2016

There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

10,000 Birds

In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. It has become extinct, one may say, but such formulation hides the gruesome fact: it has been exterminated. By us.

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6 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Living Green & Saving Energy

Whether you’re looking for small-budget upgrades or total home transformations, there are many methods to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your monthly energy bill.

Ants avoiding Aspartame because they know it to be poison

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one or similar headlines are being used time and again trying to prove something as regards to Aspartame. Yes, Aspartame is not good for us at all and probably an accumulative poison but ants don't avoid because they know it to be poison.

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Lima, Peru: organic (plus vegan and artisan) in the hip Barranco

Green Traveler Guides

| Awesome Eco Scene | In the past few years, Lima’s renowned food scene has grown to include an ever-increasing array of organic, vegetarian and artisan restaurants, cafés and craftsmen.

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2016—Year of the Cat?

The Alien Next Door

“ Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”—Walt

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End of Season Tips for Storing Fresh Herbs

The Green Samaritan

This beautiful basil plant has served us well over the summer growing season, and we enjoyed several homemade and fresh “farewell” Margherita pizzas over the weekend. Now with the. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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student loan saga

Indigenize

It’s done. I just lovingly placed every paper related to my student loans in the recycling bin. They are paid off. It only took me 14 years. (:-0) My hair is white, just like the jokes say, but by George, they are paid off. The balance due, once over $45,000 USD, is now zero. […]. Adventures Cranky Rants Tales & Blarney education freedom money strategy student loan

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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

10,000 Birds

Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both. He likes books too, which made him the ideal reviewer for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. This is Mark’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds.

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The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

10,000 Birds

I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree.

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Birding Balkans: A Play in Two Acts

10,000 Birds

ACT I. SCENE I. Iron Gates (Djerdap) national park, Serbia. Small canyon among wooded hills. Morning. Framed by red Permian sandstone, Eric Hyman is staring into the bare branches of a dead tree, or, to be more precise, into some fluttering t**s.

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That Time of the Year Again

10,000 Birds

How many species have I observed this year? The malicious eBird answers: only 186! Yes, I know, I’ll reach 190, but 200? No way. Not with these prices of petrol. What have I missed? Hmm, Black-throated Diver (a.k.a.

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3 Tech Companies With Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Living Green & Saving Energy

Do you know where your e-waste goes? According to Earth911, Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics every year. The electronics you use every day are full of potentially hazardous and toxic materials that are not good for the environment once they are thrown away.

Backyard farms growing trend in Southern Colorado

Green (Living) Review

COLORADO SPRINGS - It's becoming more common than ever to have chickens and even goats as your next door neighbors. As families become more focused on knowing where their food comes from, the practice of urban farming is a growing trend in Southern Colorado.

12 tips for sustainable travel in 2016

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | It’s never too late to add this New Year’s resolution: travel sustainably. For most of us, the beginning of a new year inspires plans for a bigger adventure than the year before. A place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), more exotic.

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A Metaphysical Meander Down a Scientific Stream

The Alien Next Door

Nina and an interested "reader" of Water Is.

Get Ready for Summer School! Tips to Keep Practicing the 3 Rs + 1

The Green Samaritan

School is officially out! A welcome relief from packing lunches, carpool, homework and overall hectic schedules. So while we take a little break from the traditional 3 Rs of school…let’s. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Square Dance in the Rural West: An Oral History

Indigenize

Check out my new article in the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) online journal. It’s based on interviews with my elders, who can really tell a story, and contains small photos of those faboo 1950s dance outfits. Best of all is getting to witness how community dance like square dance or contra dance forges […].

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Little Crane, Very Big Deal: Hope for Sarus Cranes in Thailand

10,000 Birds

The world’s biggest flying bird—the Sarus Crane , with a maximum of height of 6 feet/1.8 meters—has had a rough go of it.

Animals of Kruger National Park: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

I’ll never forget my introduction to the mammals of Kruger National Park, South Africa. We –participants of the ABA South Africa Safari—were on a small plane when one Lori Conrad looked out the window and screamed, “There are elephants down there!” and everyone ran to Lori’s side of the plane.

