What We Are Reading Today: Bird a Day by Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Updated 08 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Bird a Day by Cornell Lab of Ornithology

  • It is fully compatible with the free downloadable BIRD QR app

This Bird a Day 2020 Daily Calendar, designed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is the only interactive page-a-day desk calendar to showcase the birds of eastern and central North America. 

It features sensational photographs of common birds, many of which were sourced from citizen-scientist contributions to the Macaulay Library collection, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. 

Each page includes the latest range map, informative fun facts, and easy reference icons for habitat, food, nesting, and behavior. The calendar also highlights bird and conservation events throughout the year, with back-of-page content, weekend “Get out there and go birding!” ideas and activities, and the best birdwatching tips from the Cornell Lab. 

It is fully compatible with the free downloadable BIRD QR app so you can also listen to HD bird sounds for each species.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Its hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation.


Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

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Updated 20 August 2019

Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

  • Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain

A Saudi bakery and restaurant business specializing in pastries is finding its way into Saudi hearts with a delectable selection of fine Italian, French, and Swiss foods.
Ahmad Essam, 28, a self-taught baker and chef, left a productive family business to create what is now one of the most prestigious bakeries in Alkhobar.
Essam set up his bakery and restaurant while working as a production engineer, selling tarts and cakes to his friends.
He was overwhelmed by the encouragement he received, and little by little Essam, his dream of running his own company emerged.
Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain.
Baking French pastries such as croissants, macarons, mille-feuille, eclairs and tarts require a true artisan. Essam described the glory he feels when he bakes, saying: “Dealing with precise tips to get the real essence of French pastries and reaching a level to bake without recipes is a matter of experience and good knowledge. Being a real baker requires a lot of learning as it’s not only about mixing water and flour; its trick lies behind the process of fermentation that sometimes lasts for days.’’
Every once in a while, the young man distributes membership books to loyal customers. “On Valentine’s Day, we distributed 3,000 roses,” he added.
Essam is very passionate, and dreams of opening a cooking academy in Saudi Arabia so he can inspire other amateur bakers; he told Arab News about his future 12,000-square-meters cooking village project that he is aiming to create in Riyadh, “including a library that collects all cookbooks, a seasonal spice shop, a great lake garden, a pizzeria, glossary shop and more, all of which falls under one theme: Cooking.”
For him, business is an obsession and profession. “Chefs have their egos. They are dealing with a tricky job and they know what they are doing exactly. They do not accept comments or advice from other chefs,” he explained.
You can follow him for more information on White Mountain on Instagram: @wm.bakery.