Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. Of course, unless you live on Venus, we all know that this year is far from normal and so is the birding news.

Checking the news

10,000 Birds

The next thing is starting the computer to check the news. And the first news web site is… eBird. And the “regular” news sites? I start my day with a coffee, a strong Turkish coffee without sugar – it is the stuff that makes the chest hair grow, as one UK friend of mine has put it. I go to the Hotspots page to click on the Past week only, to see which reachable Belgrade sites – especially my favourite patches – were recently visited and which birds were spotted there.

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Big BP news

Environmental Economics

The DOJ announced that the Trustees in the BP Deepwater Horizon NRDA case have proposed to accept the settlement in principle with BP. The numbers appear to be pretty much the same as previously announced , with additional payments of $500 million for unanticipated restoration (in addition to the $232 million originally announced), $350 million for NRDA costs, and $250 for response costs, lost royalties, and a False Claims Act investigation (see this consent decree document ).

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Good News?

10,000 Birds

New York City killed less Canada Geese this year than any year since they started rounding the geese up and slaughtering them. The cullings have happened every year since the 2009 emergency landing of a US Airways plane in the Hudson River after the plane struck geese and was disabled. Not only that, but the breast meat of the geese will be donated to food pantries. Asides

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Shocking News!

10,000 Birds

The ABA Bird of the Year for 2012 will not be Green Heron. I’m not allowed to say what it is until 20 March but, really, does it matter if it isn’t the finest of North America’s avifauna ? Asides

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Chinese hoax? Fake news?

Environmental Economics

This is on the front page of today's NY Times : Global temperatures have continued to rise, making 2016 the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say. Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000. We're dreamers around here so I point you to the " the merits of an economy-wide carbon tax." "  

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Any News is Good News?

10,000 Birds

The winner of this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for worst opening sentence to an imaginary novel is about birds and windmills. Sure, it is not a scientific treatise, but anything that brings attention to this issue is good, right? And, wow, what a horrific sentence Sue Fondrie wrote: “Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.&# Asides

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More Pigou Club news?

Environmental Economics

" It seems like it is going to take a long time before the Republican Party will be included in a  More Pigou Club news  post.  I skimmed the Republican Party Platform [ PDF ] to find out if it says anything about climate change. It kind of doesn't except for this line: We oppose any carbon tax. I'm reminded of Mankiw's essay on " the key role of conservatives in taxing carbon."

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When is bad news good news?

Environmental Economics

In related news, I cancelled more classes this year due to bad weather (i.e., Tim, please explain: The worst U.S. drought in more than five decades is forecast to raise farm profits to a record $122.2 billion this year as higher prices and insurance payments outweigh crop losses from the dry conditions. Income will rise 3.7 percent from a revised $117.9 billion in 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in a report on its website. The forecast is up from $91.7

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A Post Chock-full of Bird News

10,000 Birds

… because my husband and I have done some migrating of our own, from Chicago to Philadelphia, over the past few weeks, and bringing 10,000 Birds readers the freshest and best bird news sadly had to take a back seat to packing, driving, unpacking, and furiously scouring Craigslist for Ikea furniture. So without further ado, here’s what’s been going on the past few weeks in bird news.

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Big Online Birding News

10,000 Birds

Two big bits of online birding news! The American Birding Association has announced the launch of Birding News , which will be their takeover of the functions that have long been provided by Birdingonthe.net. It is unclear if Birdingonthe.net will be taken down or if it will redirect to Birding News but, either way, this is exciting news for the ABA!

2012 142

Andean Condors On The News

10,000 Birds

I just read on the news that about 20 Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus) were poisoned in Chile. The birds were observed crashing into the rocks high in the Andean mountains near a hydroelectric power plant. Other birds were seen crash landing. As Chilean officials and volunteers rescued 17 birds they noticed the birds were foaming from the beak. Another sick condor and two dead ones were found nearby.

