March, 2020

Price Gouging during the Pandemic

Environmental Economics

The global coronavirus pandemic is an emergency.    Whenever there is an emergency (think hurricanes, earthquakes), there are accusations of price gouging.    And whenever there are accusations of price gouging, there are economists who step in and argue that actually price gouging is good, and that anti-gouging laws are bad. Normal people (i.e. non-economists) seem to be pretty unanimous in thinking that price gouging is bad and should be regulated.

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Just wash your hands

Indigenize

Afraid of contracting or passing Coronavirus 19? JUST WASH YOUR HANDS. Often. For inspiration, check out the results of this science experiment, done at an elementary school in 2019: “We took fresh bread and touched it. We did one slice untouched. One with unwashed hands. One with hand sanitizer. One with washed […]. Resilience Solutions bread CDC coronavirus covid19 experiment hand washing health Jaralee Metcalf turtles

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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

10,000 Birds

Suzie Gilbert has once again ventured into new territory and written a novel–a crazy road trip adventure entitled Unflappable. Faithful 10,000 Birds readers will remember Suzie as our wildlife rehabilitation beat writer. And, if you’re a more recent fan, you can read some of her classic posts; the links are below).

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Gardening myths most people believe but that are not true

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly. Sorting out the good from the bad is sometimes difficult, especially if you are a novice gardener.

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The Best Nature Documentaries On TV Now

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bring the outdoors inside with these great nature documentaries. Wildlife Endangered Species Our Nature Reads

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Download the Victory Garden Handbook, circa 1943

Green Prophet

They started during times of war when there was not enough food. Planted in lawns and in backyards. This one was planted in a bomb crater. A Victory Garden planted in a bomb crater in London. . When a parking lot was bombed in London during World War II they planted a garden. When there was not enough food in America because the farmers were off at war, Uncle Sam told them to plant and Americans had food.

Goodness in the Midst of Adversity

The Green Samaritan

This time may be a way of making us slow down and think about how we can help each other out. So let’s be safe, stay healthy at home and be thankful for all we have. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Birding News from Costa Rica at the Start of the Pandemic

10,000 Birds

How quickly things can change. A month ago, I was helping fellow birders see their first Emerald Tanagers , their lifer Sunbittern , and wondering where Mary and I could go next, which birds we could chase during the upcoming weekends. Not anymore. As the pandemic suddenly gained speed and we saw our first cases in Costa Rica, we realized that we were in for some big changes. As with everyone, everywhere, it all happened so quickly.

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Jetting around the world to save the climate

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Or how else should one interpret the annual COP gatherings? While the great and the good in politics and environmental activism are telling everyone else to stop flying and driving cars they, almost all, jet around the world at least once a year to all those climate conferences regardless of the amount of pollutants (I will no call it CO2 as that is all very misleading) they pump into the air in doing so.

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More Nature Cams You Need in Your Life: 2020 Coping Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

What strange and difficult days in this time of Covid-19. Normally I’d hit a trail or a beach (or both) to deal with stress and anxiety. Since those aren’t options right now, I’ve been, like many others, turning to virtual […]. From the Field Wildlife Birds Camera Traps Nest Cams

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Mecca’s Hajj cancelled this year

Green Prophet

Travel to Mecca and Medina is simply cancelled this year by Saudi Arabia over fears that the coronavirus will spread. Millions of Muslims make the pilgrimage every year. Cancelling foreigners from travelling to the holiest sites in Islam is considered an extraordinary decision, and not one we have ever seen before, even during MERS , Ebola fears at Hajj , a SARS breakouts and alarm and the occasional stampede.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Work From Home?

Eco Friendly Daily

Working from home affords you many freedoms. It eliminates the commute to the office and allows you to create a strong family bond. However, not everyone has the discipline or the resources to earn enough money to work from home full time. . Your Career. There are many different types of careers that pave the way for employment from the comfort of your home. For instance, if you’re a massage therapist and currently have employment through a resort, you can make the change.

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I interrupt this virus for a cuteness interlude

Indigenize

We now have 12 baby chicks in the living room. It’s amazing to witness how much they change and grow every day – sometimes, it seems, every hour! Only one day after I took this photo, some of them had suddenly sprouted teeny but real wing feathers. No matter what else is happening, it […]. All My Relations Spiritual Ecopsychology chickens hope perspective resilience Spring

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How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Some birds seem familiar but that’s just because they are the ones we grew up with, the birds that were hopping or flying around the neighborhood. The familiar ones, the usual birds, of course depend on where someone spent their childhood. Those of us who raced bikes with banana seats through the streets of Niagara Falls, Cleveland, or Jackson shared space with Northern Cardinals and American Robins.

