July, 2019

Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

10,000 Birds

Some birders are more learners than listers, others more photographers than birders. However, no matter how one enjoys or takes in interest in the avian side of life, an official list of the birds for a given area is of vital importance.

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) is a top 3 economics journal.

Environmental Economics

at least according to the Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2018. And yes, I'm telling you this because John and I now have a top 3 publication (and I think we deserve a raise dammit

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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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Timber Rattlesnakes: Cool Facts and an Uncertain Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

Meet the feared but reclusive and docile snake of the eastern forest. From the Field Wildlife Herps Weird Nature

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Put Plants In Your Home To Live Longer

Green Prophet

Summertime, and the green outdoors beckons. It’s tempting to go for a healthy walk outdoors. But what if you live in an apartment, a bus ride away from a park? Or spend the best part of daylight hours in an office building?

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Waldorf Education Philosophy

The Green Changemakers

Source: [link] The Waldorf education philosophy is just one of the many systems we have researched to create the Education for Life Program. The Waldorf method distinguishes three broad stages in child development that each last approximately seven years.

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. America) or westbound (from Europe). Yet, for most people, birders are all eccentric. What if you were truly eccentric?

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Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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The last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. Getting to actually see four species, in the last two weeks, and to hear two more is almost unheard of in my experience.

Yellow Bitterns in Singapore

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One bird that is easily encountered in Singapore without venturing too far off the beaten track is the Yellow Bittern. The Yellow Bittern is often overlooked by visitors to many of the parks and gardens in Singapore.

Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

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Helm Field Guides, Paperback – May 2018. As we birders like to see ourselves, we aren’t tourists but travellers, even explorers. And hence we do not carry tourist guides with us. Our tourist attractions have feathers and unlike crumbling temples or colonial buildings, do not stay in one place.

Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

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I consider myself fortunate that I learned to love summer birding before I ever knew what the summer doldrums are, if only because summer was the very first season I began birding.

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Amur Paradise Flycatcher in Jixi, Anhui, China

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A few weeks ago, I spent a few days at Jixi, Anhui, a relatively rural place about 2.5 hours away from Shanghai by high-speed train. There, breeding Amur Paradise Flycatchers have become an attraction for Chinese bird photographers, and the source of some tourism income for the locals.

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Great Mexican Bird Names

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By the time this post is published, I will be on a short trip to Spain, though not principally for birding purposes. So I decided to make it easy on myself, and follow up on the whole name theme we did a couple of weeks ago.

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Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

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Antpittas and Gnateaters by Harry F. Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. I hesitated because a 496-page book about two skulky neotropical bird groups is a little intimidating.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2019)

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July birding in the Northern Hemisphere may be slow, but you’ve got to love those adorable baby birds! Does anyone out there keep a separate list for fledglings and chicks?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2019?

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While a huge swath of the United States braces for record-setting heat–again–other parts of the world may be suffering equally oppressive though dramatically different weather. Wherever you are, whatever you do, stay safe, but also try to find time to check out some birds!

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2019?

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Summer (or winter, depending on where you are this week) rolls on, leading us deep into the dreaded doldrums. Don’t give up on birding, though. Even a small change in routine or location can open up unexpected possibilities.

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

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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. Who knew?


Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

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The Trump Administration has been a challenging place for conservationists to find any glimmers of optimism. Other than a sweeping public lands package in 2019 , there has been little or no progress on the environment or wildlife protection. Indeed, there has been considerable cause for alarm.

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Blue Quail Wine: Chardonnay (2017)

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With about two-thirds of the United States on the verge of a dangerous heatwave, I’m hesitant to endorse any libation but shockingly cold ice water for our readers in eastern North America this weekend.

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High-Altitude Birding in Central Mexico

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One of the things I love about birding around Morelia, in central Mexico, is the wide variety of habitats I have nearby.

