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Checklist of the Birds of Westeros

10,000 Birds

Now that the Mad Queen is dead, Brandon the Broken, First of His Name, is the King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm; and peace is restored in all the kingdoms, would you want to bird Westeros? I am not talking the filming locations, but the imaginary kingdoms themselves. How many birds have you spotted in 8 seasons? In the 70+ episodes, I noticed only the homing Ravens (caged/domesticated) and Pigeons (domestic – in pie).

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Aoi Matsuri parade

Indigenize

We arrived in Kyoto just in time for the Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock) festival, which happens May 15 every year in Kyoto. According to The Mainisti, a Japanese paper in English language, “the festival originated in the era of Emperor Kinmei more than 1,400 years ago, when people prayed for no damage from rainstorms and good […]. Spiritual Ecopsychology

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And this blog could very well be exhibits A, B, and C.case closed.

Environmental Economics

Ummm.this : "People are getting dumber. That's not a judgment; it's a global fact. In a host of leading nations, IQ scores have started to decline.&

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The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Act has been reauthorized. What birds most need its help? Birds & Birding Birds Migrations

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Brown-eared Bulbuls in blossom

10,000 Birds

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Do birders and canoeists/kayakists/kayakers/kakies make good bedfellows I wonder? The new canoeing centre is still under construction at Kasairinkaikoen, so to hide my disappointment, I went birding instead. Oriental Turtle Dove. My first job was to reconnect with the common birds that one might reasonably expect to see on a flash visit to Tokyo. First amongst these is the Brown-eared Bulbul, Hypsipetes amaurotis.

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Scientists remake 5,000 year-old brew from Pharaoh’s yeast

Green Prophet

A 5,000 year old brew is resurrected using yeast pulled from ancient Egyptian pottery. Researchers say: “Now know what Philistine and Egyptian beers tasted like.” ” What kind of beer did Pharaoh drink? In ancient times, beer was an important ingredient in people’s daily diet. Great powers were attributed to beer in the ancient world, particularly for religious worship and healing properties.

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Quote of the Day: Global Heating? Climate Crisis?

Environmental Economics

The Guardian has indicated that it is changing its guidelines for writing about climate change :   “We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”.      

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part Two: Mr. Wilson the Plover

10,000 Birds

After seeing the Burrowing Owl on Thursday night last week and talking to some other birders I realized that Friday was shaping up to be a good migration day, at least so far as we could divine from the weather forecast. I decided to take Friday off from work and devote my day to birding. I was up and out of the house before dawn on Friday morning to get in a couple hours of birding in Forest Park before I had to drive Desi to school.

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Tons of trash left at picnic sites by Israelis after Passover

Green Prophet

Israel’s recent Passover holiday period, which also included opening season visits to beaches and various picnic sites, is still being dealt with by national park and forestry employees long after holiday goers returned home. Whether it be national forests, rivers and beaches, or city public parks, the amount of trash and food waste left behind is staggering, to say the least.

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Abstract Monday: Correcting On-Site Sampling Bias

Environmental Economics

Today's entry in Abstract Monday is a little technical, but it's a problem I've been interested in for a long time, and it looks like my and John's former colleague, Ju-Chin Huang* , and co-author have found an improvement (if not solution).    If I ever get around to writing a second edition of my nonmarket valuation econometrics book, this is definitely going to be in there. *I'm I'm sure John will agree, Ju-Chin was the smartest of the three of us.

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Birds of Tierra Caliente

10,000 Birds

I am originally from California, so it is easy for me to deal with a geography defined by a low coastal mountain range, a central valley, and a much higher inland range (in California, the Sierra Nevada). But for the past 25 years, I have lived in Mexico’s state of Michoacán. Here, the coastal range is the Sierra Madre del Sur, the central valley is known as la Tierra Caliente, or the Hot Country, and I live in the much higher Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of May 2019?

10,000 Birds

Is May ending already? Some birders wait eleven months for just this moment, keenly feeling loss after its passing. How can you prevent the post-migration blues? Make hay while the sun shines: if birds are still passing through your corner of the world, get out and greet every one. Maybe they’ll come back in the fall! I have to work this weekend, but you’ll still find me catching the last of this season’s raptor migration and any songbirds I can find.

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Mexican visitors in Box Canyon

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One of the great things about living in southern Arizona is our proximity to Mexico. This allows for some really fun birds to come across the border, not that they know it is a border, and giving us some interesting birds each year. Without question, the most famous of these “immigrants” was last year’s White-throated Thrush that took up residence in Madera Canyon. Just north of Madera Canyon, is Box Canyon.

