11 Things Introverts Want You To Know. ~ Dominica Applegate

Elephant Journal

I didn’t really discover I was an introvert until I hit my 40s. I know. Late bloomer. I guess I just considered myself shy and perhaps lacking a huge desire to “socialize.” Today, I am proud to announce that I am a hardcore introvert and I’m betting either you are too or you know one or two introverts yourself. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) alone crowds introvert shy social

It’s Time to Ditch the Mask. ~ Dominica Applegate

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At eight years old, brokenness introduces herself, confinement welcomes me and hands me an exquisite, sparkling mask, assuring me that if I put it on, all will be ok. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) disguise freedom love mask medicate metamorphosis pain self discovery surrender trauma

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Write the Gut-Wrenching Pain Away. ~ Dominica Applegate?

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I liken pain to an enemy that haunts me and hunts me like a vicious, starving wolf, yet I also liken it to a familiar friend just wanting some old fashioned attention. Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Literary Journal art emotion emotional pain literary journal writing writing as a release

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

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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

World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

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Africa Cape Verde Chile Cuba Dominica Ghana Grenada Lithuania Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Palau Samoa South America The Americas Tonga Vanuatu best developing nations to visit ethical travel ethical travel 2015 Ethical Traveler

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True Feminine Power: Let it Flow, Let it Flow. ~ Dominica Applegate

Elephant Journal

Feminism is not about looking pretty, it resides within us. Own it and rock it.

Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

Green Home Blog

Dominica. Dominica vows a carbon negative policy in renewable energy by the year 2020. 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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Birding the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

10,000 Birds

Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica. Over President’s Day weekend my family and I took a much-needed break in Jamaica. We landed mid-afternoon on the fifteenth of February and flew back out on the nineteenth: enough to enjoy the tropical sun but not long enough to get bored of the Holiday Inn Resort, a middling and older all-inclusive vacation spot outside of Montego Bay, just a bit east of Sangster International Airport.

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Yellow-throated Warbler, Kaliga Park, St. Cloud, Florida

10,000 Birds

Enjoy these shots of Setophaga dominica and here’s hoping you manage to track one down for yourself this spring! In between moments of staring at and trying to photograph distant Snail Kites at Kaliga Park on East Lake Toho in St. Cloud, Florida, Doug, with whom I had been birding all day long, found a Yellow-throated Warbler foraging behind us.

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

10,000 Birds

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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7 Embracing Eco-Caribbean Summer Destinations

Eco Chic

Dominica hike via Flickr User Ken Bogna. Dominica is a top Caribbean destination for anyone looking for a real outdoor adventure. Images by 16:9clue used under the Creative Commons license. Traveling to beautiful places is always fun, especially ones whose scenic beauty is untouched by human hands and developed in a sustainable and environmentally positive way.

Finally, A Yellow-throated Warbler in Queens!

10,000 Birds

It was a Setophaga dominica albiflora which is the fancy way of saying that it is the subspecies with white lores. Nothing frustrates me more than a report of a good bird that reaches me while I am at work or on my way there. And the frustration is magnified all the more when the bird, like the one Thursday morning, is reported from Queens and is also one that I have not yet seen in my home borough. I may have mentioned before that I really like adding birds to my Queens list.

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Developing countries doing more to save climate – Developed country leadership missing

Green (Living) Review

Bonn, Germany, May 3, 2013 – The Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, today, reminded developed countries that developing countries are doing more than their fair share to save the climate at the close of the first round of climate talks. A recent study by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Oxfam reveals that developing countries are going to contribute more to cutting greenhouse gases than developed countries.

Parrots: Brazil’s Colorful Avian Clowns

10,000 Birds

With their strong flight and capability to disperse, parrots have managed to colonize almost every major island group from Tahiti to Mauritius to Dominica. Parrots captivate me more than any other bird family. I am a self-proclaimed psittacophile. For one, they are remarkably diverse with a little over 380 species spread over every continent except Europe (only introduced) and Antarctica.

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We mustn't abandon the Windward Islands' farmers

Green (Living) Review

The damage is similar in St Vincent and Dominica. by Renwick Rose and Nick Mathiason The destruction caused by Hurricane Tomas in the Caribbean in recent weeks is heartbreaking. But although the destruction in Haiti received media coverage, Tomas's intensity was reserved for the eastern Caribbean. A spiralling storm lingered over St Lucia. The deluge created terrible landslides, cutting off the south of the island.

