July, 2020

Free Ecopsychology Webinar this eve

Indigenize

From Ownership to Belonging: Ecopsychological Models of Relationship with the More-than-Human World of Nature It’s becoming increasingly obvious how our collective behaviors are bringing the living world as we know it to the brink of destruction.

2020 206

What Birders Dream About?

10,000 Birds

A Common Quail was calling from a small patch of greenery, across the mostly empty car park. Sitting in a cafe, I open my notebook and wrote it down, then look around for someone I know to share the bird, but I knew no other guests.

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2020 133

We will not go back to normal

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We will not go back to normal nor should we. Normal never was. Our pre-Covid-19 existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, depletion,extraction, the exploitation of nature and man by man for ever greater profits.

2020 163

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

Nature Conservancy - Science

Walking catfish hunt prey in parking lots. A fish out of water story. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Fish Fisheries Invasive Species Weird Nature

2020 110

Dogs can smell Covid-19 virus, find German scientists

Green Prophet

Scientists in Germany have trained dogs to sniff out people with coronavirus. And they are accurate 94% of the time, reports Bloomberg. The science comes from researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany.

2020 87

Global Citizenship Education

The Green Changemakers

Global Citizenship in the Classroom: A guide for teachers A practical and reflective guide for teachers This guide is packed with practical tools and advice for teachers wanting to embed global citizenship in their classrooms.

2020 52

More Trending

My comment on the Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) adding-up test article has been published at Ecological Economics

Environmental Economics

I first wrote about this in September 2016. I then submitted the comment to Land Economics. The editor sent me the results of an internal review and I revised it accordingly. Then he sent it out for external review and it received a favorable review in February 2017.

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Going back to so-called normal after pandemic would be madness

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Instead of waiting that everything goes back to “normal” after the pandemic and all this economic madness restarts would it not better to consider doing things differently?

2020 163

Discovered: The World’s Highest-Dwelling Mammal

Nature Conservancy - Science

A mammal on a Chilean volcano sets the record for high-altitude living. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Weird Nature

2020 105

Mosquitoes! Make Your Own Natural Remedies To Keep Them Away

Green Prophet

Nothing spoils a pleasant summer evening like mosquitoes buzzing around. If slapping at your ankles or neck isn’t your idea of fun, consider making your own mosquito repellent from the Lantana camera flower, or essential oils, vinegar and vodka. Lantana-Infused Coconut Oil.

2020 83

UNESCO Global Citizenship

The Green Changemakers

Global Citizenship Education UNESCO MGIEP’s flagship project ‘Global Citizenship’ aims to achieve the goal of sustainable and peaceful societies as outlined in SDG 4.7

2020 52

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2020)

10,000 Birds

I know that June has a poetic reputation for perfect days , but July in upstate New York may offer the ultimate summer nights. Not many owls or nightjars in these parts, though, so we can’t consider them perfect.

2020 178

Teaching environmental and resource economics: A bibliography

Environmental Economics

Alden, Dave. "Experience "Experience with scripted role play in environmental economics." " The Journal of Economic Education 30, no. 2 (1999): 127-132. Anderson, Soren T., and Michael D. Bates. "Hedonic

2020 130

Bicycle servicing

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I don't want to put anyone out of business but I cannot understand this thing about bicycle servicing. Some people seem to believe that their bicycle needs an annual service – from a specialist – just like their car does and often it is also being touted in such a way. Anyone with a bit of common sense – I know that that sense is rare nowadays but nevertheless – can service his or her own bicycle.

2020 164

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

Nature Conservancy - Science

Can the horseshoe crab, an animal that has survived largely unchanged for 450 million years, continue its remarkable record of longevity in a world dominated by humans? Maybe. Maybe not. Birds & Birding Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Fish Health & Nature Weird Nature

2020 102

No kissing the kaaba at this year’s hajj

Green Prophet

The year was 2014 and already Ebola was on everyone’s minds. Mers and avian flu have scared off people from hajj, but covid-19 has closed Saudi’s doors. As news of the Covid-19 virus broke this year one of the first dramatic headlines was that hajj was cancelled.

2020 81

The Best Way to Brew and Flavor Your Coffee

Eco Friendly Daily

There are many ways to enjoy coffee, and each brewing and flavoring method lends itself to a slightly different cup once it is made. While the ideal brewing and flavoring technique is primarily based on preference, there are a few best practices to help you create the highest quality beverage.

2020 52

Cable Beach Pied Oystercatchers continue to hatch

10,000 Birds

Following on from the sad loss of our first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020 the other eggs are now also hatching. The pair of Pied Oystercatchers that nest to the north of the vehicle beach access were due to hatch this week.

2020 176

Here is Episode 1 of Anything but Dismal (aka, "The Pilot")

Environmental Economics

Here is the website: [link]. Episode 1: Sports. Reporter: John Whitehead. Release date: July 15, 2020 9:00 pm ET. In this episode, we look at how the pandemic has impacted sports and sporting events and how we can open the pro sports season again. Reporter John Whitehead speaks with sports economists Pam Wicker and Brad Humphreys about the spread of COVID-19 at sporting events, the use of bubbles in training, and the implications of ghost games for the players and the fans.

