Mar 2nd 2018
Palm Oil and Sustainability, An Update (Part 1)
Palm oil is a tropical oil surrounded by controversy. I first wrote about palm oil two years ago in a post that discussed issues with its production, including mas…Read The Article
Feb 11th 2018
A Visit to D Acres Permaculture Farm
Welcome sign at the west entrance to D AcresAfter reading about D Acres Community Permaculture Farm, I was excited to have the opportunity to visit for their monthly Farm Feast Breakfast and farm tou…Read The Article
Feb 1st 2018
An Introduction to Permaculture
Can we not just achieve sustainability, but go beyond it too? Permaculture suggests that we can, and that our survival depends on it. Permaculture, broadly defined, is the practice of designing and in…Read The Article
Jan 6th 2018
Why Birds Need Fresh Water in Winter
Winter bird feeding is about more than providing food! Although frozen, snow-capped creeks and ponds may be beautiful, cold winters mean extra challenges for birds. Water can be hard to find in suburb…Read The Article
Dec 17th 2017
Everyday Actions that can Make a Difference!
Everyday Actions that can Make a Difference: a Recap of Recent Blog Posts! One focus of this blog is on learning about the impacts of everyday choices ma…Read The Article
Nov 30th 2017
Is Deforestation Hiding in Your Closet?
It never occurred to me that my clothing could have been made from trees! One day while working on a post about palm oil, I came across a Rainforest Action Network…Read The Article
Nov 8th 2017
How Leaves Help Your Yard and Wildlife
Tis the season to rake up the leaves? Mowers are churning, rakes are raking, and lawns everywhere are looking green and de-leafed! But wait. Why are we sucking up leaf litter up into mower bags and…Read The Article
Oct 25th 2017
How to Mow Better For Habitat!
You care about wildlife, and you want to mow some of your property. The dilemma: you know mowing eliminates habitat and kills nesting, feeding and resting crit…Read The Article
Oct 25th 2017
How Do Butterflies Overwinter?
In cold climates, butterflies aren't out and about much in winter. Where are they? How do they show up in spring or summer? Many butterflies pass through a few…Read The Article
Oct 20th 2017
An Introduction to Essential Oils
Essential oils are like magic in a bottle! They are so named because they're considered "plant essences" and are mostly soluble in oil rather than in water. This post provides an introduction to essen…Read The Article
Oct 18th 2017
Report Your Monarch Sightings!
Peak monarch migration is in full swing! And you can help create a real-time picture of monarch populations and ecology! Citizen science enables people like you and me to contribute local data to a la…Read The Article
Oct 3rd 2017
Take Action to Make Federal Buildings Bird Safe!
If you read our post about making windows bird safe, you know about the huge problem of bird collisions with buildings. And, you learned about how you can protect birds in your space. Large-scal…Read The Article