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Planning and executing birding plans in the times of corona-virus

10,000 Birds

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Like many of you, I had plans for this year’s spring migration: to bird the very best tour of the Balkans, heading for northeastern Greece. First, 800 km of driving from Belgrade through Bulgaria to very NE corner of Greece and the Dadia Forest National Park with its 36 species of diurnal raptors, out of Europe’s 38.

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If you think the Middle East is dramatic now, 2000 years ago it was a telenovela

Green Prophet

The relations between the Herodian Kingdom and the Nabatean Kingdom were very complex and involved political, economic and marriage ties. Through the institution of marriage with local dynasties, Herodians consolidated power in the southern Levant and later became Rome’s client state. Intermarriage between religious groups was not uncommon, people were open-minded, until they were not.

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The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Nature Conservancy - Science

With more than 100 kingfisher species, here are 12 of the coolest. Birds & Birding From the Field Birds Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature Wildlife

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All for WON and WON for All!

The Green Samaritan

All for WON and WON for all! How about a win for us all? As we face re-opening phases, a good friend of mine along with her 16 year old daughter and 20 year old son came up with the idea and this. See the full post and more at Green Living

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Seeing Peterson’s classic illustrations with their pristine lines and arrows in an updated format, ready for birding as soon as the birds arrived and I could leave my apartment, was beyond comforting, it meant there was still stability and continuity amidst the chaos. A Little Bit of Field Guide History.

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New solar energy plant in the desert? Don’t disturb the soil

Green Prophet

Solar power plants in the desert make use of wasted land, right? Think again. The desert soil has a complex network of pores in its unique soil. This takes hundreds, maybe thousands of years to create. Disturbing the desert may have implications on desertification, flash floods and who knows what else. While it might look like deserts don’t have soil, they do. It’s just very different from those kinds of soil found anywhere else.

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Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

With an unsettling glare and tree-like camouflage, what’s not to love about frogmouths? Birds & Birding Asia Pacific Birds Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

Many people consider May to be one of the year’s better months, but birders seem more attached. The birding is just that good, or at least can be. Did your month get off to an auspicious start? I was quite pleased to pull my first New York state warblers for the year from the early bird menu. Best of the prosaic bunch was a Black-and-White Warbler looking extra sharp against the drab gray and brown of bare branches at Firehouse Woods.

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Jerusalem cyclists protest lake of bike lanes

Green Prophet

They are not trying to change the holy order of things. Surely not in the Old City but Jerusalem cyclists want a few dedicated lanes to make cycling in any situation, plague or the good times, easier around Jerusalem. Jerusalem. Not a dream city for cycling. It’s many hills, random intersections, cobbled roads, virtually inaccessible Old City, I tried. I really did. I cheated on Tel Aviv and lived in Jerusalem for 2 years. But I could never get around by bike.

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Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

Nature Conservancy - Science

For a healthy and resilient prairie, diverse seed sources are key. From the Field Climate Insects & Pollinators Plants TNC Science

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Great Tips For Selling Your Home

Eco Friendly Daily

Spring and summer are typically the best times of the year to sell your home. This year’s spring market started out strong in February. However, the rug was pulled out from under the market in March when the federal and state-wide “ stay at home ” orders went into place because of the coronavirus pandemic, or COVID-19.

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Best Birds of the Back Yard

10,000 Birds

As is the case with many birders all over the world, I have been living under total lockdown for the past three weeks. As a result, all of the birding I have done has been in my back yard, or from my roof. As our long-time readers know, one 10,000 Birds tradition is for each writer to write in December about their Best Birds of the Year. So, in order to up the ante a bit during this period of limitations, I decided to consider what my Best Birds of the Back Yard would be (so far).

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Pregnant as a global nomad

Green Prophet

Not having a stable home or the advice of other cultures are a couple of the challenges, and maybe advantages. My life, for the past few years, has been anything but common. So when I found out of was expecting a baby – roughly 32 weeks ago – I knew my pregnancy wouldn’t go by the book either. Any pregnancy is a rollercoaster ride of hormones and emotions, causing amazing and unexpected changes to your body and mind.

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Crowded beaches

10,000 Birds

Last week I told you about the resident shorebirds that are very good at social distancing. This week I will introduce you to the shorebirds that choose not to distance themselves from each other on our local beaches. These migratory shorebirds crowd together for protection when they roost at high tide. Safety in numbers! The flocks are getting smaller day by day as they migrate to the northern hemisphere to breed.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of May 2020?

