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. My life list has increased by 33 which, considering I tallied 137 species during the trip (out of the 160 that the group got), is a pretty significant total. If you ever get the chance to visit Hungary you should take it: you definitely won’t regret that choice.

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. After a long, drawn-out negotiating session we managed to strike a deal that involved me going to Hungary for a week and left Daisy smiling wickedly. Anyway, Hungary! Destinations Europe Hungary SwarovskiYikes!

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Searching for a White-backed Woodpecker

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White-backed Woodpecker was one of the major target birds of the Bükk Hills portion of the trip to Hungary and though I would probably have preferred seeing what I now believe to be the mythical Black Woodpecker , the White-backed Woodpecker was a nice consolation prize. I didn’t really mind missing the woodpecker because I did see lots of other cool stuff, including my life Wood Warbler , but some folks were really bummed out at missing such a difficult-to-see bird.

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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. I considered myself extremely fortunate that there was a pair apparently nesting just down the street from the Nomad Hotel in Hungary’s Bükk Hills. 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. ••• a.

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Must-Visit Destinations in Central Europ

Green Prophet

Hungary. Hungary shares its borders with seven different countries, thus providing the unique opportunity to experience the fusion of these cultures. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. They say “variety adds spice to life” and Central Europe is indeed a vibrant mix of people with a unique style. Set between the blue Baltic Sea and the alluring Alps is is one of Europe’s most populous regions.

The Life and Death of Urban Highways

The Green Changemakers

The End of a Life Cycle: Urban Highways Offer Cities New Opportunities for Revitalization If the twentieth century was known for building highways, the twenty-first century may be known for tearing them down. A new report jointly produced by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ, The Life and Death of Urban Highways, re-appraises the specific conditions under which it makes sense to build urban highways and when it makes sense to tear them down.

Must-Visit Destinations in Central Europe

Green Prophet

Hungary. Hungary shares its borders with seven different countries, thus providing the unique opportunity to experience the fusion of these cultures. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. They say “variety adds spice to life” and Central Europe is indeed a vibrant mix of people with a unique style. Set between the blue Baltic Sea and the alluring Alps is is one of Europe’s most populous regions.

My Nemesis Birds to Be

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I have been relatively fortunate in my birding life in that I don’t have a single nemesis bird that has vexed me. This is a gaping hole on my life list that must be filled. 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. “Thus, I give up the binoculars!”

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Philanthropy is a scam

Green (Living) Review

We can see time and again in the case of George Soros and his “foundations” and NGOs supported by the OSI when it comes to projects for Roma in Eastern Europe (none in the West need to apply) which he uses to gain access to and political power in those countries, such as Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, etc.

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My Year in Birding 2012

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I want to reach 500 birds in the ABA, get my Queens list to 295, see a total of at least 500 species, and get my World Life List to 1,100. I came up just short of reaching 1,100 Birds on my overall World Life List , clocking in at 1,096, not a bad increase of 48 from the beginning of 2012 when I started at 1,048. As for my ABA Life List , which started the year at 478, well, I was happy to end up at 500 exactly. June – Hungary. In June I went to Hungary.

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Crossbill Guide to Extremadura: A Review

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This bill is beautifully adapted for life in coniferous forests. The second edition of the Crossbill Guide to Extremadura has just been released and – to my delight – a copy arrived in the post for me the other day.

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Costi Gurgu Interview and the Auroras

The Alien Next Door

Life is funny that way. My stories have been published in Romania, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, England, Canada and USA. ??. full cover art for Outer Diverse. ??

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The Future of Solar Design Dazzles Madrid

Green Prophet

Hungary has come a long way with their ODOO project. Friendship and the exchange of world-changing ideas usually have a longer shelf life. Green Prophet has been touring the 18 Solar Decathlon homes that made it to Madrid for this year’s international collegiate architecture competition, and we’re dazzled by what we’ve seen.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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Attila Steiner, who I was lucky enough to meet while I was in Hungary , was ecstatic to see a rare rail in Ghana: It was my last afternoon in Ankasa Reserve, Ghana. I took up birding late in life, so it wasn’t that many years ago I thought snipes were a joke! On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year.

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Systems Thinking

The Green Changemakers

LB : In the Center for Ecoliteracy's book Ecoliterate , we write about the practice of understanding how nature sustains life, which is another way of saying understanding living systems principles. In real life, you have to imagine them.

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CBS News’ Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Anthony Mason to Interview Serial Social Entrepreneur Paul Polizzotto: Join Them on 12/5 at NYU

Eco Chic

In 1989, Mason was the first journalist to report on the exodus of East German refugees through Hungary as the Iron Curtain began to crack. His series, “Life and Debt in America,” which aired on the “CBS Evening News” in early 2008, underscored some of the problems that ultimately led to the financial crisis and won him another Emmy. Available tomorrow evening, December 5, and in NYC?

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Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

A more valid price would be that based on the value of a human life and the avoidable death associated with carbon burning. Thus at a “value of a statistical life” (VOSL) of $7.6 At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action.

What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

The Green Changemakers

Plans for housing and mixed use development were integrated with transit stations in seven towns to foster bustling street life and boost light-rail ridership. PPS announces its new Great Cities Initiative, which applies the principles of Placemaking to entire cities.

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