2012

The Razorbill Invasion of Florida

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Razorbills ( Alca torda ) have invaded the coastal waters of Florida on an unprecedented scale this December of 2012. To put this invasion into perspective, there were only 14 documented records of Razorbill for the entire state before December 2012.

Eco-friendly Wetsuits from Patagonia

Wend Magazine

The brand that touts itself as the “The Cleanest Line” is at it again. This time with wetsuits. Using a material called Yulex , made from the guayale plant, Patagonia replacing 60% of the neoprene in their wetsuits with the bio-rubber… for now.

DYK, There is Lead in Christmas Lights?

Green Home Blog

DYK, There is Lead in Christmas Lights? News media company CNN recently completed a study which shows that four ordinary brands of Christmas lights exhibit lead levels that are high enough to present a danger to children.

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Book Review and Giveaway- Fit Moms for Life ends 11/3

Hug a Tree with Me

Like many other mothers I am sure, I struggle with exercise. I am overall a very healthy eater, and I know what to do to make myself feel more energetic and look better in the buff, but the problem is that I lack motivation.

Beirut, Lebanon: eating organic & slow

Green Traveler Guides

| A Green Revolution | Come to Beirut. Come for more than 5,000 years of history—even more when you include the ancient city of Byblos (an area known today as Jubayl), home to the seafaring Phoenicians and perhaps the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

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Why Go to the 16th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival?

10,000 Birds

The end of January is a cold time for those of us who live in the northeastern United States. This past January I had the great pleasure of temporarily escaping winter by going to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England: A Field Guide Review by an Aspiring Naturalist

10,000 Birds

Several years ago I asked one of my birding mentors, a curmudgeon with an enviable life list, if he was a bird watcher, a birder, or a lister? None of the above,” he proudly proclaimed, “I am a naturalist!” A naturalist, he told me, looks at everything. Birders only look at birds.

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Crow Roosts

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Have you ever gone to look for a American Crow roost in the United States? In winter, crows gather by the thousands for form large roosts and sleep in the winter time. Some will travel as far as 20 miles during the day to forage, but return in late afternoon.

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How To Tell If A Hawk Is In Your Yard

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We had a snow storm approaching Minnesota last weekend and the day before I headed over to the bird feeders at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to see if they were getting any Pine Siskins or Common Redpolls (surprisingly, no).

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Ian Shive’s New iPad App is Photographer’s Dream

Wend Magazine

You may remember photographer Ian Shive from our interview with him a while back.

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Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities

Green Home Blog

Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities. The photo above depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the U.S. every five seconds. Photo by Chris Jordan.

Beauty Recipe: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Pre-shampoo Dandruff Treatment

Hug a Tree with Me

Dandruff will always return if the fungus that causes it is not killed off completely.

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Sexy Halloween Birds

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Warning, saucy photos of females to follow. About six years ago, my husband was chatting with a friend of ours about how we need to have an UnSexy Halloween Party where you take the unsexy and try to make it sexy.

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This is why you need to look at the data

Environmental Economics

From the National Journal : Some observations that go against my own preconceptions: Bud leans left but Sam Adams leans right?    I would've thought Bud was preferred by the conservative NASCAR crowd while Sam Adams was preferred by them liberal Yankees.

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Over 50% of Germany's renewable energy is owned by citizens & farmers, not utility companies

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sometimes, while not liking them for other reasons, I must wonder as to whether Germany and the Germans are some of the only ones, if not indeed THE only ones, who actually get green and eco properly.

Rarities at the South Florida Bird Observatory

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This migration season in Florida is fast coming to a close but it has not been without its high points. The Florida Keys Hawk-watch broke the world record for number of Peregrine Falcons recorded in a single day – a stunning 651 birds!

His Regal Grumpiness

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On August 21st, Maryjane Angelo of Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation in Pennsylvania received a call from a man who said his nephew was standing in the middle of a rural road, guarding a Bald Eagle. People who say they have found an eagle have rarely found an eagle.

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The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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President Obama has added 10 new refuges in his first term.

Why Are Red-breasted Nuthatches Irrupting?

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There can be no doubt that this year is an irruption year for Red-breasted Nuthatches.

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Bucket Mouth, Chuck-will’s-widow

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I’ve been learning to band birds at the South Florida Bird Observatory. Nothing like a little bit of mist-net extracting to make you feel like an absolute beginner!

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A Brief Illustrated History of Rock Climbing

Wend Magazine

Here’s a fun, simple graphic that celebrates the history of rock climbing. It came across my desk courtesy of the folks at JustRopes.com.

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Carbon Footprint – Summer Travel

Green Home Blog

Carbon Footprint – Summer Travel. For the remainder of the summer why not re-adjust your carbon footprint summer travel plans. By incorporating some simple steps you just may be able to do your share with minimal inconvenience while possibly saving a few bucks at the same time.

What is a Titmouse?

10,000 Birds

Few American birds have the publicity problems of the titmouse.

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Birders are Freeloaders

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If you ever wonder why so many American birders leaven their love of nature with a little self-loathing, look no further than the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation , which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts every five years or so.

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The Lorax: An env-econ economist's review

Environmental Economics

So we took the family to see The Lorax yesterday.    First, as an entertainment experience I would say it was fine.    Visually impressive, mildly amusing and all three kids (from age 10-15) seemed to enjoy it. 

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Original Löwe 8.104 Anvil Secateurs – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Original Löwe 8.104 anvil pruning shears feature the ‘best of both worlds’, utilizing anvil technology with bypass geometry. The slimness and curve of a bypass cutting head, makes selective pruning of intensive crops (fruit, flowers, etc.)

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Eye Color in Birds

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Two weeks ago I wrote a post entitled, “How do Birds get their Color?” ” This got me thinking about eye color in birds. As humans we place exceptional value in the beauty of an individual’s eyes.

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Hawks In Flight, Second edition: A Review of a New Version of a Birding Classic

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If it’s October, then it is time to look up. Look up for migrants, look up for confusing fall warblers, but, most of all, look up for hawks. And, then you see it, a large shape with wings stretched out, gliding on a thermal. High, very high, too high to see any colors.

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Weavers

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Weavers are truly magical birds, combining bright plumages with ingenious weaving talents and cheerful, noisy social lives. The IOC world birdlist recognizes 90 species that bear the name “weaver” or “malimbe” Not all of these are true weavers as we will discuss below.

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How do Birds get their Color?

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Birds have captivated us for time eternal, not only because of their ability to fly, but also because of the color they add to our lives. Ok, let me be clear that I’m not suggesting that ALL birds are colorful.

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of Africa’s famous Big Five , but do you know there is also an equally fascinating Little Five ? Africa is famous for its large, charismatic mammals, and the Big Five epitomize the most sought-after of these fantastic beasts.

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Man Stabs Mountain Lion with Pocket Knife to Save Son

Wend Magazine

Jason Hobbs, like many of us, owns a pocket knife. But unlike you and me, Hobbs has within the week plunged his miniature blade into the muscular chest of an aggressive mountain lion.

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The Small Business Guide To Eco-friendly Take-Out

Green Home Blog

The Small Business Guide To Eco-friendly Take Out. We all know that plastic is damaging to the environment.

The Cape Wildflower Spectacle

10,000 Birds

The world’s 17 megadiverse countries have either massive landmasses or are situated in tropical zones, thus supporting a very rich fauna and flora.

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