Birding Kadavu and Nadi in Fiji

10,000 Birds

As introductions to tropical Pacific birding go, you could do a lot worse than Fiji. It was just such a layover that landed me in Fiji a few years ago. The remainder of Fiji’s whistlers are in the Fiji Whistler, and it seems that Fiji was invaded by whistlers on two occasions.

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Fiji resort named ‘Australasia’s leading green hotel’

Green Traveler Guides

W orld Travel Awards has picked Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort as “Australasia’s Leading Green Hotel” in 2011. It is also the only resort in Fiji with a full-time, on-site marine biologist—a native Fijian. “We | Green Travel News |.

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Fiji Surfing Video Shares Epic Waves

Wend Magazine

Click here to view the embedded video. Surfer or not, this beautiful video will inspire anyone to grab a board and head for the ocean. Via: Vimeo ]. Related posts: Magical Moment in Bird Migration Captured on Video. SOLITAIRE: An Epic South American Ski Film on Tour Now. Time Stops in Awesome Surf Video

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Fiji Water Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Greenwashing

Green (Living) Review

Fiji Water claims to be natural artesian water from the Fiji Islands distributed worldwide By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Fiji, probably the least favorite in an already disliked industry, is the target of a class action lawsuit alleging the company has profited from greenwashing.

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12 Things you might want to read while sipping your Fiji bottled water.

Elephant Journal

But if you’re going to do bottled water, take care before lapping up Fiji Water. Don’t do Bottled Water. It’s generally less regulated, and dirtier, than tap water.

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Kiribas Seeks to Buy Land in Fiji to Resettle Population Threatened by Climate Change


In what may be one of the first country shifts because of climate change, Kiribas is seeking to buy land in Fiji so it can move islanders under threat from rising sea levels. Kiribati President Anote Tong, who was educated in Christchurch , said he was in talks with the Fiji government to buy up to 2000 hectares of freehold land so that some of the Kiribas population could resettle.

Kiribati Seeks Move To Fiji If Climate Change Makes Nation Inhospitable

Eco Friendly Daily

In order to ensure the survival of the inhabitants of the nation, Kiribati President Anote Tong has presented a plan to purchase approximately 6,000 acres of land on Fiji. Fiji is located about 1,400 miles from Kiribati. Fiji is expected to comment on the situation in the weeks to come.

10 Things To Learn About Personal Style From The Fuji Water Girl

Elephant Journal

Golden Globes Fiji Water girl goes global Big awards shows can be a bore. Hours of red carpet arrival coverage, lots of talk and predictions of whom will take home the awards and tepid jokes typically round out the actual ceremony. The next day is usually focused on the winner and losers – both of […].

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Awesome Video Captures Siegrist’s First Ascent

Wend Magazine

Fiji Surfing Video Shares Epic Waves Click here to view the embedded video. For many sport climbers, like Jonathan Siegrist , the real adventure lies in exploring a beautiful rock wall, finding a challenging line and making it climbable. After six weeks and 30 attempts, Siegrist put up “Le Reve” in Arrow Canyon, Nevada. Check out the video above, it just may inspire you to explore new walls and put up a first ascent of your own. Video via: Vimeo]. Related Posts.

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Armchair Splits in the Pacific

10,000 Birds

I’ve written before about how the Collared Kingfisher is a million splits waiting to happen (not happened yet), and the golden whistlers of the Pacific have been split now (giving me on from Fiji, one in Australia and one in Vanuatu), but I hadn’t really expected the Wattled Honeyeater to be a split. The Wattled Honeyeater is a species, or now more accurately a genus, found in eastern Melanesia (Fiji) and in western Polynesia (Samoa and Tonga).

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Entire nation of Kiribati to be relocated over rising sea level threat

Green Earth Journey

In what could be the world's first climate-induced migration of modern times, Anote Tong, the Kiribati president, said he was in talks with Fiji's military government to buy up to 5,000 acres of freehold land on which his countrymen could be housed.

Olympian David Kiribati dances against climate disaster

Green Prophet

A wholesale transplantation of Kiribati to Fiji is a possible solution. In 2014, the Church of England s old land in Fiji to Kiribati for this purpose. A weightlifter from Kiribati is our favorite Olympian.

Clearing up the Collared Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

Subspecies vitiensis , Fiji. All the way back in 2011 I wrote about the confusing taxanomic enigma that is the Collared Kingfisher , a species that ranges from the Red Sea to Tonga in a bewildering variety of forms. I’m happy to report that an analysis of the species and some relatives has found that, as suspected, it isn’t a single species.

