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. I stayed on a small beach resort just next to the small town, but even here there was plenty to keep a birder occupied, including a bunch of Fiji Woodswallows on all the wires and some White-faced Herons stalking the bushes around the resort. Destinations Fiji Marine Pacific Pacific birds parrots

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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 We believe providing an unforgettable and authentic Fiji experience for guests includes supporting environmentally friendly practices and community interaction,” says General Manager Greg Taylor. | 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. District Court on behalf of individuals seeking restitution for these false claims, which are thought to be responsible for a significant amount of Fiji's increased market share.

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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. You might be stealing water from a thirsty country, you might be paying for it to be packaged it in plastic (which might be bad for […]. Homepages (Gold Tabs)* Green Health & Wellness

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

Celsias

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. According to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, world sea levels will rise between 7 and 23 inches by the year 2100.

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.

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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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. After completing a move called the “clean and jerk lift”, he steps away from the barbell and transitions into jubilant dance. He wasn’t celebrating his sixth-place finish in the 105kg weightlifting competition; he’s not aiming for gold on social media.

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. One such tricky bird is the Bristle-thighed Curlew , a species that complicates the matter by looking suspiciously like the common or garden Whimbrel.

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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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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. Winners included Fiji’s Aqua-Trek, who gained the best tour operator award for their commitment to protecting Fiji’s reefs and marine parks; Ecuador’s Ecovita Organic Camping, who won in the cities and villages category, and the New Dehli based Uppal’s Orchid eco-hotel, which won the best urban accommodation award.

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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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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. According to the guides it is a forest bird in Fiji (and an elusive one, I never saw one in my week there in 2005) but in Tonga I saw it in the towns and country gardens. 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). S:CRAFT offers a range of stylish, practical and responsibly sourced shutter solutions ideal for windows, skylights, swimming pools, kitchens, french doors and dividers. Windows are the eyes to your home’s soul.

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.

The Pelican is not a New Zealand Bird

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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. As 10,000 Birds’ New Zealand beat writer, I sometimes should write about New Zealand birds, but today I thought I’d talk about a bird that people thought was one but almost certainly wasn’t.

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.

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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Confusing Collared Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

Vanuatu has five subspecies, Fiji has three, and the far flung Solomon Islands have twelve. Tom Tarrant The extent of buff and rufous on Fijian birds has lead one author to place them with the Sacred Kingfishers instead of the Collared Kingfisher, even though there are none in Vanuatu (which is between New Caledonia and Fiji.

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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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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. It certainly needn't if you use tap By Michael Smith (Veshengro) “Pure water needn't cost the earth” is the catchphrase of “Aquapax” by Just Drinking Water Ltd., who also claim that the water is “planet conscious natural mineral water”.

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History repeating itself

10,000 Birds

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. If studying insects would lead you to suppose that God had an “an inordinate fondness for beetles&# , studying the pre-human avifauna of the Pacific would lead you to conclude that God was also quite partial to rails. Pretty much every major island, and many smaller ones, had an endemic rail or two.

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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).

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. via GizMag.com March 1, 2009 New research from the Pacific Institute estimates that bottled water is up to 2000 times more energy-intensive than tap water.

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. Pablo Preciado is the leader of the island of Carti Sugdub, one of the Panamanian islands. Global warming and erosion of the coral reefs are threatening to submerge a lot of Caribbean islands that make up Panama.

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. When decision makers have the right information, they’ll make the right decision. That’s the traditional assumption of science communications, but social science tells us that it doesn’t always work that way.

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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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. Catastrophism , the creationist explanation for the apparent multiple creations and extinctions in the fossil record, once held sway before being utterly rejected.

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World Wildlife Fund Announces Earth Hour 2012

Green (Living) Review

For example, Earth Hour Kids’ ambassador Pocoyo will plant 50,000 trees if 100,000 people play his recycling game on EarthHour.org, and the President of Fiji, 70 year old Epeli Nailatikau, will walk 30 kilometers to raise awareness of climate issues if businesses, non-government organizations and government departments in his country take clear-cut actions that will benefit our environment. Going Beyond the Hour, Daring the World to Save the Planet WASHINGTON, D.C.,

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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? New research from the Solomon Islands indicates that hyperstability — when catch rates remain high even as fish are rapidly depleted — could be a major challenge for assessing data-poor coral reef fisheries.

Big Ticks; What Was Your Last New Family?

10,000 Birds

I remember my first sunbird (Nectariniidae, seen near Carins) my first auks (Alcidae, near my parents home in North Wales), my first finfoot (Heliornithidae, in a lake in Uganda), stone-curlew (Burhinidae, same lake as it happens), wood swallow (Artamidae, on the wires near Nadi airport in Fiji), tinamou (Tinamidae, Tikal in Guatemala), sugarbird (Promeropidae, drove past one in a protea farm in South Africa, obviously), or pitta (Pittidae, on a river trail high in the hills of Vietnam).

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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. Incidentally the two genera form a sister clade to another Pacific genus, Prospeia , the shining-parrots, a gorgeous trio of parrots endemic to Fiji.

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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. Long before I moved in New Zealand, or visited or even knew much about the wildlife here, way back then I knew about the Poor Knights. I knew about them because I was a scuba diver.

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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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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. Some of these are found throughout the country, but the most impressive species is found in the north of the island, around the Coromandel and in Northland.

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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. I feel like it happens every summer; I have a laundry list of novels to dig in to, places to visit, & friends to see, but before I can blink we’re already in the first week of August, gearing up for what will be a very busy-busy year!

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Bottled Water - A Scourge to the World

Green (Living) Review

Please note, if you have not noticed already, that there is now bottled water shipped all the way from Fiji to the US and the UK. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Even though people in the US and Britain, and other places in Europe, have access to clean water from their taps, they drink an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year (in the US). Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.

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