Monday, March 3, 2014

EARTHJUSTICE BATTLES UNREGULATEDD TOXIC CHEMICALS

 
Toxics: Fighting for Healthy Communities
An Earthjustice Teleconference

More than 80,000 chemicals are currently approved for use in the United States, and over 15,000 are "secret." The vast majority have never been tested for safety. The U.S. often allows industry free rein while communities are left in the dark about what is in their water, air, and household products.
Earthjustice is fighting at the national and regional level to protect human health from pollutants and toxic chemicals. We fight for healthy communities by strengthening standards and protections and holding polluters accountable.
Join Earthjustice Managing Attorney Marianne Engelman Lado for a teleconference on how we’re working to fix a broken toxics regulatory system and to lift the secrecy around chemical safety.
Here are the Teleconference details: It will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 (11:30 AM- 12:30 PM Pacific Time)  Email: events@earthjustice.org

Sunday, February 23, 2014

ALBERT EINSTEIN AGAINST HONEYBEE-KILLING PESTICIDES

     I received a rather depressing memo from the Organic Consumers Association. On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) OK'd another toxic chemical into the mainstream of pesticides. It is one toxic to honeybees and the EPA listened to the unscientific, but rich, corporations that will reap enormous profits from this pesticide being sprayed all over America ad the world. Well, maybe not Europe, for the EU outlaws many such toxic chemicals from use inside their borders.
OUR PICK!
     The sad part is that the EPA neglected to listen to the scientific evidence and to the objections of environmentalists, scientists, parents and other citizens in our mutating democratic society. Yes, mutating, i.e., transforming into a plutocracy that responds to the wishes of the rich and powerful and not to the rest of us. Even Albert Einstein must be fuming from his grave, for he once said, "If the bee disappears from the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."     Fortunately, some of the people we elected and sent to Washington do, indeed, fight for us. The Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) has been introduced, but is faltering in committee, where it was sent in August 2013. So, the pollinators, along with our children, may fall prey to the latest bee-killing pesticide that successfully was registered by the EPA...cyantraniliprole. It will be contaminating a host of items lining our grocery story shelves, including milk, leafy vegetables, almonds, berries and onions.
     So, thank you EPA! Thanks for joining Dupont and Sygenta and a host of other pesticides-for-profit industries in ignoring a host of intellectual and compassionate American citizens, including Albert Einstein. Last year you approved  
the pesticide sulfoxaflor, this year, cyantraniliprole. Hey, I have an idea...let's reintroduce DDT in 2015!
     By the way, hat's off to Oregon and California, for they 
introduced state bills to restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. I think it's time for Congress to step up and support a national plan to protect the bees. Tell Your Representative: Please Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692). 
     I wish Dupont and Sygenta were aware of the inter- dependence of plants and animals and that the bee and other pollinators actually make this dependence successfully work in nature. Bees are the most important pollinator. I guess they would know what they're doing after doing it for over one hundred million years.
     I wonder what the effect of these "super-pesticides" will be on other unknown pollinators, such as moths and bats, which pollinate plants at night? Most people don't realize that bats pollinate over three hundred different kinds of of fruit and cacti. Oh, heck...let's take 'em all out!
     My father maintained a couple bee hives in his retirement, and was fascinated by them. He studied and observed how his honeybee colony was organized into queen bee, workers and drones. He would tell us interesting facts about his bees, such as they had five eyes five eyes to aid in navigation utilizing light, color and direction. I didn't know the worker bees have two stomachs, one for eating and one for storing the nectar they gather.
     I'll be thinking of Dupont, Sygenta and the EPA this summer as I observe honeybees visit my garden and fill the tiny pouches on their back legs with pollen, then zoom back to the hive with their bounty, where the processing bees eventually insert nectar into a honeycomb cell. I bet few in the EPA know that an enzyme is also inserted that allows it all to ripen and dry into honey for them, and humans, to eat.
     With urban sprawl ruining prime habit for bees and other animals, wildflowers vanishing from the new "manscapes",  and farmers fumigating their crops with bee-killing pesticides, things look pretty dismal for the honeybee...please contact your representative, today and make him/her aware of your concerns.

Monday, February 3, 2014

SITES DEDICATED TO SAVING MONARCH BUTTERFLY & POLLINATORS

Note: Please sign the "Stop Roadside Mowing of Monarch Food Plants" petition in upper right margin. Thank you!

These 13 sites are all about saving the Monarch Butterfly and other insect species from the ravages of mankind. They offer hope and encouragement in helping Monarchs and other species of butterflies and pollinators from disappearing. Please... get involved!

Obsession With Butterflies: Spreading an awareness of butterflies, helping to preserve their natural habitats, butterfly gardening & life cycle info and lots of unique butterfly gifts! Based in Southern California. 
 
