January, 2021

Sounds of the Forest

Indigenize

An interesting project is afoot: people submitting homemade sound clips from their local forests to contribute to a sound map of the world. The map and attached soundclips are linked below. Maybe folks reading this blog would also like to play?

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We Want to Help the Birding Tourism Industry

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With a worldwide pandemic still raging the tourism industry has taken a massive hit.

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Stand-up economist: Grading Economics Textbooks on Climate Change

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Yoram Bauman:  This is the fifth such review I’ve been involved in and it is almost certainly the last review I’ll be doing, for the simple reason that the vast majority of textbooks now have excellent content on climate change! (If

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Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Photo for illustration purposes only I am a very strange bird, so people would certainly say, in that I have a serious problem in that I am trying to find a reuse for almost everything.

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10 Effective Email Marketing Growth Hacks

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American consumers are more concerned about the planet than steady economic growth, new report. Email marketing is actually a sustainable way to grow your business. . Email marketing and email users are on a constant rise.

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6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

Nature Conservancy - Science

At the end of a long, stressful day, nothing beats a good nature documentary. . The post 6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight appeared first on Cool Green Science. Wildlife

How To Select A Gold Shower Head For Your Bathroom

Eco Friendly Daily

Gold shower heads can add a lot of class to a bathroom. Bathrooms that do not have any form of fancy decoration are at a very advantage with the addition of one of these stunning fixtures. A gold shower head is usually attached to a chrome-plated shower tray, making this a truly beautiful fixture.

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That Isn’t Anarchism

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No self-respecting anarchist would pull down the American flag just to replace it with a Trump flag. Anarchists bow to no human structural authority: the anarchist tenet for creating a better world is everyone acting from a place of 'freedom plus responsibility.'.

Wood for good: how building timber framed social housing can save taxpayers £261 million

Green (Living) Review

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 26 January 2021 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called on the government and local authorities for urgent investment in housing to meet the growing demand for social housing.

The Emirates plan to live on Mars

Green Prophet

Meet Sheikh Mohammed on Mars? In 2017, the Emirates revealed plans to build cities on Mars. It may take four or five generations of scientists to achieve it, each one improving the previous generation’s blueprints as research continues and plans evolve.

Bowerbirds: Meet the Bird World’s Kleptomaniac Love Architects

Nature Conservancy - Science

They display, they dance, and they collect baubles like a jealous hoarder. Meet Australia’s incredible bowerbirds. The post Bowerbirds: Meet the Bird World’s Kleptomaniac Love Architects appeared first on Cool Green Science.

Options When it Comes to a Gold Kitchen Mixer Tap

Eco Friendly Daily

Yes, you did read that correctly. The resurgence of the gold kitchen tap is now shaking up the fashionistas everywhere who have been happy to watch it all those years ago. So, what exactly has brought this gold-plated bear back to life?

A Slacker’s Guide to Bird Photography (Part Two)

10,000 Birds

Last week I humbly offered up a totally unprofessional, possibly misinformed guide to taking bird photos that aren’t completely embarrassing, and that might even make you proud on occasion. Those suggestions were for birders like me, who are not all about taking that one perfect photo.

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Bike Fit: How To Fit Your Bicycle

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No matter how you ride, whether on or off the road, casually or competitively, bicycling is most comfortable when you adjust your bike and its components to fit your body. Fitting your bike will be great for your flexibility, height, and riding style.

Our world is losing ice at record rate

Green (Living) Review

Monday, 25 January 2021 A research team – the first to carry out a survey of global ice loss using satellite data – has discovered that the rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up.

Superadobe Homes Built Of Sandbags Rise Around The Planet

Green Prophet

Neder Khalili. Neder Khalili (1936 to 2008) was an Iranian-born architect whose vision of sustainable building for the relief of the poor has been realized in communities around the world.

Why Pandas Are Rubbing Themselves with Horse Manure

Nature Conservancy - Science

It’s true: for years, giant pandas have been rubbing horse manure on themselves. New research suggests a reason. The post Why Pandas Are Rubbing Themselves with Horse Manure appeared first on Cool Green Science. Wildlife Asia Pacific Conservation Science Endangered Species Weird Nature

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5 Tips for Finding Reliable Contractors for Your Home Renovation

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If you’re planning on doing a home renovation, you want to make sure that you hire only reliable contractors. If you hire the wrong contractor, you could end up with the job not being completed, the job not being done well, and you may find yourself out of a lot of money.

