Back From Birding Hungary

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And what a trip to Hungary it was! Before I get into the nitty-gritties of my awesome birding experiences in Hungary I thought I would just share a few of the shots that I got during the trip. Destinations Europe Hungary SwarovskiI’m baaack!

Five Things I Learned While Birding in Hungary

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I do try to experience and learn as much as I can on every trip and my week in Hungary was no exception. Rather than force you to go all the way to Hungary to learn on your own the five main lessons I learned I figured sharing them here on the blog would be worthwhile.

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By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Birding In Hungary!

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We Americans, or at least this American, know little about Hungary. But this American did know enough that when Swarovski Optik offered a spot on a week-long trip to Hungary that I couldn’t possibly say no. Anyway, Hungary! Destinations Europe Hungary Swarovski

Neo-Nazis assume police powers in Hungary

Green (Living) Review

It should also be of concern of everyone who does not want to see a repetition of the 1930s and 1940s in Europe. They have told the local Roma population in no uncertain terms that they'd better pack up and leave Hungary if they wish to live.

Must-Visit Destinations in Central Europ

Green Prophet

Set between the blue Baltic Sea and the alluring Alps is is one of Europe’s most populous regions. The cultural and political history of the region is one of the key reasons the countries in Central Europe are so close knit – not just geographically, but also culturally. Hungary.

Must-Visit Destinations in Central Europe

Green Prophet

Set between the blue Baltic Sea and the alluring Alps is is one of Europe’s most populous regions. The cultural and political history of the region is one of the key reasons the countries in Central Europe are so close knit – not just geographically, but also culturally. Hungary.

The red line that runs through Hungary after a massive sludge spill

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Culture & Celebrity accident art eco disaster environmental disaster Europe Hungary photos pollution toxic

The Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

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Great Reed Warblers breed across huge chunks of Europe and Asia and winter across large swaths of southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Birds Europe Great Reed Warbler Hungary Lake Tisza Swarovski warblersOld world warblers are difficult for North American birders.

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Birding Sarokház Panzió – An Airport Hotel in Budapest

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young Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe … My week-long trip to Hungary was a familiarity trip organized by the wonderful folks at Swarovski Optik to introduce their new line of superior spotting scopes, the ATX and the STX modular telescopes. Trips Budapest Europe Hungary Swarovski

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Confronting the fascist threat in Europe and abroad

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In Hungary, Marton Gyongyosi, a member of parliament for the far-right Jobbik Party, called for the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a national security risk and for the extermination, basically, of all Gypsies.

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Butterflies or business - Europe can have both!

Green (Living) Review

The European Environment Agency (EEA) on November 30, 2010 released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report — SOER 2010 — a comprehensive assessment of how and why Europe’s environment is changing, and what we are doing about it. This is true for both Europe and the planet as a whole.

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Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

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Until a month ago I had never seen the Eurasian Wryneck either, but the trip to Hungary took care of that gap on the life list easily. Eurasian Wrynecks are found breeding across the temperate zones of Europe and Asia. Birds Eurasian Wryneck Hungary Swarovski woodpeckers

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Europe bans bee-harming pesticides

Green Blog

Concerns about the dramatic decline in bee populations around the world in recent years has resulted in a continent-wide ban in Europe on insecticides that allegedly causes serious harm to bees.

Influenza is slowly progressing in Europe

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to the Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview published on Friday, January 20, 2012, influenza is slowly progressing across Europe and is currently dominated by A(H3N2) viruses. During week 1/2012 (2–8 January 2012), of 625 sentinel specimens collected and tested, 81 (13%) were positive for influenza viruses.

Northern White-breasted Hedgehog Erinaceus roumanicus

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There are seventeen species of hedgehog found across Europe, Asia, and Africa, the only places where hedgehogs are native. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary.

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Turkey Tells Egypt to Bypass Israel and Cyprus With Long Pipeline to Europe

Green Prophet

It would therefore be possible to extend this pipeline network to link up with the Nabucco pipeline network that will run through Turkey from northern Iraq and into Europe; ending in Vienna Austria. Turkish PM Erdogan on recent visit to Egypt; more energy influence at Israel’s expense.

