June, 2020

Trees in Early Irish Law and Lore: Respect for Other-Than-Human Life in Europe’s History

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My article, “Trees in Early Irish Law and Lore: Respect for Other-Than-Human Life in Europe’s History,” has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Ecopsychology. “Ecopsychology invites you to read this special issue dedicated to bringing forward insights from wisdom traditions, such as those from Indigenous peoples, and those from contemporary science, to more […].

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eBird and Urban Planning: City Green Spaces

10,000 Birds

Birders who submit their checklists to eBird likely know that their data may be used to conduct research on avian migration, range, or population. But eBird data is not just for ecologists and ornithologists. It has also been used by researchers from other fields, such as economists. Recently, an interdisciplinary group published a paper using eBird data in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

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First Brazilian supermarket where customers can exchange recyclable waste for food open

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the Brazilian state of Acre the first supermarket opened its doors where it is possible for customers to exchange recyclables for food. This establishment, called TrocTroc, offers customers the possibility to exchange recyclables such as PET bottles, aluminum cans and plastic bottle seals for any product sold in the market. Each kilo of recyclable material is worth R $ 0.50 in purchases.

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5 Things You Should Know About Indoor-Grown Hemp Flower

Green Prophet

Cousin to the cannabis plant, hemp is also considered a healing herb – and one that is legal anywhere to grow. High amounts of CBD make it an interesting anti-anxiety medicine for many folks. The hemp industry is booming, and an increasing number of acres of farmland that were once used for other crops are being handed over to hemp farmers. For both hemp smokers and environmental activists, however, some of the attributes of outdoor-grown hemp might be less than ideal.

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Tips for a Fun Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Conservancy - Science

Want your kids to have fun in nature? Start a scavenger hunt. From the Field Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Wildlife

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Battling Chronic Pain Does Not Have to Be Hard

Eco Friendly Daily

If you have been dealing with chronic pain, how has the battle gone? For some people, they are able to control the pain to the best of their abilities. For others, it can be a real dogfight. When you are dealing with such pain, do you feel as if you are winning more times than not? What Are You Doing to Push Back Against Pain? When chronic pain is a part of your world, taking the right measures to lessen its impact proves key. Among the areas of focus you can do without too much effort: 1.

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Protected: Ecopsych Training ? Mindfulness in Nature course readings

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There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. Course Readings Spiritual Ecopsychology course ecopsychology mindfulness readings

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Beyond COVID-19, human rights can help save the planet

Green (Living) Review

Council of Europe statement ahead of World Environment Day (June 5) Strasbourg, 04.06.2020 – The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pej?inovi? inovi?

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Microplastics in our lungs linked to Covid-19 surge?

Green Prophet

The gold dust bought at Walmart may make your graduation photo pretty. But one blow and it’s forever cycling as microplastics that will get into our lungs. I wonder all the time about Covid 19. Why now? Why aren’t we stopping it? How did it get to invade us in such a quiet way, with such a profound impact on our lives? Most of us didn’t get the message with the planet heating up.

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The Big Bat Year: A Quest to See the World’s Bats

Nature Conservancy - Science

Birding’s Big Year has become a major event. But bats? From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

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Dr. Bruce Lipton: We are Moving into a New Phase of Civilization

The Green Changemakers

By Dr. Bruce Lipton Source: [link] The Truth about 'Chaos' If you have watched the news lately, browsed the web, or even looked out the window, you may have noticed that something is going on. In the face of economic upheaval, religious violence, racial bloodshed, climate change and now, a viral pandemic, civilization is in a state of upheaval. The globe is enveloped in chaos. Chaos? That sounds pretty scary! The reason is that most people confuse the word chaos with the word random.

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Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Be careful how you Google ‘bird of paradise’! Type it in and you’ll find articles about a showy South African plant, trailers for two films (one of which was pre-Code and apparently created a sensation), eleven novels, a romance novel series, an animated children’s film, socks, and no less than nine coloring books. It’s the bird family that most people don’t know is a bird family.

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Costa Rica?s Almost Endemic Trogon

10,000 Birds

It’s hard to write about something other than what’s happening in the USA these trying, change demanding days but I’m going to give it a shot. Because where would we be without birds? Without that particular aspect of life on this planet that keeps an inner fire burning, that keeps us looking for and always finding more beauty.

