2019

Puerto Rico’s Birds after Hurricane Maria

10,000 Birds

In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by two powerful hurricanes: it was grazed by Irma and then clobbered by Maria, a Category 4 storm that cut a devastating swath across the island. The human and economic consequences were dramatic, and continue to be felt.

New working paper: "Willingness Toupee"

Environmental Economics

Willingness Toupee. David M. McEvoy, O. Ashton Morgan and John C, Whitehead. No 19-01, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University. Abstract: In this paper we tackle the hairy problem of male pattern baldness. We survey balding men and elicit their willingness to pay to move from their current sad situation to a more plentiful one. Then we comb-over the results. What’s the average willingness to pay to move from a glistening cue ball to a luscious mane?

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Urine as compost agitator

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Yes, it works, and it works extremely well. OK, it all sounds rather strange, and maybe even icky, collecting urine in a container and then putting it onto the compost heap or into the compost bin but that is what was done not so long ago in rural households anyway.

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The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Nature Conservancy - Science

Step outside tonight and you may hear a lot of howling. Here’s why. Wildlife Urban Conservation

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So I met this girl.

Elephant Journal

A few months back, I was messaging VIP influencers on Instagram (I only message those I respect, who aren’t overly narcissistic, who seem devoted to helping others and being of service).

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February Thoughts…

The Green Samaritan

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

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Cannabis oil as CBD offers an elixir for life and pain relief

Green Prophet

Anyone who has ever had the unlucky experience of seeing a loved one suffer from pain knows and understands just how few tools are available to doctors for pain management. The best solutions, and. about the only ones that work for pain management in cancer patients are morphine based.

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More Trending

What About: “No-Kill” Eggs?

Eccorazzi

There is a new “advancement” in agricultural science and it is “no-kill” eggs. As always with these supposedly humane advancements, the purported reduction of harm does not mean that there is no other death sentence or continued needless exploitation awaiting.

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

10,000 Birds

Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks. There’s so much more that can be said about this group of birds but that’s the first description that comes to mind.

The New “Birds of Thailand”

10,000 Birds

Perhaps you don’t know it yet, but with more than 1000 bird species, palm-fringed sandy beaches, developed tourism infrastructure, moderate prices and political stability, Thailand is a country you definitively want to visit.

Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

10,000 Birds

The full title of this exceptional book by Marie Read is Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior.

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ERE Special Issue on Benefit Transfer

Environmental Economics

Well, when I drafted this, it was a recent publication I wanted to announce, but now that I have some free time, I can finish it.   The March issue of Environmental and Resource Economics  is a special issue on "Benefit Transfer: Current Practice and Future Prospects."

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Sharing bar soap cannot make you sick

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sharing a bar soap cannot make you sick and it is way better for the environment than is liquid soap.

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Day of the (Turtle) Dogs

Nature Conservancy - Science

It’s a fine May morning, and until a couple of minutes ago, the search for ornate box turtles here at the Conservancy’s Nachusa Grasslands Preserve in Central Illinois was going extremely well. We are up to 16 turtles on the […]. From the Field Wildlife Herps Protected Areas TNC Science

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Mary Oliver, one of the Greatest Poets of her Generation, has Passed Away at 83.

Elephant Journal

For 83 years, Mary Oliver graced us with her words. Arts Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) elephant magazine mary mary oliver oliver passed away poem Poet poetry wild geese

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Can I keep it?

10,000 Birds

This week, I have been pondering the value of bird rehabilitators. Let me assure you that I have no doubts about how much they contribute to individual birds and to the ravaged conscience of modern man. A world without bird and/or mammal, fish and reptile rehabilitators would be a very sad one.

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Iran’s capital city being swallowed by sinkholes

Green Prophet

Thanks to drought and over-pumping underground water reserves in the western region of Tehran, Iran’s capital city, fissures also known as sinkholes are opening up, causing Iran’s major city and capital city to sink.

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10 Ways to Prevent Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution

Greentumble

Since the Industrial Revolution, people have been polluting the Earth like never before. There is rarely a place today that has not been subjected to pollutants in one form or another.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z sell out veganism for ticket giveaway

Eccorazzi

My parents had no issue getting me to eat plants and often discouraged my somewhat obsessive relationship with broccoli. My sister, on the other hand, had her veggies hidden beneath cheese and between bagel halves.

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The Little Big Year 2018: Best Birds of the Year!