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The Great Bustard Search is On (2)

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Yet, it takes great logistical effort to organize the census all the way from Germany to Austria, Hungary and Serbia in the same day, to count on numerous volunteers and hope for the best February weather. Conservation bustard counting Europe Great Bustards Serbia

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Syrian President Claims “The West Are to Blame” for the Refugee Crisis.

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Bashar al-Assad, Syrian’s President, has announced that he believes "Europe is responsible because it supported terrorism.". Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Today Only EU humanitarian crisis Hungary migrant crisis migration refugee Syrian

The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

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The Pastures of Great Bustard occupy 6770 ha of extensive steppe, bordered by meadows, pasture, arable fields and seasonally inundated depressions in the north of the country, towards the triple border with Romania and Hungary. Conservation bustard counting Europe Great Bustards Serbia

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Eastern Imperial Breakfast

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In the same period, neighbouring Hungary had more than 60 pairs of them. Today, Serbia’s population has risen to 4 to 5 pairs, while Hungary’s went up to 130+ pairs! Birds eagles Europe Fruska Gora Serbia One brightly coloured male Common Redstart is patrolling a nearby hedge, while a pair of Common Ravens is circling the valley. Driving on a sunny May morning through meadows and vineyards takes me to the Mt. Fruska Gora national park.

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Birding from a Hide

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I have asked myself that same question many times over the last six months, until last week, when I was involved in an opening ceremony of five new bird hides at the Palic Lake, by the town of Subotica in the very north of Serbia, along the border with Hungary (all photos are from that area). For example, the White-headed Duck is nowadays a rarity in Europe (okay, excluding Spain, I know… that Spain …), but until some 50 years ago, it used to breed in Serbia.

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The Eurasian Nuthatch

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Sure, their field guide, The Collins Guide , claims six species but two, the Corsican Nuthatch and the Algerian Nuthatch , have extremely limited ranges and one of those two isn’t actually found in Europe. We North Americans are spoiled with nuthatches.

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The Fourth Record

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Still, in recent decades, the Great Black-backed Gull has become a regular migratory and wintering wanderer of neighbouring Hungary and Croatia. Birds Europe gulls Serbia

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The Future of Solar Design Dazzles Madrid

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Hungary has come a long way with their ODOO project. Architecture & Urban clean tech green design Madrid Prefabricated Design Solar Decathlon Europe solar power

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Gypsies to be pressed into forced slave labor gangs

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Gypsies (and those receiving welfare) are to be pressed into forced labor gangs, supervised by police and militias By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Hungary, June 2011: According to information on the wires Gypsies are to be pressed into forced labor gangs in Hungary in the very near future. Hungary claims, at the close of its EU presidency, that the program of integration of Romani People in Hungary has gone well during this period.

White Stork in New York

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Sure, this is normal occurrence across much of Europe and southwest Asia but this particular tale comes from out on the east end of New York’s Long Island, in the town of Medford, where this happened to an unsuspecting non-birder, Celeste Rovner.

My Nemesis Birds to Be

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Black Woodpecker – This is a bird that has eluded me on two trips to Germany – both of which included exploring forests where they were supposed to be present – and a trip to a region of Hungary where they are supposed to be common. In Hungary I managed to track down White-backed Woodpecker , allegedly a much more difficult bird to see, but never spotted a Black Woodpecker. Whenever I get to Europe again this will be my most-wanted bird.

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Philanthropy is a scam

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalists are fooling the world with the hoax of Philanthropy Philanthropy is a scam as it allows the (super) rich to influence global affairs and gain political power with no consequences.

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Black Woodpecker: Officially a Nemesis

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After all, neither Bill nor Jeff had ever seen one before despite having each birded in Europe more than I had. I don’t know when I will get to Europe again but look forward to the day that I get back, deep into a forest, and see the mythical creature that is a Black Woodpecker.

