Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Opportunistic Emperor (Snippets 56)

In 1835 an Autobiography of an Irish Traveller was published anonymously, although the author reveals his identity during the course of the book as Walter Brabazon, from Cork. He met many interesting people during his travels, but one of his … Continue reading

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Great Birding This Week – Again

Another winter day out north of Almaty Kazakhstan. Beautiful sunny weather rising to +4C (It’s unseasonably +16C today in Almaty). Spring is arriving early this year here in Central Asia as elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. 41 Sightings with an … Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s First Female Street Artist Brings Hijabs And Feminism To City Walls

This is stunning art Source: Huffpost Arts & Culture

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The Mining Environmental Issue

Colombia bans mining in country’s vast moorlands This report from highlights a great decision by Columbia. As of December 2015, there were at least 340 mining concessions in Colombia’s paramo, also known as alpine tundra. (Image via Wikimedia Commons) … Continue reading

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European Parliament Continues Support For Nature Laws

Boring but important! As it should be!  This report by Birdwatch confirms that, as the article says: “In an overwhelming vote at the European Parliament, MEPs have stood up to defend key EU nature laws which were under threat.” reading

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Winter Wonderland

Headed out this week (1st week of Feb 2016) into the wonderful winter landscape N of Almaty Kazakhstan.  Great birding – 32 species including eagles, winter ducks and a few LBJs Full list: 80 Whooper Swan 2 Ruddy Shelduck 100s … Continue reading

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