How Bird Lovers Push Species to the Brink of Extinction

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The bird market in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. (Photo: Megan Ahrens/Getty Images) It’s sometimes said that we are loving nature to death—with our sightseeing traffic jams to gawk at bison loitering in Yellowstone National Park, and our safari vehicles huddled together to watch lions yawn in the Masai Mara.  But few people take their affection for nature to such a destructive… Continue reading How Bird Lovers Push Species to the Brink of Extinction

Our Love for Exotic Pets is Emptying Forests and Oceans

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(Photo: FLIGHT Protecting Indonesia’s Birds) by Richard Conniff/Scientific American Conservation biologist David S. Wilcove was on a birding trip to Sumatra in 2012 when he began to notice that house after house in every village he visited had cages hanging outside, inhabited by the sort of wild birds he had expected to see in the forest. Nationwide, one in five… Continue reading Our Love for Exotic Pets is Emptying Forests and Oceans

Scottish Bonsai Show 2018

Originally posted on Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai:
The 2018 Scottish Bonsai Show was held yesterday (6th May 2018) in the seaside village of Troon. The Scottish Bonsai Association, who organise the event, decided to try a new format for this year’s show. Normally, it’s an exclusively club event, with space allocated to each of the affiliated clubs to display their trees as a group, any way… Continue reading Scottish Bonsai Show 2018