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Peepshow Home

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The new home for the design conscious bird. $79.00

With the clean and simple lines of the Peepshow, Radius Design gives the conventional birdhouse a modern face. Made in Germany, the Peepshow displays the country's famed aptitude for engineering with a sophisticated type of fastening that makes it easy and flexible to mount, without causing any damage to the tree. The Peepshow is suitable for all types of small nesting birds. Available in......read more

Hermanos Inglesos (ft. MeMe) "Wanderland"

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Animated goodness from Belgium's Kristof Luyckx.

Here's the latest video for Belgian twosome Hermanos Inglesos, for their new single "Wanderland." The fun and fantastical animation was created by the band's compadres Kristof Luyckx and Michele Vanparys. Tight and trippy and there's a nod to nature that made it SHFTy enough for us to put up. The cat shitting pool balls is a high spot. Basically, we just like it....read more

SHFT Sampler 1-7-11

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Weekly links: Gordon Matta-Clark's eco-art bent, mysterious bird deaths, and more.

Gordon Matta-Clark was an eco-art O.G.. In the 70s, Matta-Clark's conceptual projects included recycling glass bottles, digging out a basement to create a “guerrilla” garden, and turning a dumpster into an open house. An exhibition centered on Matta-Clark's time at 112 Greene Street, one of the first artist-run venues in New York, opens this weekend at David Zwirner in NYC. In a......read more

Mass Animal Deaths

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What really did them in?

When 5,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped dead from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Year's Eve, people got a little freaked. A few day's later, 500 dead and dying red-winged blackbirds fell onto a Louisiana highway, and no one felt any more comforted. Experts try to allay our fears. "It's not surprising if it's one or two events like this," said Melanie Driscoll, a senior bird biologist......read more

Audubon Bird Call

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Tweet tweet! Attract your favorite feathered friends with this classic whistle $9.00

If birdwatching is for old people, well then color us old, because we find ourselves getting more and more fascinated about spotting feathered friends outside. The simple, classic Audubon Bird Call is the ideal tool to help further our interest. Invented by Roger Eddy in 1947, the design hasn't changed in the 65 years since. Made from cast zinc and birch wood in Rhode Island, the bird call......read more

Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks

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Bespoke bird boxes carry message about dwindling biodiversity

The keen eyes at Ignant have hipped us to this interesting project from artist duo Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, together known as London Fieldworks. The project, called Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven, is a series of interventions in London’s green spaces, involving the mounting of bespoke bird boxes on trees of heaven (Ailanthus altissima). The artworks, which act as homes for......read more

Nightingale and Canary

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Bird sounds visualized by Andy Thomas

Australian artist Andy Thomas created this wondrous short animation using abstract shapes that respond to the songs of a nightingale and a canary. The recorded bird sounds are from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. A specialist in "audio life forms," Thomas experiments with nature and technology by taking photos of plants, insects, and machines and......read more

Goth of the Bay

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The Duck Version of Sid Vicious

I remember spotting my first red-breasted merganser in Brooklyn as it paddled along the bulkheads lining Jamaica Bay. It was a strangely warm February day, snow lingered amid the shoreline grasses and the bird peeked in and out of a drifting, intermittent fog. I was an excited young bird-watcher, and any bird was worth looking up in one of the three field guides I carried with me. I had been......read more

SHFT SAMPLER 6-10-10

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The first edition of our new, weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Give us some of those good vibrations. How everyday behaviors can produce clean energy. Livable cities all have one thing in common; they're designed for people, not cars. It's hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for the worst oil spill in U.S. history? Now that's sustainable architecture. Straw, string or human hair, urban birds build nests with......read more

Bowerbirds, "Overcome With Light"

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Nature beckons in new clip from director Lawrence Martinez

Last month, we posted the beautiful, bucolic video for "Tuck the Darkness In" from North Carolina's Bowerbirds. The second video for the folk band's excellent LP, The Clearing, emits a similarly pastoral vibe, with stunning clips of nature that perfectly capture Bowerbirds' organic appeal. The video, directed by Lawrence Martinez, also features some mysterious Illuminati-esque symbolism which......read more

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