May, 2020

Back to the Forest ? but first, Flamingos!

10,000 Birds

There aren’t many places on the planet where one can mention the words ‘forest’ and ‘flamingo’ together. Far less experience the two in a single morning.

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ARS long-reach pruner ? Product review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The ARS-160-0.6 long-reach pruner is a cut and hold snipper, ideally suited for pruning of roses, for instance, but also for other tasks, including harvesting certain crops. It has a length, that is to say a reach of 60cm, to which you can add the reach of your extended arm, and a weight of 360grams. ARS-160-0.6 Price, incl.

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RFF | Request for Proposals: Retrospective Studies of Regulatory Performance

Environmental Economics

I'm posting this RFP at the request of Dick Morgenstern and Art Fraas. This is a great project. coincidentally, I recently purchased Economic Analysis a the EPA , ed. by Morgenstern and have read the intro, conclusions, and all the parts about estimating benefits. The book is highly recommended for a better understanding of what policy analysts do with our benefit estimates.    From the website < [link] > here are excerpts from the RFP: Overview.

2020 109

What’s Smudging, And Why Is Everyone Doing it?

Green Prophet

Seeking to clear sour, unhappy vibes out of the house and leave room for fresh, positive energies to enter, people are reviving the ancient tradition of smudging.

2020 91

Wisdom

The Green Samaritan

Sometime, it seems, there so much noise on the news and social media that you just need to take a quiet moment wherever you can to listen for what rings true for you. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

Nature Conservancy - Science

A celebration of field guides, the little books that changed the way we interact with nature. From the Field Birds Mammal Watching Our Nature Reads Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Wildlife

2020 88

Warblers that Warble

10,000 Birds

I have commented before in my posts that most of our Warblers here in central Mexico never actually warble. This tendency is so marked that the Spanish name for Wood Warblers, Chipe, comes not from their mating songs, but from their typical feeding calls: cheep… cheep… cheep. Still, there are a few notable exception to this rule, even here in Michoacán. This is in spite of the fact that, while my life list for the state includes 28 Wood Warblers, a full 17 of these are migrants.

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Fragile vs. Resilient Food Systems

The Green Changemakers

Source: Films for Action "Covid is shining the spotlight on the fragility of the linear systems that we have come to rely on. In many countries, particularly in the US, the food system has been thrown into chaos. The industrial food system is inherently fragile.

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Upcycled oranges are used for CBD in Japan

Green Prophet

CBD is a molecule that’s not only found in cannabis and hemp oil. Japanese researchers squeeze it from oranges too. It takes a plague to figure out where we are putting our fears, our stress, or biggest worries.

2020 87

All for WON and WON for All!

The Green Samaritan

All for WON and WON for all! How about a win for us all? As we face re-opening phases, a good friend of mine along with her 16 year old daughter and 20 year old son came up with the idea and this. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2020 109

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Nature Conservancy - Science

With more than 100 kingfisher species, here are 12 of the coolest. Birds & Birding From the Field Birds Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature Wildlife

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

10,000 Birds

The coronavirus has locked us all in, literally, doing something that was totally unthinkable only a few months ago: it has prevented us from birding abroad! And now we are all dreaming about new destinations to explore, once airports are working again and borders re-open. Only this time, you do not feel like inhaling the same air circling through the plane on a ten hour flight.

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Top 3 Alternatives to Mined Diamonds

Eco Chic

Not every great piece of jewelry starts with a mined diamond stone. In fact, not. everyone favors the look of mined diamonds. That said, there are tons of different. options out there that will cater to the needs of anyone looking for a distinct piece of. jewelry offset with a gorgeous stone. This guide will give you a breakdown of the three most popular mined diamond. alternatives and why you should consider them for your next jewelry purchase. Let’s. dive in! Birthstones.

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Las Vegas. Sin City. Disneyland for Adults

Eco Friendly Daily

There are a lot of misconceptions about Las Vegas that you might hear before you go; the main one being it is only good if you like to gamble. Although that may have been true in the past when it was all about spending most of your time in casinos and blowing all your money on the slots machines and game tables.

Strange Desert Kites are how ancient man trapped his kill

Green Prophet

The local Bedouin knew about them for thousands of years but in the 1920s, pilots of the Royal Air Force flying over the deserts of Israel, Jordan and Egypt saw mysterious line shapes in the ground that they named “Desert Kites” Because their outlines, as seen from the air in their planes, reminded them of airborne kites.

2020 87

Inner Climate Change

The Green Changemakers

Source: [link] How do we navigate the intensity of emotions and reactions stirred up by climate change, or COVID-19 for that matter? How do we come to a place of peace, compassion, forgiveness and life-affirming action? Both leading edge science and ancient wisdom traditions point us inwards for the answer. In this documentary you will go with us on a journey to see how our inner climate relates to the topic of climate change. And how changing from within will create the change we need.

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What is the Best Type of Farm for Birding?

Nature Conservancy - Science

When it comes to agricultural lands, new research shows some are better for birds than others. From the Field Agriculture Birds Ecosystem Services TNC Science Wildlife

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

May delivers one of those amazing times of the year when we’re too busy looking at birds to sit around talking about them. Let’s make this quick… I managed to catch up with many of my favorite spring migrants at most of the usual Rochester hotspots, yet my best bird actually came to me; I stuck my head out of my home office window only to find myself essentially eye level with a Blackburnian Warbler.

2020 172

Birding Shanghai in May

10,000 Birds

Don`t worry – after having written about birding Shanghai in April a few weeks ago, I will not continue this theme for longer – not that much to write about in June and July. But May is a good time for birding here, and thus worth a post.

