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.

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Graphic of the Day: Where do you get your news?

Environmental Economics

A pretty cool graphic of one person's views of credible vs incredible news sources : HT: Craig Landry via FB (Craig didn't create the graphic, just reposted). A few thoughts: I'm sure everyone can quibble about placement of some of these, but that kind of misses the point.

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student loan saga


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

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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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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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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More Trending

2017 TrendsWord is that these Virtual Assistant speakers from.

Blue Earth

2017 Trends Word is that these Virtual Assistant speakers from Amazon “Echo” and Google “Home” were big sellers over the 2016 holiday season. This is just the start of a big move towards having computers understand what humans want - and this time it will be through asking and answering questions.

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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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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.

A social cost of carbon witch hunt in the Department of Energy

Environmental Economics

It's going to get bad before it gets worse: The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking agency officials to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output. The questionnaire requests a list of those individuals who have taken part in international climate talks over the past five years and “which programs within DOE are essential to meeting the goals of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.”. Trump and his team have vowed to dismantle specific aspects of Obama’s climate policies. The questionnaire, which one Energy Department official described as unusually “intrusive” and a matter for departmental lawyers, has raised concern that the Trump transition team was trying to figure out how to target the people, including civil servants, who have helped implement policies under Obama. Thousands of scientists have already signed petitions calling on the president-elect and his team to respect scientific integrity and refrain from singling out individual researchers whose work might conflict with the new administration’s policy goals. This potential clash could prompt a major schism within the federal government, with many career officials waging a battle against incoming political appointees. The document spanned a broad area of Energy Department activities, including its loan program, its technology research program, responses to Congress, estimates of offshore wind and cleanup of uranium at a site once used by the military for weapons research. In many cases, the inquiries meshed with the priorities of conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation, which held a meeting on energy and environment issues in Washington on Thursday, as well as priorities outlined in a recent fundraising pitch sent by the American Energy Alliance (AEA), a wing of the Institute for Energy Research. Thomas Pyle, who heads AEA, leads Trump’s Energy Department transition team. In a recent fundraising pitch, Pyle wrote supporters, “After eight years of the Obama administration’s divisive energy and environmental policies, the American people have voted for a change — a big change. We expect the Trump administration will adopt pro-energy and pro-market policies — much different than the Obama administration’s top-down government approach.”. One question zeroed in on the issue of the “social cost of carbon,” a way of calculating the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. The transition team asked for a list of department employees or contractors who attended interagency meetings, the dates of the meetings, and emails and other materials associated with them. The social cost of carbon is a metric that calculates the cost to society of emitting a ton of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. The Obama administration has used this tool to try to calculate the benefits of regulations and initiatives that lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. At Thursday’s Heritage meeting, senior fellow David Kreutzer — who is a member of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team — attacked the idea of using the social cost of carbon during the regulatory process. Here are questions 13 and 14: Hey, I presented at a DOE/EPA workshop on the social cost of carbon ! Chilling.  

Square Dance in the Rural West: An Oral History


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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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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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”?

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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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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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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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.

Would you rather have a degree without an education or an education without a degree?

Environmental Economics

I found this debate between Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (at Marginal Revolution University), on whether college education provides learning or signaling, interesting. 

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SAC in 2016


The following is reblogged from the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness’ Open Access blog. It was a great honor to serve as their Keynote speaker.

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I Remember Elephants

10,000 Birds

Late last month, while searching for bears , woodpeckers and spirits of Greece, I deliberately avoided checking any news, especially from my home country. Every now and then, I need to cut the world off and clear my mind.

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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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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.

Help Queens Birders Save the Forest Park Feeders!

10,000 Birds

Dear readers of 10,000 Birds, I have a small favor to ask of you. It will take you less than a minute, cost you nothing, and make me very happy. Please, please, please head over and sign this petition to restore the feeders to Forest Park.

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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.

The Cutest Birds in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Are all birds created equal? I bet a Common Raven would tell you otherwise, and so would a lot of birders. Blasphemy say ye? Just ask yourself if you feel like giving the same value to a ratty looking Rock Pigeon as a candy-colored Jambu Fruit-Dove.

Daly River birding

10,000 Birds

One particularly good place to go birding in the Northern Territory is Daly River. It is easily accessible by bitumen and the town itself is only small with a population of about 500 people. Most people have heard of Daly River, because it is well-known for fishing and also crocodiles.

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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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Graph of the Day: Trump vs Passports--Spurious or Informative Correlation?

Environmental Economics

The graph below was inspired by David Zetland's claim that.most Americans have neither visited foreign countries ( compare passport holding with state voting here ) nor follow news from those countries.

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Huxley’s Ladder Wooden Bookshelves

Green Furniture Home Design

As a collector of all things readable, I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to show off my favorite books. One of the issues I have (I guess its not really a bad issue, but it makes getting the perfect bookcases a chore!)

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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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