Forest Bathing

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Now that I have driven that to a state of relative completion and I am compelled to return to the forest, I learned that the government here has re-opened the hunting season. From what I’ve been hearing, sport hunters are chomping at the bit to also return to the forest in droves.

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Sounds of the Forest


An interesting project is afoot: people submitting homemade sound clips from their local forests to contribute to a sound map of the world. The map and attached soundclips are linked below. Maybe folks reading this blog would also like to play?

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Creepers in the Forest

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While most of the other woodcreepers tirelessly scour branches and tree trunks for insects and other grubs, the Plain-brown Woodcreeper can sometimes be found perched motionless just above the forest floor – usually in the path of an ant swarm. Getting familiar with birds is a process.

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Back to the Forest ? but first, Flamingos!

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There aren’t many places on the planet where one can mention the words ‘forest’ and ‘flamingo’ together. Thankfully, this uncommonly seen tanager casually went about its business and I was afforded the luxury of being able to adjust my settings for the forest.

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Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

The post Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Forests Restoration TNC ScienceAn inspiring solo adventure to help save Texas’s ponderosa pines.

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The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

10,000 Birds

Through multi-partnerships, cooperation, federal funding, and the private conservation efforts of one family, 616 acres were officially added to the Cherokee National Forest in September 2018. Featured image – Cherokee National Forest, southern section.). The post The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger! Conservation Destinations Blue Ridge Mountains Cherokee National Forest616 acres added in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Forest bathing in Green Wine Country

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All California Green Wine Country North America Sonoma United States forest bathing forest therapy green wine tourism Red Car Vineyards shinrin-yoku| No Soap, No Stress | We eco-travelers seek experiences that offer connections with the natural world. They leave us inspired, rejuvenated and, often, more relaxed.

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Rufous Fantail and other forest surprises

10,000 Birds

On my second visit to the Rufous Fantail nest I was scanning the forest and noticed an odd shape in the trees. The post Rufous Fantail and other forest surprises appeared first on 10,000 Birds. It can be challenging birding in new environments, especially when it involves tall trees!

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Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Nature Conservancy - Science

Climate Change From the Field Economics Ecosystem Services Forest Carbon Forests Natural Climate Solutions TNC ScienceIn Maine, carbon offsets markets provide a new revenue stream to keep forestlands as forestlands.

Forest Surprise: A Wolf Story

Nature Conservancy - Science

What happens when the coyote you see on your morning hike isn't a coyote, but a lone Mexican grey wolf on a walkabout. Wildlife Endangered Species Wolves

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Help Queens Birders Save the Forest Park Feeders!

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Please, please, please head over and sign this petition to restore the feeders to Forest Park. Desi and I have spent many an hour enjoying the chickadees at the Forest Park feeders. When I moved to Queens I specifically chose a place to live close to Forest Park because of the birding opportunities there. … Birding bird feeders Forest Park QueensDear readers of 10,000 Birds, I have a small favor to ask of you.

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A Walk in the Woods: Reading New England’s Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Using clues hidden in the landscape, it’s often possible to figure out what a patch of forest used to look like 100 years ago. From the Field Forests Natural History Our Nature Reads Traveling Naturalist

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Pine Warbler in Forest Park, Queens, New York

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A couple of Pine Warblers were being incredibly cooperative at Forest Park, the sun was shining, and I had my digiscoping rig with me. … Birds Forest Park Pine Warbler Queens wood-warblers Sometimes you get incredibly lucky and get a wood-warbler that feeds at your feet. Today was one of those days. Numerous times the birds came so close that I could not focus. I actually decoupled my scope from the tripod and lied down on the ground and got some shots that way.

Tissues And Our Forests

Green Living Tips

Do the tissues you use contribute to the destruction of old growth forests? What we blow our noses into can impact negatively on the environment. articles & guides family personal care

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Forest restoration and thinning operations

Green (Living) Review

Forest restoration initiatives reduce wildfire risk and produces responsible timber by Michael Smith (Veshengro), RFS, RFA, EcoFor Forests that are overcrowded with small diameter trees are more susceptible to devastating wildfires, as smaller trees act as kindling to fuel the blaze and as veritable ladders that allow flames to reach the forest canopy. What is forest thinning? Nobody wants to clear-cut the forests, as that would be rather counterproductive.

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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Although most New World Barbets live in the tropical forests of South America (“the bird continent”), us birders in Costa Rica are fortunate to have two species to watch and listen to. It tends to forage in the canopy of wet, mossy forest where it feeds on fruits and inspects dead leaves as it forages for any number of small creatures. A common resident of cloud forest, this species is often seen in pairs as it forages in mixed flocks or feeds at a fruiting tree.

Creating Mini-forests Anywhere!