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This Week in Bird News: Hawaiian Edition

10,000 Birds

News endangered species endemic birds Hawaii Hawaiian Crow Kaua’i new caledonian crow tool useIn the popular imagination, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. (No, No, not a magical place— you’re thinking of Tahiti, Agent Coulson.) But it’s not always so wonderful for native flora and fauna. Take birds. The endemics that have inhabited the islands from time immemorial are threatened. In particular, the honeycreepers of Kaua’i are at risk of being wiped out , due to disease-spreading mosquitoes.

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

10,000 Birds

With fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news. News Audubon Bahamas California Condor Egypt European Kestrel geolocator Ghana International Bird Rescue logging migration power lines Prothonotary Warbler September 11th Tribute in Light

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Whooping Crane News

10,000 Birds

While the ultralight aircraft leading a flock of young Whooping Cranes to Florida may again take to the skies , that good news is tempered by the effects of the drought in Texas , which has already led to the death of at least one Whooping Crane there. It’s a mixed bag for our most charismatic of North American waders this week.

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Good news for the Wood Stork

10,000 Birds

I was happy to read that the wood stork ( Mycteria Americana ), a bird near and dear to me, was down-sited from the status of endangered to threatened species. On June 25, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is down-listing the wood stork from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The wood stork was listed as endangered in 1984, because the Florida population was dropping at an approximate rate of 5 percent per year.

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Good News for South Georgia Island’s Pipit Population

10,000 Birds

While this is happy news for any parents, and wonderful news for any threatened species (these Pipits live only on Antarctica’s South Georgia Island and number only 3,000-4,000 pairs), it’s tremendous news for those trying to eradicate rats from the island. News invasive species rats South Georgia south georgia pipit A bird species battling an onslaught of invasive rats just got a glimpse of hope. Researchers say that South Georgia Pipits have hatched chicks.

Good news? Bad News? You be the judge

Environmental Economics

In a headline news world, sometimes it's tough to figure out what is going on: CNN : Economy picks up speed. Fox News : US 4Q GDP expands more slowly than anticipated. News : U.S. Drudge : REAL GDP COLLAPSE: 1.7% FOR YEAR. Washington Post : U.S. economy grew at fastest pace in 18 months. LA Times : GDP grows 2.8% at year's end but rate falls short of expectations. NY Times : U.S. Recovery Slowly Gained Speed in Late ’11, Data Show.

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Good News for UK Birds (and Birders)

10,000 Birds

News Arctic Tern Atlantic Puffin Common Tern Conservation England Great Britain Natural England Roseate Tern Sandwich Tern United KingdomSome of Great Britain’s most cherished seabirds just got an added layer of protection. Officials designated 12 miles along the coast of Northumberland as a Special Protection Area , according to Natural England, the U.K. government’s independent adviser on the natural environment.

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Env-Econ: Real or Fake News?

Environmental Economics

Apparently when it comes to Alternative Energy Blogs, we are the 9th ranked blog in the 'News' category.  

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Which Enzyme Companies Made News in 2014?

Living Green & Saving Energy

The concise summaries of information about key news from the movers and shakers in the enzyme industry last year may be a good guide for what to expect in the coming year. And each news highlight has […]. biocatalysis Enzyme industry news enzymes Enzyme Companies that Made News in 2014 Enzyme Industry 2014 Year in Review For those readers with an interest in the enzyme industry, David Rozzell has just published his Enzyme Industry: 2014 year in Review.

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Graphic of the Day: Where do you get your news?

Environmental Economics

A pretty cool graphic of one person's views of credible vs incredible news sources : HT: Craig Landry via FB (Craig didn't create the graphic, just reposted).  I know that Drudge is a news aggregator, but a lot of people use Drudge as their primary starting point.  While useful, I fear most of the public no longer uses primary news sources, and instead relies on social media.

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Nate Makes the News!

