May, 2019

Checklist of the Birds of Westeros

10,000 Birds

Now that the Mad Queen is dead, Brandon the Broken, First of His Name, is the King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm; and peace is restored in all the kingdoms, would you want to bird Westeros?

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Japan!

Indigenize

Shinrin-yoku research trip begins! Spiritual Ecopsychology Adventures animism dreams earth-based spirituality Japan nature travel trees

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Three in ten children can't tie their shoelaces when leaving primary school

Green (Living) Review

And 62% of parents admit they have no time to teach them by Michael Smith (Veshengro) 3 in 10 children are still unable to tie their shoe laces on leaving primary school according to findings from a survey commissioned by OSGO* to coincide with National Feet Week (13th – 20th May).

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Graphic of the Day: I'm just going to leave this here while I wipe my tears.

Environmental Economics

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Aleph Farms engineers lab-grown steaks from cattle cells, secures $12 million

Green Prophet

While the Impossible Burger is taking on the world of beef Whoppers by storm and sorts of vegetable or insect-derived solutions are cropping up to give vegans and our future selves an alternative to meat, an Israeli company has just secured $12 million to grow real beef in the lab.

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The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Act has been reauthorized. What birds most need its help? Birds & Birding Birds Migrations

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How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In the birding world, May is the beautiful time. With birds bedecked in their breeding best and filling the air with song, this is migration at its loveliest. A wonderful variety of bird species are waiting to be seen and among them are many a birder’s favorite avian group, the wood-warblers.

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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

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A new journal: Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics

Environmental Economics

Kelsey Piper at Vox ( This economics journal only publishes results that are no big deal ): Start with the name: Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics (SURE).

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Scientists remake 5,000 year-old brew from Pharaoh’s yeast

Green Prophet

A 5,000 year old brew is resurrected using yeast pulled from ancient Egyptian pottery. Researchers say: “Now know what Philistine and Egyptian beers tasted like.” ” What kind of beer did Pharaoh drink? In ancient times, beer was an important ingredient in people’s daily diet.

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Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

Nature Conservancy - Science

High temperatures are often the greatest weather-related public health threat. Trees can help. Climate Change Climate Forests Health & Nature Natural Climate Solutions Urban Conservation

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The Battle of Stalingrad, or Crows vs. People

10,000 Birds

In 1942, a shepherd from the Ural Mountains, Vasily Zaytsev, then a soldier in the Red Army, found himself on the front lines of the Battle of Stalingrad. Zaytsev had impressive marksmanship skills, which is why he was soon transferred to the sniper division.

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How Can We Prevent or Reverse Desertification and Save Lands from Desert Encroachment?

Greentumble

As other natural ecosystems, deserts have their own dynamics independent of human activities. Throughout the history, sand dunes have always been retreating or slowly expanding into adjacent areas when given the chance. But processes that happen during desertification are different.

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Biodegradable and compostable plastic

Green (Living) Review

First of all it is still plastic by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Biodegradable is often understood by the general public almost like that is composts, and that is also the intention of the word being used, but it does no such thing.

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A great job opportunity for an undergraduate economics student (deadline May 28)

Environmental Economics

Assessing the Benefits & Costs of Environmental Policies that Improve Water Quality :  A research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S.

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Tons of trash left at picnic sites by Israelis after Passover

Green Prophet

Israel’s recent Passover holiday period, which also included opening season visits to beaches and various picnic sites, is still being dealt with by national park and forestry employees long after holiday goers returned home.

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A New View of Bird Vision

Nature Conservancy - Science

New research shows that birds see more colors than you do. Birds & Birding Birds Weird Nature

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New York State’s First Common Greenshank

10,000 Birds

There I was, enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon at home on a rainy and blustery day, resting on my laurels after seeing lots of good birds on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Munia in Singapore

10,000 Birds

During our three weeks of birding in a variety of habitats around Singapore we encountered three species of Munia. We are very familiar with the finches and mannikins in Australia with Double-barred Finches visiting our garden every day.

Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona

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In my continuing tour of the many sites for birding here in the Tucson, Arizona area, I have run across the Sam Lena Park, and athletic complex.

