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Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

10,000 Birds

The first shot of Birders is of a helicopter. It’s an official-looking helicopter, photographed flying in the air at eye level, as if we’re next to it. Then, a long shot looking down of the Rio Grande delta, green and brown, but mostly green, bisected by a continuing, curving brown line.

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Electrons vs. Molecules - Who’s Winning?

Blue Earth

Everywhere I turn electrons are making headway. Let’s compare the market value of two highly respected 21st Century founded companies, Facebook and Tesla. The ability to generate stockholder value falls clearly in the electron camp. Facebook, founded in 2004 has an Enterprise Value of $456B, while Tesla, founded in 2003 has an EV of $54B. Facebook, the company that primarily moves electrons around has an EV of 9x that of the metal-bender Tesla. Let’s look at a broader measure of this effect.

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Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy. One that our ancestors, and many not even that far removed, definitely had. It means asking of our things the only question we should ever ask of them: “Can you fulfill your intended use for me?” The answer – if we can be honest, and resist a moment of discomfort, inconvenience or boredom – is, extraordinarily often, yes.

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The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

Nature Conservancy - Science

Removing obsolete dams offer dramatic benefits for fish, the economy and the future. Fish & Fisheries Fish Fisheries Restoration TNC Science Water

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

10,000 Birds

Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is probably the most iconic bird species in China – to the point that some bird guides I know are quite tired of looking for it. And yet, I have now birded China for almost 5 years without ever really trying to see one.

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Blue Earth

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Managing stormwaters and streams – new insights the Middle East can use!

Green Prophet

Floods in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Sometimes there is too much water, then most of the time there is not enough! Both stormwater control and stream restoration are proven ways to reduce erosion along water channels and they are important to manage in cities ( Tel Aviv will flood again! ). Often, though, each method is managed by a different urban land-management department, measuring different success values. Efforts are rarely coordinated due to funding and other constraints.

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Broad-billed Sandpiper on Cable Beach

10,000 Birds

September is always an interesting month as we observe the shorebirds return to Broome from their northerly migration. The shorebirds gather on Cable Beach from around two hours before until two hours after high tide. The variety of shorebirds among the flock enables you to encounter several species quite easily, but sometimes there is an odd shorebird that stands out among the flock. Last week I shared the first encounter with a Little Curlew on Cable Beach returning from migration.

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What’s It Like to Have Your Period in Nigeria?

Eco Chic

A reusable menstrual kit including cloth pad and a cup. Photo by Vanessa Ramirez on Pexels. Two years ago, I received an Instagram message from a medical student in Nigeria. . “I’m I’m a medical student in my final year and I am the CEO of Youths Enlightenment Senitel, an NGO for girls in Nigeria,” the note started out. . “I

Ten Keys to Happier Living

The Green Changemakers

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone's path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people's happiness and well-being. The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. They are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed by nef as part of the Foresight Project.

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A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

Nature Conservancy - Science

Enjoy one of fall’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the elk bugling season. Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

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Hoping for Grasspipers in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In Costa Rica, sandpipers are locally known as “correlimos”, which to me sounds something along the lines of “little runners” and that sounds about right. Although only a certain percentage of Charadriiformes are prone to quick-stepping it over the mud flats, beaches, and nutrient-stink borders of sewage ponds, none of them hop along or flit through the trees either. When not slicing the air in super quick flight, all are solidly terrestrial.

The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona

10,000 Birds

For the past few weeks I have been touting all the different reasons that Southeast Arizona is such an amazing area for birding. The diversity of the area affords one the ability to acquire a pretty impressive list of species. Another one of the shining examples of this is the actual proximity to Mexico, and the Sea of Cortez especially. This is the time of year for potential Hurricanes all along the eastern Pacific is at its highest.

Heaven for more than Hummingbirds

10,000 Birds

Last week I told you about one of my favorite places to visit at this time of year, the tiny town of Laurelito, Michoacán, Mexico. This spot, just south of my city of Morelia, has the largest bank of Salvias in my area. As such, during September and October it turns into what I call “Hummingbird Heaven” But Laurelito offers more than that autumn experience. Over the past few years, I have personally registered 132 species from the town and surrounding area.

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A Young, Banded Royal Tern and Where It Came From

10,000 Birds

This past Saturday afternoon I was out on the beach in the Rockaways with my family. We were taking advantage of one of the many warm and sunny days we have enjoyed this fall, looking for cool shells, getting our feet wet in the surf, and just generally enjoying ourselves.

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Kings County Brewers Collective: Safe Flight IPA

10,000 Birds

Some days just turn out really well. On one gray, drizzly morning this week, I set out to bird my local patch in Albany, New York, and found 56 species in a few hours of aimless, unhurried traipsing. I returned home thinking it had been a rather enjoyable morning of fall birding and – after lunch, gave some thought as to how I might salvage the rest of the day after losing the entire morning to mud, brambles, tangled brush, and waves of migrating fall songbirds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2019)

10,000 Birds

While some birding runs work well solo, most are greatly improved by good company. I haven’t always acted in accordance with this philosophy, but those avian observation excursions undertaken with friends or family loom larger in mind than the ones I took alone. In many ways, birding can be so much more than just looking at birds.

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Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Nature Conservancy - Science

Would you rather be covered in fur or scales? Would you rather save babies or trees? This kind of stark dilemma can be an entertaining conversation starter at a party, but it should not be the entry point we […]. Ideas Climate Health & Nature TNC Science

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A Curriculum for Generation Z

The Green Changemakers

By J enny Andersson As I write millions of young people from around the world have taken to the streets in the Global Strike for Climate inspired by Greta Thunberg. From Melbourne to Manchester, Bangkok to Boston young people are rising up to demand governments take action on climate change. These are Generation Z. Doesn’t quite trip off the tongue like ‘Millennials’ but they’re as potent a force.

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Managing for Happiness

The Green Changemakers

[link] The main thing I learned is that happiness is something you create — it is not something to achieve. Jurgen in an article for Entrepreneur Magazine [link] Happiness comes in two primary categories: natural happiness and synthetic happiness (terms popularized by Dan Gilbert ). Natural happiness is what we generally accept as the ubiquitous definition of the emotion – when we are delighted, pleasantly surprised, when our bodies are delighted with that momentary release of stimuli.

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