December, 2020

Birding without a phone

10,000 Birds

If you are old enough, you will remember birding without a phone? Not too long ago, it was the norm. Then I started to carry a phone just in case my car stopped or something. Later I carried it because of a stash of bird songs I compiled in it.

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Mistletoe: A Natural and Human History

Nature Conservancy - Science

The myths and natural history behind the holiday mistletoe tradition. The post Mistletoe: A Natural and Human History appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Natural History Plants

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No to bricks in the toilet tank!

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Some allege that putting a brick in the toilet tank can save water, and we are being told, time and again to do this, or to use the “Hippo” device, but doing that can keep your toilet from flushing correctly.

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Meet the face of Pharaoh Thutmoses IV

Green Prophet

Thutmose IV and his emaciated mummy. Thutmose IV was the 8th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. He ruled in the 14 th century BC, but not for long. His reign lasted only eight to ten years.

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The 12 Best Road Bike Wheels of 2021 (When You’re on a Freaking Budget)

Icebike

It’s almost 2021. That means time to upgrade the factory wheelset on your bike. Because just about any wheelset will offer huge perks over the existing aging wheels on your bike. Here’s what you can look forward to: Improved performance and speed. Enjoy durability.

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Roger Wolfson – Benefit of Surrounding Yourself With Ambition and Positivity

Eco Friendly Daily

I often watch the videos which Roger Wolfson puts up on his channel and in particular I am often inspired by the way in which he talks about growth and success, and how to find it. One particular aspect which I have seen him touch on numerous times, is the need to have good friends around you.

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Birding Serbia in the 2020

10,000 Birds

As the year is closing, I am looking back to realise, despite it being such an awful year, it’s far from the worst I had, it doesn’t even come close (it’s the mileage that’s killing me, I guess).

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Campaign to Ban Disposable Face Masks Launched

Green (Living) Review

The UK will consume 19.2 billion single non-recyclable face masks in 2021. Most of these will be sent to landfill, the weight equivalent of 5 Eiffel Towers. Some will end up in watercourses causing an environmental nightmare. A new campaign has been launched in an attempt to reduce this number. “It’s

2020 149

1 in 7 cosmetics products contain asbestos?

Green Prophet

Take a deep breath before you take that selfie. About one in 7 products contain asbestos if they are made with talc. .

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Personal Development Plan

The Green Changemakers

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Roger Wolfson – Tips on Reducing Stress and Actually Enjoying Christmas

Eco Friendly Daily

Christmas is supposed to be a truly wonderful time of the year where people from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures can join together to celebrate the modern version of what Christmas is.

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Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

10,000 Birds

Thanks to steadfast advances in optics and digital cameras, bird photography has become quite the popular way to appreciate birds. Unlike the old days of slide film and carefully managed shots, today, with the right equipment, just about anyone can take some pretty fine pictures of the avian kind.

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Slow Birding: Twenty Years Observing Ring Ouzels

Nature Conservancy - Science

Two British birders set out to better understand one secretive bird species. And are still at it 20 years later. The post Slow Birding: Twenty Years Observing Ring Ouzels appeared first on Cool Green Science. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Birds Conservation Science Natural History

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Water now a traded commodity

Green (Living) Review

WATER HAS BECOME A COMMODITY LIKE OIL OR GOLD: Now water is traded on the stock exchange Since the beginning of the week, water has been traded on the Chicago Stock Exchange for the first time.

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The Hidden Dangers Of Having Water Leaks

Green Prophet

Thanks to Covid many of us have fled the rent of cities and have bought homes in Vermont or somewhere in the country. This is a must especially if you have kids. Sooner or later, you will end up having to deal with a water leak in your home.

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Grave’s Values Model for Psychological Development

The Green Changemakers

by Scott Jeffrey Why do you humans have so much conflict with one another? How can two intelligent beings be unable to see eye to eye? What’s at the root of so much of our internal conflict and our frequent inflexibility to adopt different perspectives? The model described below addresses all of these questions and more. If you’re interested in understanding human behavior, psychological development, cultural dynamics, leadership, and communication, jump in!

