Seeing Sociable Lapwing in Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan – May 2009 After our excellent time at the Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve we bid a fond farewell to its gorgeous grassy terrain and made our way to a location where Sociable Lapwing were known to breed. Trips features Kazakhstan Sociable Lapwing Species Champions Swarovski

Huge Flock of Sociable Lapwings in Kazakhstan

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The largest flock of the critically endangered Sociable Lapwing to be seen in Kazakhstan since 1939 was spotted by researchers from ACBK (the Kazakhstan BirdLife International affiliate) on 16 August. Good news ! Asides

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Glass Tube Home Wraps Around a Tree in Earthquake-Prone Kazakhstan

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An emergent studio from Kazakhstan has designed a curious glass tube home that wraps around a large Fir tree in the tectonically active mountainous region of the country. Masow Design Studio cylindrical glass house earthquakes glass houses Kazakhstan House Around a Tree round houses

Kazakhstan: From Coal to Clean Energy?

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Why is Kazakhstan, one of the world’s major oil producing countries, with 3 percent of recoverable oil reserves within its borders and an energy sector dominated by coal, going green? In 2008, the United Nations Development Program found that coal-fired power made up the majority of Kazakhstan’s energy sector , but just five years later the country is prepared to make a seismic shift.

Sting Cancels Concert in Kazakhstan Due To Human Rights Issues


Sting was supposed to perform at the Astana Day Festival in Kazakhstan on July 4th, but after being contacted by Amnesty International, he decided to cancel the appearance.

Kazakhstan Now World's Largest Uranium Miner


Kazakhstan's international energy image is now that of one of the world's rising oil exporters, an extraordinary feat given that, two decades ago its hydrocarbon output was beyond insignificant when the USSR collapsed. Kazakhstan produces 33 percent of world's mined uranium, followed by Canada at 18 percent and Australia, with 11 percent of global output. Kazakhstan contains the world's second-largest uranium reserves, estimated at 1.5

Where Tulips Come From (It Ain’t Holland)

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Kazakhstan, May 2009 During the two days spent out in the steppe in Kazakhstan I couldn’t help but notice the sheer number of flowers that dotted the grassy steppe. Was it part of some gigantic-scale gardening project planned by the Soviets when Kazakhstan was a part of the USSR?

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See how Asia’s Aral Sea shrinks before our very eyes in these time lapse photos

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Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is about 10% of its former size. Kazakhstan built a dam between the upper and lower sections of the Aral Sea in 2005, but it didn’t work. We’ve killed it!

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The Supremacy of the Booted Warbler

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Within Kazakhstan , it is found widely and commonly in the northern half of this beautiful country. Or do we just fly to Kazakhstan, hide in a huge fallow field amongst the thistles and tall forbs, and listen very closely to the revealing song of the local Booted Warblers?

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The Fiery Red-fronted Serin

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Well, for one it inhabits high mountain terrain from the northern part of the Middle East all the way to the Himalayas and the central Asian mountain ranges, reaching 3,200 m above sea level in Kazakhstan. Birds features finches Kazakhstan serins

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We need to talk about your life list

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Before we turn our attention to your various bird lists, let me tell you a story about some wheatears of the genus Oenanthe that are found in Kazakhstan’s Mangghystau province. The species has [drum roll] a mysterious morph that’s funny in a peculiar way and largely restricted to the southwest of Kazakhstan. I have added Eastern Black-eared Wheatear to my year list based on some hybrids I saw in Kazakhstan. Birds gulls hybrids Kazakhstan taxonomy wheatears

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Caspian Gull: The continental gull

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Things get a bit confusing however once we move 2,500 km (or 1,500 miles) east across Kazakhstan towards the foothills of the Altai mountains. Because the species ranges from the western shore of the Black Sea in a broad band across southern Ukraine and through Kazakhstan to the Altai, a region that may have the Caspian Sea in its centre but is not characterized by it as much as by its predominant biome: steppes. This is lake Bukhtarma in far eastern Kazakhstan.

