Sat.May 09, 2020 - Fri.May 15, 2020

How Many Birders Are There, Really? (Updated)

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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.

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A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

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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

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Vitamin D-deficient Patients Twice As Likely To Develop Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

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A new study released by Northwestern University concludes that vitamin D may be an essential weapon to protect yourself from the coronavirus. According to researchers, lower vitamin D levels significantly increase the likelihood that an infected person will develop severe symptoms and complications. The study drew upon data from hospitals in China, France, Italy, South Korea, and the United States.

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The Longest (and Shortest) Hour

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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.

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Best Time to Bird South Florida? Fall Migration

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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.

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How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica

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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.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2020)

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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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Black Kites breeding

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Black Kites are very common around Broome and they are often observed in very large flocks. The Black Kites are distinguished in flight by their forked tail , which easily separates them from the numerous Whistling Kites that are present around Broome. Black Kites are always present at the waste disposal site in very large flocks, because they scavenge among the rubbish. They soar over town and also along the coastal vegetation.

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Murder Hornets? Here are 5 Other Scary Invasive Insects

Nature Conservancy - Science

Murder hornets aren't the only invasive insect you should worry about. From the Field Wildlife Insects & Pollinators Invasive Species

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Sriracha not burning? A new COVID-19 symptom includes not tasting hot sauce

Green Prophet

Think you have COVID-19? Grab a bottle of your hottest sauce and see if you can taste fire. Seems to be that Vitamin D deficiency is an underlying factor in those who suffer the most from COVID-19 , or coronavirus. New crowd-sourced data, confirms the early and eerie side-effects: seems that not only smell, but taste and the inability to be phased by hot sauce, among the signs that a patient with the flu might be experiencing COVID-19.

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Quarantine Stories: How We Get Our Nature Fix

Nature Conservancy - Science

How are you getting your quarantine nature fix? Here are our stories. Ideas Outdoor Rec Wildlife

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No way around it: the irreparable damage cryptocurrency does to the environment

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It hasn’t been long since bitcoin broke the ground in 2009, turning the monetary landscape upside down. With its decentralized nature and exceptional privacy, cryptocurrency quickly became popular among young people trying to make quick money. As interesting as it is for tech and financial experts alike, there’s no way around the harsh truth that’s often swiped under the rug while discussing crypto: it damages the environment and the communities where it’s mined.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Chershi, A Spicy Libyan Spread

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First of all, what’s chershi? If you’ve been lucky enough to sit down at a meal from Libyan cuisine, you’ll find that among the usual mezze – small plates of humus , vegetables cooked in olive oil , potato salad , tabbuleh – there will be an orange-colored dip with intriguing spicy, garlicky flavors. It’s chershi kara’a, a creamy pumpkin spread that takes the sweet vegetable to a whole different level.

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How to Make Your Lifestyle Greener

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Forest bathing greens everything, inside and out. Are you looking to live a greener lifestyle and become more environmentally-conscious? It is clear that now is the time to take action to reduce environmental impact and when everyone takes steps (even small ones) it will be then that we start to see positive change and heal the planet. There are lots of easy and effective ways to lead a greener lifestyle – read on for a few ideas. Become a Vegan.

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Science finds a way to stop cow farts

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Ideally we should all be living like this, with our own personal cow. Until that happens new research finds a way to slow methane development in cow stomachs. Gorgit Yaylas?, Artvin, Turkey. Ben-Gurion University in Israel has successfully manipulated a cow’s microbiome for the first time. By learning to control the microbiome, scientists can prevent cows from emitting methane, one of the most serious greenhouse gases.

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“Sin City” Casinos Want to Use Renewable Energy 

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If you want to make forward-looking decisions, save money in the long run, and make an active contribution to climate and environmental protection, you can’t avoid renewable or green energy. Every day more and more households are trying to use renewable energy. The regional and international playhouses are no exception. It is extremely important not only to use energy from renewable sources in a sensible and economical way but also to be climate-friendly.

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A sliver of farmland to create an eco fertilizer farm

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Switchgrass or sweet sorghum could do a regular farm into an eco-er farm. . Farmers dump nitrogen on nutrient empty soil so we can have tacos, cereal, a fresh salad. High use also devastates nearby rivers, lakes and seas. But by turning a farm of any size into its own fertilizer machine, with only 5% of their land. It’s a great solution for farmers in developing nations who don’t have access to high cost fertilizers.

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Linking plant prosperity to our prosperity, using big data and AI

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Vegetation models don’t just look good on Instagram. Plants and vegetation and the way they grow play a critical role in supporting life on Earth. And your life too. How will coronavirus affect farms and output next year or the next 10 years? Will climate change wipe out species or promote the growth of latent ones, waiting for the arctic ice to break? There is still a lot of uncertainty in our understanding of how exactly plants affect the global carbon cycle and ecosystem services.

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Shameless

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We birders must really love what we do, because the social cost of doing it is pretty high. I’m not talking about being shunned, or losing jobs, or being expelled from the village. The cost, of course, includes our friends and family being mystified by the time and effort we put into birding. But mostly, it’s just… the embarassment. Let’s face it, the standard birder’s outfit are not exactly stylish.

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