common can impress. Birding cyprus House MartinsA type of birding experience that I greatly enjoy is one of those moments where I’ve come across a simply huge number of birds.

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From Pickled Song Birds to Snakes at Risk

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This Cyprus grass snake is now an endangered species. First a severe water crisis threatened to create a dire peril to both people and animals in Cyprus. Now the common Cyprus grass snake, natrix natrix cypriaca in Latin, is on the verge of extinction due to a combination of the ongoing water crisis and the fact that government authorities simply do not seem to care. More about wildlife and human populations: 1 million songbirds are killed for picked dish in Cyprus.

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New Natural Gas Field in Israel on Lebanese Border Stokes Conflict Flames

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Israel is also involved in natural gas exploration with the Republic of Cyprus, which is now doing its own gas exploration program that Turkey contests. Turkey, which still occupies the northern third of Cyprus, is very much against these gas explorations and has threatened “serious consequences” if the Republic of Cyprus continues them; especially in cooperation with Israel. Greek Cyprus Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling.

Palestinians and Israelis at peace with the sea

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For ten days senior researchers and their students from from Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, Ireland, Spain, Malta, Tunisia and more came together to develop a blueprint to solve marine ecological destruction in the Mediterranean. But just as important news is the relationships made between people, like PhD students Rana Abu Alhaija from Cyprus who is half Palestinian and Niv David from Israel. Lifestyle Cyprus EcoOcean Israel Malta Mediterranean Sea Palestinian Authority

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EU just cutting its nose off in-spite its face

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The EU has decided to give Cyprus a bank bailout package that will penalize banks' customers via a levy that everyone who has any money in a Cypriot bank is forced to pay and a run has begun on Cypriot banks with people withdrawing their money. Euro Euro-zone European Union banks EU Cyprus

Israel’s Mekorot Builds Global Connections Through Water

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It will build and operate two desalination plants in Cyprus to supply almost half of the country’s drinking water. Business & Politics Water Cyprus drinking water Israel peace water conservation water crisis water management water securityIsrael’s national water company, Mekorot (who we’ve interviewed here) , is expanding with projects across the globe.

Spring is for Wheatears

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Spring is for Wheatears Spring is for Wheatears By Dan • March 18, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share What is true in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US holds true for Cyprus as well: Spring is prime-time for Passerines. While Finsch’s Wheatear over-winter in Cyprus, Isabelline Wheatears are the very first to arrive among the Spring migrants.

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Turks Alarmed Over Nickel Heap Leach Dumps

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This way of “finding” the nickel bearing ore is similar to what was done for 60 years in Cyprus by an American company, Cyprus Mines corporation (CMC), which caused large amounts of toxic wastes to be deposited in the mining areas. The situation of the former mining area in Northern Cyprus, controlled by Turkey, is in fact so bad that the case is going to be brought before the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

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