October, 2019

Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

10,000 Birds

The first shot of Birders is of a helicopter. It’s an official-looking helicopter, photographed flying in the air at eye level, as if we’re next to it. Then, a long shot looking down of the Rio Grande delta, green and brown, but mostly green, bisected by a continuing, curving brown line.

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Nature is hiring an environmental economics editor

Environmental Economics

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The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

Nature Conservancy - Science

Removing obsolete dams offer dramatic benefits for fish, the economy and the future. Fish & Fisheries Fish Fisheries Restoration TNC Science Water

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Autumn Moments

The Green Samaritan

It’s the end of October and feels like spring today but the leaves and acorns tell me – not for long. Soon we will be bundling up and falling for cinnamon as the holidays approach. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Top 20 Fastest Electric Bikes in the World Ever

Icebike

The Electric bike is one of the most rapidly growing types of bikes in the world. Powered by simple electric motors, you’ve all probably experienced the ease with which one can climb slopes and start from a standstill.

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Saudi Arabia’s water depends on Japan desalination tech

Green Prophet

Toray Industries of Japan tells Green prophet that its new technology called ROMEMBRA – a reverse osmosis (RO) tech will be working for Saudi Arabia to create even more desalinated water.

The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Bird migration! In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica. Our big month of bird movements in Costa Rica, the 10th month of the year, is when most of the swallows, Scarlet Tanagers , thrushes, and other species on the South American express push through.

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The Platypus Is Weirder Than You Ever Imagined

Nature Conservancy - Science

British naturalist George Shaw was so baffled by the first platypus specimen send back to England that he assumed it was a hoax and cut apart the taxidermied carcass, trying to find the stitching. Who can blame him? Even today, […]. Wildlife Asia Pacific Mammal Watching Weird Nature

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What You Focus on Expands

The Green Samaritan

Good news is – what you focus on expands. I want sunny days ahead. Bad news is – what you focus on expands. I don’t want cloudy days ahead. Your choice! As Esther Jno-Charles ends. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Test post (Wp-bakery)

Icebike

Trek Mafiosa 2.0 Great bike with very cheap fog and a crafty handle for a rough uphill slope. Development Design. Text on the button. Amazon. Trek Mafiosa 2.0 Great bike with very cheap fog and a crafty handle for a rough uphill slope. Development Design. Text on the button. Amazon.

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How to make customers loyal and ecologically satisfied

Green Prophet

Recently it seems like customer service at big tech companies have gotten out of control. Automated systems remind us that robots have very little idea of what we want or need. I have never met a person who says that they love speaking with a robot or automated phone system.

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Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

10,000 Birds

Global Big Day (GBD). This biggest day of eBirding kicked off in earnest a few years ago. The idea was to see how many birds could be collectively identified by folks anywhere and everywhere. Go birding, eBird the results and see what happens!

A quick comment about opt-in panels

Environmental Economics

Here is a comment I received on a referendum repeated contingent valuation (aka, discrete choice experiment) survey: I seriously dont think this is a realistic way to make decisions regarding such a complex situation. I hope my answers arent used to help anyone.

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The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

Nature Conservancy - Science

Your guide to one of the most notorious fish invasions. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Fish Fisheries Invasive Species Protected Areas TNC Science

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Is Oat Milk Ethical? A Breakdown of How Alt-Milks Impact the Earth

Eco Chic

Photo of alt milk by GEORGE DESIPRIS via Pexels. It’s hardly news that cow-derived dairy has been met with a strong and far more sustainable competitor: plant-based milks, or alt milks.

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The GoodWork Toolkit

The Green Changemakers

CLICK HERE to access a full PDF of the GoodWork Toolkit, available for free. Work occupies much of our lives. Hours spent at the office or at home thinking about work-related tasks and obligations often exceed time away from work. Yet, how many of us find our work meaningful?

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Entertainment Going Green

Green Prophet

Masdar Incubator Building by Foster & Partners. Due to our masses of energy consumption, the environment is changing for the worse. The transportation, buildings, constructions all of the mentioned are an inevitable part of our lives.

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“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

10,000 Birds

The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia, edited by Yong Ding Li & Low Bing Wen.

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Greg Mankiw: I am no longer a Republican @whitehouseCEA

Environmental Economics

Greg Mankiw (former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors): I just came back from city hall, where I switched my voter registration from Republican to unenrolled (aka independent). Two reasons: First, the Republican Party has largely become the Party of Trump.

