Tue.Aug 11, 2020

A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference

10,000 Birds

The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) is held every four years. It seems that pretty much everyone who is anyone in ornithology in the Western Hemisphere attends, making NAOC is one of the largest ornithological conferences in the world. I had already joined the American Ornithological Society (AOS) because I thought it would be a good source for topics for articles and posts on 10000 Birds, so I received the email announcement and follow-ups for “NAOC 2020.”

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If there is lead in Parisian honey, imagine what’s polluting Beirut?

Green Prophet

Urban bees carry pollution with them back to the hive. Researchers then test to see what’s inside. Honey in Paris now contains lead after the massive Notre Dame fire. Years after the Notre Dame fire in Paris Parisians are still feeling the health effects whether they know it or not. According to a recent study reported in the Smithsonian local urban honeybees in Paris were collecting pollen with unhealthy amounts of lead in it.

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Develop self-healing therapy skills at home this summer, with the environment in mind

Green Prophet

Forest bathing is a kind of therapy called for in some cultures like Japan. When I was a kid in suburbia having a therapist meant you had real problems — problems like depression that could not be solved through gardening, a 30-minute job, or date night. A therapist 30 years ago in suburbia meant you were destined to suffer emotional trauma and anxiety for many years and be lucky if you ever came out of it. .

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