10,000 Birds

home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Nate Makes the News! Nate Makes the News! By Corey • March 13, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share It is not every day that a local newspaper covers birding at all, so the fact that The Chapel Hill News ran an article on Nate ‘s Triangle Big Year is pretty cool. 4 Responses to “Nate Makes the News!&#

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Some, er, good news for economics majors

Environmental Economics

The Upshot (why do they only give me a Yahoo! option when I want to subscribe to their feed): Graduating into a recession is unlucky. The bad luck haunts young people for years, studies have shown, affecting their salaries , employment prospects and even their health and happiness. But recessions don’t treat all college graduates equally. Those who major in subjects that command higher salaries, like engineering and finance, increase their earnings advantage when they graduate into a recession.

Breaking News

Green Earth Journey

Before dawn this morning, a small team of climate and Native Rights activists rappelled from the US observation deck at Niagara Falls. Dangling hundreds of feet above the ground, they sent a special welcome message to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper ahead of his first official visit to Obama to push dirty Tar Sands oil. More HERE Labels: Did you know

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Is it Real News?

Elephant Journal

In TedEd’s Lessons Worth Sharing, Damon Brown reminds world news consuming citizens of the potency of skepticism, critical thinking, and the importance of the breadth and depth of researching when we’re following current events. It’s a matter of news literacy. It begs the question of the psychology of consumption of news. Enlightened Society Right Livelihood apprentices elephant academy media news consumption news literacy

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Summer guide to bird taxonomy and systematics news

10,000 Birds

So while you’re waiting for that or for low tide, here are a few reads and bits of news on bird taxonomy and systematics that have caught my eye over the past few weeks. It’s mid-July, which among other things means that those of us in North America are starting to check local mudflats for returning shorebird migrants and waiting impatiently for the AOU to hurry up and create five species from the Clapper-King rail complex (the reasons for which we covered last year ).

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The opposite of encouraging news

Environmental Economics

In coming years, Ohioans likely can count on continued poor employment growth, little in the way of pay increases, and more health-care costs shifted to them. via www.dispatch.com.

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The Volt Report - Informative Environmental News

Hug a Tree with Me

The thought that eighty percent of the world’s energy usage comes from fossil fuels is staggering and disheartening, however, that number use to be a lot higher. Before alternative energy was seriously thought of, almost 100 percent of our energy consumption came from fossil fuels. So, even though the number is still high, it is lower today than it was yesterday, which gives us hope that it will be even lower tomorrow. The trouble with traditional energy sources is that it is dirty.

Sad News from New Zealand

10,000 Birds

“Sandra,” a Kakapo first identified over twenty years ago, was found dead after her transmitter harness tangled in some vegetation. The transmitters are used so biologists can track the critically endangered bird. Asides

Cue that breaking news headline music!

Environmental Economics

The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada moved a significant step toward completion Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. The finding is likely to be welcomed by Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states but is sure to further rankle environmentalists already at odds with President Barack Obama over his energy policy. via news.yahoo.com. If (when?)

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Science, Citizen Science, and Citizen Savagery

10,000 Birds

News Bird evolution Common Cuckoo Israel Nature News perching Birding in Israel? Report your sightings to help build an eBird-like database of the country’s avifauna.

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Bad tenure news for Indiana Jones

Environmental Economics

The departmental committee has met to decide on Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones tenure, and the news is not good. In his nine years with the department, Dr. Jones has failed to complete even one uninterrupted semester of instruction. In fact, he hasn’t been in attendance for more than four consecutive weeks since he was hired.

This Week in Bird(ing) News: The Good, the Bad, and the Huh?

10,000 Birds

Still craving more penguin news? The bad: Well, this one’s bad news if you’re a bird-mauling cat in England. News Nature News First, let’s start with the good: Scientific testing of drones near birding hotspot Cape May, NJ has been postponed to avoid messing with Red Knots and Piping Plovers (like the cutie above that Corey photographed there a few years back). (On

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Positive News Sites & Apps for the Weary News Consumer.