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Being a Tolai Hare’s life Human

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Such has frequently been the case in my survey area deep within Kazakhstans barren Mangghystau province, and the most memorable reverse-lifer experience has been with a Tolai Hare just recently. Mammals Kazakhstan rabbits One of the pleasures of birding through a landscape no man has gone before is that one has frequent encounters with individuals – birds, mammals, herps, whatever – that have never seen a human in their life.

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Aqtau Surfer Dudes

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During the course of a business trip to western Kazakhstan in early April I flew from Germany to Aqtau, right at the coast of the Caspian Sea. Well, it wasn’t: While 02:00 am Kazakhstan time was 11:00 pm German time and thus easily manageable, 06:00 am in Aqtau was 03:00 am in Germany.

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Siberian Chiffchaff in the Altai Mountains

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What I actually meant to say with this introduction is that I spent a few very enjoyable days in Kazakhstan’s far East at the end of September, and that one of the birding highlights for me was the chance to see and study Siberian Chiffchaffs at length and repeatedly.

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The Chukar Situation

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Then of course, Chukars have style as they’ve chosen landscapes like this for them to roam… Kazakhstan’s Mangghystau province. Birds chukars introduced species Kazakhstan The Chukar is the most widely distributed and the most numerous of all the partridges that scientists assigned to the genus Alectoris. All these factors combined make for a great bird.

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60,000 Endangered Antelopes Mysteriously Die in Four Days


This past May, a large herd of saigas—a critically endangered antelope in Kazakhstan — completely died off in four days, and scientists had no idea why.

Female Alpinist Becomes First Woman to Summit 14 Highest Peaks Without Supplemental Oxygen

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Other team members to summit were Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov of Kazakhstan and Darius Zaluski of Poland.

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Snow Birds

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You see, I promised several months ago to do a presentation on the birds of Kazakhstan for the Queens County Bird Club on Wednesday, 15 February. It is finally winter in New York! This year it was only a couple of months late – not that I am complaining.

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Hooded Crow in Staten Island, New York

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My last encounter with a Hooded Crow was in May of 2009 in the Tien Shan Mountains of Kazakhstan. Prior to that trip to Kazakhstan the only other time I had seen Hooded Crows was in Germany in 2007, when my best looks at a Hooded Crow were along the shore of the Baltic Sea.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of July 2012?

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Enjoy moody skyscapes like this brooding vista over Lake Bukhtarma in Kazakhstan (where Jochen independently discovered Booted Warbler supremacy ) a. Many of us in the United States feel like we just had a weekend, when we really only enjoyed a pyrotechnic mid-week holiday.

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Wood Sandpiper in New York

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The ones in 2009, the only previous Wood Sandpipers I’d ever seen, were in Kazakhstan.

Strange Desert Kites are how ancient man trapped his kill

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The desert kites were found in areas far from the Middle East, like Kazakhstan where this human-made traps likely remained in use even in the medieval period.

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Cycling Silk: Crossing Borders, Advocating Conservation & Adventure

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This trailer features Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, our first three countries out of ten total on this year-long journey to India, including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal, and India. Click here to view the embedded video. From : If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth more than two thousand miles.

Pink Finches I Have Known

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It took a trip to Kazakhstan to see more pink finches. On a single wonderful day to the semi-desert of eastern Kazakhstan I added two pink finches to my life list, the Mongolian Finch at the top of this post and the Desert Finch above. Though the Kazakhstan sightings are up there in terms of my favorite birding experiences my favorite pink finch sighting is a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. You can’t really talk about pink birds without talking about pink finches.

French Satellite to Search for Other “Earths”

Eco Friendly Daily

A satellite probe launched today in Kazakhstan will spend the next few years searching the skies for small, rocky planets orbiting stars in the “Goldilocks zone,” where light intensity is just right for supporting life.

Deadly Lake Natron Turns Animals into Ghostly Statues

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The Caspian Sea, bordered by Iran, Azerbaijan , Russia, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan, is both the world’s largest lake and the largest saltwater lake.

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Jochen’s Top 10 birds of 2016

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The year 2016 was not a particularly birdy year for me, mostly because I didn’t get to go on business trips to Indonesia or Kazakhstan, as was frequently the case during the last few years.

