November, 2019

Landfill by Tim Dee: Review

10,000 Birds

I 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.

Recommended reading: Another important VSL paper

Environmental Economics

Why not? Monetizing Bowser: A Contingent Valuation of the Statistical Value of Dog Life. Deven Carlson, Simon Haeder, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Joseph Ripberger  Abstract. Households in the USA spend about $70 billion annually on pets.

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Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products, and we also have, quite seriously, to learn to differentiate between needs and wants. Often our wants masquerade as needs when they are not needs at all.

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Embracing Small Acts

The Green Samaritan

Returning the grocery cart, holding the door open or picking up a piece of trash. What small act can you do to strengthen our interconnectedness? See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Kindness, Mindfulness Quotes/Inspiration

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Risks of designer babies real, new computer sims reveal

Green Prophet

Select for a gene linked to a higher IQ and you might also be selecting for negative traits too, like anorexia.

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Sustainable Agroforestry Systems and Practices in Agriculture

Greentumble

The practice of cultivating trees on farms alongside other agricultural production has a long history throughout the world.

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Huizaches, Granjenos, and Nopales

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Over the past few months, I have attempted to introduce our readers to some of my favorite birding sites around my city of Morelia, Mexico. Along the way, I hope to give you an idea of what birding in Mexico is like.

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Become a wildlife guardian this autumn

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Choose One/Lose One Fall Challenge

The Green Samaritan

Choose Stainless Steel Straws – Lose the Plastic Straw – Or just forgo all together! If you really don’t need the straw, just take a pass. And if you like a straw, bring your own. There. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Sorry Greta, World to produce 120% more fossil fuels by 2030 – drastically at odds with warming limit

Green Prophet

Oil-powered Shoaiba Desalination plant looks like Gotham City. Desalination used in dry countries like Saudi Arabia is a major cause of greenhouse gases. . It’s kind of like the Shaggy song, even when he’s caught red handed: it wasn’t me.

Floodplains: Protecting & Restoring an Overlooked Ecosystem

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new tool helps protect the many values of floodplains for people and nature. Ideas TNC Science Water

Mike And Corey Are Going To Uganda!

10,000 Birds

This coming Thursday both Mike and I will be jetting our way to a continent neither of us have ever visited. Yes, we’ll be heading to Africa, more specifically the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda. We’ll be attending the 3rd African Birding Expo and the pre-Expo familiarity tour.

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Yucks and grins

Environmental Economics

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London College of Garden Design to sponsor planting design competition

Green (Living) Review

The London College of Garden Design has announced their sponsorship of a Planting Design Competition at the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020.

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How Can You Help Prevent and Control Soil Erosion?

Greentumble

Soil erosion is a problem that is seen on every continent, in every country and on any type of soil and environment. Erosion is natural process but with our activities changing natural dynamics and removing vegetation cover, soil erosion has been steadily accelerating over the last decades.

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How Can Employers Attract More Millennials?

Green Prophet

Millenials want jobs with meaning. Can you get them outdoors or promise that their work will contribute to a brighter future? If yes, you can find a way to attract their skills and loyalty. The generational gap has never seemed as wide as it has become today.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Nature Conservancy - Science

A veritable feast of turkey content from our archives. Birds & Birding Birds Wildlife

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2019)

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The rush of migration seems to have ended just about everywhere in the world. Are these, I ask gesturing figuratively around me, all the winter visitors or resident breeders we’ll be observing for the next few months?

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Bar-shouldered Doves in Broome

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I am not sure how it happened, but I have written 480 posts and somehow not even shared photos of Bar-shouldered Doves. This bird species is usually the first in our garden each morning and the last to leave at the end of the day!

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A couple of California firsts.

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My sightings of Greater Roadrunners have often proved to be eccentric and unpredictable.

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Grand River Brewery: 313 Polish Lager

10,000 Birds

It was in the great borough of Queens in New York City that I first discovered both beer and birding, two great loves of my life that happily intersect with great regularity here at Birds and Booze.

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Birding in Nanhui, Shanghai in October 2019

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Sometimes I am tired of words, tired of writing. So, this post just shows 25 birds I spotted at Nanhui (coastal Shanghai) in October 2019. Not all of them rare, but all of them interesting (at least for me).

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Lake Cuitzeo gets good

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Having come back to Mexico from Europe, I chose to make my first home outing to my local lake, Lake Cuitzeo. That is because, by October, the waterfowl and shorebirds that have migrated away from most of our readers, have come to spend the winter where I am.

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Fall Birding at Nisqually NWR

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Most of the estuaries of Puget Sound in Washington State have been developed, but one of the few that remain is the Nisqually River Delta, which was protected as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1974.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2019)

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Whatever weather you experienced this weekend probably resembles your next four months or so, although probably not as extreme. The same applies to your weekend’s birding. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Australian Magpies in Broome

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Australian Magpies are a species that most people are familiar with, but often for the wrong reasons. Australian Magpies are a very large black and white bird. Their plumage varies throughout Australia, but due to their size they are hard to mistake for another bird species.

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How to Watch Birds in the Rains of Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

As birders, we face a particular set of challenges. Where can a birder find the best prices for quality optics? Which field guides to use, digital, paper, or both?

How to Bird on Crutches

10,000 Birds

Clearly, it is easier said than done. And after three decades of walking on crutches, I still do not know how to answer the title question.

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Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

10,000 Birds

For most avian migrants heading south towards Mexico, Central and South America, crossing thru the Arizona desert areas can provide very few water, food and resting areas.

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Old World waterfowl… and other waterfowl in the Old World

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As I mentioned last week, my wife, son, and daughter-in-law spent much of the month of October in Europe.

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

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I first encountered Molly Hashimoto’s bird art in California. Her lively block prints adorn calendars, note cards, puzzles, and children’s books, very much in the popular tradition of beloved minimalist Charley Harper.

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A Western Kingbird at Jones Beach

10,000 Birds

This past Saturday morning I was out at Jones Beach birding all morning with my good friends Seth and Mary, who had dragged me, kicking and screaming, from my local patches in Queens.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2019)

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If you live in a part of the world that observes Daylight Savings Time, you lucked into an extra hour this weekend. Did you spend it birding? I wisely allocated my extra hour to a little lakewatch activity.

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White-quilled Honeyeaters

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White-quilled Honeyeaters- Entomyzon albipennis are found in the north of Australia. It is one of the largest of the honeyeaters and a similar size to the Friarbirds , Wattlebirds and Miners. The colours of the White-quilled Honeyeater are also a stand-out feature.

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Collaborative List – October 2019

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14 countries were birded this month by 13 beats; a record participative effort! 172 lists were shared and 1004 species were seen, both records for October, so well done beats!

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Bellwoods Brewery: Bring Out Your Dead (2018)

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I was really looking forward to this week’s installment of Birds and Booze. Last night was Hallowe’en, making tomorrow – in some Christian traditions – All Souls’ Day, the annual “Commemoration of All Faithful Departed”.

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The possibilities of pallets and pallet wood

Green (Living) Review

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