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Meet The World’s 10 Coolest Bats

Nature Conservancy - Science

From bats that mimic chickens to bats that build tents, a look at some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Wildlife Bats Mammal Watching Weird Nature

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Pining for Piñatex’s Alternative Leather: Made from Pineapple Leaves

Eco Chic

The fabric sample in my hands reminded me of something. Soft to the touch with a distinct textured surface and a sturdy feel, I think it you had given me leather to compare it to, I would have had a very hard time differentiating the two. What was this mysterious fabric?

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Ten Keys to Happier Living

The Green Changemakers

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone's path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people's happiness and well-being.

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How geography summer schools help children understand the importance of saving environment

Green Prophet

Going for a year abroad on a sailboat can change everything about how you see the world. Summer school is an alternative to normal school that some people who love to study, attend.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

10,000 Birds

Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is probably the most iconic bird species in China – to the point that some bird guides I know are quite tired of looking for it. And yet, I have now birded China for almost 5 years without ever really trying to see one.

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The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona

10,000 Birds

For the past few weeks I have been touting all the different reasons that Southeast Arizona is such an amazing area for birding. The diversity of the area affords one the ability to acquire a pretty impressive list of species.

Birding Mumbai

10,000 Birds

These days, when I have to travel somewhere for business, I try to add a day for birding. Sometimes, this can be surprisingly fruitful, even without leaving the city limits. Despite being crowded, Mumbai is a place worth such an exploration.

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Bird Songs (but maybe not the kind you’re thinking): A review of “There Are Birds,” a music album, and an interview with songstress Stephanie Seymour

10,000 Birds

Why do people become birders? There must be an endless number of individual reasons, and an endless number of stories worth telling about it – about that moment in time when one person’s avidity for avians first kicked in.

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Birds of Cambodia Review

10,000 Birds

A holiday in Cambodia? With 600+ bird species and a two-week trip with possibly a 250 species-list (the best sites are in the northwest and west of the country), my answer is a definitive “yes”.

The indistinguishable Empidonax Flycatchers

10,000 Birds

Warning: Any and all flycatchers shown in this post may be misidentified. Cut me some slack. These are the Empidonax flycatchers we are talking about here. Dear North American birders: You know them. You fear them. You have probably misidentified them.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2019)

10,000 Birds

October oversees a general cooling of the Northern Hemisphere, but the birding tends to heat up in the beginning of the month. Plus, when else can you chase migrants while guzzling pumpkin spice lattes? I enjoyed neither birding nor guzzling lattes during this work-encumbered weekend.

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Heaven for more than Hummingbirds

10,000 Birds

Last week I told you about one of my favorite places to visit at this time of year, the tiny town of Laurelito, Michoacán, Mexico. This spot, just south of my city of Morelia, has the largest bank of Salvias in my area.

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Shearwaters from Shore

10,000 Birds

I was poking around my eBird checklists recently and came across one from one of my more intriguing days birding. Like many birders, I’ve had “patches” where I routinely go birding. Patch birding is rewarding because the birds become familiar, as do the changes across the seasons.

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A Young, Banded Royal Tern and Where It Came From

10,000 Birds

This past Saturday afternoon I was out on the beach in the Rockaways with my family. We were taking advantage of one of the many warm and sunny days we have enjoyed this fall, looking for cool shells, getting our feet wet in the surf, and just generally enjoying ourselves.

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Return of the Dollarbird

10,000 Birds

It’s that time of year again! Not only are all of the migratory shorebirds returning to Australia, but also other migratory birds. Channel-billed Cuckoos , Eastern Koels and Dollarbirds all return to Australia around September.

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Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona

10,000 Birds

As we march ever closer to the end of 2019, I continue to marvel at the number of birds that pass thru, or reside in this relatively small area. After an extensive year of travel in 2018, I have mainly focused on Pima County and the Tucson area for my birding.

Sixth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit An Amazing Success!

10,000 Birds

At five-forty-five Sunday morning I started the eBird checklist while perched atop the Battery Harris Platform at Fort Tilden. It was the sixth year in a row of the Queens County Bird Club Big Sit, my favorite event of the year.

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Birding Bryant Park

10,000 Birds

It’s been almost five years since the last time I blogged about a visit to midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park. This pocket park is well known by New York City birders as a migrant trap and this fall has been no exception.

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