Pollinator Partnership: A non-profit group called Pollinator Partnership. They protect pollinators through conservation, education, and research. Based in San Francisco, CA 
 
Monarch Watch is a nonprofit educational outreach program that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Based in Lawrence, KS

Moving For Monarchs is a dance, film and photography project dedicated to Monarch Butterfly conservation. Based out of Manhattan, New York. 

North American Butterfly Association: Dedicated to education and conservation of butterflies throughout North America. Excellent resource on creating butterfly gardens with nectar and host plants.
 
Save the Monarchs! This site celebrates the magnificent Monarch Butterfly and raises awareness to save the critically-endangered North American migrations. Wonderful photos and personal notes that I enjoy reading.

British Butterflies is a site created by Steven Cheshire out of Warwickshire, England. Steven provides an online resource for anyone interested in butterflies, nature and the natural environment.  
 
Butterfly Encounters sells milkweed and nectar plant seeds enjoyed by Monarchs. Milkweed is the host plant for the Monarch Butterfly. It offers a wide variety of milkweed plant species for sale, native to all parts of the U.S. The woman who created this site is temporarily closing it down to spend more time with her family. You may urge her to continue afterwards, since it is an amazing site for Monarch host and nectar plants. 
 
Monarch Glide Path was created by Sue Hegedus, a lady who desires to help save all our pollinators, including the disappearing Monarch Butterfly. She urges you to help by planning a pollinating garden + milkweed plants today!

Monarch Butterfly Fund (MBF) seeks out and establishes international partnerships among groups and individuals from Mexico, Canada, and the United States that share common interests in forest restoration and monarch butterfly conservation. MBF recognizes that economic development and conservation activities must proceed hand-in-hand.

The Habitat Gardener is created by Susan Smith. She believes in creating healthy habitats for wildlife & people. She's passionate about native, edible, organic & sustainable landscapes.

The Xerces Society protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat by harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

Bumble Bee Watch tracks and conserves North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows you to join in the effort by: Uploading photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection; Identifying the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts; helping researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees; helping locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees; learning about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and connecting with other citizen scientists.

Monarch Tomorrow offers means to help preserve the Monarch Butterfly and other endangered species. Great site to learn about the Monarch and the latest news about its survival.
 




Monday, January 13, 2014

SENATOR INHOFE PLANS TO ATTACK CLEAN AIR PLANS, AGAIN!

     I just received an email from Heather Shelby, the Action coordinator for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). As you know, Create A Wildlife Friendly Yard thinks locally, yard-by-yard, lawn-by-lawn. But, since everything in nature is connected, we at CWFY think globally as well. That's wy we're bothered by Senator James "Global Warming is a  Hoax" Inhofe (R-OK) latest attempt to harm our natural world, and us along with it.
     He's introducing an amendment to the Senate's unemployment insurance extension bill that would put the brakes on the EPA's plans to regulate carbon pollution. The EPA regulations that Inhofe is attacking would, for the first time in American history, put national limits on climate pollution from power plants. They set the stage for the entire U.S. Climate Action Plan—which has made them quite the target for climate action opponents. 
     Senator Inhofe is definitely one of them. Just recently, he called climate change "laughable" because of the cold temperatures caused by the polar vortex. What's not laughable? The severe droughts in his home state of Oklahoma and the extreme weather we are facing across the country. 
     Make no mistake: a vote for the Inhofe Amendment is a vote for unlimited carbon pollution in our air. It's a loophole for big utilities that will result in more asthma attacks for our kids and less clean energy for our future.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

HOW TO USE CWFY


ABOUT US
     This site is for all who enjoy nature. With our 25 million acres of lawns, I hope this site encourages people to create wildlife-friendly spaces in their yards and at their places of business. Contact Us- we'd enjoy hearing from you!

HOW TO USE THIS SITE
Find your article of interest in 3 quick ways:
(1) Go to the Table of Contents below, find an article of interest, then click and the article appears at the top of the site.
(2) In the upper right margin, go to "ARTICLE ARCHIVES" and press an article of interest; it will appear at the top of this site.
(3) In the upper right margin, type in your topic in "TOPIC SEARCH" and a related article will appear at the top of this site.

