February, 2019

“Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife”

10,000 Birds

Forget the old news, Rwanda of today is one of Africa’s safest, cleanest and most stable countries. Slightly larger than Wales and about the size of the US state of Maryland, this country’s lure is its 703 bird species and three dozen Albertine Rift endemics among them.

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Urine as compost agitator

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Yes, it works, and it works extremely well. OK, it all sounds rather strange, and maybe even icky, collecting urine in a container and then putting it onto the compost heap or into the compost bin but that is what was done not so long ago in rural households anyway.

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New working paper: "Willingness Toupee"

Environmental Economics

Willingness Toupee. David M. McEvoy, O. Ashton Morgan and John C, Whitehead. No 19-01, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University. Abstract: In this paper we tackle the hairy problem of male pattern baldness. We survey balding men and elicit their willingness to pay to move from their current sad situation to a more plentiful one. Then we comb-over the results. What’s the average willingness to pay to move from a glistening cue ball to a luscious mane?

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Mountain Lion at Phantom Canyon Preserve

Nature Conservancy - Science

A mountain lion makes an appearance at Phantom Canyon Preserve in Colorado. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

Iran’s capital city being swallowed by sinkholes

Green Prophet

Thanks to drought and over-pumping underground water reserves in the western region of Tehran, Iran’s capital city, fissures also known as sinkholes are opening up, causing Iran’s major city and capital city to sink.

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10 Reasons Why Should We Ban Plastic Bags


Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry. our purchased goods when we go shopping. They are a part of our modern lives, and we don’t tend to think much about them. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world [1].

Getting ready for spring.

10,000 Birds

What’s this? An egg? Where did winter go? A discarded pigeon’s egg reminded me that spring is just around the corner and that nest boxes should be readied in anticipation.

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Don’t blame vegans for the shame you feel about using animals


Vegans take the blame for a lot of things. Whether we are being accused of ruining someone’s good time, of incessantly bringing up our label, or are being bombarded with nutritional deficiency promises, I find many of my cohorts are driven to either of the polarizing extremes presented: become the type of preachy vegan non-vegans fear or forgo mention of your beliefs altogether in hopes everyone will pick on someone gluten-free.

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The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Nature Conservancy - Science

Step outside tonight and you may hear a lot of howling. Here’s why. Wildlife Urban Conservation

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Ancient Samaritan’s wealth uncovered in Jerusalem

Green Prophet

We’ve all heard about the Good Samaritan. What about the Wealthy Samaritan? And did you know that two small groups of native Samaritans still live in Israel protecting their customs as they did in biblical times?

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How to Have a Useful Conversation About Climate Change: A 10 Step Roadmap to Get Us Talking About It

Elephant Journal

I used to poll my classes and ask everyone, “who here tries to change their partner?” Most everyone would raise their hand. Then I’d ask, “who likes it when their partner tries to change them?” Nobody every raised their hand, but there were always a few knowing chuckles.

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Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

10,000 Birds

The full title of this exceptional book by Marie Read is Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior.

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DOFF provides new weapon for gardeners to defend themselves against slugs and snails

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Doff has announced the launch of its brand new and exciting organic slug and snail killer based on Ferric Phosphate, replacing previously popular pellets containing the now banned chemical, Metaldehyde.

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February Thoughts…

The Green Samaritan

See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Migrating western butterflies declined 85 percent between 2017 and 2018. What’s going on? Wildlife Endangered Species Insects & Pollinators Plants

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Explosive tests for oil and gas at sea kill and maim dozens of giant sea turtles

Green Prophet

Israel’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center rescued 15 sea turtles in recent weeks after dozens were found washed up on shore on Israeli beaches after a storm. About 20 had died. Normally over a course of a year the crew surveys about 250 turtles coming to shore.

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19 Tiny, Beautiful Quotes from Cheryl Strayed that will Split your Heart Open.

Elephant Journal

"Be brave enough to break your own heart.".

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

10,000 Birds

Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks. There’s so much more that can be said about this group of birds but that’s the first description that comes to mind.

The Mountfield MC48Li 48V.a revolution in home woodcutting

Green (Living) Review

– PRESS RELEASE – With over 50 years of life at the top as the UK's lawn mower and gardening tool manufacturers, MOUNTFIELD have excelled in providing new and innovative cordless products. With the array of storms, wind and rain so far this month, many gardens are sure to need a bit of a tidy up.so

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10 Solutions for Natural Resource Depletion


As the human population increases and economies. develop, we’re using more natural resources, materials the earth provides that enable economic gain. These substances include minerals, forests, water, fertile soil and more.