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Bristle-thighed Curlew

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You can encounter them from Hawaii across to French Polynesia and Fiji. There cannot be many ABA area breeding birds harder to get than those that only breed on the remotest tips of the north of North America and then fly off to places that aren’t on the major continental flyways.

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International Ecotourism Award Winners Revealed

Eco Friendly Daily

The sixth annual Skål International Ecotourism Award ceremony took place this week in Turkey, and eco-friendly businesses from India, Ecuador and Fiji gained the honors.

Tongatapu and ‘Eua; Birding Southern Tonga

10,000 Birds

A combination of extinctions and proximity to Fiji means that a trip to that island group would net you pretty much all the same birds plus a whole raft of others. I mentioned last week, while talking about rails and the Pacific, that Tonga is not a particularly birdy birding destination.

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Gorgeous, Ethically Harvested Bespoke Wood Plantation Shutters to Transform Your Home

Eco Chic

We’re loving the stained range of Fiji plantation shutters which are made from Paulownia, cultivated from sustainable plantations and harvested within 7-10 years (making it one of the world’s fastest growing tree species).

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Motrin and Tylenol Recall

Green Earth Journey

MCNEIL CONSUMER HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) PRODUCTS IN THE AMERICAS, UAE, AND FIJI Fort Washington, PA (January 15, 2010) – In consultation with the U.S. is voluntarily recalling certain lots of OTC products in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Fiji (FULL RECALLED PRODUCT LIST BELOW). Here is the LIST. I found my Tylenol PM on the list.

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The Pelican is not a New Zealand Bird

10,000 Birds

Like Snowy Owls or crossbills they are also prone to irruptions, caused by Australia’s extreme climate, that have seen birds wandering as far from Australia as Indonesia, Palau, and Fiji.

One of History's Earliest Surf Photos to be Auctioned This Week.

Wend Magazine

This image, which Albury believes dates back to 1890, is to be sold–along with two photo albums worth of photos of natives from Hawaii and Fiji–by auction in the U.K. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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Some thoughts on scientific collecting

10,000 Birds

I remember looking at a single skin of a Long-legged warbler from Fiji, the only known specimen or record of its particular subspecies, the sum total of all knowledge about its kind. A few weeks ago a colleague of mine at work expressed delight as he looked over my shoulder at work and saw a large photo, the first such photo ever, of a Moustached Kingfisher.

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Grey-headed Robins

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It is, instead, a member of the Petroicidae, the Australasian robins, a family mostly found in New Guinea and Australia but also reaching here in New Zealand and as far across the Pacific as Fiji. The Grey-headed Robin of Australia is not a robin as Americans would know one (thinking, inexplicably, that a thrush is a robin), nor is it a robin as an European would understand it either.

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Restless New Zealand Fantails

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The family also reaches into India and as far east as samoa and Fiji. In his comment in last week’s post on the Marlborough Sounds , Beat writer Jochen described the New Zealand Fantail as one of the best birds in the world. It’s a sentiment I can get behind. Also known by its Maori name of P?wakawaka, wakawaka, the New Zealand Fantail is a delightful inhabitant of New Zealand, and one of my favourite local birds.

Confusing Collared Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

Vanuatu has five subspecies, Fiji has three, and the far flung Solomon Islands have twelve.

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Diving New Zealand – Goat Island

10,000 Birds

Diving has taken me to places like Belize, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Egypt, places that coincidentally are fun to bird. In my opinion, if you’re a birder you should diver too. Not because you generally see many birds while diving, although the experience of seeing shearwaters flying underwater while cage diving, as I once did, was one I think most birders would enjoy. But no, the reason I think birders should be divers is because it ticks, figuratively, many of the same boxes.

Pure water needn't to cost the Earth

Green (Living) Review

This unnecessary extraction of water puts serious pressure on the water resources of the country, and other countries, for some of our “bottled” water tends to be imported as well, often from places far away, such as was Fiji water.

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History repeating itself

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The two endemic species found in Tonga are not found in these islands, and the other species present are also found on more traditional destinations of Fiji and Samoa.

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Bottled Water Uses Much More Energy Than Tap

Green Earth Journey

In the article, the authors calculate the energy costs of three different scenarios for a bottle of water consumed in Southern California—a locally produced bottle and bottled water from both France and Fiji transported to the region.

Rising Sea Makes Panama Islanders Relocate to the Mainland

Eco Friendly Daily

Already signs are ominous from communities as far apart as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji. Can weather change the demographics of an island over the course of a single lifetime? If we take Pablo Preciado’s word for it, it can.