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Wine 'Round the World | Wend Blog

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Walking the Line - American Jason Magness discovers that his expedition to climb and slackline a remote series of sea stacks off the northern coast of Scotland has infuriated climbers across Europe. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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Action urged after weedkiller traces found in peoples' urine

Green (Living) Review

Urine tests of 182 volunteers in 18 countries across Europe, found that on average 44 per cent of samples contained traces of glyphosate. This is the first time monitoring has been carried out across Europe for the presence of the weed killer in humans.

Fascists on the ascent

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Everywhere in EU member states (and non-EU countries of Europe) the specter of fascism is seriously rearing its ugly head again.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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Global Warming 2050 Africa Australia Boycotts climate change Climate Genocide climate justice Climate Racism climate racist Europe fossil fuels GHG greenhouse gas emissions USA“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Germany’s Great Bustards and how to see them

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I am not entirely sure whether most birders outside Germany know or realize that Germany still has a decent population of one of Europe’s most attractive and desired bird species: the Great Bustard Otis tarda.

First Outbreak of Usutu Virus in Germany

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The Usutu Virus has spread considerably in central Europe over the last 10 years. It subsequently spread to Budapest/ Hungary (2005, 2006), Zürich/ Switzerland (2006), and north-east Italy (2008/2009). Okay, I meant to write an entertaining post. I honestly did.

Ukranian Coal Plant “Facelift” Actually Means More Pollution

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Burshtyn was disconnected from the national grid in 2002 to form the Burshtyn Energy Island , a separate grid that exists to export power to the EU nations of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Burstyn Thermal Power Plant, photo courtesy NECU. The U.S.

Blind upon the right eye

Green (Living) Review

Many other European Union member states also seems to be afflicted in this way, and here also and especially many of the countries that once were in the Soviet sphere of influence, such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia (former CSSR), Hungary and others. We must be watchful at all times to combat the rising menace of Fascism in Europe again.

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Fascism in Germany did not start with Hitler and the NSDAP

Green (Living) Review

The current economic crisis throughout the European Union, and not just in the Euro bloc, is causing a resurgence of Fascism in many countries, including and especially Hungary and others countries of the former Warsaw Pact. Pogroms against Gypsies, however, are occurring already frequently in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, and also in Germany.

The brown menace is on the rise again

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Fascism is once again rearing its ugly head in Europe by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Fascism is once again rearing its ugly head in Europe and not one of the mainstream political parties appears to be prepared and willing to do anything about and against it. Is it not high time to outlaw groupings and parties such as the NPD and BVU in Germany, the BNP and others in the UK, the Fronte National in France, and others of their ilk elsewhere in Europe?

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VisionConsult presents "Village of the Future" for Roma Inclusion

Green (Living) Review

The living conditions of the 10 to 12 million Roma in Europe are often insufficient and are characterized by poor housing, low health standards, extreme poverty, unemployment and difficult access to education.

2011 173

Tesco caught breaching EU rules on harmful chemicals

Green (Living) Review

Tesco and Carrefour are among those retailers and brands failing to meet their legal responsibilities to provide consumers with information on toxic or carcinogenic substances used in products they sell by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Major retailers in Europe including Carrefour, Tesco and Toys R Us are breaking EU rules designed to protect consumers from harmful chemicals, an investigation has found.

2010 109

World Water Day (March 22, 2012) - Water management initiatives to conserve resources around the world

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An outline of Bridgestone’s worldwide activities are below: Region: Europe Activity: Improving water efficiency Because water resources are extremely precious in the European region, for some time Bridgestone Europe NV/SA (BSEU) has identified reducing water usage volume in manufacturing processes as one of its environmental targets.

2012 111

It's not Monopoly Money, Prime Minister

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Despite their big talk Gypsy People in Hungary, Italy, the former Czechoslovakia, and other countries in the European Union are being persecuted, often by government decree, as in the case of Italy, with the EU bodies standing by. The only way for Britain, and other countries of Europe, to go if the people value their freedoms is to stay out of the EU or, if they are in, to get out, and that presto.

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