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George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

Nature Conservancy - Science

The death of a colorful snail named George draws international attention over the plight of vanishing species. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Endangered Species Invasive Species

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Peter Steele “Grampa Gnome” protector of Canada’s Living Water – in time and on time

Green Prophet

Peter Steele (April 1941 to Feb 22, 2019) aged 77 was one of the world’s foremost champions for Living or raw water. He died in his off-grid forest home this week.

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3 Powerful Practices for Healing the Broken Child inside Us.

Elephant Journal

I was reliving my childhood, playing the role of my mother and seeking out a man with the traits of my father.

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How to bird by kayak

10,000 Birds

I started to bird from a kayak. Paddling around the Veliko Ratno Island Reserve in almost downtown Belgrade was such a liberating experience of getting close to nature while not having to travel far or invest much. My kayak club had boats for novices and after some rounded, white water banana hull that was recommended to me for its stability, I opted for a straighter, touring v-shaped hull that tracks well inside a river current.

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Garden tool maintenance

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In January and February, aside from pruning your apple trees and such, is the quiet in the garden and for the gardener. But now it just the right time to give your tools some TLC, some tender loving care.

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Solar Energy Pros and Cons – The Ultimate Guide


The sun is the most powerful and abundant. source of renewable energy on our planet, and it’s no secret that recent technological innovations have made solar power affordable to more and more people [1].

Chronic Wasting Disease: What You Need To Know

Nature Conservancy - Science

Chronic Wasting Disease is now found in 26 states. What does it mean for deer, and for you? Wildlife Deer Disease & Parasites Outdoor Rec

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Peter Steel “Grampa Gnome” protector of Canada’s Living Water – in time and on time

Green Prophet

Peter Steel (April 1941 to Feb 22, 2019) aged 77 was one of the world’s foremost champions for Living or raw water. He died in his off-grid forest home this week.

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So I met this girl.

Elephant Journal

A few months back, I was messaging VIP influencers on Instagram (I only message those I respect, who aren’t overly narcissistic, who seem devoted to helping others and being of service).

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New Place in Costa Rica, New Yard List

10,000 Birds

Recently, I moved to a new place in Costa Rica. As is usual for a birder moving to a new place, I couldn’t wait to see what the new yard would bring. Although it was nothing like going from New York to California or even Buffalo, New York to North Carolina, a change of location, however slight, can bring new birds especially in Costa Rica. Around here, the small changes tend to be amplified by differences in elevation, microhabitats, and urbanization.


Green (Living) Review

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A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know

The Green Changemakers

by Terry Heick Learning theory–and the research that goes into it–is a topic seen frequently in universities and teaching programs, then less frequently after once teachers begin practicing in the classroom. Why this is true is complicated. (If

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Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Enjoy the soundscapes of The Nature Conservancy’s Aravaipa Canyon by professional nature recordist Lang Elliott. From the Field Ecoacoustics Outdoor Rec

Creative Business Ideas to Make Money Online

Green Prophet

Are you searching for online opportunities to earn money? The Internet offers several opportunities to find fulfilling careers or start your business. Hopefully you will choose to go the green and sustainable route. The new technologies create several new business and job opportunism for you.

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The Secret of Communicating with Trees. Yes, Trees!

Elephant Journal

A memory surfaced of myself as a young child pulling branches off a sapling. My neighbor, a kindly white haired gentleman who always bought my Girl Scout cookies, confronted me. His face was wet with tears as he asked me why I was hurting a living being that had done nothing to harm me.

Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story

10,000 Birds

On the evening of the 7th of February we received a call from George Swann to let us know that Bruce Greatwich had seen a post on a Community Noticeboard Facebook page about a Fairy Pitta.

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40 MEPs support campaign asking people to eat vegan for Lent

Green (Living) Review

The parliamentarians have signed a statement of support for the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, which encourages people to fight climate change with diet change LONDON, UK, Wednesday 27 February 2019: As a result of recent research which details the devastating effects of animal agriculture on our planet and the environment, 40 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have declared their support for the Million Dollar Vegan campaign – including UK MEPs Catherine Bearder and John Flack.

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