July, 2018

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

10,000 Birds

Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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Mom’s Magic Cobbler Recipe

Indigenize

My mom, Tilla Fields, was an amazing cook. In her early years, she served as camp cook on cattle branding outings in the northerly Great Basin Desert. Yep, with a horse-driven chuck wagon and dutch ovens dug into the ground and everything. With her skills, she could have become a professional chef, but was too […]. Arts Recipes cobbler free food fruit recipe summer Tilla Fields wildcrafting

2018 157

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Field research: measuring beach width for a random utility model

Environmental Economics

2018 130

How Wild Predators Can Improve Human Health

Nature Conservancy - Science

Wild predators are almost always painted as the villain in myth and popular culture, but the truth is that predators are key for healthy ecosystems, and even healthy people. Wildlife Human Well-Being Mammals

2018 114

DIY gardening apron from an old pair of jeans

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling an old pair of jeans into a gardening apron. Almost costs nothing and should give a long service, especially if sharp tools are put into the pockets in pocket protectors, made from old leather or plastic lotion bottles.

2018 153

Plastic Free July and Declare Your Independence!

The Green Samaritan

So as you are walking along the beach this 4th of July week, think about going a step further by joining the Plastic Free July challenge and pledging to give up a little bit or all of single use. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2018 135

Insider’s guide to Great Smoky Mountain birding – Cades Cove

10,000 Birds

Where to go birding without the crowds in our busiest national park. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, over a half million acres visited by more than 11 million folks, you can still bird in relative solitude.

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My new working paper

Environmental Economics

Valuing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control in Public Forests: Scope Effects with Attribute Non-Attendance Chris Giguere, Chris Moore and John C. Whitehead. No 18-07, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

2018 130

Meet the World’s 10 Most Endangered Sharks

Nature Conservancy - Science

More research is urgently needed to support improved conservation measures for world’s ten most critically endangered sharks. Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Endangered Species Fish Fisheries

2018 102

How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?

Greentumble

Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land. surface and house a majority of the plants and animals found on earth. It is estimated that these diverse ecosystems house 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity [1].

2018 94

The madness of perpetual growth on a finite planet

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is amazing how many, apparently same, people believe that you can have infinite perpetual economic growth on a finite Planet such as ours.

Growth 133

To Drill, or Not to Drill? That’s the Wrong Question.

10,000 Birds

As we enter the second century of protecting, preserving, and respecting our wild spaces, certainly no one would actually consider undoing, reversing, and exploiting our national parks, forests, and monuments. Right? And yet, it has begun.

2018 206

Israeli and Palestinian fashion entrepreneurs unite as a single brand

Green Prophet

Aren’t you sick of negative news? Does information that pushes us back into our respective corners on any topic serve any positive purpose? Bear with me on this. It explains why I like stories as promised in this headline. I’d like to learn if you feel the same.

2018 74

"Environmental Policy and the Assault on Science" - Policy keynote lecture with Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama presidency

Environmental Economics

Gina McCarthy's keynote at the recent World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists has drawn rave reviews from twitter and the inbox. So, here it is in case you had to teach summer school to save money for your kid's college (like me

2018 130

Poison Ivy: Busting 6 Myths to Avoid the Itch

Nature Conservancy - Science

Avoid the itch – and learn some cool science – as we bust popular myths about poison ivy. From the Field Native Plants Nature + People Nature Pop

2018 89

10 Ways to Conserve Biodiversity

Greentumble

Biodiversity is the pillar that allows. ecosystems to function and humans to thrive. Without biodiversity in an ecosystem we would not have the many plants and animals we find in our world today, including us.

2018 89

WATER SAVING INSPIRATION FROM ELHO

Green (Living) Review

Press Release We're in the middle of a heatwave and saving tap water is becoming increasingly important. Any rain that falls is precious, so it makes sense to catch it while you can. With the Pure Raindrop water barrel, doing the right thing doesn't have to be dull.

2018 131

Benefits of “Winter” Birding at Carara National Park, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

These are the summer months of the northern hemisphere and yet this time of year in Costa Rica is known as the “invierno”, Spanish for “winter” However, no matter how adapted I become to the local culture, I just can’t use that word in Costa Rica.

The dairy farmer vs. the vegan vs. you

Eccorazzi

Someone made an interesting statement to me recently with regard to people having different principles. They said “a vegan would have completely different principles to a dairy farmer” or indeed to themselves, as someone “who likes a decent steak”. I disagree.

