Sat.Feb 25, 2017 - Fri.Mar 03, 2017

The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes

10,000 Birds

A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. When we reached our destination we were greeted with glasses of champagne. And while the bubbly really hit the spot it seemed like it was a bit of overkill.

Waxwings Really Have Wax Wings

Nature Conservancy - Science

Cedar Waxwings are a favorite of many birders and backyard naturalists. With their fuzzy-looking crests and sharp color accents, they’re dapper looking birds. A large flock of them picking through berries is always entertaining to watch. I count myself a member of the Waxwing Fan Club.

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A Better Way to Meet America’s Needs: Invest in Nature

Conservancy Talk

Media reports this week indicate that the Trump administration is considering substantial funding cuts in federal environmental and natural resource programs. Reportedly, these and other budget cuts are intended to offset increases in funding for national security.

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The Incredible Oscars Night Cadillac Commercial that Challenges Us to be the Best Version of Ourselves.

Elephant Journal

The commercial paints a picture of people who are entirely different from those in the pictures painted by so many political leaders today. Arts Enlightened Society WAYLON: Today Only advertising cadillac carry commercial oscars oscars night support

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Message in a bottle

10,000 Birds

Did you ever get a message in a bottle? Completely meaningless gibberish from an entirely unknown guy (from my experience, it’s always a guy, looking like a lumberjack and that’s okay) that, strangely enough, makes you insanely excited? If not, you must try gulling.

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Sanetti Plateau…The World’s Best Commute?

10,000 Birds

The Sanetti Plateau in Ethiopia is a one of Africa’s greatest birding locations. High above the great Rift Valley, endless treeless plains stretch out as far as you can see, holding birding (and other wildlife treasures).

NatureNet Science Research Update: Nanotechnology

Nature Conservancy - Science

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Seductive and Destructive: The Insidiousness of “Happy” Exploitation


Guest Post by Tracy Alexandra McDonnell. —————————-. We need to shatter and dispel once and for all the insidious myth that it is somehow possible to exploit non-human animals “humanely.”

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How Rilke’s Letter to a Young Poet Comforts my Creative Insecurities.

Elephant Journal

Creative expression—be it in writing, painting, song, dance or entrepreneurship—is often a solitary endeavour. Fraught with fears, it mirrors our thoughts, emotional states and self-discovery journey. Arts Inspiring (Wow) Literary Journal Non New-Agey Spirituality Right Livelihood cathartic creative creativity life lifelesson passion Poet poetry Rilke Rilke’s Letter self discovery writer writing

Angry Birds, What’s Black and White and Hungry All Over, and a Little Something for the Ladies: This Week in Bird News

10,000 Birds

If there’s one common theme to this week’s bird news items, it’s their collective bizarreness: The eagle has landed—on the drone, as France trains birds to take out drones that stray into restricted airspace.

The Vegetable Garden Diary – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Animals deserve freedom from use, not just protection from fire


Don’t you hate it when the negligence of a facility means animals die before they’re scheduled to be killed? In a Globe and Mail op-ed piece, author Jessica Scott-Reid argues for the legal protection of animals from death by fire.

Lessons from the Ocean—Breathe in, Breathe out.

Elephant Journal

Checking in with myself, deep in my belly, down to the marrow of my bones, I asked for guidance. Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality Yoga awareness healing life meditation mindfulness spirituality

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White wading bird study

10,000 Birds

For those of us who live full time on a boat, we use a nickname for those who do not, “Dirt Dwellers” Now don’t get me wrong, a very good portion of our friends all fall into that category.

Arizona Republicans planning to make protest illegal

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In Arizona you could get jailed and have your assets seized if you attend a protest or demonstration after Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent.

Photo of the Day: Most people usually just ignore the request

Environmental Economics

Received this formal letter from a lawyer today: Reactions: Oops. I guess I need to update my participant list. Most people usually just ignore the request. I'm thinking billable hours are involved

The Speech we all Need to Hear from this year’s Academy Awards.