10,000 Birds

For nearly 10 days now, I have been sorting thru all of the images from 2018. This is a daunting task in any normal year, but this one is a real exception. Over-all there were almost 80,000 photos taken, nearly 50 story’s posted on this website, and 10 countries, all with some amazing birds.

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Resolutions for Birding in Costa Rica, 2019

10,000 Birds

Up north, January is that coldest month. I remember it as the one in Niagara where the Arctic would come on down to bring ice for the roads, cold blue for the sky, and, with luck, birds from the north.

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A New Year Begins! But First–A Celebration of My 2018 Top Ten Birds

10,000 Birds

Happy New Year, 10,000 Birds readers and writers, listers and photographers, friends and fellow travelers near and far! Writing a post scheduled for January 1st for a birding blog is a big responsibility. On the first of the year, every bird is a new bird!

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Econ 101ism and Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics

I just finished reading a great book that substantially changed how I think about economics - " Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality " by James Kwak. 

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Garden tool maintenance

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In January and February, aside from pruning your apple trees and such, is the quiet in the garden and for the gardener. But now it just the right time to give your tools some TLC, some tender loving care.

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One Square Meter of Prairie

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can be found in a square meter of prairie? You’ll be surprised. From the Field Natural History Plants Traveling Naturalist

Why Therapy is one Badass way to Transform our Lives.

Elephant Journal

A skilled therapist guides us as we explore the swampy parts of our soul. We aren’t alone for the dark moments that stir up deep pain and emotions that bring us to tears. But as we acknowledge our feelings.

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The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

10,000 Birds

We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”. It ended with little fan fare; in fact I did not even go chasing birds on the last two days of 2018, as I am just plain tired.

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Explosive tests for oil and gas at sea kill and maim dozens of giant sea turtles

Green Prophet

Israel’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center rescued 15 sea turtles in recent weeks after dozens were found washed up on shore on Israeli beaches after a storm. About 20 had died. Normally over a course of a year the crew surveys about 250 turtles coming to shore.

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10 Solutions for Natural Resource Depletion

Greentumble

As the human population increases and economies. develop, we’re using more natural resources, materials the earth provides that enable economic gain. These substances include minerals, forests, water, fertile soil and more.

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Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story

10,000 Birds

On the evening of the 7th of February we received a call from George Swann to let us know that Bruce Greatwich had seen a post on a Community Noticeboard Facebook page about a Fairy Pitta.

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Maine’s Great Black Hawk – Rescued!

10,000 Birds

A few days before Christmas, I vibrated in the passenger seat of my mother’s car as she turned towards Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The Great Black Hawk – a species with a native range in Mexico to South America – had been spotted in this park for weeks, but not every day.

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The European Christmas Bird Count

10,000 Birds

I remember studying the map of countries participating in the i nternational mid-winter w aterbird c ensus, where the USA wasn’t marked. How can it be, I asked someone from the Wetlands International, the IWC umbrella organization, only to learn that USA has its own scheme. Oh, and what is that?

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How to bird by kayak

10,000 Birds

I started to bird from a kayak. Paddling around the Veliko Ratno Island Reserve in almost downtown Belgrade was such a liberating experience of getting close to nature while not having to travel far or invest much. My kayak club had boats for novices and after some rounded, white water banana hull that was recommended to me for its stability, I opted for a straighter, touring v-shaped hull that tracks well inside a river current.

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NPS Visitor Use Statistics

Environmental Economics

A while back I was looking for recreation data that I could match to water quality data, particularly in the Gulf. The  The National Park Service provides visitor park statistics. These provide pretty cool data by park with a lot of detail and background ( for example ).

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Circular Electronics Day aims to extend the lifespan of electronics

Green (Living) Review

Press Release Today’s extensive consumption of electronics lead to alarming amounts of waste and the release of substances hazardous to human health and the environment. Finite natural resources are extracted from the ground at a fast rate and reserves are running low.

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Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Aquaculture has vast potential as a tool for conservation, providing food for people while benefiting the environment. Fish & Fisheries Ecosystem Services Fisheries Restoration TNC Science Valuing Nature

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The Secret of Communicating with Trees. Yes, Trees!

Elephant Journal

A memory surfaced of myself as a young child pulling branches off a sapling. My neighbor, a kindly white haired gentleman who always bought my Girl Scout cookies, confronted me. His face was wet with tears as he asked me why I was hurting a living being that had done nothing to harm me.

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