Green (Living) Review

Now he makes mini forests - everywhere. Whilst at the car company, Shubhendu met Akira Miyawaki who was brought in to grow a forest in the factory to make it carbon neutral. Using multi-layering, these forests grow 10 times faster, have 100% more biodiversity and are 30 times more dense than a typical forest. forests green living Shubhendu Sharma is an industrial engineer, who used to work for a well known car company.

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Hermit Thrush in Forest Park

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Forest Park, Queens, New York, April 2008 On Thursday, a day that I didn’t have to be at work until noon, I, of course, got up early and took a stroll through Forest Park. Well, I didn’t really so much as take a stroll through Forest Park as I took a stroll to the water hole in Forest Park and sat and looked at the birds. Birds catharus Forest Park Hermit Thrush Queens thrushes

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A January Visit to the Forest Park Feeders

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Forest Park! … Trips feeder birds Forest Park Queens It’s January, it’s very cold, and I don’t have much time to bird. Where do I go? Though the diversity of species in the deep freeze of winter is low it is always a pleasure to visit the feeder array at the waterhole which attracts most of the species that are present in the park, even some that are pretty unexpected. Brown Creepers love visiting when some suet is smeared into the bark.

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Deciding the Fate of Myanmar?s Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

After decades of overharvesting, Myanmar’s forests teak are at a crisis point. From the Field Acoustics Asia Pacific Biodiversity Forests Myanmar forests expedition Research Science Impact ProjectBut with recent political change comes great opportunity.

Forest Park Feeder Birds

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It feels like it has been forever since I did a simple post like this where all I did was go to my favorite local patch, Forest Park, take a few pictures of some of the common feeder birds, and share those pictures with the 10,000 Birds audience. That tendency, coupled with being responsible for a rapidly growing toddler, means that my strolls through Forest Park are much more uncommon then they used to be. Trips feeder birds Forest Park queens

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Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

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My fiancé and I now fish and bird together frequently, and over my graduate program’s spring break turned our sights to Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of western North Carolina. Pisgah National Forest stretches across 500,000 acres, and is popular with campers, bicyclists, hikers, anglers, and of course, birders. The Davidson River runs through the forest, and is so clear one can literally see the fish beneath the water’s surface.

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The Lion Forest of India

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This park protects the largest remaining tract of dry deciduous forest in the west of India, offering visitors 37 species of reptiles, 38 species of mammals and, not to be forgotten – almost 300 bird species. An open Gypsy follows dirt tracks through dry deciduous forest dominated with teak. Gir comprises diverse habitats, from open scrubland to both dry deciduous and tropical thorn forest and evergreen corridors along the rivers.

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Two Hours at the Forest Park Waterhole

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Being a birder and living in Queens as I do I can’t help but be drawn to the waterhole at Forest Park during spring migration. The waterhole, an unassuming little vernal pool, is often the only water in the eastern half of Forest Park which means that any bird that wants a bath or a drink has to visit. During the peak of spring migration the Forest Park waterhole is one of the best places to see a whole pile of birds. Trips Forest Park migration Queens wood-warblers

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Illegal Logging & Energy Shortages Pressure Myanmar’s Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Facilitated by organized crime, illegal logging threatens to destroy Myanmar’s forests. From the Field Asia Pacific Energy Forest Carbon Forests Myanmar forests expeditionBut a national energy crisis and the ensuing fuelwood demand pose an equal threat.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Forest Park

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At Forest Park on Good Friday I caught up to a Red-breasted Nuthatch and got to watch and digiscope it as it foraged through the understory. Well, first of all, the fact that the nuthatch had an understory to forage in is only because we in Queens are lucky to have avoided the scourge of White-tailed Deer that have so decimated the forests in other parts of the northeastern United States. We have shrubs, bushes, and small trees while other forests often nearly lack them altogether.

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Invest in future foresters

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The British Royal Forestry Society has launched an appeal and a program for investment in future foresters to encourage young people into forestry, and help them gain skills. Today 55% of foresters in this country are over 40 and only 11% are under 25. Personally I hate to use the word “industry” for forestry and woodland management and working in forests and woodlands but we lack another term for it.

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Can Pine Squirrels Change the Evolution of a Forest?

Nature Conservancy - Science

forests look? Wildlife Birds Forests Mammals Natural History Nature Pop ResearchCould the loud but small pine squirrel have an outsized impact on how Western U.S.

Counting Birds in the Cloud Forests of Coronado, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Cloud forest is a special habitat and not just because the Resplendent Quetzal calls it home. Even if you don’t happen to be an eager birder creeping through misty forests with binoculars at the ready, it’s impossible to not be impressed, to feel a sense of wonder at walking through woods where massive trees are overloaded with lush vegetation on every branch, where hidden birds add to the mystery and imagination with natural minor-keyed flutes.