2020 100

Kindness 101 - Online Class with Steve Hartman

The Green Changemakers

Link: [link]. Education Holistic Education Kindness

2020 52

Eleven Awesome Owls From Around The World

Nature Conservancy - Science

Whoooo knew owls could be so awesome? Wildlife Weird Nature

2020 99

Eco Alert: Advertised as ‘hidden paradise’ – more like ‘plastic hell’

Green Prophet

Everything counts in large amounts: July 13, near a beach in Turkey. Campers and locals creating a dump they will later burn. This eco alert hopes to stop widespread illegal dumping of consumer trash.

2020 81

Buying a car in 2020

Eco Friendly Daily

COVID-19 has changed the way we do things in profound ways. One of these is when and how we use our cars. Acquiring a car can be a difficult decision at the best of times. It requires much involvement and several considerations.

2020 52

The first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020

10,000 Birds

Our first Pied Oystercatcher eggs for this year’s breeding season were laid early and were due to hatch last weekend. This pair of Pied Oystercatchers never seems to have a problem with incubating their eggs. They take it in turns over the twenty eight days sitting or hovering over the eggs.

2020 176

Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

10,000 Birds

Do you want to help endangered birds? How about helping with conservation of cool tropical birds by listening to innovative electronic music? Whether you happen to be more interested in music or birds, you may love “A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean” Since this is a music project rather than an actual guide of bird vocalizations, there won’t be a catalog of antbird trills and toucan yelps.

2020 174

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2020)

10,000 Birds

One of the abundant ancillary benefits of identifying as a birder must be the commitment to the highest quality optics possible… or, at least, affordable.

2020 173

When Your Lake Disappears

10,000 Birds

You know that feeling, when you get up early to go birding at your favorite lake, and when you get there, the lake is gone? I hate it when that happens. Lake Cuitzeo, some 30 km (19 miles) north of Morelia, is Mexico’s second largest lake.

2020 170

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mongolia

10,000 Birds

From its boreal forest to steppes which once trembled under the hooves of Genghis Khan’s hordes, and from the Gobi Desert to the Altai Mountains, Mongolia is still wild, sparsely populated country where you may consider searching for Altai Snowcock , Demoiselle and White-naped Cranes , Pallas’s Fish Eagle , Oriental Plover , Relict Gull , Pallas’s Sandgrouse or the Henderson’s Ground Jay.

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

10,000 Birds

“Look around, look around…” The refrain is from Hamilton , a demand and a plea to look with the brain and the heart and then to look again. Listening to them, I thought the words could also be applied to one of the more positive phenomena of the past few months, though in a very different context. People stayed home and looked around. They looked out their windows and across their patios and up from their apartment terraces and saw–birds.

2020 169

Birding the Bear Mountain of Serbia

10,000 Birds

A narrow forest road takes us to the chain blocking the entrance, with a sign “Area closed – bear danger”. Ranko Milanovic, Tara National Park ranger, leaves the car to open the passage. Small letters say: “removal of this sign is punishable”, but Ranko is authorised to take us in. Soon, the forest opens into a clearing with a wooden feeding structure on one side and a wooden blind on the other side. The air is fresh and, as I sit on a chair, I add another layer of clothing.

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Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. Which tours saw the most roosting owls? Did Cope have another site for nesting Great Potoo ? This odd nocturnal creature is around the same size as a Barred Owl. What has Chambito been seeing in Cano Negro? Is there a seeding patch of bamboo I can visit? How about sites for Snowcap ? Where can I see Cabanis’s Ground-Sparrow followed by a fantastic meal ?

Birdy Boating in Baringo

10,000 Birds

I wrote previously about the prolific birding that is to be had in the small town of Baringo, Kenya. That post dealt specifically with the dry scrub that surrounds Lake Baringo, however. The lake itself is a whole other pot of gold.

2020 167

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2020)

10,000 Birds

Another weekend is in the books. With hope, this was a memorable one for you, even if the birds weren’t particularly rare. My best sighting was a Herring Gull with a mantle so dark, I suspected Lesser Black-backed. However, many of the bird’s field marks were obscured because it flew far below me as I walked across the bridge I’ll always know as the Tappan Zee. If you spend any time in the NYC Metro area, you know what I mean!

2020 167

A Few of my Favorite Things

10,000 Birds

I often feel the need to remind my readers in this forum that I am neither a biologist nor a photographer. I am a birder, who began photographing birds as an identification tool. Eventually, taking all those photos produced some that weren’t bad.

2020 164

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2020?

10,000 Birds

The year 2020 has delivered (mostly unwelcome) surprises just about every month. Who can guess what August will hold? I’m hoping for more birds! I plan to get out to enjoy some outdoor excitement in beautiful upstate New York. Corey will attempt the same in muggy, buggy downstate NY.

2020 154

Arrowood Farm Brewery: Starling Brett Farmhouse Ale

10,000 Birds

Like most North American birders, I never pay much mind to the European (Common) Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ). Sure, they’re always a dependable, can’t-miss tick whenever you need them to be there, whether it’s the first day of the year, or the first few minutes of a Big Day or Christmas Bird Count.

2020 154