Product Review

The Green Samaritan

As far as products and reviews, we were impressed with how Nordgreen spends their time and efforts on the watches they offer and the positive steps they are taking in terms of sustainability.

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The Bird Way: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The post The Bird Way: A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews Bird Behavior book reviewOne good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do.

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Landfill by Tim Dee: Review

10,000 Birds

The post Landfill by Tim Dee: Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review books gulling gullsI have visited my local landfill for the last seven years, usually several times per winter, only to recently stumble upon a book called the Landfill! While I have written several blogs on the topic (e.g., here and here ), Tim Dee devoted an entire book to it and I just had to read it. “‘I haven’t met people who say, I quite like gulls.

Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

10,000 Birds

–especially when reviewing books like A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia or Far from Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds. They are incredibly beautiful and I wish I could exhibit more in this review. Reviews book review penguinsPenguins!

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Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

10,000 Birds

Portillo Padua’s previous documentary, the 2012 Diario a Tres Voces, was well reviewed and made the festival circuit, but it was of the creative, personal documentary subspecies. The post Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews film review; Rio GrandeThe first shot of Birders is of a helicopter. It’s an official-looking helicopter, photographed flying in the air at eye level, as if we’re next to it.

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Root Pouch – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I encountered Root Pouch for the first time at the Garden Press Event 2020 in the beginning of March that year and it immediately, for me, ticked a number of boxes in the green department.

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The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The post The Falcon Thief: A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review falconsSeptember 2017, Cerrado, Brazil. The proprietor of our ecolodge guides my small group of birders up a steep slope where we see, just at the point where a scope view deteriorates into pixels, a huge bird—a Chaco Eagle, also known as a Crowned Eagle—on a huge nest. We are cautioned to keep the location of the eagle a secret.

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“Birds of Cyprus” field guide review

10,000 Birds

The post “Birds of Cyprus” field guide review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review cyprus Europe field guideFor the last two decades, Europe and the greater Mediterranean have been covered by one of the best field guides anywhere: “Collins Bird Guide” by Lars Svensson et al., published in the US by Princeton as “Birds of Europe”.

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

10,000 Birds

The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.” That sentence will do for this review and this book, too: it’s unavoidable. The post Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews Blue jays book review wildlife rehabilitators

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Cool Green Fall Book Review

Nature Conservancy - Science

The post Cool Green Fall Book Review appeared first on Cool Green Science. Six nature and science books to entertain or inspire you when you need it. Ideas Our Nature Reads

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Huskup – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks. coffee cup green living plastic plastic pollution Plastic Waste product review waste

Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. One of the reasons I wanted to review Antpittas and Gnateaters was that I was curious about whether it could stand as a model for future bird family books. The post Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Reviews antpittas book reviewAntpittas and Gnateaters by Harry F.

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The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

Nature Conservancy - Science

The post The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020 appeared first on Cool Green Science. Seven nature, science and conservation books perfect for a gift – or escapist reading. Ideas Our Nature Reads

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

10,000 Birds

There are actually two types of quizzes–those in the formal Quiz and Review in the back of the book, and quizzes scattered through the Introduction and some of the species accounts, whose answers are given in a separate back-of-the-book section. I would normally not attempt to identify these gulls till I had read this book again, but in the interest of good reviewing I peeked at the answers. The post Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The same is true of Guide to the Birds of Honduras , which I reviewed in 2018 and which was also a grassroots project (though Birds of Bolivia obtained greater support from large birding organizations). ” The post Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews Bolivia book review field guide

Birding Without Borders: A Review

10,000 Birds

But it would be unfair for a book review to reveal how much further he got on his tally, or what his final extraordinary total was. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer and birder, is a frequent and appreciated reviewer for 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review listing Noah StryckerBIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World. By Noah Strycker. Houghton Mifflin, 352 pp., $27. ISBN 978-0-544-55814-4.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition. Both of these very brief essays gave essential context to old and new readers (and reviewers). Many thanks to HMH for providing review copies. Reviews book review field guides

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Paper Saver – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Paper Saver is – probably – the most eco-friendly notebook ever The Paper Saver comes without paper inside, because it's meant to be stuffed with old, discarded printouts from your home office. Having received my review sample I have to say that it is – in my opinion – a brilliant idea and probably beats any recycling of single-side printed paper and so many pages come as just that.

Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

10,000 Birds

The post Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review winterHere are some of the things I learned reading Birds in Winter: . Birds who store food in advance of winter (corvids, t**s, and nuthatches) have a larger hippocampus (the brain structure that regulates memory) than non-storing birds do.

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ARS long-reach pruner ? Product review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The ARS-160-0.6 long-reach pruner is a cut and hold snipper, ideally suited for pruning of roses, for instance, but also for other tasks, including harvesting certain crops. It has a length, that is to say a reach of 60cm, to which you can add the reach of your extended arm, and a weight of 360grams. ARS-160-0.6 Price, incl.

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"Signed Peer Reviews"

Environmental Economics

The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics' (another one that doesn't appear in RePEc rankings yet) peer reviews are not even single blind. Linwood Pendleton : One possible approach to improving peer review is to eliminate anonymity. Anonymity  Anonymity in the peer-review system is outdated. In The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, we are working to develop ways to connect editors, reviewers and authors in an open manner.

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What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

10,000 Birds

Look at the Swallow page shown in the beginning of this review: there is a comparison of Barn Swallow and Cliff Swallow nests; silhouettes of a Barn Swallow in flight; a skeleton of a Barn Swallow, bones stronger and stiffer than humans but not, surprisingly, heavier. The post What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Reviews book review David Sibley

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ARS-UVR-32PRO – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ARS-UVR-32PRO from Sorbus International Pro pruning saw with sheath, curved blade 4mm pitch, rubber grip. Blade high-Carbon Steel with hard-chrome plating. Curvature ground teeth (SUPER TURBOCUT®) and impulse hardened. 4mm tooth pitch with 1.5 mm tooth thickness. Blade length 320 mm and overall length 480 mm with a weight of 430 grams.

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Cool Green Summer Book Review

Nature Conservancy - Science

Butterflies, wildflowers, mongooses and more: new nature books reviewed. Ideas Our Nature Reads

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Sprout Lands – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan Published by W W Norton, April 2019 Hardcover 165 x 244 mm / 384 pages ISBN 9780393609417 Price: £19.99 Arborist William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia. Farmers once knew how to make a living fence and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

When you review the system, it makes perfect sense: falcons are placed with hawks, nightjars are next to owls, and grebes are close to ducks, rather than separated from them by quail and grouse. I started out this review talking about the chaos of April and how a bird book, this particular bird book, made a difference. The post Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Reviewer rant follow-up

Environmental Economics

My reply: It is #2 on my list of late papers to review. I should be able to finish the review in the next two weeks. From the inbox today: Dear John: It has been three weeks since your scores were due for the manuscript entitled [title]. How is it going? We are looking forward to hearing from you. If this is unacceptable and you would like to move on to another referee, please let me know.  

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Futurekind – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Futurekind Design for and by the People by Dr. Rob Phillips Published by Thames & Hudson, May (16) 2019 240 pages 900 illustrations Hardback 25.5 x 21.0 cm ISBN: 978 0 500 519790 Price: 39.95 Hardback Manual and manifesto, an inspiration and a call to arms; this rich and timely survey is all in one and presents over sixty innovative, socially and environmentally conscious design projects changing the world for the better.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

Reviewing it also brought up some questions, which will be explored throughout this review. Thorough review of bird specimens from across Central America, as well as a review of ornithological literature, is what gives me an understanding of what needs to be said, and inspires me to get to the drawing board. The one on the left is from the book being reviewed here, Birds of Central America , and the plate on the right is from Birds of Peru.

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Churchill & Orwell – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Churchill & Orwell – The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E. book review Churchill Orwell politicsRicks Published 1st June 2017 Royal Hardback, £25 352 pages, with 26 b/w photographs ISBN 9780715652374 Liberty and truth have never been so topical.

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Birding for the Curious: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

I usually put the author’s biography near the end of a review, but I wanted to get the disclaimers out of the way. Not only is Nate a birding and blogging colleague, but Mike Bergin, 10,000 Birds co-publisher, has written the Foreword and I have been threatened with all sorts of birder-type punishment if I give this book a bad review. But, as we say in the book review world, you can’t keep a critical mind down. Reviews beginning birding book review

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When peer review isn't

Environmental Economics

I do this because X published a paper I refereed, a paper that I considered unsuitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Even worse, they did not even bother to respond to my concerns (as is normal in the review process) before proceeding to publication. The worst part is that the author is likely to claim the paper as a "peer reviewed article" in their CV and for promotional purposes.

