Puerto Rico’s Birds after Hurricane Maria

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In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by two powerful hurricanes: it was grazed by Irma and then clobbered by Maria, a Category 4 storm that cut a devastating swath across the island. territory of Puerto Rico, an American territory where researchers have numerous ongoing investigations, including many studies in El Yunque National Forest. Fajardo is in the northeastern corner of Puerto Rico and the count area includes parts of El Yunque National Forest.

Birding Guanica, Puerto Rico

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It was early afternoon when Mike and I arrived at Bosque Estatal de Guanica, the large dry forest reserve on the south coast of Puerto Rico. But the one we could find during daylight, the Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo , was a bird we couldn’t miss if we wanted to get all of the endemics and Guanica is supposed to be the best place for them on the island. The Puerto Rican Screech Owl and the Puerto Rican Nightjar would have to wait until dark.)

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Birding Culebra, Puerto Rico

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Culebra is the lesser known of the two major islands that lie off the eastern edge of Puerto Rico. Vieques is the island Americans tend to think of when they think of an island vacation destination off the coast of Puerto Rico, both because it is larger and because of the more recent and public fight to stop the American military from using it for bombing practice. A young Brown Booby buzzed the boat on our way back to Puerto Rico.

Birding Maricao, Puerto Rico

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Though it’s been over a month since Mike and I returned from Puerto Rico my blogging about the trip has been sadly lacking. Here, then, is coverage of the first half of our second day in Puerto Rico (16 January 2017), the day that our trip turned from near disaster to total victory thanks to a headache and a serendipitous stop on the side of the road. Puerto Rican Woodpecker. Yes, this is the best shot I got of a Puerto Rican Tanager.

Should Puerto Rico be Part of the ABA Area?

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territories in the Caribbean: Puerto Rico and the U.S. The American flag has flown over Puerto Rico since 1898 and over the Virgin Islands since 1917. This is all appropriate and necessary, as Puerto Ricans and U.S. Now that some of the immediate danger has passed and preliminary recovery is finally underway, it may be worth asking a comparatively trivial question: Why are Puerto Rico and the U.S. Perhaps Puerto Rico and the U.S

Birding Puerto Rico’s Humacao Nature Reserve

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On our first full day in Puerto Rico (Sunday, 15 January), Mike and I decided to start in the east of the island and work our way west. While neither is an endemic they are two of the five hummingbird species found in Puerto Rico and we wanted to make sure to see them, mostly for Mike’s sake as I had seen both in Culebra last year. In the event, neither of us was correct as a Puerto Rican Flycatcher ended up being the first endemic to cross our field of view.

Puerto Rico is Facing a Major Humanitarian Crisis.

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One week after category-four Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, tragically killing 16 people, millions of people on the island are experiencing unimaginable suffering and trauma, due to damaged and destroyed buildings, no running water, widespread power outages, lack of phone or internet, and limited gasoline and food supplies.

The ABA Area and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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The third anniversary of Hurricane Maria barreling its way through Puerto Rico was a few weeks ago. In the aftermath of Maria, I had wondered why both Puerto Rico and the U.S. I later made the case for expansion of the ABA Area to include both Puerto Rico and the U.S.

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East Puerto Rico: top 3 green adventures, in a hurry

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| Green Mini Vacation | There are muchos Puerto Ricos. It has cities with colonial splendor and isolated villages where […] East Puerto Rico: top 3 green adventures, in a hurry is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Which one(s) do you want? Simply a beach? No problem. Mountains? Check. Ocean? River? Rain forest, karst or coastal plains? It’s a big island, 100+ miles long and more than 3,500 square miles in all.

Puerto Rico’s La Chiwinha: An Ethical, Global Gathering Place in San Juan

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Nestled on Calle González near the University of Puerto Rico in Santa Rita < Rio Piedras < San Juan, sits an airy, open market that calls itself a tea room, but is so much more. ’ Co-founders Karla (from Bolivia) and Joel (from Puerto Rico) met while he was serving in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. The post Puerto Rico’s La Chiwinha: An Ethical, Global Gathering Place in San Juan appeared first on Eco-Chick.

