August, 2020

The Trials and Triumphs of an Odyssey for a Nemesis Bird

10,000 Birds

Most birders know what a nemesis bird is and, most of all, what that truly means.

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San Francisco area: an organic ranch with a storied past

Green Traveler Guides

| Lovely, Rustic Luxury | In Marin County’s tiny Marshall, little more than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Straus Home Ranch is not just an unforgettable vacation rental and event venue.

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Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (the correction)

Environmental Economics

As described in the introduction of my (draft) "Reply to 'Reply to Whitehead'" , I suspect that I have used the incorrect confidence intervals when analyzing the Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) data.

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A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

Nature Conservancy - Science

Finding and identifying moths is a growing nature hobby. Here’s how to get started. Wildlife Insects & Pollinators Outdoor Rec

2020 102

Regenerative agriculture the solution, says Woody Harrelson

Green Prophet

In a time where it seems like we need to choose light or dark, fear and hope, building or destruction, some stars and models lend their voices and faces to a solution to what appears to be the world’s biggest challenge right now: climate change.

2020 94

Root Pouch – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I encountered Root Pouch for the first time at the Garden Press Event 2020 in the beginning of March that year and it immediately, for me, ticked a number of boxes in the green department. Root Pouch distributed by Ikon International and they are fabric planting containers made from recycled water bottles and available from all good garden centers and also from Amazon.

2020 111

Bird Families of the World by Winkler, Billerman and Lovette

10,000 Birds

There is a thing parents know very well – how important it is to choose the right name for a child. E.g. one Croat birder I know, Vedran – I never met a guy so well described by his own name, which loosely translated as “joyful”. Or Fleming – he has chosen “Bond”.

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Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (an introduction)

Environmental Economics

Desvousges, Mathews and Train ( Land Economics, 2015 ) use the contingent valuation method (CVM) to conduct an adding-up test (i.e., does WTP A + WTP B = WTP A+B ?). They use the nonparametric Turnbull estimator and find that the data do not pass the adding-up test.

2020 130

Think Pigeons Are Boring? Not These Birds

Nature Conservancy - Science

Neon pink pigeons? Rainbow-colored doves? These are 10 of our favorite pigeons and doves from around the world. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds Weird Nature

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Ancient olive oil soap factory unearthed in Bedouin city

Green Prophet

One of the fascinating games found at the archeology site, the oldest ancient soap factory, a soapery, found in the region.

2020 91

Wood in the kitchen

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Wooden implement are better on pots and pans and not just those Teflon or similarly coated ones. In all honesty you should avoid such so-called non-stick ones anyway. Metal implements should, ideally, never be used in pots and pans, even in stainless steel ones.

2020 111

A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference – Part II

10,000 Birds

Last week, I “attended” the virtual North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC). Because NAOC is so large, it is more accurate to say I sampled small parts of the enormous event.

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Co-operative housing: A greener and more sustainable way of living?

The Green Changemakers

Source: [link] Community living is an affordable way for people to live, in ways that fit their shared values. These communities are usually climate-conscious and strive to be as sustainable as possible. Frankie lives in a six-bedroom house on the outskirts of Leeds.

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Why Green Home Improvements Have Become So Popular

Eco Friendly Daily

The concept of renovating your home to improve aesthetic appeal, comfort, health, safety, and functionality, isn’t new. The media then drew a bigger audience as home improvement shows took center stage on some of television’s hottest networks.

2020 52

Eat, Prey, Love: Fast Facts on the Remarkable Praying Mantis

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now is a great time to encounter this common backyard predator. Wildlife Insects & Pollinators Urban Conservation

2020 83

Environmental psychologist creates ready-to-wear “jump” fashion from hemp

Green Prophet

Parkour, dancing, singing and dancing– all ready for Haptic Path’s hemp-based, slow fashion which is ready-to-wear for men and women. Every once and a while you meet somehow who inspires – like Ondi in India. They are all over the world and you will find them if you are listening.

2020 87

Finding friendly and clean self-storage solutions in San Diego, CA

Eco Chic

Are you considering a move to sunny San Diego, CA? Perhaps you’ve already relocated to “America’s Finest City” and are seeing a solution to storing some of your belongings as you settle into life in your new home. Finding quality storage units in San Diego is a good step for saving you time, energy and money. Store your stuff while you relocate and settle into your new life in this wonderful city.

Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In the era of digital cameras and social media, images of birds are easy to come by. Even photos of the rarest of birds can be found, even heart-wrenching images of bird species that are no longer with us.

Welcome Back

10,000 Birds

This pervasive pandemic we’re currently experiencing has squashed everyone’s travel plans – humans that is. Migration (in particular bird migration) is well underway, however. And when I say bird migration I’m referring to a specific group of birds – shorebirds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2020)

10,000 Birds

As we speed towards the end of an utterly odd August, dangerous weather conditions and flame threaten to engulf various swathes of our world. No matter where you find yourself, heed the imperative of 2020: live to see better days!

