2017

Altruism, Albatrosses, and Vicious Young Men

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On Dec. 27, 2015 Christian Gutierrez, Raymond Justice, and Carter Mesker went on a camping trip to Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve on Oahu, Hawaii.

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Pizza boxes, fast food cardboard and similar

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On those boxes we can see greenwash in action almost in the extreme.

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Bergamot Rose Spa Box Giveaway – Ends 2/2/17

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Our first giveaway of the year is our Romantic Bergamot Rose Spa Box filled with handmade beauty items to make you look and feel beautifully relaxed.

Ideas for Reclaimed Dining Room Tables

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If you’re lucky enough to have an actual dining room in your home that can accommodate a large dining table, you should consider getting one that’s made from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably harvested wood.

City Guide: Finding Birds in Belgrade

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Is Belgrade the New Berlin is a question recently raised in Vogue by Marry Holland. Her article starts with a bold claim that “no city makes you feel more like a New Yorker than Belgrade.”

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“Keep your taxonomy out of my field guide” – revisited

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Way back in the days when blog posts still got a lot of comments, I wrote a piece on why field guides that arrange species in a more or less strict taxonomic order regularly frustrate me.

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An Absolute Beginner in Costa Rica

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I have just returned from Costa Rica, the country about which I knew very little, despite it coming under my radar all the way back in 1999 when the “Africa – Birds & Birding” magazine published some of John Graham’s experiences from his visit in 1993.

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New York City Park Department Contractor Tears Up Imperiled Sparrows Home

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Joshua Malbin has been birding in Brooklyn, NY for more than 10 of his 15-plus years doing it so far. He’s been working as a writer and editor for almost 20, and has contributed fiction and nonfiction to more than a dozen online and print journals.

The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes

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A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. When we reached our destination we were greeted with glasses of champagne. And while the bubbly really hit the spot it seemed like it was a bit of overkill.

White-breasted Dipper

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Firstly, I have to say “Happy New Year”! May you all have a great birding year and may you all take pleasure in what you see and enjoy the time you spend in nature!

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Where now?

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Share and Enjoy: The post Where now? appeared first on Indexed.

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The pathological consumption of the majority

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The pathological consumption of the majority, for I do know that not all participate in it, has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it.

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Red Warbler

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I have had to wait a long time to write this post. Red Warblers , Cardellina rubra , are easy enough to find in their highland Mexican habitat, but getting usable photographs has eluded me before.

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In defence of museum collections

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You’d be hard pressed to find a 19th century scientist more despised than Richard Owen. For all his qualities as an anatomist (at a time when the profession was so esteemed) he seemed to lack anything so unbecoming as integrity or decency.

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Birding under Clouds of Uncertainty: Santa Ana NWR

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When the news broke about a possible border wall through Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, I decided to make plans to visit before it got bisected by a concrete barrier.

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

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October 23 2017: I read the text message confirming that there is indeed a Common Greenshank at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. I grab my binoculars, camera, and field guide and drive 2-and-a-half hours to southern New Jersey.

Snow in Costa Rica!

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It was already dark in mid-October when we arrived to the Costa Rican birding mecca of Rancho Naturalista to have dinner on the veranda but then were interrupted with a call: There’s a Mottled Owl at the other side! You can imagine the rest: everyone jumped from the table to look for the owl.

Back Yard Birds

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One of the things that I have always considered a positive about living on a sailboat, besides the obvious, is the complete lack of yard work that is required. No lawn to mow, no shrubs or trees to tend to.

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Confessions from a Christmas Bird Count in Costa Rica

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A blog is a place to express ideas, thoughts, recipes, and whatever floats your personal boat. At 10,000 Birds, readers who haven’t been here before might correctly surmise that this platform talks about anything bird-related.

The Scarlet Pacific of Costa Rica

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The Crocodile Bridge on the Tarcoles River is a strange place.

Snowy Owl Ethics

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Greg Lawrence is a long-time friend of 10,000 Birds and a birding machine in the Rochester, New York, area. He is currently a Fish and Wildlife Technician with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Research Foundation for SUNY.

A Corn Crake in New York State!

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No one expected a Corn Crake. But, then, no one expected a Common Greenshanks in New Jersey.

The myth of glass recycling

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The great majority of people, I am sure, firmly believe that the glass bottles and glass jars, of which they so diligently remove the labels and then put out for the kerbside recycling pick-up are going to make new glass bottles and -jars.

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Bird Migration and Conservation Meet at Selva Bananito, Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, October is our May. Birds begin to filter down through this southern part of Central America by August but the biggest avian movement happens during the third and final weeks of October.

Three Days of Birding in Costa Rica = Owls, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, and More

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I just finished three days of guiding in Costa Rica, each of which was a day trip from the Central Valley, every one a bonanza of new birds.

They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Birds in Brazil.

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Way down among the Brazillians, Coffee beans grow by the billions, So they’ve got to find those extra cups to fill, They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.… The Coffee Song lyrics ran like an earworm through my head as I prepared for my September trip to Brazil.

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eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?

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Birders derive “value” from birding. But does the value of a particular trip come from the number of birds seen, viewing a particular species, seeing an endangered species, catching a glimpse of a rarity, adding a lifer, or something else? How much do birders value a birding experience?

Should Puerto Rico be Part of the ABA Area?

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria recently caused devastating damage to the U.S. territories in the Caribbean: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most residents are still without electricity and there was extensive damage to homes, buildings, and public infrastructure.

Trolling for Cuckoos in Costa Rica

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I watch birds pretty much all the time. This may come as a surprise to folks who keep their birding casual, or who limit their watching to a backyard feeder.

Welcome Our New Beat Writer, Tristan Lowery

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If there is one thing better than a nice cold beer after a long day of spring migration I don’t know what it is. A mojito while birding in the tropics is often refreshing and a nice glass of red wine after a Christmas Bird Count is a great way to unwind.

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A Dozen Quick and Easy Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

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When the birding slows down, someone usually lets out the excuse that our hobby wouldn’t be as fun if there was no challenge.

What is killing birds at Karla Lake (Greece)?

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There should be thousands of birds at this time of the year, Dimitris Michalakis from the Karla Lake management authority told me. In early August this year, I saw 77 species here (69 on the lake, plus 8 more in the surrounding areas) but barely more than a thousand individuals.

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The great green Caribbean lowlands – Costa Rica

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Sitting on a beach under a coconut tree (but not under the very crown, I know that), I am contemplating birding and the meaning of life… Salty breeze comes from the Caribbean, way saltier than any Mediterranean sea breeze.

Ikea Releases Open Source Designs For A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Whole Neighborhood

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It doesn’t even require nails. f you’ve already constructed Ikea desks and chairs , then it’s time to take your skills to the next level.

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Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

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Tips for Birding Costa Rica in October, 2017

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The tenth month of the year isn’t one that is commonly associated with birding in Costa Rica but no matter, it should be. Those with binoculars who visit now will still lays eyes on lots of birds.

Poolside in Cabo Pulmo

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The last 30 days have been a real challenge, both personally as well as in our business. So, it was with that in mind, that we loaded the truck up, and rented a beautiful little casita in the Oceanside village of Cabo Pulmo.

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