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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Kazakhstan: From Coal to Clean Energy?

Sierra Club Compass

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.

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

Green Prophet

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 published renders of a new concept home for a 38-year-old business man and his family in Kazakhstan’s largest city – Almaty. Masow Design Studio cylindrical glass house earthquakes glass houses Kazakhstan House Around a Tree round houses

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

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. The singer announced on his website that he made the decision after learning about the “crackdown against oil workers, their union leaders, their legal representatives and of the human rights NGOs working with them.&#.

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? I’ll be reminded of a sunny day in May on the steppe in Kazakhstan… This post was originally published on 7 June 2009 but it is too good to leave languishing in the archives !

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We need to talk about your life list

10,000 Birds

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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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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Baby Ibisbills – A Short Picture Story

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The wonderful Tien Shan mountains south of Almaty / Kazakhstan, with Big Almaty Lake in the background. Birds Baby Bird Week ibisbill Kazakhstan

2012 165

The Supremacy of the Booted Warbler

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All it takes is a closer look at an old world warbler, any old world warbler for that matter, let’s see, how about … The shores of lake Bukhtarma in East Kazakhstan, with a heavy smell of warblers in the air The Booted Warbler Hippolais / Iduna caligata The Booted Warbler is a prime, fine example of an old world warbler of the Sylvioid clan, and I was happy to re-connect with it after many years in Bukhtarma, East Kazakhstan, in the landscape seen above.

2012 153

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 serinsWhat may look like a cheesy title is a way of pointing out that the bird of this post is usually called Red-fronted Serin , yet BirdLife somehow refers to it as being Fire-fronted.

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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.

2013 165

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

Green Prophet

Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is about 10% of its former size. Located in the arid plains between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, the Soviet Union had great plans to build a cotton empire and diverted water from the Aral Sea to irrigate crops. 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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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. And the foothills of the Altai mountains in Kazakhstan are the prefect setting for watching tristis in autumn, something I trust the following images will convey. Birds autumn chiffchaff Kazakhstan

2011 147

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. Geoecologist Steffen Zuther and Read More The post 60,000 Endangered Antelopes Mysteriously Die in Four Days appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Science Top News

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

Wend Magazine

Other team members to summit were Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov of Kazakhstan and Darius Zaluski of Poland. Austrian climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, 40, became the first woman to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks without the use of any extra oxygen after reaching the summit of K2 on August 23rd. From National Geographic: “Kaltenbrunner, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, was one of four climbers to reach the summit of K2.

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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. Of course, if you happen to be around New York City on Wednesday and have nothing to do but listen to someone who once spent four days birding Kazakhstan blathering on as if he were expert while misidentifying the birds in his slides then stop on by the Alley Pond Environmental Center on Northern Boulevard in Douglaston, Queens, at 8 PM.

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US oil giant Chevron buys into Israeli natural gas

Green Prophet

It is not by chance that Kazakhstan is considered to be the jewel in the crown of Chevron, as the country’s oil helps the company flourish,” says Sergey Solyanik, consultant to Crude Accountability.

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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. When I first saw the post on the New York State listserv about the Hooded Crow on Staten Island I wasn’t going to twitch it. Why?

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. Kazakhstan had seen two days of extreme weather just before my return to Aqtau, with unusual amounts of rain and a severe storm. Trips Caspian Sea grebes Kazakhstan

2011 147

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. A couple of weeks ago a group of New York’s better birders were out birding in Suffolk County when one of the four found an interesting shorebird, one which she couldn’t identify immediately.

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.

2013 157

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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Cycling Silk: Crossing Borders, Advocating Conservation & Adventure

Wend Magazine

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.

Strange Desert Kites are how ancient man trapped his kill

Green Prophet

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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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.

2014 198

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. It’s a simple but amazing idea. We birders are curious after all, and learning a little bit about other birders is a great way to keep birders on eBird.

2016 158

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?

2014 201

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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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. The search must be conducted from space, scientists say, because distortion from Earth’s atmosphere makes ground-based telescopes unable to see anything but huge planets–gas giants like Jupiter.

Deadly Lake Natron Turns Animals into Ghostly Statues

Green Prophet

The Caspian Sea, bordered by Iran, Azerbaijan , Russia, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan, is both the world’s largest lake and the largest saltwater lake. The Middle East boasts come of the world’s saltiest waterbodies , but none approach the horror of Lake Natron in Tanzania, one of the harshest environments on the planet. It’s hot, chalky waters can turn birds and land animals into calcified statues, spookily captured by photographer Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land.

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Caspian Terns in Queens

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Fortunately, though Caspian Terns are not common in Queens, they are common around the world (in fact, up until I saw these two birds I had seen as many Caspian Terns in Kazakhstan as I had seen in Queens), and are considered a Species of Least Concern by BirdLife International because of their enormous range and large and growing population.

2011 144

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. My transition from being a kid interested in all kinds of animals to being a full-on birder happened when I was around 11 years old, in the early 1980s (oh dear!). I was given my first real field guide to the birds of Europe by my parents, a guide beyond the species found at backyard feeders and city ponds.

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

Wend Magazine

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!

2011 162

Biodiversity Hotspots and Their Importance


Mediterranean Basin, Surrounds the Mediterranean Sea Caucasus, Border between Europe and Asia, separating the Black and Caspian Seas Mountains of Central Asia, Central Asia: extends through Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Saving biodiversity hotpots, those places on Earth with an abundance of life, are at the forefront of conservation efforts today.

Garganey in New York

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I’d only ever seen Garganey once before, way back in 2009 in Kazakhstan. On Sunday, 5 June, word of Jay McGowan finding a Gargeney at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in western New York State hit the listservs. Lots of birders got to see it that day, the next day, and all week long. I had to work all week and my first shot at this potential first state record wasn’t until Saturday.

Europe’s Brown Warblers: a map through the maze

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I am pretty sure this is a migrant Blyth’s, seen in Kazakhstan in May. If, by a chain of peculiar events or by purposeful decision, you find yourself somewhere in central Europe, you sooner or later will not be able to avoid seeing a little bird, usually the size of a House Sparrow or smaller, with a slender bill, a rather vertical posture, which will be hopping through some dense vegetation, and which you will have to accept as being a WARBLER.

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

Sightline Daily

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. Some programs start out with a lot of free allowances to help give a soft start to the program, but most—for example, the EU, New Zealand , Korea, Kazakhstan—wean themselves off free allowances and shift to auctioning over time. I mean, Kazakhstan is doing it!

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. Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging , an annual call for a 24-hour tech break, was launched as the smartphone was just emerging into popular use.

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Essentials For Packing When Birding Anywhere In The World

10,000 Birds

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. I’m about to head out to the Hula Valley Bird Festival and as I’m packing, I thought I would share with you some essentials I think any birder should plan to have in their suitcase–no matter where they are visiting. I’ve never regretted any of these items being in my suitcase.

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A Northern Wheatear in New York

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And here, for the heck of it, is an image of the last Northern Wheatear I saw – a breeding plumaged bird in May of 2009 in Kazakhstan. When you are a New York City-based birder that is pretty pleased with the amount of boxes ticked off on your New York State checklist you would normally want a rarity that you have not seen in the state to show up within an hour drive of your home.

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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