Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015.

Champions of the Flyway – the Dakar Rally of Birding

10,000 Birds

I’ve just returned from a trip to Israel and I feel like I’ve run 300 miles in a week…in the blazing sun…uphill…with no water…and carrying a one hundred pound sandbag. In reality I’ve returned from filming the second Champions of the Flyway Bird Race.

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Going Green Made Easy: 4 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Living Green & Saving Energy

Most people have a big misconception about water and energy conservation. They think that, if you really want to save the planet, you have to make huge, life-altering changes to your routine. But you don’t have to take your home totally off the grid on the first day to make a difference.

Sustainable Alternatives to Petroleum Based Products

Hug a Tree with Me

While we may never know who to blame for the discovery of petroleum, history states that the stuff has been running our lives for over 5000 years now.

Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds

Green (Living) Review

The GM farming system has made exposure to Roundup herbicide a daily fact of our existence, and according to the latest US Geological Survey study its probably in the air you are breathing… A new study from the U.S.

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Don’t Shower Shorter to Stop Water Waste. Shower Better!

The Green Samaritan

As part of Energy Action Month, TGS welcomes this guest post by Beth Livingston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Whether you live on the West Coast or have friends on social media that do, See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College Spring 2015

The Alien Next Door

I''m back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown''s Creative Writing Certificate. The course starts April and runs until June-end.

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Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

10,000 Birds

An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. Pete Dunne. For me, one of the best parts of going to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills.

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What is a Blue Goose?

10,000 Birds

The “ Blue Goose ” is the dark morph of the Snow Goos e ( Chen caerulescens ). Click on photos for full sized images. Color morphs are controlled by a single gene locus where the dark allele is incompletely dominant to the light.

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500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers.

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JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks.

Great Horned Owl Along Fellsmere Grade Road

10,000 Birds

On the second day of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I wasn’t scheduled to lead any field trips. Rather than sleep in or do some other foolish thing like that I did what any self-respecting birder from New York who finds himself in Florida would do: I went birding!

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Green Living That Makes Money

Living Green & Saving Energy

As a green living enthusiast I have been writing for years about how to save energy, water, and other resources and live more sustainably.

10 Ways to Use Electricity more Sustainably

Hug a Tree with Me

One of the first things that usually comes to mind when discussing matters of environmental degradation is electricity usage – it is an unfortunate fact that the relationship between the two is a mostly negative one.

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In the Weeds: A Beginner's Guide to Foraging

Green (Living) Review

Foraging. It’s a buzzword you'll soon start hearing everywhere, if you haven't already (foraged fiddleheads or ramps are on all the hip spring menus). It's also an ancient way of gathering food.

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Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

Red-shouldered Hawks ( Buteo lineatus ) are one of my favorite raptors and I am fortunate to have them nesting near my property.

Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College FALL 2015

The Alien Next Door

I'm back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown's Creative Writing Certificate. The 12-week course starts SEPTEMBER 22 (TUESDAY) and runs until DECEMBER 8th.

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Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

Living Green & Saving Energy

Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before.

Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert

Green Traveler Guides

| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice.

The Tufted Jays of Nayarit

10,000 Birds

Mexico is the best country in the world for jays. More species of jays can be found here than in any other country on earth. Sixteen resident species to be exact.

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Aqua Bamboo: a green sanctuary in the heart of Waikiki

Green Traveler Guides

| ‘The Cool Place’ | Just a five minute walk from Waikiki beach, tucked in between high-rise hotels, fancy restaurants and the haute couture shopping district, lies a true Hawaiian oasis—Aqua Bamboo.

Las Vegas green: B&B Ristorante

Green Traveler Guides

10 Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed

Hug a Tree with Me

Besides figuring out how to make a livable wage doing what I love to do, my biggest complaint about working for myself is learning how to manage my time. Understanding how to balance my work life with my home life while also making time for myself was a much bigger challenge than I thought.