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What is Mexico’s National Bird?

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In fact, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , “The Golden Eagle is the most common official national animal in the world – it’s the emblem of Albania, Germany, Austria, Mexico, and Kazakhstan.” One of the most impressive birds in North America is the Golden Eagle. It is found as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico, taking its place as one of Mexico’s official symbols.

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Adventure Bad-Ass Sarah Outen to Row, Cycle From London to London Solo

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Once on dry land, she’ll cycle through France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China and then into Russia. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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I Love eBird and You Should Too!

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You can’t even see my visit to Trinidad and Tobago on this map but you definitely notice Kazakhstan !). As if eBird, the marvelous citizen science produced database of bird sightings, wasn’t awesome enough, you can now have an eBird profile that is viewable by other eBird users.

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Join the American national day of unplugging in March

Green Prophet

With participation worldwide in 125 countries (including far-flung places such as the Bhutan, the Isle of Man, Mongolia, Andorra, and Kazakhstan), the NDU has resonated around the world with people of all backgrounds, from Catholic to Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim.

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All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

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Kazakhstan sets the threshold at 20,000 MT and the Canadian province of Alberta only covers firms with more than 100,000 MT per year. I mean, Kazakhstan is doing it!

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The Ruddy Shelduck Twitch

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Further north, in Poland, they used to write off all Ruddy Shelducks recorded, assuming they were escapees, until they found one ringed in Kazakhstan! One of those mornings that somehow let the light in, but without a trace of sun. I leave tarmac behind, entering a dirt track with my low clearance hatchback, carefully avoiding the trenches deeply rooted by combine harvesters. Going over the side corrugations, I wonder if they have used the snow groomer to flatten this section of the track?

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My Nemesis Birds to Be

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American Dipper – Yes, I have seen Brown Dipper in Kazakhstan and White-capped Dippers in Ecuador but somehow I am missing the only dipper found in the United States, the American Dipper. “Thus, I give up the binoculars!” ” – Captain Ahab’s last words (paraphrased). I have been relatively fortunate in my birding life in that I don’t have a single nemesis bird that has vexed me.

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A 2 am last night, I asked a quiet Facebook where our readers were at. Then this happened.

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2 shares Elephant Journal Write a comment… Aigul Umurzakova Almaty, Kazakhstan Like · Reply · 14 hours ago Victoria Maxwell-Davis Nice infographic – curious to know how you […]. At 2 am MST, this is where you, our Readers, were at.

Of Snowflake Birds and the Cold War

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In 1996, during my university days at Greifswald, I was invited to join an excursion to eastern Kazakhstan, travelling along the Chinese border from Almaty to lake Zaissan and back.

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Caspian Terns in Queens

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Though they have a world-wide distribution and can be found on every continent except Antarctica, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia is a bird that is not often spotted in Queens.

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The Hidden Qualities of House Sparrows

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A male probable member of the indicus group (foreground) and a male domesticus House Sparrow in western Kazakhstan. Bird blogging in May always gives me the creeps. This ridiculous focus of the Birding Internet on North American wood-warblers is boring on a quiet day and highly annoying during peak migration. Birders in the Americas may not be aware of it, but from the higher ground of a European perspective the American “warblers” are intensely overrated.

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Tunisian Teacher Cycles to China for Wetland Conservation

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After crossing the Mediterranean sea from Tunisia to Istanbul, he then cycled through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and his is now in Xinjiang, China.

Essentials For Packing When Birding Anywhere In The World

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I do have to say that when I was traveling to Kazakhstan a few years ago, the GoGirl was an item that ended up missing from my checked luggage. I travel for birding. A lot.

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Afghanis Prepare for Food Crisis

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“The poor harvests will increase the importance and influence of wheat imports from Kazakhstan, where prices are also high,&# it noted. Abnormally dry weather a nightmare for Afghanis who rely on wheat crops for survival.

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We’re Not Racists, So Why Aren’t There More Birders Of Color?

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For the record, I’ve only ever had one theft from airport security and that was my Go Girl when I was in Kazakhstan…and their staff was neither black nor Mexican.

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