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Wildlife

Beidaihe autumn report – species accounts

Beidaihe autumn bird migration report (1986-1990): species systematically treated Table of Contents[Open][Close]Species systematically treatedBitterns, egrets and heronsSpoonbills, Ibises, StorksSwans, Geese, Shelducks and DucksRaptorsPartridges, pheasants and quailCranesRails, Crakes, Coot and BustardsShorebirdsSkuas, Gulls and TernsSandgrouse and DovesCuckoos, Owls and…

Beidaihe Autumn Bird Migration Report

Autumn bird migration at Beidaihe, China, 1986-1990 (incorporating the report on China Cranewatch 1986) Edited by Martin D. Williams Table of Contents[Open][Close]Autumn bird migration at Beidaihe, China, 1986-1990INTRODUCTIONTHE HABITATS AT BEIDAIHEMETHODSMethods used to record passing migrantsVariations…

conservation

Gurney’s Pitta in Thailand

Just five years ago [article written early 1990s; sadly, since then indeed became extinct in Thailand], it seemed the Gurney’s Pitta was slipping quietly into oblivion, if it was not…

Deep Bay wetland in Hong Kong

Deep Bay wetland, Hong Kong – internationally important, especially for water birds Picture approaching Hong Kong from the southwest, roughly following the flight paths typical of spring migrants. Rather than…

science

From China With Fear: the Wuhan Coronavirus Won’t Kill Us All

From China With Fear: the Wuhan Coronavirus Won’t Kill Us All

Written 23 January 2020; I’ve added a few later remarks in square brackets. Comic relief in pandemic time With pandemic diseases sometimes causing huge death tolls – notably bubonic plague…

Fightback Needed as Science and Life Support System Under Attack

Fightback Needed as Science and Life Support System Under Attack

Growing up in the 1970s, I loved the outdoors and wildlife, and was highly impressed by the environmental movement, which to me seemed brimful of energy and optimism. “Save the…

travel

Israel’s Wild Side: Beasts of the Earth, Birds of the Air; and a Tank

“Look, there are two gazelles,” says my wife, indicating a lush slope with grass and shrubs. Sure enough, I spot one – gazing at us from across a patch of…

Huizhou West Lake and Red Flower Lake

Checking the schedule for long-distance, high speed rail routes from Hong Kong’s West Kowloon terminus, it appears one of the few convenient stops for a weekend away with my wife…