Puerto Rico’s Capital Quickly Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages After Accident

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In a move swift and resounding, the capital of Puerto Rico is saying goodbye to horse-drawn carriages. The act is immediate, as San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto over Read More The post Puerto Rico’s Capital Quickly Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages After Accident appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Ethical Travel City Guide to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico: Casa Sol, Castles and Conscious Shops

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Puerto Rico has to be flat-out one of the warmest, friendliest, most interesting destinations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. I spent two weeks there recently (most of that on Vieques, to be the subject of an upcoming post); but had 3 wonderful days in Old San Juan on the main island of Puerto Rico. Just a few minutes’ walk from Concalma was LUCA , another boutique specializing in local Puerto Rican designers and ethical, slow fashion.

Natural Puerto Rico: The Incredible Las Salinas Salt Flats at the Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge

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The western coast of Puerto Rico boasts an ecologically diverse landscape that needs to be seen to be believed. The mangroves remind you you’re still in Puerto Rico, but as you inch along the winding entryway, the world as you know it eases further and further from your mind. There is a small restaurant selling typical Puerto Rican beach food (pinchos, frituras, etc) about a mile from the Salt Flats on 301 in case you need provisions.

Ethical Travel City Guide to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico: Casa Sol, Castles and Conscious Shops

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Puerto Rico has to be flat-out one of the warmest, friendliest, most interesting destinations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. I spent two weeks there recently (most of that on Vieques, to be the subject of an upcoming post); but had 3 wonderful days in Old San Juan on the main island of Puerto Rico. Just a few minutes’ walk from Concalma was LUCA , another boutique specializing in local Puerto Rican designers and ethical, slow fashion.

Ethical Travel City Guide to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico: Casa Sol, Castles and Conscious Shops

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Puerto Rico has to be flat-out one of the warmest, friendliest, most interesting destinations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. I spent two weeks there recently (most of that on Vieques, to be the subject of an upcoming post); but had 3 wonderful days in Old San Juan on the main island of Puerto Rico. Just a few minutes’ walk from Concalma was LUCA , another boutique specializing in local Puerto Rican designers and ethical, slow fashion.

Puerto Rico Preserve Canceled

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Such is the current situation in Puerto Rico, once a place where environmentalists had thought they won a small victory. In 2007, a preserve was ordered to be created in northeastern Puerto Rico. However, this past Friday, the governor of Puerto Rico announced that the preserve would no longer be created. Across the globe it is important to establish nature preserves to help ensure the survival of endangered species and fragile lands.

Ricky Martin Opening Youth Center in Puerto Rico

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Martin has announced plans to open a new center for at-risk children in Loiza, Puerto Rico. The Child Development and Prevention Center will open in 2012, and could expand beyond Loiza to other areas of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Latin America and Mexico, according to Martin. He has also provided several scholarships to young students in Puerto Rico. Ricky Martin – actor, singer, father, philanthropist!

EPA recognizes Sierra Club grassroots efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico

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EPA Environmental Quality Award on behalf of the Sierra Club of Puerto Rico with our partners and EPA Region 2 Regional Administrator Judith Enck (far right). Last week, the Sierra Club of Puerto Rico was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency with the 2013 U.S. Over 200 volunteers manning recycling stations collected 70 tons of recyclables at the festival,” said Camilla Feibelman, Organizing Representative for Sierra Club Puerto Rico.

Ricky Martin Speaks Out Against Puerto Rico’s Proposed Hate Crime Law Excluding LGBT Citizens

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Ricky Martin is speaking out against a proposed bill that would amend Puerto Rico's hate crime legislation. Read More. Causes News People ricky martin

Celebrities Pick Up where Political Leaders Drop the Ball—a Song for Puerto Rico.

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To add insult to injury, he also tweeted that Puerto Rico is "billions of dollars in debt to Wall St. Arts Enlightened Society Equal Rights Right Livelihood Almost Like Praying hurricane Puerto Rico relief song trumpand the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.".

