July, 2017

The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

10,000 Birds

Beljarica backwaters cover the 900 ha of wilderness on the eastern bank of the Danube, between the river and the embankment, by the suburb of Kovilovo, some 15 kilometres upstream from downtown Belgrade. I have been there several times last month, but barely ever managed to do any proper birding!

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Light Up Your Summer Nights with Gas Home Fire Pits

Green Furniture Home Design

There’s nothing more relaxing than gathering around a fire with friends or family on a cooled-down summer evening. For most, those kinds of nights are reserved for camping weekends or cottage getaways. But there are ways to create that warm and comforting environment right in your own backyard.

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Don’t Panic, Do Act: A Climate Resource With Real Solutions

Conservancy Talk

There has been much discussion in the press (and fierce debate online) about climate change gloom and doom in response to “ The Uninhabitable Earth ” by David Wallace-Wells. The New York Magazine piece describes a planet that becomes the enemy of the human race by the end of the 21st century.

How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?

Nature Conservancy - Science

As it is practiced today, agriculture is one of the biggest environmental offenders – yet it is necessary for our survival.

2017 31

Part 1: One of History’s Earliest Ethical Vegan Voices


Guest post by Timothy Conway, PhD. I recently was surprised to read a striking poem from a millennium ago heroically expressing ethical veganism, reproduced at Gary Francione’s Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights page on Facebook.

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Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

Conservancy Talk

The 2017 Global Insurance Forum brought together more than 500 global insurance executives, regulators, academics and policy makers to discuss the role of the insurance industry in building global risk resiliency. Below is the keynote speech Mark R.

2017 27

Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bees are in big trouble. The good news is that virtually all ecologically literate North Americans will tell you that. The bad news is they’re worried about the wrong bees — honey bees. Honey bees don’t belong in North America; they’re domesticated aliens from Europe.

2017 28

Part 1: The Second Indoctrination – Speciesist Vegans


Guest Post by Damon McDonald. Part 1 – The First Indoctrination. Vegans take the ethical position of avoiding causing harm to nonhuman sentient beings. That is, to the extent practicable, vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons.

How to Ace Life’s Final Exam.

Elephant Journal

The upshot of those terrible minutes was the overpowering realization that I was completely unprepared to die. Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality WAYLON: Today Only am i dying am i going to die fear of death fear of dying karma life's final exam near death experience samsara what death is like wheel of birth and death

2017 27

You Gotta Fight When You Think it’s the Right Thing to Do

10,000 Birds

I bird, therefore I am. Birding defines me, that much is clear. Yet, for the last month and a half I don’t remember doing any birding (my longest pause in the several years, for sure). I was mostly guiding journalists to “ Belgrade Amazon ” and I continue to do so these days.

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Mokuru – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This new toy is expected to overtake fidget spinners to become the next big craze – a fidget stick.

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Apparently climate change is real (or maybe this is just FAKE NEWS)

Environmental Economics

Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

Nature Conservancy - Science

Follow these business negotiation tips to get the most out of your next project contract

I won’t use virtual reality in my animal advocacy


Recently, New York Times explored the advancement of virtual reality technology and it’s role as a “sophisticated weapon” for animal welfare groups. I feel strongly opposed to this in it’s representation of abhorrent animal treatment as more important or more understandable to the average person than animal use.

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7 Rituals to Restore Some Calm in our Lives.

Elephant Journal

Equanimity is the ability to remain calm in the face of chaos and to manage our reactions in the face of those who irritate us. It is a way of not letting what goes on in the outside world affect the stillness and calm we create in our inside world—our inner peace.

2017 27

The beautiful nests of the Hooded Oriole

10,000 Birds

When it comes to nest construction, few if any birds rival the detail put into their nests, like members of the oriole family. Here in the southern half of the Baja, we have both Hooded and Scott’s Orioles , with the Hooded variety being quite a bit more common.

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Reuse ideas for plastic frozen food bags

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I am one of those people who take reuse and all what is related to that to another dimension at times, as regular readers will know, and I do, yes, tend to keep those bags from frozen food.

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A Global Partnership to Protect a Crucial Natural Asset

Conservancy Talk

With 67% of mangroves lost or degraded to date, and an additional 1% being lost each year, mangroves are at a significant risk of disappearing altogether.

How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?

Nature Conservancy - Science

I’m sitting in a Mongolian yurt, listening to and trying to emulate Bataa’s* songs about love for the grasslands and the wide, treeless plains of the Mongolian Plateau. Our host sings with consuming passion. I might have brushed his enthusiasm off as a show two weeks ago.

