August, 2019

The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

10,000 Birds

Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Yellow Stripey Stingy Things


Here's a useful guide to all wasp-like beings. All My Relations Spiritual Ecopsychology bees field guide nature wasps

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Reuse and Repair

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. What happened? What happened? Simple.

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Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

I'm just going to leave this here. I have no idea where to start.  POET announced today it will idle production at its bioprocessing facility in Cloverdale, IN due to recent decisions by the Administration regarding SREs.

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Everyone knows pollinators are in trouble, but almost all the attention is on non-native honey bees. Wildlife Nature-based Solutions

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Lightyear Leadership

Blue Earth

I am a new advisor to Lightyear Leadership and the company is transforming people and organizations with a growth mindset via the Lightyear Hub and consulting services. Organizations implementing Lightyear include Lululemon, Earls Restaurants, Stance and of course here at Longboard Capital. If you are ready to dig deep and do the work to create a future for yourself, your family and colleagues that would not have otherwise existed, check out

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Homage to Catalonia

10,000 Birds

In a warm Catalonian March (I was about to say Spanish, but among quite a few flags, I haven’t seen a single Spanish one), Barcelona was filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets , two charming but alien and invasive species.

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Cork Accessories: Renewable, Waterproof, Biodegradable and Chic

Eco Chic

Eve Cork Bags Bora Tote. After spotting a gorgeous cork handbag at Brooklyn Flea (which was just a one-off by a handbag designer there), I have become a bit obsessed with the material. It’s not just for wedges/heels anymore, but a natural material with a soft touch and an understated pattern.

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Boyle and Kotchen: The Need for More (Not Less) External Review of Economic Analysis at the U.S. EPA

Environmental Economics

Abstract:  Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made significant changes to the way it conducts economic analyses of regulatory actions.

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A Field Guide to Commonly Misidentified Mammals

Nature Conservancy - Science

Never cry wolf when it’s a coyote, and other common wildlife cases of mistaken identity. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

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Theory U - Leading From the Emerging Future

The Green Changemakers

Leading Change in Times of Disruption: Learn how to lead change in social systems by exploring two root questions of creativity: Who is my Self? What is my Work?

Birds Expected and Unexpected at Calle Jocote, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In January, we moved to a new place at a slightly lower elevation yet still located in the Central Valley rather near the main airport. As with any home inhabited by birders, we have kept track of all species heard or seen, night and day.

Bread Baked With 5000-Year-Old Yeast

Green Prophet

Physicist and video-game inventor Seamus Blackley enjoys studying Egyptology and baking sourdough bread. That’s not all he does. Recently, he succeeded in physically traveling through time.

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How Women’s Rights and Environmental Destruction Go Hand-in-Hand

Eco Chic

(Image courtesy of Pixabay). We’ve got it all wrong — Our efforts to conquer nature have brought us to the brink of ecological collapse. And that’s inextricably tied to the long-abusive relationship between men and women.

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Martin Weitzman: 1942 - 2019

Environmental Economics

Here is his Wikipedia page: [link]. And here is Rob Stavins on twitter: It is painful for me to convey the sad news that my Harvard colleague, mentor, and friend, Marty Weitzman, died unexpectedly yesterday.

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A Night With the Platypus Scientist

Nature Conservancy - Science

Trapping for platypus is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. A very adorable needle. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Conservation Science Endangered Species Mammal Watching Urban Conservation

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Urban Birding in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Costa Rica is well known for national parks and other protected areas than offer access to tropical ecosystems dripping with biodiversity. Lots of birds, a lot of really cool birds! The Emerald Tanager is one of those cool ones.

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.

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The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

“Target birds” The term can foster excitement but is easily contentious. It would be uber cool to lay eyes on a rare lifer, on species that only seem to live on the pages of a field guide but isn’t that somewhat discriminatory? Aren’t all birds worth watching?

Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

10,000 Birds

It’s never too late or too early to buy a children’s book about birds.