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Beats the Beltway: a review of Bruce Beehler’s book “Natural Encounters”

10,000 Birds

Ordinarily an assiduous reviewer would locate the Halle book, read it, and then draw, as part of his review, whatever interesting comparisions between the two books might avail. The Abbott and Rushforth looks like it might be pretty good, but this reviewer has been unable to obtain a copy. This is Beehler’s tenth book; the last one, North on the Wing, was previously reviewed here. . . Birding Birds Reviews book review

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Murder Most Wildfowl: A Review of “A Dance of Cranes” by Steve Burrows

10,000 Birds

The post Murder Most Wildfowl: A Review of “A Dance of Cranes” by Steve Burrows appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birds Reviews book review Whooping CranesSince the last notice of him on this blogsite (in June 2018), Steve Burrows has published two more novels in his terrific “Birder Murder” series, the fifth and sixth – respectively, A Tiding of Magpies and, now the latest, A Dance of Cranes. This is good news, and especially so for birders.

2019 157

Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

In some cases, Hashimoto presents both water color and block print images, such as the block print of a male Wood Duck shown at the beginning of this review, colorfully dramatic, and the watercolor below, more subtle and atmospheric in its use of line and hue. The post Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews bird art book reviewI first encountered Molly Hashimoto’s bird art in California.

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Forthcoming book review

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Thank you! Your proof corrections for AJAR - AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS : 12280 : Contingent Valuation of Environmental Goods: A Comprehensive Critique, by Daniel McFadden and Kenneth Train (Eds.). Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 319 pages, ISBN: 978-1-78643-468-5, AU$210 have been received

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Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Reviews book review CubaCuba is on my mind. It’s probably on your mind too, especially if you live in the United States. 26 endemics! Bee Hummingbird, the smallest hummingbird in the world! Cuban Black Hawk, split in 2007 from Common Black Hawk! Fernandina’s Flicker, a tongue-twisting alliterative name for one of the most endangered woodpeckers in the world! Cuban Trogon, the national bird who wears the colors of the Cuban flag!

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The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review

10,000 Birds

As Donna pointed out in her review of the latest (seventh) edition of the NatGeo field guide, they usually, but not always, succeed). The post The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review national geographicIn the e-era now, print magazines are going the way of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Take a moment, then, to give thanks for the remaining good ones, the primary example being National Geographic.

Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth – A Film Review

10,000 Birds

The post Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth – A Film Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews eagles film reviewThe Philippine Eagle has a kind face. I couldn’t help thinking this–me, the anthropomorphism hater– as I watched a pair of Philippine Eagles tend their nest, raise a chick, and tear monkeys apart in Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth , a well-crafted, beautifully filmed documentary with a mission.

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Review: Sparrow by Kim Todd

10,000 Birds

It’s a sign, I think, when I receive a book to review and realize I just bought the same book, on my own recognizance, for my own pleasure. Reviews book review books House Sparrows sparrowsAlso a sign when I spot other books by the same author on the shelf in the office of a member of my thesis committee, and on my own Christmas wish list. In this case, the signs were right. This is a good book.

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Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Products – A Review, Giveaway & A Recipe

Hug a Tree with Me

A little over a week ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup and Elderberry Extract and I am excited to tell you all about it. Write a review. In addition to their elderberry extract and syrup, Norm’s Farms also offers dried elderflowers , elderberry plants and natural jams and jellies (review and giveaway coming soon). reviews and giveaways review and giveaway

Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Last year I reviewed The Feather Thief , an enjoyable tale centering on the use of feathers in the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying, and how that led to the theft of priceless bird skins by one obsessed young man. The post Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review HistoryA feather is a magical thing.

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Growing Self-Sufficiency – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

A simple way to grow your own Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Growing Self-Sufficiency Realize your dream and enjoy producing your own fruit, vegetables, egg and meat. book review gardening green living grow your own Sally Nex self-sufficiencyEnjoy chicken, eggs, fruit, veg?

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