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Pied Oystercatcher chick-cautiously optimistic

10,000 Birds

The one surviving Pied Oystercatcher chick that I introduced you to four weeks ago continues to thrive. Although it is stood alone in the header photo it has its parents very close by. They will warn it of any dangers both vocally and flying at any threat.

2020 167

Birding at a Historic Sporting Estate

10,000 Birds

I didn’t expect to see any birds. It was over 90 degrees F on a Georgia afternoon, the humidity adding an extra dose of discomfort.

2020 170

The many poses of a Striated Heron

10,000 Birds

Striated Herons are fairly easy to observe around Broome even if they are rather sneaky around the port area. At Gantheaume Point they are reliably found throughout the year.

2020 167

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020)

10,000 Birds

August weekends don’t always promise birding excitement, but the tantalizing prospect of a singular sighting always exists. Don’t ever think that the best birds can’t appear at the most unexpected times.

2020 163

Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

A few days ago, I saw a Yellow Bittern trapped in a fishing device. The bird got very nervous when I approached, trying to strike me with its beak through the net. Now, I am sure there is one Shanghai fisherman cursing the evil person who cut a hole in his net.

2020 161

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

10,000 Birds

What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans. Tensions, failing economy, depression and that feeling of living day by day (under the rule of a local dictator, or, to be politically correct – but why? – “autocrat”), afraid of what the autumn brings and not being able to make plans for a longer period.

2020 162

A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

10,000 Birds

These are times of unfamiliar circumstances and in more ways than one. As the tide of climate disaster keeps rising, protests continue, and economies fall into recession, we move through time and space in a limbo of anxiety and uncertainty. These are the pandemic doldrums, a situation where horizons are muddled by the fogs of worry. As with any barrier, a sharp tool is required to cut through, to perceive the possibilities on the other side.

2020 158

A Few Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

In a way, kingfishers may be the poor man`s pittas – almost as colorful and exciting, but much easier to observe. Here are some that I have seen in the past few years. African Pygmy Kingfisher (Mkuze, South Africa, Nov 2018). Belted Kingfisher (Reno, USA, Jan 2015). Black-capped Kingfisher (Nanhui, China, May 2018). Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Bateleur and Mkuze, Nov 2018). Collared Kingfisher (Brisbane, Australia, Jan 2017).

2020 157

Leapin’ Grassquits, Sandy!

10,000 Birds

Back when I started birding during my youth in California, it didn’t take long for me to notice and appreciate how Northern Mockingbirds would sometimes do backflips in the air while singing.

2020 153

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2020?

10,000 Birds

Every month of 2020 has felt like a year, yet the imminent end of summer still feels too soon. If the end of August blues are getting you down, allow me to prescribe a certain cure: go birding.

2020 149

Hot Country Cool

10,000 Birds

Last week, I shared with you some photos of Blue-black Grassquits , doing their jump-song routine. Those photos were from a trip to Paso Ancho, my nearest site fully within Mexico’s Tierra Caliente (“Hot Country”).

2020 149

Long-tailed Finches like dripping taps

10,000 Birds

When you live somewhere that lacks rainfall for the majority of the year then a dripping tap brings in the birds. If ever you need an excuse to not fix dripping taps then encouraging birds has to be a good excuse! Even a dripping sprinkler head will attract birds.

2020 149

Hawking for Nighthawks

10,000 Birds

Just under a fortnight ago, I saw a report on the local bird alert of a sighting of a group of approximately 20 Nacunda Nighthawks at a wetland not more than 20 minutes from where I live. Even though I had seen these cryptic austral migrants before, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity that was this close to home. Especially as we were at the time about to experience a rapidly advancing tropical storm. Striated Heron in breeding plumage – extra plumes and blue lores.

2020 152

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!: Tamarindo Gose

10,000 Birds

Birders are quite possibly the only hobbyists who get really excited about oncoming hurricanes , except maybe for the small number of severe weather enthusiasts – or “storm chasers” – who follow tropical cyclones rather than the usual tornadoes.

2020 144

Third Cable Beach Pied Oystercatcher nest to hatch

10,000 Birds

Since last week another Pied Oystercatcher nest on Cable Beach has produced two chicks. The header photo above shows where the family rested shortly after the two chicks left the nest on Tuesday. We had been patiently awaiting the arrival of the two chicks since the eggs were laid a month ago. I showed you this nest here at the bottom of the post. The Pied Oystercatcher pairs are approximately five kilometres apart on this section of Cable Beach.

2020 136

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of August 2020)

10,000 Birds

Sliding into mid-August in New York feels like the easing into a Jacuzzi: the heat may be intense to start, but the good times are just getting started. Many of the most infrequent shorebird visitors to the greater Rochester area prefer to hide out on an island in the mouth of Braddock Bay.

2020 130

Solar powered yacht – sails and moors for off-grid escape

Green Prophet

A movable home that can plunge its support deep into the water against hurricanes, or be brought on land to live off-grid. I grew up as a Dutch girl in Canada.

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