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Marabou Storks

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Add that sense of impending doom to an atypical appearance and you get a bird that stirs strong emotions in people. This is a family site so I won’t mention the what it managed to extract from that bag of garbage. Birds Beat on Assignment storks TanzaniaMarabou Storks are ugly/lovely. They have character. They are unmistakeable. I won’t expend too much energy trying to describe them… I’ll just let the pictures do the heavy lifting this week.

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Our Favorite Bird Books (and one pair of Binoculars) of 2022

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Lees and Gilroy delineate vagrancy status and trends for every bird family worldwide, highlighting examples, synthesizing research, and framing it all with their own thoughts and conclusions. This, 2022, has been a curious year for books about birds and birding.

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Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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Today I want to talk about how it also damages conservation by, in much the same way as other media does, by reducing issues to pithy statements, devoid of nuance and heavily laden with emotion, and shaping the opinion of millions as it does so. If tourists are too dim to tell Sierra Leone from Botswana or Tanzania, do we really want to rely on them to save Africa’s species? Hi there.

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