Supporting local communication

World Shorebirds Day

Little Curlew by 中易水寒 on 500px.com Little Curlew by 中易水寒.

As of writing, friends of World Shorebirds Day translate a single page document into multiple languages which aims to support a much better local communication between ambassadors and local conservationists, birding clubs, birdwatchers and anyone interested in the participation of Global Shorebird Counting. We try to translate it into as many languages as possible but we might miss a few. Below you can find and download the files and also the nationalised GSC logo. Feel free to use it for non-commercial purposes.

We ask our supporters to help to distribute the relevant PDF document to local, regional or national communication platforms (email listservs, Facebook groups or even magazines). This is a crucial part in reaching out to more people and make real awareness.

In the meantime, we are working hard to present nice infographics about the results of the first 4 years of Global Shorebird Counting…

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This is definitely not a Shohin

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Quite the opposite, this is an update of what is by far, the largest tree in my collection, a Japanese Beech. I first saw it 2 years ago when I attended a garage sale at the home of one of my neighbours. It had belonged to the homeowners husband, who had sadly passed away shortly after moving to our village. The tree had suffered without the care of its’ owner and although it has always been my policy that ” if I can’t lift it, I won’t get it,” I bought it anyway.Well, we do, don’t we?

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The next picture shows how the tree looked, when I acquired it. A number of major branches had died and others had become over-extended and weak

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Some of the bark had died back and become detached at the base of the trunk but I suspect this may have occurred, when the tree was originally removed…

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Off to Japan

Today’s the day. What can I say? I guess I feel anxious, a little afraid, but equally excited at the same time. The whole idea of moving to Japan has been pretty surreal. Although I’ve been preparing the past few months it feels like nothing has changed. I’ve been preoccupied with graduating, then moving, followed by a month to spare to tidy loose ends and spend time with loved ones. It took awhile but as I finish packing and write this article reality has set in. FUCK. I guess I’m moving after all lol.

In a sense I feel overwhelmed in that there were many thing I’ve been working on and will need to work on in the months to come. But I’m not that bogged down. I’ve been blessed to have a family supportive of my goals and members of the bonsai community who are rooting for me. The…

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