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Brown-eared Bulbuls in blossom

10,000 Birds

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Do birders and canoeists/kayakists/kayakers/kakies make good bedfellows I wonder? The new canoeing centre is still under construction at Kasairinkaikoen, so to hide my disappointment, I went birding instead. Oriental Turtle Dove.

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The Whistling Ducks of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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I couldn’t believe it. On a sandbar in the center of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, hundreds of ducks swirled around each other or lay down to take cover against the punishing wind.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2019)

10,000 Birds

We hope that all the mothers–and everyone who has mothers–enjoyed an absolutely delightful Mother’s Day this weekend, whether that holiday is observed in your country or not. I also hope for your collective sakes that you managed to eke out a bit of birding while you were at it!

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Birds of Tierra Caliente

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I am originally from California, so it is easy for me to deal with a geography defined by a low coastal mountain range, a central valley, and a much higher inland range (in California, the Sierra Nevada). But for the past 25 years, I have lived in Mexico’s state of Michoacán.

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Surpassing 300 Species in Costa Rica on Global Big Day, 2019

10,000 Birds

Global Big Day is an initiative created by the folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to promote the use of eBird and birding in general.

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How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

10,000 Birds

“Get a field guide!” ” That’s what novice birders are told, over and over. But, sometimes an appreciation of birds and birding requires more than a reference book with images of birds and facts about their identifying field marks.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2019)

10,000 Birds

If you don’t have a superb bird to report after the first weekend of May, you’re definitely not trying. Don’t worry: the month of migration has just begun.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of May 2019?

10,000 Birds

Is May ending already? Some birders wait eleven months for just this moment, keenly feeling loss after its passing. How can you prevent the post-migration blues? Make hay while the sun shines: if birds are still passing through your corner of the world, get out and greet every one.

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Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore

10,000 Birds

During our three weeks of birding in Singapore we spent many hours on forest trails. We had hoped that during our visit we may encounter a Blue-winged Pitta.

The Golden-cheeked Warbler and Conservation Banks

10,000 Birds

The endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler breeds only in Texas Hill Country near Austin and San Antonio, but much of its nesting grounds have cleared in favor of subdivisions.

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Mexican visitors in Box Canyon

10,000 Birds

One of the great things about living in southern Arizona is our proximity to Mexico. This allows for some really fun birds to come across the border, not that they know it is a border, and giving us some interesting birds each year.

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The Skimmers Have Returned to Navarre Bridge

10,000 Birds

A few miles from my home, a bridge rises gradually over the water of Santa Rosa Sound. Linking the mainland of the Florida Panhandle to the barrier island of Navarre Beach, half the bridge structure slopes to the water as sandy edges and sea wall.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part Three: Sweet, Sweet Sage

10,000 Birds

This past Friday, after leaving Cupsogue where my twitch for the Wilson’s Plover had ended in success I decided to head back over to Big Egg Marsh in my home borough of Queens to see if I could rediscover the Burrowing Owl I had seen the previous evening could be rediscovered.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part Two: Mr. Wilson the Plover

10,000 Birds

After seeing the Burrowing Owl on Thursday night last week and talking to some other birders I realized that Friday was shaping up to be a good migration day, at least so far as we could divine from the weather forecast. I decided to take Friday off from work and devote my day to birding.

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Welcome Our Newest Beat Writer, Paul Lewis

10,000 Birds

When Paul Lewis reached out to us asking if we were interested in some blog posts about birding in Mexico we were psyched! After all, the beat writer who had been posting about Mexican birds, the amazing Tom, has moved from Mexico and we didn’t have anyone writing about the birds there.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part One: A Burrowing Owl?!?!?!

10,000 Birds

I was home on Thursday evening hanging out with Desi. Daisy was working late and my mother-in-law had kindly started to make me some spicy ramen for dinner.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2019)

10,000 Birds

If you’re devoting as many free hours to birding as we are this month, you have no time for preamble. Let’s share sightings! i saw plenty of new birds this weekend, some of them in the process of making future new birds.

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