Happy Earth Day!

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts”  Rachel Carson 

This land is your land, this land is my land: In honor of Earth Day this Wednesday, April wpid-wp-1423799335727.jpeg22, make a resolution to do one thing new for our earth. Pledge to use your reusable water bottle, use reusable shopping bags, turn off lights and electronics, plant native plants and milkweed, or walk more and drive less. It makes a big difference if everyone does just a small part!

http://parade.com/390692/walterscott/celebrity-earth-day-warriors/

http://upliftconnect.com/declaration-restore-mother-earth/

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/04/16/climate-change-funny-or-die
http://upliftconnect.com/declaration-restore-mother-earth/
https://health4earth.com/easy-things-you-can-do-to-help-stop-climate-change/

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Can We Save Our Bees and Our Butterflies?

“Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life” Rachel Carson

A Fritillary on Menardia
A Fritillary on Menardia

Our pollinators are declining at a rapid rate.  Yes, there are things that each one of use can do.  Calling for more research is a waste of valuable time.  It is time for everyone to act.

Below is a good commentary on the loss of our bees:

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/206997751.html

So what can you do?  We are so awash in chemicals we aren’t even aware of them anymore. Below is a list of things that can make a difference for pollinators and for your health, also.

1. Reduce all yard chemicals, and reduce the size of your mowable yard with flowers that pollinators love.

2. Plant more flowers that attract a variety of pollinators.  My favorite for Minnesota and

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English: Culver’s root, Veronicastrum virginicum. Shot from above at around 4pm, Leland IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin are: Bee Balm, Culver’s Root. Cone Flowers, Hyssop, chives, Russian Sage, Liatris (blazing star), wild geranium, and golden rod.

3. Buy organically produced food, and reduce the beef you eat.

4. Reduce the amount of chemicals in your home for cleaning and construction.

5. Support candidates and elected officials that believe in global warming.

6. Never throw chemicals, worms or fish(they can be invasive) into our streams, lakes or storm drains.

7. And..basically anything you do to for clean air, clean water. and save energy  helps all wildlife and humans.

http://www.queenofthesun.com/get-involved/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-bees/

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/26/environment/pesticides-suspected-in-minnesota-bee-deaths

http://www.xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators/

http://www.restoringthelandscape.com/

http://www.backyardbrevard.com/2013/05/celebrate-national-pollinator-week-in-june/