Scientists Call For A Complete Ban On GLITTER

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Scientists call for a complete ban on GLITTER because the particles are polluting oceans and hurting marine life.

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Asian Lady Beetle (Bad) vs Ladybug (Good)

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Know the difference... I've had this question a few times in the past couple of weeks: lady bugs vs. asian lady beetles one is good; one is bad!!!
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A Tree's Life

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A Tree’s Life Tree-Banding Research Program

A Tree’s Life is a citizen science study of backyard tree growth in response to global climate change. Your tree can tell us a lot about forests of the future.

A Tree's Life is looking for more citizen scientists. Will you join?

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The Canadian Sea Turtle Network is asking for help from the public

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The (CSTN) in Sydney receives a handful of calls to its toll free, 24-hour turtle hotline from people around the island who have found an endangered hard-shelled sea turtle stranded or dead on the shoreline, often thrown up on the rocks by a storm or a strong tide.

In 2016, the CSTN launched the Sea Turtle Beach Patrol, an initiative based out of Neil’s Habour in August that surveys provincial beaches in the hopes of better understanding where and how often sea turtles become stranded.

“Many of the leatherback sea turtles found along the shores of Cape Breton have been found tangled in fishing gear,” said Kayla Hamelin, who works with CSTN.

The CSTN research program based out of Neil’s Harbour collaborated with local fisherman to promote the conservation of the species in the local communities.

This research program allowed the fishermen to bring them out to sea to collect data on turtles, which included satellite tagging the turtles in order to follow them on annual migration.

Note - I copied their contact info from their FB page:


2070 Oxford Street, Suite 110

Halifax, Nova Scotia, NS B3L 2T2

(902) 423-6224

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3 Reasons to Never Plant Butterfly Bush Again

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If someone took 75 percent of your food away, you wouldn't be happy. When you plant plants that provide nectar only, including invasive plants like butterfly bush, that's what you're doing to birds and butterflies in your own backyard.

A leading wildlife ecologist wants you to start thinking about your property, no matter how big or small, as an important link in your local ecosystem. It's no exaggeration to say that when you choose which plants to include in your garden, you're deciding if members of your community's local food web will be nourished or unintentionally starved.

To get to that mind frame, which is a way of thinking that truly benefits nature, including its butterflies, you're going to have to come to a harsh realization: You need to stop planting the butterfly bush - forever.

Butterfly Bush Problem #1: It doesn't stay in your yard. Butterfly Bush is an invasive plant, meaning it outcompetes and crowds out beneficial native plants that have been naturally growing in your community for centuries. Native to Asia, butterfly bush readily spreads and takes over space where native plants, the ones naturally selected to nourish the local food web (the birds, butterflies and moths most people love to watch in their yards), would normally thrive. In fact, Buddleja davidii has life history traits that make it invasive in most environments.

Butterfly Bush Problem #2: It doesn't really benefit butterflies. Instead of being sucked in by butterfly bush's beauty, start making the connection between plants, butterflies and other members of the food web. Work more native host plants into your landscape such as butterfly weed, other milkweeds, joe-pye weed and oak trees.

Butterfly Bush Problem #3: It's contributing to the collapse of food webs. Nonnative plants support less than a quarter of the species of insects native plants support and those insects drive food webs. Most birds need caterpillars, not berries, to feed their young.

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