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson

10,000 Birds

South East Arizona is known for some truly amazing birding, and another one of the specialties that this area is known for is the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Myiodynasters luteiventris.

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Where highlands meet lowlands

10,000 Birds

I haven’t done much birding during the past few decades in my native United States. But I suspect that it is very difficult there to find a prime site that someone else hasn’t already discovered.

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Analogue vs. digital birding

10,000 Birds

Looking at a photo of a dozen birders on a Colombia tour, it stroke me that they were either using binoculars or cameras. Not a single one was using a scope. Okay, this was a shorter distance observation, but even in such situations I love to see birds through the scope.

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Pied Oystercatcher chicks four weeks on….

10,000 Birds

It has been a few years since I could share some good news about the Pied Oystercatchers breeding along the coast near Broome. Hopefully you won’t mind me writing a bit more this year about Pied Oystercatchers during the breeding season!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2019)

10,000 Birds

As we enter the latter half of August, most of us probably feel like we’re speeding out of a very special season while speeding towards another season perhaps equally as special. Just try to enjoy the journey!

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Montezuma Winery: Red Wing

10,000 Birds

It’s often said that the native wild grape varieties of the New World– of the species Vitis riparia , Vitis labrusca , Vitis aestivalis , and Vitis rupestris – are ill-suited to winemaking in the European tradition. In fact, that claim may have even been repeated here on this page just last week.

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Attack of the Hooligan Bluebird

10,000 Birds

All my birding life, I had heard about certain birds going to battle with their images reflected by windows and mirrors. But it wasn’t until April of this year that it happened to me. Or rather, to my car… which suffered the fierce attack of a Hooligan Bluebird.

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So I went to the beach

10,000 Birds

My wife hates heat. And, alas, heat is one thing Mexico’s Pacific coast has in excess.

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The 20 most common birds in Shanghai (Part 1)

10,000 Birds

Birdwatchers tend to like the rare, the exotic – yet many common birds are exciting as well. This is something most easily realized when traveling – what is common for the locals may be the trip`s highlight for a foreign visitor.

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Chinese Crested Tern at Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

On Sunday morning, I was just lazily working on another post for 10,000 Birds – the (probably not much anticipated) part two of the most common birds in Shanghai. Then, I heard about the Chinese Crested Tern at Nanhui and headed for my car.

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"Here's what it could cost for America to buy Greenland"

Environmental Economics

If history is any guide, the autonomous Danish territory is worth at least $1 billion. In 1946, the United States offered Denmark $100 million in gold to buy Greenland, according to documents in the US National Archives. That's equivalent to $1.3 billion today, taking inflation into account.

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Today's "Moment of Happiness"

Environmental Economics

This is a good one for the beginning of the semester: “The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.” -- Adam Smith,  The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2019)

10,000 Birds

The end of August keeps most of us in the Northern Hemisphere busy, what with the impending end of summer and all that. Enjoy what today has to offer while looking forward to what is to come. My extended family from The Bronx visited us this weekend for some upstate festivities.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of August 2019?

10,000 Birds

If you’re struggling with horrendous summer heat, a trip to Antarctica might sound good to you. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with the depths of winter’s chill, a trip to Antarctica might sound good.

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Returning to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

The summer of 2019 will forever be defined by my move to Tallahassee. Though only three hours from my previous hometown, this relocation was still characterized by the endless sifting through things (do I take this? do I leave that?),

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2019)

10,000 Birds

The question is rarely whether someone enjoys an August weekend but rather how much. Share the details! Ivy and I tracked down her first Wilson’s Snipe this weekend. Imagine that… a successful snipe hunt.

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The 20 most common birds in Shanghai (Part 2)

10,000 Birds

Today`s post is a continuation of last week`s – an introduction to Shanghai`s 20 most commonly seen birds. After getting to the letter C last week in a roughly alphabetical order, I will show the second 10 species today.

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