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Wildlife

Hong Kong Black Kites

Hong Kong Black Kites

As high-rises crowd both sides of Victoria Harbour, there is little wildlife in the heart of Hong Kong – so people can be surprised to look up and see large birds of prey gliding overhead. These…

Beidaihe Can Create Exciting Bird Reserve

Beidaihe Can Create Exciting Bird Reserve

[Based on speech I gave to audience inc leaders, at Beidaihe in May 2009] I first visited Beidaihe in spring 1985, as leader of an 8-member expedition studying bird migration. At the time, Beidaihe was almost unknown…

Conservation

Spread of Guangdong goose highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry farms and wild birds

Spread of Guangdong goose highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry farms and wild birds

Elsewhere on this site, such as in the forum H5N1 Poultry Flu and migratory birds, there is lots of info on wild birds being unfairly scapegoated for spreading highly pathogenic…

Highly pathogenic bird flu variants mostly evolve in intensive poultry farming

Highly pathogenic bird flu variants mostly evolve in intensive poultry farming

Here, some info on evolution of highly pathogenic bird flu variants – maybe better dubbed poultry flu; they evolve from regular, low pathogenic, bird flus; these are common but tend…

Science

Highly pathogenic bird flu variants mostly evolve in intensive poultry farming

Highly pathogenic bird flu variants mostly evolve in intensive poultry farming

Here, some info on evolution of highly pathogenic bird flu variants – maybe better dubbed poultry flu; they evolve from regular, low pathogenic, bird flus; these are common but tend…

Keep Your Underpants Duck Taped and Air Clean as Covid Wild Ride Continues

Keep Your Underpants Duck Taped and Air Clean as Covid Wild Ride Continues

On 1 February 2020, as the coronavirus yet to be named Covid was starting to spread, Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California who studies infectious diseases, tweeted, “Duck…

Travel

Guangxi’s Volcano in the Sea – Weizhou; and Beihai, City with an Old Street

Guangxi’s Volcano in the Sea – Weizhou; and Beihai, City with an Old Street

Though I’ve read on travel websites that Weizhou Island in Guangxi province, southwest China, is volcanic, and seen maps showing a  headland curling partway around the main bay, in the south,…

Exploring Shanxi: temples, natural beauty and Pingyao, the Banking Centre that Died with a Dynasty

Exploring Shanxi: temples, natural beauty and Pingyao, the Banking Centre that Died with a Dynasty

Though its setting is unusual – nestled in a forested ravine, deep within Shanxi province, Sheng Shou Temple mainly appears like many temple complexes I’ve visited in China. There are buildings…