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Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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For many folks who live in places with cold winters, toucans are the birds on cereal boxes. While growing up in western New York during the 70s and 80s, sure, we could have found some information, some illustrations of toucans at the local public library. But that would have required a lot more time and tedious effort than gazing at a cereal box accompanied by a sugar-soaked breakfast.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of July 2019?

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Many Americans have kicked off the first weekend of July with a very extended weekend. Unfortunately, a week of Saturdays won’t bring the migrants back! With hope, each of you finds yourself exactly where the best birds are.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2019)

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Weekends, whether long or short, usually produce opportunities for noteworthy moments. Hopefully, you manufactured one or two of the avian observation variety. Most of the birds of note during my weekend in Pittsburgh appeared in transit.

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Central Catchment Nature Reserve Singapore

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The Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore is a huge area that covers over 2,000 hectares of forest. There are over twenty kilometres of walking trails within the park and it is open from 7am until 7pm daily.

The cuckoo tree

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On a recent trip to India, a non-descript tree caught my attention. It was overlooking the butterfly garden in Sanjeevaiah Park , Hyderabad. The hysterical call of an Asian Koel , Eudynamys scolopaceus , first attracted me and as I turned to look, a Greater Coucal, Centropus sinensis , flew down from its leafy boughs and disappeared into the reeds of a nearby wet patch. The koel and coucal are both from the extended cuckoo family Cuculidae.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

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Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?)

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The Birds of Washington, DC

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There are a lot of birds in Washington, DC. Oh sure, you can go to Rock Creek Park or the Tidal Basin to seek out living avian species, or visitors can head to the Smithsonian museums for a dose of past and present bird lore from all over the world. In early June, I took note of each museum bird I spotted. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History boasts an entire collection of skins of birds native to the DC area, from large Bald Eagles to tiny Eastern Screech Owls.

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8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat

Nature Conservancy - Science

From urine-accented mud baths to “bloody” sunscreen, how wildlife stays cool in the hot summer. Climate Change Wildlife

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The Extinct Birds Project

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new book and exhibition tracks the lives, and deaths, of lost birds. Birds & Birding Birds Endangered Species Our Nature Reads

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the corner of our campsite, where two wood beams meet, there’s a burrow. I suspect it’s a vole hole. My boys and I watch it while eating breakfast. We’re halfway through syrup-slathered pancakes and grease-coated bacon when a brown […]. Wildlife Mammal Watching

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Why Do Marsupials Have Pouches? And Other Questions

Nature Conservancy - Science

Here we answer some of the most common questions about marsupials, delving into the who, what, where, when and why? of this strange and wonderful group of mammals. Wildlife Mammal Watching Natural History Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature

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Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Nature Conservancy - Science

Seaweed farming can provide livelihoods for rural and indigenous women in Indonesia. How can this aquaculture be practiced sustainably? From the Field Asia Pacific Indigenous Peoples Natural Climate Solutions Oceans

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The Overlooked Tourism Value of Mangroves

Nature Conservancy - Science

Our small boat slipped silently through a low tunnel of arching branches that closed off the sky. The late afternoon light was already muted and the air around seemed to glow with the emerald of leaves and the bronzed gold […]. Ideas

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Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Nature Conservancy - Science

By 2050, California is going to need to make room for 10 million more people. Can it be done sustainably? TNC says it's possible, but we need to add nature to the map. Ideas Nature Tech TNC Science Urban Conservation Valuing Nature

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Arab aid group funds mega-solar project in Cuba

Green Prophet

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid, together with the Cuba’s Ministry of Energy and Mines, and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) , today inaugurated a new 10 megawatt (MW) solar PV project.

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Bible-Era Dye Factory Discovered in Northern Israel

Green Prophet

Terracotta vats and vessels stained purple from the fabulous dyes of the Bible era were excavated 50 years ago at the site of Tel Shikmona, south of Haifa. But no further studies were done on the Iron-Age findings. The pottery sat gathering even more dust on storehouse shelves at Haifa University.

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