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What kind of world do we want?

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This video is by the nonprofit group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). It is a plea to the citizens of the rich countries of the world to rethink the many ways we exploit the world's resources before it's too late to stop our crash course with the mass extinction of millions of animal and plant species.

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The Perfect Storm?

Aug 25 2010 Published by under Nature, Streaming videos

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This video is stunning footage of a ship at sea, being tossed around by towering waves. Meanwhile, seabirds soar past, delighted at the gale-force winds that keep them aloft. I know you only get a quick glimpse of them, but can any of you identify the birds?

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BirdFair 2010: Watch the Artist's Mural Take Shape

Aug 25 2010 Published by under Art & Photography, Birding, Nature, Streaming videos

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Well, guess what I missed this year? That's right: I missed attending BirdFair 2010, which was held last weekend, one week before I am traveling to the UK. Saying I wish I had been able to attend is probably stating the obvious, so I'll just show you a few things that were missed by all of us who did not attend.

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Jason Clay: How Big Brands Can Help Save Biodiversity

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Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.
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Mystery Bird: Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Magnificent Frigatebird, sometimes known as the Man O'War, Fregata magnificens, photographed at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria County, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 15 July 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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Rosa Blume unter Goldenen Blumen

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Rosa Blume unter Goldenen Blumen
Image: GrrlScientist, 14 July 2010, Frankfurt am Main, Germany [larger view]

This pink rose was the only one in a sea of gold roses.

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Mystery Bird: Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens

Jul 19 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens, photographed at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria County, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 15 July 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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Purpur Clematis

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Purpur Clematis (Clematis species)
Image: GrrlScientist, 14 July 2010 [larger view]

Some of the lovely purple clematis that are growing at the Vietnamese Restaurant near where I live in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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Mystery Bird: Black Kite, Milvus migrans

Jul 18 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Black Kite, Milvus migrans, photographed at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Dan Logen, 23 January 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D2X, with 600 mm lens with 1.4 extender, ISO 320, 1/350 sec f/5.6.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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Mystery Bird: Gray Wren-warbler, Calamonastes simplex, and Lesser Striped Swallow, Hirundo abyssinica

Jul 17 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird]Gray Wren-warbler (perched), also known as a Zambia Wren-warbler or Western Wren-warbler, Calamonastes simplex, and a Lesser Striped Swallow (flying), also known as a Striped Swallow, Hirundo abyssinica, photographed near the Pangani River Camp, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Dan Logen, 14 January 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D300s, 600 mm VR lens. ISO 640, 1/640 sec, f/5, Exposure Compensation +3.7.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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