Spanish traditions of animal use aren’t worse than our own


Not unlike the racism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia brought about by campaigns against Yulin , The Rapa Das Bestas, or ‘shearing of the beasts’, in Spain is bringing out the worst in animal advocates. Daily Mail shared a brief write up and a gallery of images from the event in which people round up and wrestle wild horses in a 400 year tradition of entertainment. The adult horses have there manes and tails trimmed, and the foals are marked, before all are sent back to the mountains.

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How to Spot the Invitations to Recreate your Life.

Elephant Journal

I find it crazy how we can go for years without asking ourselves these essential questions and without even realizing that we are slo. Health & Wellness Love Z ADMIN Love Featured Today Z ADMIN Wellness Featured Today change finding your passion follow your bliss following your hear life change making changes starting over

2017 24

Crested Serpent Eagle

10,000 Birds

To the north of Kuala Lumpur, is a section of forest, easily accessible from the city. A flight over the forest via Google Earth, shows that quarrying is encroaching into the forest from the north and west and the city is threatening to overwhelm it from the south and east.

2017 34

You found WHAT in your washing machine?!

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) From dummies (pacifiers to our American cousins) to rashers of bacon, new research by appliance repair specialists discovered a large selection of strange and interesting things found in the bottom of washing machines and hidden within the filters.

"How does a Nobel-prize-winning economist become a victim of bog-standard selection bias?"

Environmental Economics

Andrew Gelman: Again, I’m not saying that Heckman and his colleagues are doing this. I can only assume they’re reporting what, to them, are their best estimates. Unfortunately these methods are biased. But a lot of people with classical statistics and econometrics training don’t realize this: they thing regression coefficients are unbiased estimates, but nobody ever told them that the biases can be huge when there is selection for statistical significance.

Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

Nature Conservancy - Science

Where will you be on August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse passes through North America? Here’s a guide to viewing opportunities, including Nature Conservancy preserves where you can catch the spectacle in beautiful surroundings.

2017 18

The end of the circus doesn’t mean freedom for animals


The Ringling Bros. may have shut down, but the spectacle continues. New Republic shared an article on the fate of eight tigers, six lions, and one leopard following the circus’ last show this past January. PETA and the Animal Legal Defence Fund have been fighting the show for years, promising to those who join in or donate that deflating the big top meant no more stadium lights, loud crowds, whips, or tricks for the endangered species that headlined the acts.

4 Compelling Reasons to Finally go Vegan.

Elephant Journal

I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind. But I do intend to raise awareness. Here are four practical reasons why eating meat (particularly store-bought) is no longer a sensible option. Animal Rights Food Green Health & Wellness diets eating eating meat food plant-based diet reasons to go vegan vegan vegetarian

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Tough Love on the Beach

10,000 Birds

In June, I go to Nickerson Beach, a place of nesting Common Terns , American Oystercatchers , Piping Plovers , and, later in the summer, Black Skimmers. Corey wrote about the Common Tern chicks of Nickerson back in 2014, so I thought it was time for another post.

The great recycling scam

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) And, yes, it is indeed a scam! We are encouraged, nay pressured even, to clean and nicely separate all our recyclables – glass, plastic, paper, etc. into bins for the different ones.

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User fees

Environmental Economics

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The Greatest Wolverine Video, Ever

Nature Conservancy - Science

If there’s one animal that is the symbol of wilderness, of all that is fierce and untamed, it’s the wolverine. It’s tough. It wanders huge distances in the most inaccessible country. And it is incredibly difficult to see. But spend time in wild country, and you might get lucky.

Part 2: One of History’s Earliest Ethical Vegan Voices


Guest post by Timothy Conway, PhD. Find Part 1 of this post here. Compared to the modern world, it was much harder to be vegan in Ma‘arrī’s time and place due to the religious and social pressures. Moreover, the diversity of plant foods was not nearly so abundant as we have today.

Understand your “Ayurvedic Mind” Type—a Quick Guide.

Elephant Journal

The third dosha, kapha is made up of the earth and water elements. It is the force that creates balance and harmony in the body and mind. Psychologically, kapha is slow and methodical, and they love routine and familiarity. Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality Yoga ayurveda ayurvedic mind type balancing foods dosha dosha minds health kapha pitta vata

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Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

There are birders who watch hawks and there are hawk watchers who bird. These, the hawk watchers, are the people who can’t stop watching the skies, even when the view is obstructed by a rainforest canopy or a massive layer of dark-gray clouds, the ones who yell, “Black Hawk!”