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Note: A portion of Ad revenues from this site will be donated to the Monarch Waystation program of Monarch Watch.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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  • FIVE KEY CONCEPTS TO CREATE A WILDLIFE-FRIENLY YARD (click HERE)
  • MONARCH WAYSTATION NO. 613- KATYDID IS MASTER OF DISGUISE! (click HERE)
  • ENDANGERED MONARCH BUTTERFLY IS CANARY IN THE COAL MINE (click HERE)
  • CATERPILLARS AND THEIR HOST PLANTS (click HERE)
  • MONARCH CATERPILLAR KILLED BY TACHNID FLY (click HERE)
  • MONARCH WAYSTATION NO. 613- MONARCHS BACK IN NW OHIO! (click HERE)
  • RAISING MONARCH BUTTERFLIES AT WAYSTATION NO. 613 (click HERE)
  • MONARCH BUTTERFLY POPULATION TOOK A HIT! (click HERE)
  • CANADIAN PETROPHILA MOTH COMMON ALONG SANDUSKY RIVER (click HERE)
  • MONARCH BUTTERFLIES LAYING EGGS EARLY IN NW OHIO (click HERE)
  • NEW OHIO BIRD BOOKSTORE SPECIALIZES IN OHIO BIRDS (click HERE)
  • INTRODUCE CHILDREN BACK TO NATURE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD (Click HERE)
  • LEARN HOW TO CREATE A BUTTERFLY GARDEN! (Click HERE)
  • MONARCH WAYSTATION NO. 613 READY TO BEGIN NEW RESEARCH (Click HERE)
  • FIGHT NATURE DEFICIT-DISORDER- INTRODUCE YOUR KIDS TO THE OUTDOORS! (click HERE)
  • BALD EAGLE DOES THE BREAST STROKE (click HERE)
  • VICEROY BUTTERFLY NOT A MIMIC OF MONARCH (click HERE)
  • WONDERFUL CHILDREN'S BOOKS ON MONARCH BUTTERFLIES! (click HERE)
  • (A-74) MONARCH SEASON OVER AT WAYSTATION #613 (click HERE)
  • (A-73) MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ON EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS (click HERE)
  • (A-72) SAVE A CHILD FROM NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER (click HERE)
  • (A-71) COMMUNITY WILDLIFE HABITAT IN LAKE NORMAN (click HERE)
  • (A-70) MY LAST MONARCH BUTTERFLY AT WAYSTATION #613 (click HERE)
  • (A-69) MONARCH WAYSTATIONS AMPLIFY BIODIVERSITY & COUNTER URBAN SPRAWL (click HERE)
  • (A-68) THE WOMAN WHO RAISES MONARCH BUTTERFLIES (click HERE)
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  • (A-57) MONARCHS VACANT AT CREEKBEND FARM PRAIRIE IN NW OHIO (click HERE)
  • (A-56) MONARCHS LAYING EGGS GALORE IN NW OHIO! (click HERE)
  • (A-55) CEDAR WAXWING MALES FEED FEMALES (click HERE)
  • (A-53) MONARCH POPULATION OVERWINTERING IN MEXICO REMAINS LOW (click HERE)
  • (A-52) BIRDS PREFER OLDER NEIGHBORHOODS WITH MATURE TREES (click HERE)
  • (A-51) BACKYARD GARDENS FOR WILDLIFE (click HERE)
  • (A-50) BIRD SONG SURVEY- WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TWO FAVORITE BIRD SONGS? (click HERE)
  • (A-49) IDENTIFY BIRDS ONLINE- 6 GREAT WEBSITES (click HERE)
  • (A-48) BENEFICIAL INSECTS SUFFER CATASTROPHIC HABITAT LOSS (click HERE)
  • (A-47) MONARCH WAYSTATION #613 IN NW OHIO (click HERE)
  • (A-46) DR. RYAN NORRIS OF MONARCH MIGRATION RESEARCH (click HERE)
  • (A-44) MONARCHS CROSS APPALACHIANS FROM WEST TO POPULATE N. AMERICAN EAST COAST (click HERE)
  • (A-43) CRITICAL TOXINS EMISSIONS OHIO EPA HEARING THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th IN COLUMBUS, OHIO (click HERE)
  • (A-42) BACK TO THE WILD! SAVES THOUSANDS OF BIRDS (click HERE)
  • (A-41) ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS HARM OUR CHILDREN (click HERE)
  • (A-40) CREATE WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY SPACES IN YOUR YARD (click HERE)
  • (A-39) INJURED HUMMINGBIRD BABY NURTURED BACK TO GOOD HEALTH (click HERE)

