September, 2020

Gray Hawk from the House

10,000 Birds

Every place has its hawk. At least it seems that way. A generalist raptor that can keep on living in a human dominated landscape. These are the neighborhood raptors that make do, even thrive, by preying on the wildlife of an urban landscape.

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Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: (4) My treatment of the weighted WTP is biased in favor of the DMT (2015) result/conclusion

Environmental Economics

DMT (2020) draw attention to my treatment of the weighted WTP estimates. The regression model for the second scenario has a negative sign for the constant and a positive sign for the slope.

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Electric roads get real in Tel Aviv

Green Prophet

. This is what an electric road looks like. It means fewer charges for your EV. . Tel Aviv is about to ride down Electric Avenue.

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Meet the Goat Antelopes: Strange, Large Mammals of the Mountains

Nature Conservancy - Science

Goat antelopes, the high-mountain mammals you don’t know – but should. Wildlife Asia Pacific Mammal Watching Weird Nature

2020 107

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. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2020 130

Some Do’s and Don’ts When You’ve Got a Leaky Pipe

Eco Friendly Daily

If it isn’t repaired correctly, a leaking pipe can cause major damage to your home. Read on for some do’s and don’ts when it comes to fixing your dripping plumbing. Don’t Ignore Leaks. Whether the problem appears to be big or small, a leak of any size should be addressed immediately.

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Peeps and Plovers on Cuitzeo Beaches

10,000 Birds

In late July, I travelled a half hour north of Morelia to Lake Cuitzeo (kweet-SAY-oh) to see if our two inevitable first migratory species from up north, Baird’s Sandpiper and Wilson’s Phalarope, had begun arriving.

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Iconic island pays for our cans of tuna and flip flops

Green Prophet

Your tuna is contributing to more than 80% of the plastic waste clogging up the Seychelles Islands. It would make David Attenborough cry. . You are a good citizen. You post selfies cleaning up trash from your hike or swim at the sea. You buy fair trade tuna only.

2020 107

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

Nature Conservancy - Science

Your guide to enjoying the fish in your local stream. Latest Science Fish Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist

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Bitternsweet Moments

10,000 Birds

I promise this will be the last article (for a while at least) on this wetland that’s so close to where I live. Truth is, we’ve been getting so many migrants passing through that there hasn’t been much of a need to bird elsewhere.

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Birding Beljarica in August

10,000 Birds

Last month, I birded my favourite local patch, Beljarica – the best eBird hotspot in Belgrade city and the 3rd best in Serbia – four times.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2020)

10,000 Birds

September is a classic shoulder season, not yet finished with what has passed but still subtly teasing what is to come. Change is good, particularly because it always brings new birds.

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What are the Costs of Changing Bird Names?

10,000 Birds

The birding world has been debating whether honorific common bird names ( e.g. , Clark’s Nutcracker or Baird’s Sandpiper ) should be changed.

2020 213

Comb-crested Jacanas breeding

10,000 Birds

Our current travel restrictions in Western Australia allow us to roam around our own state. We are lucky that we live in such a huge state with so much to offer for the nature lover.

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In Memoriam

10,000 Birds

I wasn’t ready to talk about this last week – and besides, last week’s post was mostly written a few weeks ago, before life got in the way of publishing it until then.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020)

10,000 Birds

Every weekend seems to be wild from the perspective of human history. To every bird, though, mid-September remains what it’s always been: a good time to feed, mass, and move ! Corey and I caught plenty of restless migrants at Fort Tilden this weekend.

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The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico

10,000 Birds

I have written about this before, and I’ll probably write about it again. Birding in Mexico is not like birding in the United States… especially when it comes to interpreting unusual sightings.

2020 181

The Bird Way: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

One 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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White-browed Crake

10,000 Birds

The most reliable place for us to observe White-browed Crakes is in Kununurra. Right in the centre of town Lily Creek Lagoon offers a huge variety of birds both on the water and also in the surrounding trees. It is a pleasant place to sit in the shade and picnic whilst taking in nature.

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Flight of the Ibis

10,000 Birds

Last weekend I ended up spending some time with a few Glossy Ibises at a nearby wetland here on Trinidad and it got me thinking about some of the other ibis species I’ve managed to see. Glossies are rare here but have been turning up with increasing regularity over the recent past.