Elephant Journal

This was easily one of the most powerful moments at the Oscars: Enlightened Society WAYLON: Today Only academy awards Anousheh Ansari Asghar Farhadi best foreign film empathy iran la la land oscar refugee ban the salesman

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Birding Maricao, Puerto Rico

10,000 Birds

Though it’s been over a month since Mike and I returned from Puerto Rico my blogging about the trip has been sadly lacking. I’ve only covered the first day of our sweep of the island’s endemics (in this post and this one ) and some images of Mangrove Cuckoos.

How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem

Green (Living) Review

Permaculture principles go a step beyond organic and help your plants truly thrive. Combining the best of natural landscaping and edible gardening, permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers.

Look what came in the mail the other day

Environmental Economics


How to Stop Letting our Emotions Hold us Hostage.

Elephant Journal

Have you ever gone into a fit of rage and come out barely remembering what you said or. Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality anger anxiety chasing thoughts emotions honoring our feelings mindfulness negative thoughts panic rage silent treatment

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Spurn National Nature Reserve

10,000 Birds

During our visit to the UK last year we were able to make two visits to Spurn National Nature Reserve and this area is only 27km (16.8

What Every Gardener Should Know About Mulching

Green (Living) Review

Adding mulch to your garden is one of the best things you can do for healthy soil—here are 6 ways to do it right. The best time-saving measure a gardener can take is applying mulch. This goes for everywhere from vegetable gardens to flower beds.

"With Energy Prices Down, Western States See Recession-Like Cuts"

Environmental Economics

Hmm, it seems like there could be a way for the universities to avoid the boom-bust cycle of energy: N ationwide, things are looking up — or at least stable — for institutions dependent on state funding, which is up for the fourth year in a row. But at some universities, morale is looking more like it did in the midst of recession-era spending cuts.

Why Men Suddenly Stop Communicating.

Elephant Journal

Some men withdraw from a relationship and stop communicating as they feel they are getting in too deep. This is particularly tr. Enlightened Society Love Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only. Z ADMIN Love Featured Today breaking up communicating communication in relationships dating Divorce lost love love picking up the pieces relationships starting over

Western Reef-Heron

10,000 Birds

The Western Reef-Heron , Egretta gularis, sits neatly between Little Egret and Snowy Egret in Clements taxanomic checklist. The slim, elegant, white egrets are very similar and operate in similar niches, but in opposite hemispheres.

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Wet wipes do not belong down the drain and the sewers

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) While those wipes may say are “flushable” on the package it does not mean that that is a good idea to flush them down the drain. In fact it is not a good idea at all.

How An Article On Eggs In The Guardian Completely Misses The Mark


Some new vegans fall prey to the bedazzling marketing strategies employed by the large welfarist groups.

The Power of Vulnerability: Brene Brown’s TED Talk May be the Breakthrough You’ve Been Looking For.

Elephant Journal

A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) Non New-Agey Spirituality awareness life mindfulness self love travel; relationships; self-discovery

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2017?

10,000 Birds

Oh to be on the Sanetti Plateau in Ethiopia ! March, at least in my part of the world, is living up to its billing as a ferocious starter. Perhaps the time has come, though, to retire the bit about lions and lambs. Who outside of certain parts of Africa thinks about lions during this time of year?

Biomass 'carbon neutrality' debate continues to divide opinion

Green (Living) Review

Using biomass, specifically energy derived from burning wood, as a crux in the UK's effort to transition towards a low-carbon economy has come under scrutiny again, after the former secretary for energy and climate change and his ex-special advisor clashed over its use.

Chanting DxE Crusaders Face Criminal Mischief Charges


DxE has recently claimed responsibility for two “activists” who were caught on CCTV shouting “meat is murder” and laying flowers on cuts of animal flesh.

If You Aren’t an Introvert or Extrovert, You Are likely This. {Plus Test}

Elephant Journal

Being an empath, one of the most common questions I'm asked is if I am also an introvert. For me, it’s an instant answer: "Yes, I am. However, not everyone resonates with being either an introvert or extrovert so easily.". Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality Popular Lately ambivert awareness extrovert introspective introvert Introvert or Extrovert life quiz relationships social social situation test types of people

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2017)

10,000 Birds

Another weekend, another opportunity to advance your causes, goals, and bird lists. How did that work out for you this weekend? With winter on the wane, my chance to visit with our local Short-eared Owls seemed to be slipping away, so I rectified that with a quick sundown sojourn.