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Reasons to Find a Tutor Online

Eco Friendly Daily

If you have found yourself in need of tuition then the perfect way to go about getting it is to find a tutor online who can help. There are a number of reasons why getting online tuition is the best way to support your learning which we are going to take a look into today.

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When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

10,000 Birds

There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

An inspiring solo adventure to help save Texas’s ponderosa pines. The post Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Forests Restoration TNC Science

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CBC Shenanigans

10,000 Birds

As I gather the relevant documentation for our upcoming CBC this Sunday I caught myself daydreaming of CBCs past. The very first CBC I attended was eight whole years ago – but I remember it quite vividly.

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Birding Carska Bara Reserve in December Fog

10,000 Birds

I don’t know what those so-called meteorologists are doing: they all claim a moderately cold morning, but do not say a word about the fog! Yet, tree branches are covered in hoar frost and the fog is so thick one could cut it with a machete!

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Birding Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China

10,000 Birds

Menglun in Xishuangbanna is less than 50 km away from the Chinese border to Laos and Myanmar, and it has a big botanical garden.

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Of Tree I Sing

10,000 Birds

As anyone who knows quality photography can tell, I am not the sort of birder who tends to stay in one place for long. There are no photographic hides or tripods for me.

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One Blustery Morning on a Desert Island

10,000 Birds

As birders, we’re all well aware of our brain whipping our body awake at some ungodly hour, no matter how tightly wrapped in the sheets we may be. Last year, I was on transit via Curaçao – twice on a single round trip.

2020 187

The Birds are All Right

10,000 Birds

It was the month of March, 2017, when I went to Lake Cuitzeo to check up on our migratory waterfowl and shorebirds one last time before they travelled north to breed. But that time, I was shocked to find that about half the birds I had expected were missing — along with half the lake.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2020)

10,000 Birds

2020 is almost over… finally. Rather than belabor the obvious, I’ll just point out that the global pandemic may have spawned a new wave of birders, but collectively we’ve seen far fewer species of birds.

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The Numbers Game

10,000 Birds

Should you ever come to bird in central Mexico, and you are only interested in our wonderful endemics, feel free to come in the summer. It’s green, and there are refreshing rains almost every afternoon.

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Nanhui, Shanghai in late autumn

10,000 Birds

November and early December can be a frustrating time here at Nanhui – on the one hand, there are fewer and fewer birds as migration slows down.

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Splitsville

10,000 Birds

I suspect that most non-birders don’t particularly like the word “split”, since the first thing that it brings to mind is perhaps a bad end to a romance, or in the worst case, a divorce.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2020)

10,000 Birds

The winds of December blow in a dramatic shakeup of birding conditions in most parts of the world, especially the ones with fair odds of a white Christmas.

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Collaborative list – November 2020

10,000 Birds

Who remembers birding parties? This virus just won’t give up. With some of the beats locked down still, or again, the birding has been patchy.

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De Grey River rest area

10,000 Birds

The De Grey River rest area is a good place to take a break if you are travelling the long journey between the two towns of Broome and Port Hedland in Western Australia. After over 500 kms most people need to at least stretch their legs before they get to Port Hedland.

2020 158

“The Lark Ascending” – Domaine de la Chanteleuserie: Cuvée Alouettes (2017)

10,000 Birds

This past Tuesday marked the centenary of the première of The Lark Ascending , a work for solo violin and orchestra by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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Mike Bergin on Nature’s Archive Podcast

10,000 Birds

Some of you know that I’m an active podcaster, churning out two episodes a week on testing, admissions, learning, and education on the Tests and the Rest podcast. But as much as I love hosting, I also enjoy being a podcast guest–especially when the topic is birding!

2020 154

When Only a Hippopotamus Will Do

Nature Conservancy - Science

Hippos for the holidays? Some weird stories of human-hippo relations. The post When Only a Hippopotamus Will Do appeared first on Cool Green Science. Wildlife Natural History Weird Nature

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Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Nature Conservancy - Science

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, who fundamentally changed the approach to land and water conservation. The post Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director appeared first on Cool Green Science. Ideas Conservation Science TNC Science

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A day of clouds and colours

10,000 Birds

Whenever we are able we spend our Christmas Day birding together. If either of us is working then we still do a list each and combine it at the end of the day. It is almost a practice run for New Year’s day when we start a new bird list for the year.

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