2018 74

High Modernism, Metis, and Pigou

Environmental Economics

I just finished reading Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott.    I've been thinking quite a bit about its implications for environmental policy and in particular the standard neoclassical policy prescriptions for the environment (i.e. Pigouvian taxes and/or cap-and-trade).

2018 109

Recovery: America’s Giant Squirrel Back from the Brink

Nature Conservancy - Science

Endangered Delmarva fox squirrel carcasses littered the road. But that was not as gloomy as it appeared. And today, the story is headed for a happy ending. Wildlife Endangered Species Forests Mammals

2018 82

How Do Ocean Currents Affect Climate?

Greentumble

The Earth’s climate is dynamic and ever-evolving. Flow and movement are its defining characteristics, its underlying order emergent from diverse inputs that change over time.

2018 77

Fewer toys definitely beneficial for children

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The other day I observed a small boy – about five to six years old – in the Park, while I was cutting the grass on the estate, playing for hours happily on his own with a toy truck while his adults were sitting on a bench.

2018 131

Birding Beyond Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

10,000 Birds

The birding around Lago de Yojoa in Honduras is frankly phenomenal, as I learned during a June 2018 birding junket organized by the Instituto Hondureño de Turismo. We spent two blissful days exploring both the waders and wildlife of Lake Yojoa and the tropical splendor of PANACAM Lodge.

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3 Ways to Argue like an Adult.

Elephant Journal

I, like most people, get mad. Maybe it’s because I saw my parents fighting when I was little, like most people. Maybe it’s because my natal chart shows that I’m a fire sign. Maybe I’m just an a **e. But maybe, just maybe, it’s because I’m human.

2018 104

High Modernism, Metis, and Pigou

Environmental Economics

I just finished reading Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott.    I've been thinking quite a bit about its implications for environmental policy and in particular the standard neoclassical policy prescriptions for the environment (i.e. Pigouvian taxes and/or cap-and-trade).

2018 100

How Did Birds Get So Colorful?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Help scientists answer questions about bird plumage like, how colorful are birds? How quickly does plumage color evolve? Are changes in plumage color associated with the origins of new species? Birds & Birding Citizen Science Birds Natural History Research Try This

2018 70

10 Reasons Why Species Become Endangered

Greentumble

The United States Endangered Species Act.

2018 75

In the heat do not drink (ice) cold water

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Water, yes, lots of it, but (ice) cold no. We have all heard, and often assumed it to be an old-wives-tale and thus even discarded this warning, not to drink really cold water in hot weather conditions. Turns out though that it is good advice.

2018 131

Counting Birds in the Cloud Forests of Coronado, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Cloud forest is a special habitat and not just because the Resplendent Quetzal calls it home.

When Depression Hides in Plain Sight.

Elephant Journal

Celebrities who take their own lives reveal a startling truth. Their deaths stun us because they seem to have everything they could possibly want and everything they’ve worked so hard for.

2018 99

"House votes to disavow carbon tax"

Environmental Economics

From The Hill : The House passed a nonbinding measure Thursday to denounce a carbon tax, calling it “detrimental” to the United States. The resolution, sponsored by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), states that a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide — the most prevalent greenhouse gas that causes climate change — “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.”. It passed 229-180 with two members voting "present."

2018 100

3 Ways Science is Making Climate-Friendly Behavior a No-Brainer

Nature Conservancy - Science

With our money and our choices, we vote daily on the ways our global ecosystems are used and on the amount of carbon dioxide we’re emitting into the atmosphere. Science shows us that our human behaviors actually provide plenty of […]. Latest Science

2018 66

Environmental Impacts of Air Pollution

Greentumble

Fresh air and clean water have been for centuries. regarded as the key ingredients to long and healthy life. Air and water are two elements that actually enter easily into living cells and represent their important structural elements that keep their metabolism going.

Young people and knives in Britain and elsewhere

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have had knives in our homes, etc., for how long? Boys used to carry a knife on them, in years gone by, and that is not really that long ago, more or less routinely, especially in rural areas, from the simple pocketknife to fixed bladed sheath knives.

2018 131

The Danube Backwaters

10,000 Birds

As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia. Those foreland backwaters stretch all along the left/northern bank, between the river and the levee, somewhere only 450 m / 1500 ft wide, but somewhere reaching even 2100 m / 7000 ft.

2018 178

Anxiety is not the Enemy: how our Symptoms can Help us Heal.

Elephant Journal

If you've ever had a panic attack you know how utterly terrifying this experience is, how it feels like you're going to die or go crazy.

2018 97