10,000 Birds

While some parts of the world set the second weekend of May apart for celebration of mothers, you’re going to have to restrict adoration of your favorite maternal units to Sunday. Saturday is Global Big Day , which has to be all about the birds. Maybe you can really spread the love by persuading the moms in your life (or your children if you are a mom) to go birding? Believe it or not–I can scarcely believe it myself–we’re dealing with snow here along the Great Lakes.

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Collaborative list – April 2020

10,000 Birds

As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows. Other sightings have been included from legitimate outings for work and exercise (at all times maintaining a respectable distance). 7 beats contributed this month. Between them they shared 63 checklists, spanning 5 countries and noted 231 species of birds. Graylag Goose (Anser anser). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). Mute Swan (Cygnus olor).

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Latest Advancements in Green Seed Tech

Green Prophet

When the average consumer thinks of seed tech, his or her thoughts usually wander immediately to GMO crops. Thankfully, today’s innovators are coming up with more than just ways to genetically enhance crop plants to increase pesticide tolerances. Read on to find out about a few of the latest advancements in green seed tech that show promise for ecologically conscious gardeners and growers. Improved Medical Cannabis.

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Planet of the Humans: there is also earth-friendly, local mining

Green Prophet

Planet of the Humans, Michael Moore, director. Michael Moore’s explosive documentary, Planet of the Humans, full documentary can be seen below, shows how the renewable energy business can never be sustainable. Part of the reason is really about raw materials and where we source them from, like graphite.

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Beat COVID-19 boredom with a few free clicks!

Green Prophet

It’s now months into your hometown’s COVID-19 paralysis and you’ve exhausted ways to keep positive and productive. You need to replenish your toolkit of coping techniques, whether you’re cooped up solo, shacked up with a mate, or running a home school – slash – daycare center. Fear not! Green Prophet brings you point and click diversions, all free. I’m in New York City. I’ve Marie Kondo-ed my apartment three times.

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How has Oil Performed During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Green Prophet

Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia, on Feb. 26, 1997. Energy is the big strand in a web of U.S.-Saudi Saudi economic ties that has grown in the six years since an American-led army rolled back Iraqi aggression in the Persian Gulf. (AP AP Photo/John Moore).

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Time to pull the plug? Sniff test predicts life after coma

Green Prophet

Should you pull the plug or keep ralliyng for hope? The sniff response can predict who will regain consciousness, and will say with about 90% accuracy who will survive for at least three years. . If an unconscious person responds to smell through a slight change in their nasal airflow pattern – they are likely to regain consciousness. This is the conclusion from a new study conducted by Weizmann Institute scientists and colleagues at the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, in Israel.

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A Bright Future for Impossible Foods and OSI Group

Green Prophet

Meatless burger startup Impossible Foods and major food processor OSI Group are poised to continue on their path toward financial success even in the face of a massive downturn in the global economy. As the younger generation continues to seek alternatives to traditional food sources such as beef, pork, and chicken, new research, new funding, and a vision for a healthy future spur this partnership forward. . OSI Group and Impossible Foods Secure Partnership.

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Pick a Middle East vice –  Naswar, hookah, or ghat? 

Green Prophet

Addictive shisha pipe smoking. The Middle East is synonymous with good food and over-zealous smokers. The poorer the town or village and the more you will see chain smoking in younger populations. You see it in the teeth. We know smoking is a vice that is not good to start. . But what if it’s too late for you? You started and you can’t stop? We know that pretty much any vice except watching kitten videos on the Internet isn’t going to be good for you.

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Ron Bauer Discusses Why Safely Developing a Vaccine is a Lengthy Process

Green Prophet

There is an unprecedented global effort being undertaken to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which has forced billions of people around the world into partial or full lockdowns to slow the virus’ spread. . Developing a Vaccine for COVID-19. There are at least 70 different vaccines for COVID-19 currently in various stages of early development or testing.

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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery: Something Thankful Juicy India Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

We’re nothing if not unfailingly predictable here at Birds and Booze. So, it’s always late November when we trot out the turkey-themed drinks to coincide with the American Thanksgiving holiday. And to be clear, that’s the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), a bird I always enjoy seeing no matter the time of year.

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