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. Ecopsychology teaches us that understanding the implicit ideas beneath such behaviors can help us shift them. The currently dominant […].

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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.

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Environmental Economics

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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.

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Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

Nature Conservancy - Science

New research shows carp eggs can remain viable after passing through a duck’s digestive tract. Fish & Fisheries Birds Fish Fisheries Invasive Species

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Introduction to Cannabinoids: 7 Cannabinoids You Should Know

Green Prophet

The hemp industry is growing larger every year, and alongside this explosive growth, our knowledge of hemp and the compounds it contains is also increasing.

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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. Learn how to effectively bring a global lens into your teaching with our handy planning framework, participation methods, and tools to assess learning. Develop your teaching practice with both innovative and tried-and-tested approaches.

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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. But, the referee took issue with the reply to my comment. Apparently, the referee suggested that s/he would write a comment on the reply if it was published.

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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. We should not even long to return to this so-called “normal”. We have been given the opportunity now to create a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and Nature.

2020 113

Forest Surprise: A Wolf Story

Nature Conservancy - Science

What happens when the coyote you see on your morning hike isn't a coyote, but a lone Mexican grey wolf on a walkabout. Wildlife Endangered Species Wolves

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Proud Tahini company gets boycotted for being gay

Green Prophet

Nazareth-based Al Arz, maker of a popular tahini paste is coming under fire from the Arab population for its support of the Arab LGBTQ community. Thankfully you can still find pasta that doesn’t p**s off gay people.

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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 through a digital curriculum on Global Citizenship education, with a focus on development of key Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. The curriculum has been specifically designed for adolescents in the age group of 12-14 years, understanding the neuroscience and psychology of how an adolescent brain learns.

2020 40

Birding in the Delhi area Part 2

10,000 Birds

As I simply saw too many interesting birds during my short Delhi birding trip in 2019, I decided to cover the trip in two separate posts. Having a scientific background, I correctly posted part 1 before part 2, which is below.

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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 "Hedonic prices and equilibrium sorting in housing markets: A classroom simulation." " National Tax Journal 70, no. 1 (2017): 171-183. Ando, A. W., & Harrington, D. 2006). Tradable discharge permits: A student-friendly game.

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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? To make things better rather than going back to “normal” because this so-called “normal” was not normal at all. Rather the opposite. But then again the system is not broken either, it was designed this way not to function properly.

2020 113

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

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Saudi Arabia building world’s largest green hydrogen plant at Neom

Green Prophet

A rendering of Neom, an intentional futuristic city breaking ground on the Red Sea of Saudi Arabia. The American gas giant Air Products & Chemicals announced this week that it will build the world’s largest green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia.

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. If you want a cup of coffee that’s rich and flavorful, read on to learn how to brew coffee and flavor it properly. Best Coffee Brewing Methods.

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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.

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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.

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Kindness 101 - Online Class with Steve Hartman

The Green Changemakers

Link: [link]. Education Holistic Education Kindness

2020 40

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

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Welcome to the world of Solarpunk

Green Prophet

Solar power plant is Israel is totally Solarpunk. Between March and April, the Israeli government incrementally established isolation guidelines to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading.

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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. These ideas can help you make sense of not just what to buy, but whether to buy. Needs. Much has changed in the COVID-19 era. Fewer people need to commute to work. Restrictions on movement mean that there are fewer places to go on the weekends.

2020 40

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 ?

Into the Florida Woods for the Holiday Weekend

10,000 Birds

During the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, thousands of people headed to the coast – at least to the beaches that were still open during covid-19. Yet, because of the pandemic, the idea of hitting the crowded sand with a gazillion of other people was frankly terrifying.

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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 156

My Northern Birds

10,000 Birds

One of the ways I could describe the unique mix of birds I can see here in southwestern Mexico, would be to divide our species into five categories. The invasive species are few, but, unfortunately, very numerous. Our endemics are many and wonderful, but mostly not all that common.

2020 155

Collaborative list – June 2020

10,000 Birds

So, just as our heroes head back out into the woods, the woods go quiet. After their incarceration, a bit of birdsong would be just what was needed to lift the beats back to their normal ebullient selves but, alack and alas, summer approaches.

2020 155

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2020?

10,000 Birds

While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are just getting used to the idea of summer, birds have been in tune with the season for a while. From a phenological perspective, we are mired in the middle of the current season, which typically means minimal avian diversity.

2020 151

Living in Paradise

10,000 Birds

As is standard operating procedure, once a song gets stuck in your head you must pass it off to someone else.

2020 149

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2020)

10,000 Birds

Summer felt officially “on” this weekend in many parts of the northern hemisphere. That summer generally signals a decline in local avian diversity probably hasn’t sunken in yet, but rest assured the birds you saw this weekend may grow tiresome in another month.

2020 149

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. The only strange thing about this observation, as I realised when I woke up a few seconds later, was that what I mentally transcribed wasn’t its “ wet-my-lips ” (or the Serbian onomatopoeia “puch-pu-rich”) but “whip-poor-will”!

2020 140

Beats the Beltway: a review of Bruce Beehler’s book “Natural Encounters”

10,000 Birds

In his blog, Birds and Nature North America, the peripatetic Bruce Beehler professes to cover not just what the title says, but also American culture, American history, and “stories of back-roads travel and camping.”

2020 142

Kings County Brewing Collective: Penguins in Space

10,000 Birds

In the course of our nearly weekly reviews here at Birds and Booze, we’ve come across an impressive variety in the depictions of birds on packages of beer, wine, cider, and spirits.

2020 140

Summer birding in Shanghai

10,000 Birds

Summer in Shanghai is not the best season for birding – most birds seem to agree with me that it is too hot. And yet, there are still birds to see … The Black-crowned Night Heron is one of my favorite common birds in Shanghai. If it wasn’t so common, I would be quite happy to travel some distance to see it. This Eurasian Hoopoe has just been pushed aside from its feeding spot by a Crested Myna – and even a juvenile, what a shame!

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