Forests can bounce back after acid rain

Green Prophet

Even though 70s and 80s suffered through Acid Rain, new research shows that forest soils can bounce back. Acid rain was the fallout of industrial chemicals and pollution into forests and lakes. Wilde Distinguished Lectureship on Forest Soils. .

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Forests: A Rising Global Climate Superpower?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Despite increasing crop and timber demands to feed a growing human population, despite the impacts of climate change on forests, and despite deforestation emissions in the tropics that are on par with those from the global transportation sector, global forests are a net sink for atmospheric carbon. By Bronson Griscom, Director of Forest Carbon Science. I make the case here that forests are a big part of the solution. Forest Ecology and Management.

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

Nature Conservancy - Science

Widespread forest clearing in Indonesia could be putting people’s health at risk, as trees provide powerful cooling services. Climate Change From the Field Asia Pacific Climate Forest Carbon Forests Human Well-Being Research

Wood-Warblers at the Forest Park Waterhole

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Queens, New York, Spring 2010 This blog post has one purpose and one purpose only; to showcase the amazing array of wood-warblers that made their way to the Forest Park waterhole during spring migration in 2010. Birds digiscoping Forest Park migration wood-warblers

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The Oldest Food Forest in Britain

Green (Living) Review

Visit Graham and Nancy Bell, permaculture teachers and creators of the oldest permaculture food forest in Britain. Now one of Britain''s first forest gardens is a diverse temperate food forest that mostly takes care of itself. forest gardens green living permaculture Over 20 years ago, they began planting a wide range of fruit trees, vegetables, perennials and much more in a field behind their cottage.

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Birding the Gilpin Trace, Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago

10,000 Birds

When was the last time you birded in the oldest forest preserve in the western hemisphere? If you have never been to the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve on the island paradise that is Tobago, the answer is never. But I think that UNESCO explains things better than I can : The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve is on record as the oldest legally protected forest reserve geared specifically towards a conservation purpose.

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Save Our Forests & Public Land!

Green (Living) Review

Hands Off Our Forests The new Infrastructure Bill will allow development on ANY public land or forest, allow anywhere to be fracked and will allow the extermination of barn owls, red kites, wild boar and goshawks. forests green living open spaces parks woodlands We must stop this bill becoming law!

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Scarlet and Indigo at the Forest Park Waterhole

10,000 Birds

Nothing makes me happier in the midst of spring migration than spending some quality time at the Forest Park waterhole watching a variety of brightly colored birds come in to bathe and drink. Birds Forest Park Preening QueensThis evening after work was particularly pleasing when a variety of wood-warblers were making regular visits, to say nothing of orioles, tanagers, and buntings.

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"A Carbon Offset Market for [Tropical Forests]"

Environmental Economics

Time to update the encyclopedia (don't follow that link unless you can stomach self-promotion): Tropical forests store huge amounts of carbon. Forests’ carbon reserves can be monetized and sold as offsets to greenhouse gas emitters who need them to comply with regulatory emissions limits, or who voluntarily want to reduce their carbon footprint.

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How forests can help to feed the world

Green (Living) Review

A new report shows how forests around the world can help eliminate malnutrition while fighting climate change. Yet a new report from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations shows that forests can play an important role in eliminating hunger and creating more food security. This is important, because protecting forests has been identified as a key and cost-effective means of fighting climate change. forest gardens forest products forests green living

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In Pictures: A Journey Through Myanmar?s Great Teak Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

A week spent living and working in an active logging camp deep in some of Myanmar’s best remaining teak forests where people are working to save their most valuable natural resource, before it’s too late. From the Field Forests Myanmar forests expedition Photography Sustainability

Lords of the Forest

10,000 Birds

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. Although they may not be the most common trees in the forests they occur in, their sheer dominance means the forests are generally known as kauri forests. A kauri, centre, emerging from the canopy of the rest of the forest.

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Even Forest Superpowers Have Limits

Nature Conservancy - Science

The author (background) in the field investigating forest superpowers. By Peter Ellis, Forest Carbon Scientist. Can Forests Save Us? A new paper out in the Journal Nature this week adds a frightening twist to an enduring mystery around the role of forests and climate change. Forests’ biosequestration superpowers may be running out. Forests have superpowers? We’ve long appreciated the important role forests play in the global carbon cycle.

Food forests manage themselves

Green (Living) Review

On a suburban Kansas lot at the corner of 55th and Mastin streets, an experiment is underway: A food forest is growing crops, creating economic value and, most notably, doing most of the work on its own. The 10,000-square-foot garden is not tended to daily, at least not by human beings.

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