2020 163

Planning and executing birding plans in the times of corona-virus

10,000 Birds

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Like many of you, I had plans for this year’s spring migration: to bird the very best tour of the Balkans, heading for northeastern Greece. First, 800 km of driving from Belgrade through Bulgaria to very NE corner of Greece and the Dadia Forest National Park with its 36 species of diurnal raptors, out of Europe’s 38.

2020 165

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

10,000 Birds

North America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate. These birds also invite one to sites that are unique within the United States – the climate, vegetation, and landscapes all add context and heighten the experience of seeing one’s first Elegant Trogon or Painted Bunting. So let’s look at this sampler, shall we?

2020 163

How Many Birders Are There, Really? (Updated)

10,000 Birds

How many birders are there in America? For such a simple question, it turns out there are very few solid estimates. Indeed, there appears to be just one and it is cited repeatedly. Every few years, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) releases a survey called “ Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis.”. The most recent report was issued in December 2019 and it used data from the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

2020 164

Best Time to Bird South Florida? Fall Migration

10,000 Birds

As the cold fronts begin to sweep through the northern states ushering in a wave of seasonal change and color, South Florida becomes a gathering place for migratory birds far and wide across the country. It starts in late July when shorebirds from the Arctic Tundra, Great Plains, and New England beaches amass at beaches, agricultural areas, and mere rain puddles throughout the tip of the peninsula.

2020 164

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

Those of us in the United States are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend, normally a time to gather with friends and family for barbecues, beach outings, and other fun group activities.

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May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

10,000 Birds

May migration is legendary. It’s when Biggest Week happens, in many places, the fifth month is when it gets truly warm, when we can forget about winter. For myself and surely thousands of other birders, May is when I saw my first of many birds.

2020 159

The Longest (and Shortest) Hour

10,000 Birds

Luck is a funny thing. It always presents itself in unexpected ways, seemingly to deliberately confuse and mislead. Last year we reunited with a couple good friends who flew in to T&T for a few days and headed to the remote village of Grande Riviere. This sleepy fishing village on the north coast of Trinidad should ring a bell – it boasts the densest nesting population of Leatherback Turtles in the entire western hemisphere.

2020 160

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Seeing Peterson’s classic illustrations with their pristine lines and arrows in an updated format, ready for birding as soon as the birds arrived and I could leave my apartment, was beyond comforting, it meant there was still stability and continuity amidst the chaos. A Little Bit of Field Guide History.

2020 158

Grateful for My Yard Birds

10,000 Birds

It had been a long day. My four-month-old – having received his vaccinations the day before – promptly developed a temperature. Normally we wouldn’t have worried, but these days any sign of a fever is extra stressful. His discomfort made him fussy, which made getting work done nearly impossible until my husband came home from his job at a nearby wildlife management area.

2020 157

How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Today, May 9th is when we would have been immersed in birds, likely from dusk to dawn. In our neck of the woods, marking Common Pauraque as the first species of the day, attempting to identify shorebirds in the dark of the night (not easy.), and listening for owls just before dawn. We would have been straining the ears to get lucky with the faint notes of at least one migrating Upland Sandpiper before getting down to business with a hectic focus on the many birds of a tropical dawn chorus.

2020 156

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos return to Broome

10,000 Birds

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos have become a regular sight around Broome in recent weeks. They are usually heard before they are seen and call raucously as they slowly move across the sky. The wing beat of the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo always appears very slow for such a large bird. The biggest flock we have seen in recent weeks has numbered over one hundred individuals, but generally the flocks have been smaller. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are not observed around Broome during our wet season.

2020 155

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

I can’t recall a year when birders were as thrilled to see the month of May pass as we all are in 2020. I wonder why that is… To add insult to the daily ration of injury, temperatures in Rochester plummeted from sweltering to near-freezing in the space of four days.

2020 153

Southern Boobook near Broome

10,000 Birds

Two weeks ago I mentioned that we rarely got rain at this time of year. However, sometimes it does rain and on 26th May we had our wettest May day on record for Broome! In town there was 93mm over a couple of hours and the rain has spread throughout the Kimberley in recent days.

2020 149

Starling Spectacle

10,000 Birds

It has often been said that a murmuration of starlings is one of the most spectacular sights in nature. When a huge flock of birds wheels and creates beautiful patterns through the ebb and flow of swirling bodies against a setting sun, all one can do is sit in wonder.

2020 149

Lockdown Serendipity

10,000 Birds

Because of our age, Mexico’s rising COVID-19 numbers, and my wife’s anxiety about infectious diseases in general, we have been in total lockdown at the Lewis home. TOTAL lockdown. To be specific, I have not walked out our front door since April 15th.

2020 139

“It’s a good life”: Donald Kroodsma’s Birdsong

10,000 Birds

2020 137

My First Birdathon

10,000 Birds

Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. I have been birding for about seven years now – time flies when you’re having fun. However, until this spring I had yet to participate in some of birding’s most time-honored traditions: a Birdathon. Birdathons have been used as Audubon fundraisers for decades, and the concept is simple: count birds in a set period of time – usually 24 hours.

2020 134

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

This past weekend was both Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day, and yet I had to deal with snow and freezing cold. Isn’t that against the rules? Suffice to say, migrants were having no part of the Arctic chill enveloping Western New York, which means we’re still mired in the first wave of spring arrivals. I consider myself lucky to have seen a Blue-headed Vireo.

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