Sampling Manakins

10,000 Birds

Birding in Trinidad and Tobago has been likened to an introductory chapter in the book of birding in the Neotropics. And for good reason. While the 480-odd species recorded within T&T may outstrip our fellow Caribbean islands by leaps and bounds, it pales in comparison to the massive lists of mainland South and Central America. T&T boasts a fascinating level of biodiversity, however the relatively small size of the islands puts a limit on individual species diversity.

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Birding in the Delhi area Part 1

10,000 Birds

One of the many things I did not know about Delhi is that it is the capital city with the second-largest number of bird species (after Nairobi). So when I went there for work last year, I added three days of birding to the trip. Most of the time was spent in and around Sultanpur, a highly recommended bird sanctuary about 50 km from Delhi. But even my hotel in a relatively central area of Delhi – and the crowded park next to it – yielded some nice birds.

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Some therapeutic post-lockdown birding

10,000 Birds

Will the post-corona world become a different place? I don’t think so. My country, Serbia, is nowadays slowly emerging from the corona-virus grip. Actually, with 50 to 100 newly infected every day, not so much emerging as keeping a low profile. The restrictions are being eased (too) quickly, ahead of the elections which will surely be won by the ruling right-wing party, using every dirty trick from a thick book of dirty tricks.

2020 166

Alien Face

10,000 Birds

Over a decade ago I stumbled upon the first edition of the field guide to the birds of T&T and marveled at the astounding diversity within its pages. I had already been birding for some time, but my photography was poor and my identification skills were abysmal. Not only did I have zero clue that a field guide existed, I also was completely unaware that other birders lived here.

2020 166

The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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What happens when you put a naturalist in a kayak, adrift in Africa? There are no crocs around here,’ said a smiling bartender. I think the warlord Mzilikazi must have had a similar smile while raiding the Bahurutshe, not far from where I dropped my paddle into the river.

Fantastic Flamingos

10,000 Birds

It was a mad dash to reach the jetty on time. Having just landed into Mumbai, things were happening far too slowly. I had word that a boat would leave Bhandup jetty at 1.30 pm and it was already 12.30. Checked into hotel, got changed, drew cash (no time for personal pronouns here), hired cab (which turned out to have a very patient driver!

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Whistling Kites breeding

10,000 Birds

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Black Kites breeding around Broome. There have also been Whistling Kites breeding around Broome in recent weeks. It was an overcast day again this last Wednesday and we went bush-walking where we have observed the Southern Boobooks recently. We have been keeping an eye on a Whistling Kite nest that is very high up in a tree. We don’t know how many eggs were originally laid due to the height of the nest.

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Two Birds

10,000 Birds

Here`s another entry in the category “Rejected topics for bird-related coffee table books”, following my recent “Blue Birds” post. With remarkable accuracy, each of the photos below shows exactly two birds. African Penguin (Cape Town, South Africa, Nov 2018). Walking back to their beach towels. African Pygmy Kingfisher (Mkuze, South Africa, Nov 2018). Black-and-red Broadbill (Taman Negara, Malaysia, Nov 2019). Black-tailed Godwit (Nanhui, China, May 2020).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2020)

10,000 Birds

As we close the book on the first half of one of the wildest years in recent memory, we can only hope the next half delivers a lot more happiness, health, and prosperity. And, while I’m being greedy, how about loosening travel restrictions? I need more birds!! As usual, I restricted my birding activity this weekend to local trails. However, my best birds showed up much closer to home in the form of a chattering House Wren family which apparently displaced my usual Carolina Wren.

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Pied Oystercatchers are breeding early again!

10,000 Birds

Regular readers will know that we keep an eye on our resident and migratory shorebirds all year around. At this time of year we are on the lookout for the start of breeding season in Pied Oystercatchers. I have written plenty about Pied Oystercatchers over the years! The nest sites will look very familiar if you look back over the years, because they use the same nest site each year. They use the same nest site for subsequent clutches if any fail during the breeding season.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2020?

10,000 Birds

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten… Even if you’re not familiar with the immortal prose of James Russell Lowell or feel any urge to see life glisten, you’ll probably agree that days in June can be mighty fine. This weekend offers your last taste for a while, so enjoy!

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On the Road Again

10,000 Birds

Well, I managed to stick it out for six weeks. Six and a half weeks, to be precise. When our local government called for Michoacán’s residents to stay at home, I said goodbye to some 250 regional species, and shut myself in at home with the other 30 that regularly visit my neighborhood. I stayed there as it became increasingly clear that the government guidelines were being honored much more in the breach than in the observance.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2020)

10,000 Birds

I hate to obsess about weather, but June temperatures in New York have taken us all on a roller coaster ride with sweltering highs and frigid lows within days of each other. How am I supposed to enjoy a pre-summer weekend dressed in all these layers? Despite my disdain for this unseasonable chill, I chased a variety of Rochester rarities this weekend.