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Birding Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

10,000 Birds

Tiaozini is a coastal place about a 3-hour drive north of Shanghai. It is famous for its mudflats that are used as a refueling stop for Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

2020 187

Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: (1) Is the log-linear model meaningless?

Environmental Economics

When dichotomous choice CVM data has a negative WTP problem, one of the standard corrections is to estimate a log-linear model and present the median WTP. With many estimated log-linear models the mean WTP is undefined.

2020 130

The Information Value of Pigouvian Pricing

Environmental Economics

I recently read an article in the journal Economics and Philosophy , written by Lisa Herzog , which has nothing whatsoever to do with environmental economics but nonetheless I think has interesting implications for it and for Pigouvian pricing in particular.  

2020 130

Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: Are the DMT (2015) data problems typical in other CVM studies?

Environmental Economics

In Whitehead (2020) I describe the problems in the DMT (2015) data. It is full of non-monotonicities, flat portions of bid curves and fat tails. A non-monotonicity is when the percentage of respondents in favor of a policy increases when the cost increases.

2020 130

Black-throated Gray Warbler at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

My family and I spent last week in Cape Cod, enjoying a last summer getaway in a summer where getaway options have been extremely limited for obvious reasons.

2020 180

Welcome, Wood Warblers!

10,000 Birds

Dear U.S. and Canadian birding friends: I feel your pain. I understand that my gain is your loss. Although, technically, I mostly felt your pain… for the past four months, while about a dozen beautiful migratory Wood Warblers were nowhere to be found here in central Mexico.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2020?

10,000 Birds

Mid-September offers abundant meteorological excitement in the form of variable temperatures, rushing winds, and sometimes hurricanes in the strangest places ( looking at you, Ianos ). Embrace the excitement; changeable winds tend to carry abundant birds.

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Marlowe Artisanal Ales: Eager to Share American Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

I have to admit that, at first, I found the name of this week’s featured beer rather confusing. Eager to Share is an American pale ale from Marlowe Artisanal Ales of North Haven, Connecticut.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2020)

10,000 Birds

Whether your weekend is still rolling or you are already preparing for the next one, you probably saw some excellent birds during the first weekend of September. This time of year is just that good.

2020 156

Swarovski NL Pure – the Sexiest Binoculars Ever

10,000 Birds

When I saw the NL Pure in a webinar for the first time, immediately – before the webinar ended, I asked my Swarovski sales rep for a pair to test. Later I remembered to ask for another pair, of ELs, so I could compare them.

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Nanhui, Shanghai in August

10,000 Birds

August is a bit of a transition month – from the summer lull at the beginning of the month to the first shorebird migrants a bit later, and the very first migrating passerines at the end of the month.

2020 156

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of September 2020?

10,000 Birds

If you were betting on the most beautiful weekend of the year, you could do worse than put money on the one we’re heading into. Early September tends to provide a tremendously pleasant backdrop to early avian migration. And many Americans will be enjoying a three-day weekend.

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Pied Oystercatcher chick at 40 days

10,000 Birds

Last week I said we were “ cautiously optimistic ” about the Pied Oystercatcher chick at Gantheaume Point surviving. Well, another week has gone by and we really are quite certain that it will fledge now.

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Scenes From a Sort-of Lake

10,000 Birds

If you are like me, it is likely that you usually have a target species or two for each of your outings. My targets for last week’s trip to Lake Cuitzeo, 30 miles north of Morelia, were Baird’s Sandpipers and Wilson’s Phalaropes.

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Collaborative list – August 2020

10,000 Birds

Mike complains of a dearth of birds in his BBOTW post for the last weekend of August and I am sure that many of us know exactly how he feels. Try to find new ways of getting your kicks from the common stuff. But Fall is almost upon us and a gentle breeze stirs the Summer doldrums.

2020 143

Eco Bible gives ethical green compass to the woke generation

Green Prophet

A pair of eco-rabbis in Jerusalem have taken the Bible, also known as the Torah in Hebrew, and found hundreds of passages in it relating to ecology, animal rights, regenerative agriculture, the 3Rs and more, and have found a way to make old ideas relevant to us all in modern times.

2020 91

Investing in green bonds with RE Royalties and Peter Leighton

Green Prophet

The year 2020 onwards will be the decade of action for renewable energy. Green bonds can help get us there. Renewable energy is something we all want.

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