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Collaborative List – November 2019

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Despite last month being a record month by every measure we could think of, the cumulative total for the year had barely scraped past 2,400. I approached The Management to seek their opinion. Something needed to be done. Somebody had to take one for the team.

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Collaborative list – February 2020

10,000 Birds

The beats are on the move, exploring new places. That bodes well for the numbers this month. And of course, we have an extra day to play with this year. Corey’s trip to Jamaica adds to the ever-growing list of places visited ( 56 ) and adds a wealth of endemics to the life list which currently sits at 4001. If you entered the sweepstake to predict when the 4000 barrier would be breached and suggested Corey at 13.38

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

St Kitts & Nevis (21.8), Nigeria (21.8), Fiji (21.8), Guinea (22.5), Mauritius (22.5), Cuba (23.3), Togo (23.3), Vanuatu (24.0), Philippines (24.0), Malawi (24.0), Mali (24.9), Chad (24.9), Sri Lanka (25.8), Uganda (26.7), Dominica (26.7), St Lucia (26.7), Egypt (27.7), Niue (27.7), Ghana (27.7), Moldova (28.8), Grenada (28.8), El Salvador (30.0), Guinea-Bissau (30.0), Tanzania (30.0), Djibouti (30.0).

Collaborative List – January 2019

10,000 Birds

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. Was it a big night in Wellington? The beats are sharing enthusiastically and I can hardly keep up with them. I love January! The Life List has got off to a flyer this year, swelling as it has to 3573 (+6) and passing the 4000 complete checklist mark. A gathering of the beats at the “Hot Duck” barbeque.

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Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

Collaborative List – February 2019

10,000 Birds

The life list has received a huge boost this month and has risen 43 points to 3616. Thunder will be stolen if I reveal how this was done, but another country has been added to our territory list and a new splash of colour to the profile page. All will be revealed in good time. Without including the new pin in the map, countries this month featured; USA, Australia, Serbia, Bahrain, India, Kuwait, New Zealand, UK, Ghana and of course, Costa Rica.

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Combined Beat list for 2016

10,000 Birds

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. Thus, a combined list of current beat writers will be compiled to see how many birds, weird and wonderful, common or unusual we can find between us.

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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).

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Collaborative List – February 2018

10,000 Birds

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. They found 673 species and advanced the yearly total to 1019. The Life List was also pushed forward by 3 to 3285.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

10,000 Birds

American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. 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. The western hemisphere’s pasting last year has been reversed as it currently out-scores the eastern hemisphere by 1210 to 746.

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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 – January 2018

10,000 Birds

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. From the very first submission, it becomes more difficult to push the totals forward.

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Collaborative List – March 2017

10,000 Birds

Lists from nine countries have been shared this month with Cuba appearing for the first time. 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. 79 checklists were contributed for 624 birds during March and bring the running total for 2017 to 1162. The lifetime list reaches 2747.

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Collaborative List – June 2018

10,000 Birds

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!

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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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. 3 guesses as to where the award for biggest day and best follow-up post goes ?

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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

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! 9 countries were visited during March by your tireless beats ( 11 of them); India, UK, USA, Serbia, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. With so much thrashing around in SE Asia, it is interesting to compare east and west hemispheres.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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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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Combined Beats’ List – August

10,000 Birds

American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. Big up for Corey. Our very own “Mr July” piled on the pelagics during August. In so doing, he has helped to push us through the 1900 milestone. But our pin-up for August and worthy of a double-page-spread, is Duncan who is currently sharing from South Africa. Duncan has contributed to break through the unspoken target of 2000 birds for 10,000 Birds and on to a running total of 2011 as at August 31st.

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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.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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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. Tom barged us beyond the 30th incidence of Nelson.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

10,000 Birds

American Golden-Plover – Pluvialis dominica. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h. Redgannet missed an opportunity to contribute when he was completely washed out at Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria. Electric storms closed the new walkway there and he amassed a total list of just 3 birds!

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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.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

10,000 Birds

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 2017 – February

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The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range. Tom has made an altitudinal migration, but stayed within his accepted beat. Redgannet has been wandering aimlessly as is his brief. Last year beats were being spotted way beyond their usual habitat with checklists shared from India, Puerto Rico and Israel. It might be difficult to increase on last February’s score of 826.

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