Sat.Sep 07, 2019 - Fri.Sep 13, 2019

Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher

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The coastal subspecies of California Gnatcatcher ( Polioptila californica californica ) can be found in sage scrub that was once abundant from Ventura County to northern Baja California. But its U.S. range largely consists of valuable real estate along the Southern California coast and urban development around San Diego and Los Angeles has eliminated much of its habitat. What was once sage scrub is now suburbs and highways. As a result, the bird has a long history with the Endangered Species Act.

"EPA is soliciting comment on issues related to water quality trading" @willwheels

Environmental Economics

This might be the first good thing to be coming out of the EPA in quite some time. via  via Will Wheeler on twitter: EPA is soliciting comment on issues related to water quality trading. (looks  (looks like the [link] docket is not live, but that just means you have more time). Here is the link: [link].

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A Field Guide to The Feral Parrots of the US

Nature Conservancy - Science

“Wait, was that a parrot?” I’m looking out of my hotel room window in downtown Los Angeles, and I swear I just saw a parrot in the palm trees across the highway. Either that, or the 17+ hours of jetlag […]. Birds & Birding From the Field Birds Traveling Naturalist Urban Conservation Wildlife

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Agroforestry Systems and Practices


Trees have always been important part of the countryside. When traveling through rural areas anywhere in the world you will see trees incorporated into the landscape. You will see orchards, scattered fruit trees in gardens, hedgerows separating fields, woodlands, or perhaps majestic oaks forming natural boundaries of meadows. These trees have been managed by us. They have been planted or left to grow with a purpose.

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Foreign Languages on a Birding Trip

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Don’t you hate it when you cannot communicate while birding overseas? Having mobility issues, I still remember birding from a van along a rather productive dirt road in Costa Rica ( Broad-billed Motmot , Lineated Woodpecker , Cocoa Woodcreeper , etc.), while the rest of the group took a hike. Seeing several birds from that spot and deciding that that’s it, I asked the driver in English to move the van a few hundred metres down.

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10 Ways The Green Industry Can Benefit From Commercial Cleaning Trends

Green Prophet

Commercial cleaning is a massive multi-billion dollar industry with a great potential for growth. As of 2016, it employs over 2.15 million people with 2.3 billion individual paid service jobs between them. For every office, every window, and every construction site, there are teams of trained individuals that are there to make the area aesthetically presentable as well as inspection ready. One industry that can benefit from the attention to detail and goal orientation is the “green” industry.

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Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Restoring elms and other native trees benefits wildlife in the Connecticut River Valley. From the Field Forests Restoration TNC Science

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Ground-Sparrows and Brush-Finches

10,000 Birds

Most birders love a good double-hyphenate. Except, of course, for those who don’t yet know what a double-hyphenate is. Double-hyphenates are birds with two hyphens in their common name, which is a characteristic that suggests a high degree of rarity or difficulty. Common birds, you see, tend to have simple names, like House Sparrow, House Finch, or House Wren. Yeah, a lot of birds like hanging around houses.) A few even manage to have one-word common names, like Ovenbird, Veery, or Bushtit.

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The Olive, Its History

Green Prophet

Is there any fruit more evocative of the Mediterranean than an olive? We don’t know exactly where the first wild olive trees grew, although it’s speculated that they first appeared in Syria, Lebanon, or possibly Jordan. It’s known that people began cultivating the olive tree about 7000 years ago. Olive pits have been discovered found in ancient tombs around the Levant, as well as fossilized olive wood fragments. .

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The Iguana Invasion

Nature Conservancy - Science

The green iguana invades Florida’s natural areas – and swimming pools. Wildlife Invasive Species

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Sustainability and Storytelling at NYFW: James Nathaniel Piña’s Love Letter Home

Eco Chic

James Nathaniel Jacket. Upon entering Unix Gallery, which lies directly under the Manhattan High Line, the intimate feel of the artistic space became immediately apparent. I was here to see the James Nathaniel Spring/Summer 2020 ethical fashion presentation, as part of New York Fashion Week.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2019)

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Have you ever heard the saying, “Sometimes you win; sometimes you learn,” as a positive spin on failing to win? I definitely learned something this weekend, particularly regarding how best to see interesting birds. Basically, you have to actually go where they are rather than sit in your office waiting for them to fly by. Imagine that!

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Plentiful rain not enough to grow the wheatfields of Syria

Green Prophet

A garden in a Syrian refugee camp. If you look to what was brewing before the Syrian civil war, it was clear that people there were suffering from the effects of climate change. Environmentalists warned that extended droughts there would cause hunger, poverty and unrest. The conditions were right about a decade ago for the poor conditions to foment to a very unfavourable civil war with millions of Syrians displaced to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Europe and even Canada.

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Shorebirds in spring around Broome

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Over the last two weeks we have observed a huge number of migratory shorebirds return to our shores. They have mostly been absent for several months now, because they have been in the northern hemisphere. Hopefully they have had a successful breeding season in the north. Several migratory shorebirds with juvenile plumage are already on our beaches, so the arrival of both old and young birds is in full swing now.

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Collaborative list – August 2019

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eBird have applied their new taxonomy as of July/August 2019. What a boon for listers. Desk-top birders have been anxiously awaiting the new catalogue, hoping for splits to boost numbers rather than lumps to reduce them. In publishing the most current thinking, eBird have become the month’s biggest contributor to the life list, expanding it by 7 brand new species and pushing it to 3774. I just live for this stuff! Not to be out-done, the beats have been out doing their thing as well.

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Essential Oils to Aid in Healthy Hair

Green Prophet

There are a number of amazing benefits to essential oils for both the skin, hair and even nails, but which is best to help combat hair loss and keep the scalp as happy as possible? Though some forms of hair loss are hereditary, there is beard transplant Turkey options to help restore growth and help to reduce the appearance of sparse patches. However, if you are just looking for a simple way to keep the scalp healthy, these essential oils could be for you. Peppermint Essential Oil.

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4 Fascinating Room Setup Options For 2019

Green Prophet

We’re always looking for something new and creative to do with our homes. But eventually, you get tired of just rearranging the furniture and are at a loss as to what else to try. You’re in luck, because finding cool new stuff to do with your home is surprisingly easy, and a lot of fun to boot. Some folks may not have the utmost confidence in their DIY skills or creativity.

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Tips for Home Decoration to Make Rooms Look Spacious

Green Prophet

Are you shifting from a closet bed in a tiny house to a more spacious, hopefully ecologically-sound home? If so, make due with less stuff, but make your house look great. If you just shifted into an apartment from a house and find it extremely small or you just begun living in a dorm for your studies and find this place congested, do not worry. The place is not as small as it feels at first glance.

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Korto Momolu Brings Cannabis Culture to NYFW with Women Grow

Eco Chic

No longer strictly synonymous with high schoolers sneakily finding a smoke spot under the bleachers during lunch, the cannabis industry is booming. Now add fashion to the mix: On the evening of September 7th, I had the opportunity to attend a runway show for New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios and watched a hybrid of cannabis and fashion.

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Why Congo Soldiers Use Rape As a War Tactic (and What Your Smartphone Has to Do With It)

Eco Chic

Chouchou Namegabe at home in New York. Photo by Svetlana Jovanovic. “I I realized my microphone was a gun to break the silence of the violence against women and the quiet war on women.” — Chouchou Namegabe . Even at home in New York Chouchou Nagambe is dressed like an African Queen in her traditional Congolese head-dress and robes.

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