The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

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I recently asked whether Puerto Rico should be part of the American Birding Association’s ABA Area. I will suggest an answer to the question: this post makes the argument that both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Now that Hawaii is in the ABA Area , the next additions should be Puerto Rico and the U.S. Both Puerto Rico and the USVI have active birding communities that are currently excluded from full membership in the ABA family.

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Rob Thomas Gives $350k To Save Homeless Pets in Puerto Rico

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The Puerto Rican branch of Pets Alive used Thomas' donation to build a sanctuary, which is now home to more than 40 dogs. Read More. Animals Causes Music News Top News rob thomas

Mangrove Cuckoos at Humacao Nature Reserve

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For example, on the first morning in Puerto Rico that Mike and I explored Humacao Nature Reserve we saw several Mangrove Cuckoos and these birds had no problem making their way in front of my camera. If you want cooperative and carefree cuckoos get yourself off the mainland and make your way to Puerto Rico. … Birds cuckoos Humacao Nature Reserve Mangrove Cuckoo Puerto Rico

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It’s Never Too Late to Rise from the Ashes. {Poem}

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Arts Inspiring (Wow) Love ashes gratitude healing letting go never too late phoenix poetry Puerto Rico riseIn the darkness he came to save me from, as I “drugged” him down ("drugged" seems deliberate so leaving as is) into the depths of Hades, fist bumping my best friend Death, until he said enough with.

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Searching for the Puerto Rican Parrot

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Way back in January Mike and I made a quick trip to Puerto Rico with the hope of cleaning up on all of the endemic species on the island. I’ve been lazy about blogging about our birding adventures there but the recent hurricanes and Jason’s excellent post on the idea of including Puerto Rico in the ABA Area have spurred me into action once again. We saw a Puerto Rican Parrot ! … Trips endemics parrots Puerto Rican Parrot Puerto Rico

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Filling the Gap Left By DeBooy’s Rail

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During the legendary, lost ‘ Puerto Rico Month ‘ on this blog, a Puerto Rican endemic was mentioned that no 10,000 Birds reader, and in fact no living birder, will ever add to their life lists. It is now believed to have been a fairly common resident of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands until the arrival of the first humans when it went the way of most flightless easy to catch island birds immediately after the arrival of man.

Here’s to Earth Day: 9 eco-friendly Caribbean resorts

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Caribe Hilton San Juan, Puerto Rico. Green Globe Certified in January 2009, this resort was also the 2008 winner of Green Hotel of the Year by the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association. InterContinental San Juan, Puerto Rico. Antigua Caribbean Certification Cozumel Dominican Republic Jamaica Mexico News North America Puerto Rico Resorts St. | Green Travel News |.

The value of life as revealed by the media

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From FiveThirtyEight.com : On Tuesday, two things happened: A New England Journal of Medicine article by Harvard researchers argued that the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was most likely thousands higher than the official number of 64; and Roseanne Barr, the sitcom star, was fired for a racist Twitter rant. According to the watchdog group Media Matters, CNN devoted nearly five hours to discussing Roseanne, and just over 12 minutes to discussing Puerto Rico.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, April 16

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New law protects leatherback turtle nesting site in Puerto Rico. ( Animals Environmental News Science The Green Buzz art BBC Brazil daily news Energy environmental news green news leatherback turtles Mother Nature Network pollutant Puerto Rico sea level rise Treehugger turtles Wired Green news! Get your green news here! Glow-in-the-dark pavement is both (a) super rad and (b) saves energy. Mother Nature Network ).

A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference

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The location was going to be San Juan, Puerto Rico, and I have written a number of pieces on birds and birding in Puerto Rico , so I pondered attending. The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) is held every four years.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 20

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Bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico goes dark: what happened? Africa Animals Asia Pacific The Green Buzz BBC big island bioluminescent bay Christian Science Monitor daily news environmental news GMO gmo crops green news Hawaii Huffington Post Green hunting lion mangrove mangroves mice National Geographic Puerto Rico typhoon We’re blogging about nature’s heroes, promiscuous mice and controversial hunting in today’s green news.