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Why Hawkwatching is So Awesome

10,000 Birds

Originally from London, England, Luke Tiller transplanted to Connecticut in 2003. Newly surrounded by wildlife, he found his love of birds reignited.

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Cry “Havoc!” or a Birding Movie before the Birding Movie

10,000 Birds

Can you remember any birding movie before Schrodinger’s Cat? Probably not. For me, the only “birding” movie that I knew of were the Dogs of War (1980).

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Can A Hawk Carry Off Your 12-Pound Pet?

10,000 Birds

The answer is: no. No hawk can carry off a 12-pound pet. No hawk can carry off a 3-pound pet. The largest hawk in North America weighs about four pounds, so leaving the ground carrying three – let alone twelve – would be aerodynamically (not to mention logically) impossible.

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What To Look For in Eco-Friendly Products

Living Green & Saving Energy

We’re living in an age where just about every company touts itself as green.

Does Ecosia really have the 'impeccable ecological credentials' that it claims to have?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Often the claim is being made that the search engine “Ecosia” has impeccable ecological credentials and then someone may add that it, however, may not always be as effective. So, does Ecosia really have those claimed “impeccable ecological credentials”?

3 tips for eco-friendly adventure vacations

Green Traveler Guides

| Greening Your Adventure | “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” said John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist and tireless advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

Drinking Smoke and Peat with Mac & Cheese

The Alien Next Door

scotch on the Faculty Club patio It’s been a while since I drank scotch. The last time was more than several years ago in a dark bar at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I had just come down the mountain, having barely reached the upper foothills.

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10 Ways to Appreciate Earth Day Any and Every Day!

The Green Samaritan

Happy Earth Day today, April 22! With these ideas you can appreciate, celebrate and honor this day…any day and every day. Spend a few minutes outside to decompress by taking three. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

Highlights from the 2016 Arenal, Costa Rica Christmas Count

10,000 Birds

The Christmas Count season has begun! For us birders who partake, this is a big deal. You see, we don’t just go outside and randomly watch birds during a set day in December.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Birds know habitat. They don’t read treaties or draw maps or build walls and, as far as we can tell (since we can’t talk to birds, yet), they have no concept of political boundaries.

A Wild Bird Rehabber Says Farewell

10,000 Birds

When my book “ Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings ” came out in 2009, one of my favorite reviews was by Corey Finger of 10,000 Birds.

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Everyone loves owls: African edition

10,000 Birds

Who doesn’t love a good owl? There are few families of birds where despite a cosmopolitan distribution I’m always so pleased to see any species of the family. owls aren’t rare, but they are seldom easy.

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Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

10,000 Birds

This blog is written by writer, photographer, and animal advocate Ingrid Taylar. Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird. A sweet Mourning Dove , his crop stuffed with seeds from a feeder, struck gold when he landed atop a pile of millet and sunflower.

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We are Just Money Grubbers

10,000 Birds

Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species.

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How To Clean Nasty Parts of the House Without Chemicals

Living Green & Saving Energy

Do you think that you need chemicals to clean your house? Chemical cleaners may seem like an easier solution, but there are better ways to get the job done out there. However, there are non-toxic, natural cleaners out there!

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Dirty hands are a sign of clean money

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Dirty hands are the sign of honest, though not necessarily clean, work and labor and thus the income from such work is what we could call clean money.

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5 great apps for green travel

Green Traveler Guides

| Green at Your Fingertips | There’s an app for everything these days, so why not for traveling greener? You have the power in your pocket to keep track of your carbon footprint and take steps to minimize it like never before.

Joyful Motherhood

The Alien Next Door

Kevin and Mom enjoy a hike When I gave birth to my son, Kevin, I felt a miracle pass through me. I felt divinity touch me with a kind hand and whisper its joy. I was humbled, awestruck and so overjoyed. A little miracle had emerged out of me, completely formed and so beautiful!

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