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Cattle Egret in breeding plumage in June in Derby

10,000 Birds

Last Friday, June 19th, we went to the Derby Poo Ponds. We were sitting in the new hut having lunch. There were not many birds to observe due to the bad state of the wetland, but there was a breeze and as usual there was nobody else around. There had not been many birds in the settling ponds either, but there were some Royal Spoonbills and White Ibis. I suddenly saw an egret flying in front of the hut heading towards the settling ponds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2020)

10,000 Birds

As we look back on another Father’s Day, at least in those places that observe it, and another solstice, let us hope that we’ve turned a symbolic page on the strife of the last season. With hope, the next will be much better for all of us. It better be, because with limited travel in the next couple of months, bird lists are going to look mighty spare.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2020)

10,000 Birds

If May represents the apex of avian observation opportunities in most areas, June signals the slide down the slope towards a truly tedious valley. But we’re not confined to a wasteland of resident breeders just yet, are we? Hopefully, you’re still finding surprises. Saturday night, a surprise found me. Around midnight, I heard the most emphatic grunting right outside my window–unexpected because I was on the second floor.

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So proud!

10,000 Birds

Taking a leaf from my neighbour’s gardening technique, I have embraced the neglectful method of gardening. The theory being that supplying the seed is as far as you need to exert yourself. “Once the seed is sown, it’s on its own.” ” I had previously followed a creed that allowed for areas of the garden to be left to their own devices, but for the rest to be micro-managed, clipped, cut and combed.

2020 136

Taking Time to #SketchWithSibley

10,000 Birds

David Sibley’s sketch of an Atlantic Puffin. I sat down at my dining room table, its wooden surface covered by a wrinkled white tablecloth scattered with work-from-home items; my laptops, notebooks, a speaker, various dishes and coffee mugs. Clearing a space, I retrieved my field notebook – untouched since April of 2018 – and flipped to a brand new page.

2020 136

Stairway to Heaven

10,000 Birds

Last week, I told you about my second visit to the roads on the way to the tiny Mexican town of La Escalera (the Stairway). I had such a good time exploring the zone that I went back again the following week, something I rarely do, given that I have so many quality birding sites to choose from in my region. As I mentioned a week ago, the Escalera area is so interesting because it sits on an ecotone, a border between biozones.

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Our first camping trip of 2020

10,000 Birds

We had been unable to go camping in the Kimberley this year due to a certain virus keeping us all at home or within our Shire. When the restrictions eased allowing movement beyond the Shire of Broome into the rest of the Kimberley we did not race off camping. Following a nice welcome downpour of 100mm in a few hours in what is traditionally our “dry season” we delayed leaving the bitumen another week.

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My Subtropical Bird Garden

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Those who follow my posts know by now that I love gardening. And I love making my little garden (some 1400 square feet) more attractive to birds. But I would never have imagined how important it would be to my emotional well-being to have a bird-friendly garden during lockdown. There are lots of online sources of information on bird-friendly gardening, but much of this information is oriented towards those who live in temperate climes.

2020 133

Bolton Landing Brewing Company: Paradise Bay IPA

10,000 Birds

For the last several years, my first out-of-town trip of the summer takes me to the east side of Lake George in northern New York, for a relaxing mid-June weekend with my family at a lakeshore cabin belonging to a family friend. Later in the summer, I like to head even further north and west into the heart of the Adirondacks for even higher-elevation birding in true boreal – and fly-infested – habitat.

2020 131

Mast Landing Brewing Company – A Beer Named Duck New England Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

I know we see a lot of New England IPAs here at Booze and Birds. Well, this week’s beer doesn’t quite qualify as one but it’s pretty close: A Beer Named Duck from Mast Landing Brewing Company of Westbrook, Maine is a New England pale ale. Note that that’s “PA” without the “I”, which used to stand for “India” back in the nineteenth century but it’s really nothing more than a meaningless, alphabetical vestige these days.

2020 131

A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines ? The Curator White Blend (2016)

10,000 Birds

This week’s wine is a very easy-drinking white blend from the South African winery A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines. It’s going to be a pretty easy post for us, too, as there’s not a whole lot going on here bird-wise to discuss. (By By now, Birds and Booze readers know that we’ll gladly take any old bottle with a bird on it for a quick and dirty review for another busy week in this crazy world.)

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