Effective Communications for Conservation Action

Nature Conservancy - Science

A similar approach by the Wildlife Conservation Society has also proved effective in Fiji. A manta ray in The Philippines. Photo © Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy.

What Exactly is a Pardalote?

10,000 Birds

Insofar as they relate to other bird families, they are perhaps closest to the thornbills, another family that is mostly Australian but reaches as far as Thailand and Fiji. Sometimes, when I’m writing trip reports about far off places (relative to most of my readers) I wonder what exactly people make of some of the birds I mention seeing.

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Land Bridges are Back in Season!

10,000 Birds

Enter the Silktail , an odd little bird found only on two islands, Taveuni and Vanua Levu, in Fiji. Ideas, like catwalk fashions, come and go in cycles, and so even the worst scientific mistakes will one day be back in some new form, possibly in plaid.

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Live & Learn - Environmental Education and Community Development

The Green Changemakers

Governing Water - Community Water Governance Guide, Fiji 2007 Available in English (PDF 5MB) and Fijian (PDF 5MB) Governing Water - Learning Circles, Fiji 2007 Community Participatory Learning Guide Available in English (PDF 1.8MB) and Fijian (PDF 1.8MB) Governing Water - Is Your Water Safe to Drink?, Green Schools Manual , Fiji 2000 (PDF 2.1MB) Green Schools Fiji Teachers' Manual: Education for a Sustainable Environment Green Schools Guide , Fiji 2000 (PDF 160K).

World Wildlife Fund Announces Earth Hour 2012

Green (Living) Review

Going Beyond the Hour, Daring the World to Save the Planet WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2012 : In less than two weeks, clocks will strike Earth Hour as Americans switch off non essential lights for one hour in celebration of the world’s largest voluntary environmental action.

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Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bumphead parrotfish are now extinct in Guam and heavily depleted in Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and others parts of the Solomon Islands. There’s a basic logic to managing fisheries: as a fish population decreases you’ll catch fewer fish. But what if that’s not always true?

Big Ticks; What Was Your Last New Family?

10,000 Birds

I often poke fun at listers I perceive as being more interested in ticks than birds. Listing ticks I mean, I have yet to meet a birder who is really interested in icky parasites).

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Regarding Kakariki

10,000 Birds

It was long expected that the fossil record would show extinct members of the genus in the islands between New Zealand/New Caledonia and the Society Islands (places like Tonga, Fiji, the Cook Islands) that had gone extinct before Europeans arrived, but no such fossils have been found.

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The Long Reach of the Poor Knights

10,000 Birds

I’ve subsequently managed to dive in some spectacular destinations, including Turneffe Atoll in Belize, the Great Astrolabe Reef in Fiji, the kelp forests of Monterey and the wreck of the President Coolidge in Vanuatu.

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Lords of the Forest

10,000 Birds

It should actually be the New Zealand kauri, as the genus is found from Borneo to Fiji and down to New Zealand. Although the only pine forests found in New Zealand are recent plantations of Northern Hemisphere Pinus species like the Monterey pine, the country does have native conifers.

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Rails: The Once and Future Kings of the Pacific

10,000 Birds

Outside the truly ancient islands that are fragments of sunken continents; New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and the like, the Islands of the Pacific are, geologically, ephemeral things. One of the less well remembered awful things that happened in the Second World War (a six year period of history filled with an uncountable number of awful things) is that war’s direct role in the extinction of two species of rail.

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Snap Out of Those Summer Blues with Sophia Rogge’s Sarongs (& Help Corals for Conservation)!

Eco Chic

SR: Every design in my project is inspired by corals, and then 10% of the profits then goes to Corals for Conservation which is an initiative in Fiji. She Sells Seashells from Sophia Rogge on Vimeo.

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The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

10,000 Birds

In 2001, Trevor Worthy described a set of bones from Fiji as a new species of very large, flightless pigeon: the Viti Levu Giant Pigeon ( Natunaornis gigoura ). The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon. Not, as Linneaus thought, an ostrich, nor even, as later scientists concluded, a distant cousin of pigeons deserving of family rank, it was an honest-to-goodness pigeon, deeply embedded within the family Columbidae.

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Human waste could be fertiliser and power source

The Green Changemakers

Notable successes include coastal areas of Fiji where pig waste was causing substantial marine pollution. Many of the substances that make wastewater a pollutant can also be useful as fertilisers for agriculture and in generating gases for small power stations, says report.

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