Isolation, a.k.a. Business as Usual

10,000 Birds

I’m certain many birders would agree with me on the fact that the imposed self-isolation and social distancing requirements suit us just fine. Long walks far away from large crowds? Ears filled with birdsong and no industrial hum? Sign me up! Going birding is even more of a no-brainer now than before. A few days ago, we decided to check on a pair of nesting Short-tailed Hawks that were reported close to a busy roadway.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 1/3: the largest sand dune system of Europe

10,000 Birds

It has been a while since I wrote on where to watch birds (unbelievable, I know), and will now focus on the nature reserve of Deliblato Sands and the adjoining Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland, about an hour east from Belgrade, Serbia. This area is so conveniently close to the city that you can choose to go only for the morning and to be back by noon, or to spend the entire day in the sands.

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Social Distancing

10,000 Birds

I am a nerd. The nerd part of me, which dates back to before the word was popularized, did not do me well during my pre-teen years. In spite of its title, the movie The Revenge of the Nerds did not help. The more recent development of “nerd chic”, however, has made life easier for nerds everywhere. Thank you, Sheldon and Leonard! I am also a deep introvert. This seems to surprise some people, since I work as a pastor, and have what most people qualify as pretty good people skills.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

10,000 Birds

The island of Tobago in the southern Caribbean is much wilder than one could imagine. Hey, in 1959 Walt Disney set up a studio on the island and filmed Swiss Family Robinson there! Such is the allure of Tobago – the British, Dutch and French fought over it a record 31 times , more than any other Caribbean island. Today, it very much retains its wild side.

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First Phoebe of 2020

10,000 Birds

I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2020 this morning at Cunningham Park in my home borough of Queens, where I was looking for my first Rusty Blackbirds of the year. (I I found them too!) The phoebe was busy flycatching over a vernal pool, often hitting the water as it chased bugs. For me, it is now officially spring!

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Northern Gannet Show in New York Harbor

10,000 Birds

Few birds are as spectacular as a Northern Gannet in a plunge dive. The way they briefly flare up and turn over, pulling their wings in as they plunge, bill-first, like an arrow into a bullseye, is one of those things you just have to see to comprehend. To see literally thousands of them doing so, and in the middle of one of our great modern metropolises, is something to behold. Such was the sight that met my eyes yesterday morning when I took the cold and lonely walk out to Breezy Point.

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Birding Mkuze

10,000 Birds

Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography. In particular, there is one hide that is built over a watering hole, allowing great views of both birds and mammals (though for a dedicated bird watcher like me, those are more of an obstacle than a bonus).

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Crazy Eyes

10,000 Birds

When I was a young man growing up in Northern California, I thought I knew all about Juncos. Juncos are cute little woodland sparrows. They have dark eyes set in darkly colored heads, are quite attractive, and have a gentle disposition. Then I moved to central Mexico, where I discovered that Juncos are actually crazed psychopaths who are clearly plotting your death.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2020)

10,000 Birds

The weekend that passed may have featured a day that pops up on our eccentric calendar only once every four years, but that chronological quirk may be the most interesting aspect of the transition from February to March. When will migration arrive?? I drew inspiration from the more-than-half-hardy Carolina Wren that sung its defiance in front of my house amidst melting snow and the first warm winds of spring wafting through the frigid Finger Lakes region.

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My Birding Spot During COVID-19: Willow Lake Preserve

10,000 Birds

I am a birder living in the epicenter of the epicenter of COVID-19 right now. New York City is the hottest of hot spots, and not in the fun, eBird meaning of the term but in the “holy moly our health system is going to collapse” meaning of the term. My home borough, Queens, has the most cases out of the Big Apple’s five boroughs.

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Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post!