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The Skimmers Have Returned to Navarre Bridge

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A few miles from my home, a bridge rises gradually over the water of Santa Rosa Sound. Linking the mainland of the Florida Panhandle to the barrier island of Navarre Beach, half the bridge structure slopes to the water as sandy edges and sea wall. Between the grasses growing in tufts here and there, Black Skimmers and Least Terns have begun to nest on the hot sand. At first glance, it seems an odd place to nest.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part Three: Sweet, Sweet Sage

10,000 Birds

This past Friday, after leaving Cupsogue where my twitch for the Wilson’s Plover had ended in success I decided to head back over to Big Egg Marsh in my home borough of Queens to see if I could rediscover the Burrowing Owl I had seen the previous evening could be rediscovered. A bunch of birders had looked unsuccessfully for the owl in the morning but I was hoping I might get lucky.

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Welcome Our Newest Beat Writer, Paul Lewis

10,000 Birds

When Paul Lewis reached out to us asking if we were interested in some blog posts about birding in Mexico we were psyched! After all, the beat writer who had been posting about Mexican birds, the amazing Tom, has moved from Mexico and we didn’t have anyone writing about the birds there. His first guest post was so good we decided to make him a regular writer! You’ll be able to see his posts weekly every Wednesday morning from now on. Paul moved from California to Mexico 36 years ago.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part One: A Burrowing Owl?!?!?!

10,000 Birds

I was home on Thursday evening hanging out with Desi. Daisy was working late and my mother-in-law had kindly started to make me some spicy ramen for dinner. Then my phone buzzed with a text message from my good birding buddy Mary and, well, it let me know that a Burrowing Owl had been found in Queens and the photo posted to twitter.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2019)

10,000 Birds

If you’re devoting as many free hours to birding as we are this month, you have no time for preamble. Let’s share sightings! i saw plenty of new birds this weekend, some of them in the process of making future new birds. Though I spied quite a few warblers, my best looks were of Scarlet Tanager , a bell-ringer of a bird any day. Corey had no problem picking out his Best Bird of the Weekend.

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Birding the Changi Business Park-Singapore

10,000 Birds

It is often useful to look at satellite images on Google Earth to see where there is suitable habitat for different bird species. Sometimes it can be disappointing when the area has changed due to development and other times you can find some unlikely birds. When we decided to go to see what bird species there were in the undeveloped areas at Changi Business Park we encountered several species of bird that we did not observe anywhere else in Singapore.

Golan wolves make local farmers howl with rage

Green Prophet

Wolves are largely a protected species in Israel and are not creatures that one would expect to find in this part of the world. However, a sub-species of the northern grey wolf, originating in India is actually thriving on the Golan Heights, causing local farmers and cattle herders to literally be at war with these furry cousins of domestic dogs.

Impact of Industrial Robots in the Food and Agriculture Sector

Green Prophet

Flux developed Eddy, a robot developed out of Israeli military tech. The idea is to feed the world, using hydroponics. According to the United Nations, Food security is one of the primary human rights. We all cannot live without food and thus, agriculture is the most important sector in the world. A failing agricultural system results in hunger and famine with the possibility of death. This means that we have to strive to protect and develop this field if we want to survive.

Something for everyone: Family friendly theme parks in Spain

Green Prophet

With the stunning Spanish sunshine and a rich culture to explore, Spain is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Yet its theme parks can lift your holiday from good to great. So, when you’re browsing for spacious villas in Spain that are large enough for the whole family, find the nearest family-friendly theme park to you with this list. PortAventura, Mainland Spain. PortAventura is one of the most famous theme parks in Spain, bringing in approximately five million visitors a year.

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How To Design A Green Office Building A Better Environment

Green Prophet

Green office buildings improve the environment and employee health. For these reasons, more business owners like yourself are learning how to design a green office building. However, a lot of design details goes into the planning process of a successful building project. In order to decrease energy consumption and reap all of the benefits of a green office building, you must consider numerous factors. Fortunately, these factors can be easily implemented into your design.

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4 Sustainable Ways to Promote Your Business

Green Prophet

Companies are always on the lookout for new ways to promote products and services. While a majority of marketing is happening online these days, traditional methods of marketing, including promo materials and branded gifts, are still an important part of any successful modern marketing plan. The downside of creating promo materials and branded gifts is that they, unfortunately, end up in the trash and create a lot of waste.

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