  • (A-38) NATURE JOURNAL: CAVITY TREES PROVIDE MINI-SANCTUARIES TO WILDLIFE (click HERE)
  • (A-37) ARE SHREWS KILLING BIRDS VISITING YOUR FEEDERS? (click HERE)
  • (A-36) BALD EAGLES & WINTER BIRDS SURVIVE (click HERE) (A-35) COOPER'S HAWK KILLS AT BIRD FEEDERS (click HERE)(A-34) BIRD & BUTTERFLIES ADD EXCITEMENT TO YOUR YARD (click HERE)(A-33) BACKYARD WILDLIFE PROVIDE WINTER ENTERTAINMENT IN NW OHIO (click HERE) (A-32) BIODIVERSITY ENHANCED WITH NATURE PRESERVES (click HERE)(A-30) GOD SPEAKS ABOUT WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY YARDS (click HERE)(A-29) BUTTERFLY HUNT! SPONSORED BY ERIE METROPARKS AT STEINEN WILDLIFE AREA (click HERE)(A-28) STALKING THE LAKESIDE DAISY- OHIO'S RAREST NATIVE PLANT (click HERE)
  • (A-27) MONARCH BUTTERFLY AWARENESS HAPPENS WITH DANA BOLIN AT MAUMEE BAY STATE PARK (click HERE)
  • (A-26) MONARCH WAYSTATION # 613- MONARCH OBSERVATIONS WAY DOWN IN NW OHIO FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR (click HERE)
  • (A-25) STARLINGS PERFORM INCREDIBLE AERODYNAMICS! (click HERE)
  • (A-24) HUMMINGBIRD BABY NURSED BACK TO HEALTH (click HERE)
  • (A-23) VIBURNUM, WISTERIA & HONEYSUCKLE HEDGE FOR WILDLIFE (click HERE)
  • (A-22) CREATE A MONARCH WAYSTATION IN YOUR YARD! (click HERE)
  • (A-21) ALDO LEOPOLD: A LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST (click HERE)
  • (A-20) BIODIVERSITY FLOURISHES IN MY WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY YARD (click HERE)
  • (A-19) A VIDEO FOR RED-SHOULDERED HAWK LOVERS (click HERE)
  • (A-18) SHARP-SHINNED HAWK DEVOURS STARLING (click HERE)
  • (A-17) WINNERS OF MYSTERY BIRD CONTEST NO. 2! (click HERE)
  • (A-16) VIDEO ON BASICS IN CREATING A WILDLIFE FRIENDLY YARD. IF YOU BUILD IT...THEY WILL COME! (click HERE)
  • (A-15) HAWK, KITE & EAGLE CLOSE-UPS (click HERE)
  • (A-14) MYSTERY BIRD CONTEST NO. 2- WHAT IS IT? (click HERE)
  • (A-13) ANNE MURRAY SINGS ABOUT SNOW BUNTINGS! (click HERE)
  • (A-12) PEREGRINE FALCON ATTACKS RED-TAIL HAWK VIDEO (click HERE)

  • (A-11) REDPOLL FRENZY! (click HERE)
  • (A-10) WINNERS OF THE MYSTERY BIRD CONTEST (click HERE)
  • (A-9) SQUIRRLES- A PAIN IN THE ARSE OR ENTERTAINING CLOWNS? YOU DECIDE (click HERE)
  • (A-8) MYSTERY BIRD CONTEST- WHAT IS IT? (click HERE)
  • (A-6) NATURE NOTE 11/2/03- TRUMPETER SWANS! (click HERE)
  • (A-4) "Fluctuations in the numbers of the Monarch Butterfly in North America" by F.A. Urquhart, Professor, Un. of Toronto, Canada, Dezember 1970 (click HERE)
  • (A-3) IOWA COUPLE CREATED THE ULTIMATE IN MONARCH WAYSTATIONS (click HERE)
  • (A-2) HAPPENINGS AT WAYSTATION NO. 613 (AN ONGOING DIARY) (click HERE)
  • (A-1) HELP RESEARCHERS STUDY OE PARASITE HARMING MONARCH BUTTERFLIES-letter from Sonia Altizer (click HERE)
  • B) GOING NATIVE: URBAN LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE WITH NATIVE PLANTS (click HERE)
  • (C) CLOCKS, CRYPTOCHROMES & MONARCH MIGRATIONS (click HERE)
  • (D) WATCH NOVA'S "THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF THE BUTTERFLIES...HERE IT IS! (click HERE)
  • (E) RELAX...AND WATCH THIS SLIDE SHOW WITH MUSIC...RELAX...AND APPRECIATE NATURE (click HERE)
  • (F) PHOTOGRAPHING BIRDS IS FUN! LOVE THE MUSIC TOO (click HERE)
  • (G) CREATE A WILDLIFE FRIENDLY YARD & HAPPENINGS AT MONARCH WAYSTATION NO. 613 (click HERE)
Peanut Butter Powder

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

BRUBAKER'S ACRES GROWS MILKWEED FOR MONARCH LOVERS


     I'm always on the lookout for nurseries that sell milkweed plants and was glad to find one only several miles from my home in Fremont, Ohio. It's called Brubaker's Acres and is located in NW Ohio at 2280 State Rt. 12, Fremont, Ohio 43420. I bought some Swamp Milkweed there and talked with the manager/owner. She told me they grow milkweed on their nursery farm yearly. She will grow even more if people call her and order some beforehand. You may call them at 419-986-6391.
 
 
Swamp Milkweed sold at Brubaker's Acres
  Brubaker's Acres is open 10AM to 6PM everyday from May 1st. to October 31st. 


I bought their Swamp Milkweed
 
They grow Swamp Milkweed and the plants are very healthy.

 Chickens patrol the grounds!