Elephant Journal

It can be difficult to avoid the stress and the compassion fatigue that comes with the onslaught of bad news. But so often, we forget that the onslaught of bad news often comes because of an undue focus on negative news stories by the media. Enlightened Society Equal Rights Literary Journal apps awareness balance change family good news happiness Happy Apps happy news healing Health & Wellness life mindfulness news news consumer politics positive news site weary website

Fox News Viewers Most Misinformed (again)

Wend Magazine

More on Fox News and their passionately misinformed legion of followers. From ThinkProgress: Fox News Viewers are the Most Misinformed: A Seventh Study Arrives to Prove It — and Vindicate Jon Stewart! From HuffingtonPost: Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don’t Watch Any News: Study. From PlanetSave: Fox News Boss Ordered Staff to Make Climate Change Seem Doubtful. From my cartoon archive: “Mean Joe green’s” Fox News cartoons.

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Say Hello to Our New Nature News Beat Writer!

10,000 Birds

… Meredith Matthews is a long time reader of 10,000 Birds who regularly let Mike and Corey know about cool news stories, blog posts, and other tidbits related to birds that she found. Now Meredith is the Nature News beat writer and her posts appear whenever inspiration strikes her! It’s been awhile since we added a new Beat Writer here at 10,000 Birds and I am pleased to announce that the long drought has ended.

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NBC News 4 Covers the Killing of Snowy Owls at JFK Airport – Updated!

10,000 Birds

But, when you receive such a call, and your supervisor agrees that you can have the rest of the day off from work as personal time, you end up showing a Snowy Owl for a very nice reporter and on then you end up on the news for NBC’s New York City affiliate. … News Floyd Bennett Field Snowy Owl Late-breaking Update! It looks like we are well on our way to victory on this issue!

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A Big Day, Some Bad News, and a Brazilian Surprise

10,000 Birds

This past week in birding news was nothing if not exciting. News Blue-eyed Ground Dove Brazil Conservation Cornell Lab of Ornithology Global Big Day North American Bird Conservation InitiativeAlmost 16,000 birders, participating in the second annual Global Big Day on May 14th, ticked some 6,284 species worldwide. Let’s see Noah Strycker do that!).

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Pokemon Go Is for the Birds—and Other Avian News

10,000 Birds

There’s something for everyone in this week’s bird news—gotta get ’em all! News Blood bank conservation dog crows everglades Field Sparrows mating New Zealand Pokeblitz Pokemon Go scavenging snail kitesSnail Kites photo by Corey. First off, does your injured bird need a blood transfusion? Now, you can get one, thanks to the world’s first avian blood bank.

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BREAKING NEWS: California Oil Spill update

Sustainability Ninja

More updates to follow — Agricultural News Agriculture Eco News california california oil spill featured oil oil spill Refugio Beach Refugio Beach oil spill spillThe US Coast Guard said that as of 12am PDT the recent oil spill off of the coast of California (18 miles west of Santa Barbara) that resulted from a pipeline failure in to a storm drain, had reached approximately 20,000 gallons of crude oil and covered nearly 9 miles of ocean.

Can my students now use The Onion as a legitimate news source?

Environmental Economics

invaded Iraq, a news outlet predicted the war would be a colossal disaster that would ultimately destabilize the Middle East and fuel the rise of anti-Western forces willing to die for a fundamentalist cause. And the satirical news site nailed it. In March 2003, soon after the U.S.

Good News Garage

Green Earth Journey

Luckily, someone stepped in to help her with her dilemma: Good News Garage , a local nonprofit group. When she decided to upgrade her vehicle, she remembered the kindness that she had been shown, and decided to pass the favor on by donating her Subaru back to Good News Garage, so that another family would be able to benefit from her charity. “ Everybody needs help in different ways, so I try to give back.pay it forward", ” she told Good News Garage.

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