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Wildlife

Beidaihe autumns conclusions

Autumn migration at Beidaihe 1986 to 1990 conclusions Table of ContentsAutumn migration at Beidaihe 1986 to 1990 conclusionsHAZARDS FACING MIGRANT BIRDS AT BEIDAIHECONCLUDING REMARKSPopulation declines outnumber increasesPlans for future work; visitors welcomeACKNOWLEDGEMENTSBIBLIOGRAPHYAppendix A: Totals of passing…

Philippine Eagle Mindanao

Philippine Eagle Mindanao

Bringing Back Ol’ Blue Eyes Skidding through dark mud, I clutch a bamboo stem to pull myself up the faint trail, brushing through knee-high grass that’s still wet from overnight rain. Ahead of me, one of…

conservation

Forest Conservation in Indonesian Borneo

Forest Conservation in Indonesian Borneo

Borneo Rainforest Conservation – especially in Kalimantan Whoop. Whoop-whoop! Woo-oo-oooo-ooooo. The forest resounds to a loud, haunting song: the duet of a pair of Bornean gibbons, exuberant as children at…

Saving Yunnan snub-nosed monkey

Set in a far-flung corner of Yunnan province, barely a stone’s throw from Tibet and northern Burma, Deqin County is one of China’s most remote places. Search for it on…

science

Life in the Age of Covid /We’re in the Covid Era for the Long Haul

[Written July 2020] Though it’s only around six months since the Covid-19 pandemic came to light and began surging worldwide, it already seems a long time since schools were open as a…

My Strange n Surprising Summer Staycation with Cellulitis

My Strange n Surprising Summer Staycation with Cellulitis

aka Well, That Escalated Quickly Spot which leg had cellulitis! In July, I spent a break away from but near my home, not as a typical staycation, but in a…

travel

Taiwan’s Magnificent Marble Mountains: Simply Gorgeous

Taiwan’s Magnificent Marble Mountains: Simply Gorgeous

Scan through a list of “the world’s most beautiful islands”, and you may not find Taiwan included there. Yet it’s perhaps the only island to have a name – Formosa – that…

Foshan – Islands of Interest in an Ocean of Development

Foshan – Islands of Interest in an Ocean of Development

Bruce Lee statue Living in Hong Kong, I’m of course aware that the Pearl River Delta region – lately dubbed the Greater Bay Area (without a bay) – has become a…