10,000 Birds

When I realised that this weekend would be my 500th post for this website I thought I could broaden the “birding” topic to “egg-laying” topic. In Australia we have two egg-laying mammals. These are the Platypus and the Echidna. We have observed a lot more Echidna in Australia than Platypus. Platypus prefer a water habitat and their location in Australia means we have rarely travelled to where they live. During our recent visit to Victoria Echidna were often encountered.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

You may have experienced one of the weirdest weekends of your life, what with all bars and restaurants closed and people maintaining a healthy distance from even close friends and family. Then again, you may have passed Saturday and Sunday in quite the same way you spend all your weekends: looking at birds and communing with nature. Sometimes the little things really do mean the most.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

Some times of year offer more avian excitement than others, and recent signs even as far north as I live suggest we’ve just entered such a period. Harbingers of the season to come have been emerging slowly buy surely. Did you catch any this weekend? For me, the view of Red-winged Blackbirds puffed up with territorial bravado signals the approach of spring, even if we’re have to endure a few more snowstorms to get there!

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

One of these days, Jeopardy will feature a category called “Field Guides” and the first clue will be: “This landlocked South American country finally got its own bird field guide in 2016, but it wasn’t available in the United State until 2019.” ” The answer, as discerning Neotropical birders know, is: “What is Bolivia?” ” The book in question is Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide , edited and written by Sebastian K.

Great Knot, Red Knot and Greater Sand Plovers changing plumage

10,000 Birds

So, here we are in the second week of March and the start of migration from the shores around Broome has started! The first species to leave our shores each year are the Greater Sand Plover. Migration will continue each evening now until close to the end of May with the last species to depart for the Northern Hemisphere being the Red Knot. There is a table on this website showing the departure dates.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands Reserve, part 2/3: the Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland

10,000 Birds

LABUDOVO OKNO Ramsar Site and an Important Bird Area represents a section of the Danube floodplain downriver from Belgrade, Serbia, and situated in the south of the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve. It includes the flow of the Danube and the floodplains along the Danube’s banks, the flooded mouths of the rivers Karas (with its upstream meanders) and Nera, marshes of Dubovacki Rit, plains of Stevanove Ravnice and the islands of Zilava, Cibuklija and Zavojska ada.

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Bird like I bird

10,000 Birds

It’s not like civilization as we know it is coming to an end. At least, I hope it isn’t. But many of the perks of First-World civilization may be hard to come by for a while. Yeah, I’ve birded in the developed world. Not all that much, at least in recent years, but I’ve done it. I know all about your fancy Interpretive Centers, pre-built observation blinds and platforms, and wooden marsh walkways.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

We all have a lot on our minds these days. With hope, a little time in nature—or at least looking at something wild from your window–took your mind to a better place this weekend. All this time in front of a computer has me craving an epic hike but we barely got off our block this weekend. However, my whole family did take time to appreciate the understated beauty of Mourning Doves.

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Threatened Birds of Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

By some measures, Shanghai is the most populated city in the world. That does not make it sound like a very promising or important bird habitat. And yet it is. Shanghai is located on the coast of the East China Sea and lies right on the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. This means that every year, millions of birds fly by the city on their way between their breeding grounds in Northern Asia and their wintering spots in Southeast Asia and Australia.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

If you’re wondering if life as we have known it in many countries around the world may be giving way to a more disintermediated existence, replete with toilet paper stockpiles and schooling via livestream, you may not be entirely wrong. Then again, this global bedlam may be just a fevered memory in a few months. Society may change rapidly, but nature moves forward slowly, at a glacial pace one epoch at a time. Find solace in that if you can.

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Brown-headed Thrush

10,000 Birds

Kasia Rinkai Park on Tokyo Bay will host the slalom canoeing events for the upcoming (correct at time of writing) Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. In the meantime, it played host to my target bird for the trip. The Brown-headed Thrush , Turdus chrysolaus , is a very typical thrush and you may wonder why anyone would get excited about such an indistinguished bird.

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What Will My Next Five Queens Birds Be?

10,000 Birds

Having finally found a Black Vulture for my Queens list , an important tick both because it was long overdue and because it was the tenth bird since my last set of predictions, it is time, once again, to look at what might be coming to my Queens list. The last ten birds have taken a very long time: when I last asked what I would add to my Queens list it was September 21, 2015 !

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2020?

10,000 Birds

If you are living on the same planet the rest of us are, you surely need a diversion this weekend. Why not make World Sparrow Day , which we celebrate on March 20, an all-weekend affair? The Old World Passer sparrows are ubiquitous all around the world, typically where humans congregate most. Your challenge is to see how many you can rack up while still maintaining a healthy social distance. Sound like fun?

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