7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

10,000 Birds

2020, one of the more memorable and infamous tear years of our lives, is finally done. It doesn’t mean that various issues and problems have disappeared, but at least a new calendar year is a fine excuse for renewal.

Cold, Wind, and Quetzals

10,000 Birds

Cold is subjective. At least how a person feels about temperature. It’s true! I have heard many people in Costa Rica mention the freezing cold weather, or how cold it is… when it’s 65 degrees. If I had grown up only knowing warm, humid weather, I would feel the same.

Last CBC of the Decade

10,000 Birds

The very last Sunday of the decade heralded our final CBC – with group sizes limited to five persons. For the fifth year in a row, I was assigned the prolific and well-known Aripo Livestock Station at the foothills of Trinidad’s Northern Range.

Birding Laifengshan, Tengchong, Yunnan, China

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Good news for those frightened by the title of my last blog post – we are now back in the safe and boring world of highly descriptive headers. You are welcome.

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Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale

10,000 Birds

As uncertain as the future may be, I’m sure we’re all ready to bid farewell to the year 2020.

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Trogons, Trinidad and Tobago

10,000 Birds

It’s been a crazy few days here in the tropical paradise of T&T to be honest.

What Was Your First Bird of 2021?

10,000 Birds

It’s 2021! What was your first bird of the year? Hopefully it will start off a year with vaccines for all and a beginning of a return to normalcy. This year, 2021, has to be better than the dumpster fire that was 2020, right? Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew!

“The Pines of Florence”: Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico (2018)

10,000 Birds

One of the nice things about winter finch irruptions is that they usually take place across two calendar years, allowing ardent listers to tick the very same species in January for their new year lists as they saw in the final weeks of the previous year.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2021)

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Can you believe that we’re already one-twelfth of the way through this year? One can only hope 2021 gets more exciting–in a good, healthy, and interconnected way, of course–in the coming months.

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Mexico Beat BBOTY

10,000 Birds

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years… Oh, who am I kidding? 2020 was the worst of years, through and through. And there were moments during the year when I thought birding was a lost cause.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2021)

10,000 Birds

So many different factors contribute to the quality and quantity of a birding adventure that one would be hard-pressed to predict the very best time to watch birds in a particular area beyond a vague three or four week window.

How My 2021 Birding Is Going So Far

10,000 Birds

I took a couple of weeks “off” from chronicling my weekly outings, in order to give my thoroughly amateur recommendations on bird photography, for other thoroughly amateur photographers that might be out there. It was, it turns out, a rather exhausting job to write those posts.

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Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

10,000 Birds

2021 is already well underway, are you birding? I hope so because watching a flock of redpolls bound through wintery airs that echo with the calls of crows is nature connection magic. Tracking the soaring of a Bateleur in hot African skies is a lifetime gift.

A Slacker’s Guide to Bird Photography (Part One)

10,000 Birds

It always surprises me when people compliment my photographs. As I have often commented on this site, I started taking photos of birds only to improve the accuracy of my IDs. And while I put more effort into taking decent photos than I used to, I still don’t do the hard stuff.

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Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

10,000 Birds

The overwhelming sentiment in Christmas cards this year is that 2021 cannot come fast enough. Lock downs and restrictions have curbed our birding, so if you can summon any blessings to mind, count them instead.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2021)

10,000 Birds

During the second weekend of the year, even common birds still carry their luster. Enjoy that feeling while you can, because we are still months away from migration! While I sought rarities on the western edge of Rochester this weekend, I came up with entirely common species.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2021)

10,000 Birds

While the fourth weekend of January finds us all mired in the depths of whatever season grips our part of the world, the light is ever so slowly changing. Another couple of months of a little more or less light at dusk every day will soon trigger that global migration of birds we all eagerly await.

Kimberley Flycatcher

10,000 Birds

Last week I introduced you to the Kimberley Flycatcher – Microeca tormenti. This species is easier to find in Derby than Broome and the Derby wharf is a good place to go and observe them.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2021?

10,000 Birds

Has the dawning of a new year ever felt as glorious as this one? Not only do we symbolically leave the horrors of 2020 behind us, but we just as symbolically wipe clean our year list to refresh our appreciation of even our most common birds.

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