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The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

10,000 Birds

A new paper out this month attempts to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of the origins and diversification of the American sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, cardinals, tanagers, and their kin, an enormous group of birds more than 800 species strong. Photo: Golden-crowned Tanager , Iridosornis rufivertex , in Andean Ecuador © David J. Ringer).

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The Art of Bird Camp

10,000 Birds

I have been working in the avian world for 25 years, but last summer I was out-birded by a 14-year-old girl. Actually, I was bested by an entire group of teenagers, all gathered – along with 36 adults – on Hog Island , Audubon’s famous camp off the coast of Maine. Each year Hog Island offers programs, taught by a stellar staff of naturalists and artists, to groups of all kinds (teenagers, adults, families).

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Potato Pots make it easier to grow your own potatoes

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Agralan Potato Pots Pick your own new potatoes week after week throughout the season with the new Potato pot. New potatoes ready to pick in 8 weeks (10 weeks if the potatoes haven’t been chitted).

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4 Earth-Friendly Baby Products for Environmentally Conscious Parents

Living Green & Saving Energy

As new parents know quite well, having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. While caring for a new little one can be immensely rewarding, it might also be a bit overwhelming at times—especially when trying to decide which products you should or should and should not buy.

2015: Year of the Sheep (Ram)

The Alien Next Door

Starting February 19 th 2015, we enter the Year of the Sheep (Ram) on the Chinese calendar. More specifically it is the Yin (female) Green Wood Sheep (as with last year’s Horse).

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3 Easy Ways to Enhance your Spiritual Well-being

Hug a Tree with Me

March is Spiritual Wellness Month – use right now as a reminder to continue on your path to spiritual wellness, for once you are deep in spirituality, you can face any negativity that comes your way. 3 Easy ways to enhance your spiritual well-being.

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Some thoughts on scientific collecting

10,000 Birds

A few weeks ago a colleague of mine at work expressed delight as he looked over my shoulder at work and saw a large photo, the first such photo ever, of a Moustached Kingfisher. The species was in the news because some scientists had finally managed (or bothered – it’s much the same thing) to locate the population high in the mountains of the Solomon Islands, and catch and photograph one.

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All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

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Following my local list serve I was pleased to read that there were two Trumpeter Swans ( Cygnus buccinator ), one adult and one immature, hanging out at the Chico Oxidation Ponds , about an hour and a half from my house. This being a life bird for me I had no choice but to take the drive.

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The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

10,000 Birds

Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September. Turtle Doves have been declining in Europe since the 1970s, and in this century alone, the continent has lost 40% of its population of the species.

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5 great green hotels in Canada

Green Traveler Guides

| Greening in Canada | When it comes to traveling, people who have sustainable lifestyles might think that they have to leave their green practices at home and tolerate an overwhelming amount of wasted resources when staying at a hotel.

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Make Your Smart Home a Green Home

Living Green & Saving Energy

Your current lifestyle depends on the usage of energy; however, with a rise in population and a decrease in natural resources, energy costs are growing exponentially.

Unethical Photographers Bait Critically Endangered Eagles

10,000 Birds

10,000 Birds readers love terrific bird photography but hate bird abuse. That’s why reader Charlie Gordon wanted to share this disturbing story. Charlie is an amateur nature photographer from Singapore who has been birdwatching for close to 15 years now. He was first drawn to birding after realising that even the most urbanised spaces could harbour relatively high levels of bird diversity, and now spends time exploring other birding habitats around the region.

Thank a Republican for Trying to Strip All Protections from Migratory Birds

10,000 Birds

This is not the first time that I have pointed out the perfidy of Republicans in United States government as it relates to birds or conservation. But this attempt by Congressmen Duncan of South Carolina to completely prevent any enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is beyond the pale, even for bird-hating Republicans.

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Wine bottles get a second life as chic, multifunctional furniture

Green (Living) Review

Wine bottles are easy to recycle into new, more interesting and more functional objects, be they lamps , glasses or even whole buildings.