A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference – Part II

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Plenary Speaker Dr. Daniel Cadena — “The Origin and Future of a Tropical Diversity Hotspot” Beyond that, I primarily limited myself to the subject matter of hurricane impacts on birds and anything about Puerto Rico.

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Rob Thomas Asks for Donations to Puerto Rican Animal Rescue

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Rob Thomas tweeted for donations to Pets Alive Puerto Rico in honor of Puerto Rican day, along with a picture of his dog rescued through the organization. Read More. Animals Causes News Top News rob thomas

Trump tweets attacks on a Puerto Rico Mayor after she begs for help. Here’s Lin Manuel Miranda’s response(s).

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Relephant bonus [image]: “Redditor claims to be Puerto Rican, gets called out, then forgets to switch accounts before claiming to be (different) multiracial user defending first post.“ “ In times of need, we see how we show up. President Trump has surprised few by talking a big game, playing two separate golf trips, taking credit for […]. Main Categories* Enlightened Society Equal Rights Waylon Lewis WAYLON: Today Only

COP18: First Day Shows Delegate the Meaning of Empowerment.

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After seven years working in the environmental movement in Puerto Rico and United States, it was not until yesterday I realized the real meaning, in my personal experience, of the verb empower. Youth delegates of several organizations from the United States, Canada, Arab Nations and underrepresented countries and groups (Granada, Puerto Rico, etc.) Compass. « COP18: Sierra Student Coalition Delegate Speaks at Opening Plenary | Main.

Summer Books for Kids (and the rest of us)

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Parrots Over Puerto Rico is a wonderland of colors and shapes. The story of the Puerto Rican Amazon, also known as the Puerto Rico Parrot, Parrots Over Puerto Rico is illustrated with deeply hued collages created by Susan L. There are two stories here–the story of the parrots, and the story of the settlement of the island of Boriquén, which became the island of Puerto Rico.

Go Celtics!

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from North Carolina through Texas, and in Puerto Rico and U.S. Another missed opportunity: From the inbox: The National Marine Fisheries Service has two positions for marine resource economists with the Social Science Research Group at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, FL. The Southeast Fisheries Science Center conducts basic and applied research to support management of living marine resources in federal waters off southeastern coastal waters of the U.S.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2016?

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Corey will be returning from Puerto Rico and may need several days to re-acclimate to New York winter conditions. Saint Augustine famously asserted, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Sometimes I think the world is a field guide. Only through travel can you truly appreciate all the plates! I’m still in Israel, planning to cap off our adventure by exploring the Dead Sea and some live birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2017)

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Corey did not get out birding much this weekend after our trip to Puerto Rico last week. Mid-January offers some pretty bland birding in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, or at least little you can’t see during the month before or after. Is that why millions of people seemed to crowd their nearest urban center on Saturday?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2017?

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Good or bad, I’m hitting the road this weekend and dragging Corey with me as we blitz through Puerto Rico in an effort to vacuum up every endemic on that sunny Caribbean island. May I let you in on a little secret, just between you and me? A new calendar year doesn’t make common birds any more exciting to me.

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Welcome Jason Crotty, Our New Beat Writer

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He has also written about birding in Puerto Rico, which he believes is criminally underappreciated as a destination for birders. We here at 10,000 Birds are excited to announce a new beat writer who will have his first post go live tomorrow. Please give a warm welcome to Jason Crotty, who will be writing about “General Birding and the Law” on the second Tuesday of each month.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2017)

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Corey and I just spent our first day blitzing Puerto Rico and pulled some sweet sightings. Anyone who makes the effort will likely find–and fall for–the Puerto Rican Tody , a dazzling member of a charismatic Caribbean genus. But our toughest won victory had to be Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo , which almost went down as heard-only until we worked our way into a highly satisfying sighting.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2016)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was going to be one of the birds he saw in Puerto Rico on Friday before flying back to New York. Many people I know are begrudgingly returning to work today after a long weekend or holiday away. Perhaps you’re in the same boat. If so, remember that one of the most mature ways to deal with the end of a memorable vacation is simply to plan the next one!

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