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Humane, live rabbit traps and organic rabbit repellents for gardeners

Today was have another guest blog post from Havahart®, makers of humane pest control.  Be sure to help them raise money for the American Humane Society!  Don't forget to check out their previous guest blog post for us about rabbit proofing.  

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Controlling Rabbits with Traps

Rabbits can cause chaos in your vegetable and flower gardens by eating plants. They enjoy feasting on just about everything, including young seedlings, flowers, bulbs, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. Rabbits also enjoy burrowing, which could mean additional damage to your plants and property.

If you want to completely rid an area of rabbits, you will not be successful because of their rapid reproduction rate. In one season, a single rabbit can produce a whopping 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Traps are an excellent method for battling burgeoning rabbit populations and will effectively reduce the damage to your plants and property. (Hatch)... read more

Ellen Page on "Real Time with Bill Maher"

Last week, actress Ellen Page appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, discussing the film she recently narrated:  Vanishing of the Bees.   The film discusses Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon causing honeybees to disappear worldwide.  Check out this video of Ellen Page discussing the problems associated with the disappearance of honeybees.  ... read more

Leave It Better's Bee City

Yesterday we did a blog post about urban farmers raising livestock and we mentioned how beekeeping is becoming a popular pasttime for urban farmers.  Check out this video from Leave it Better about beekeeping in NYC!

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A Paws-itively Great Way to Go Green Online

Today we are pleased to share another guest blog post by Joyce Amaro, the public education manager for the City of Los Angeles’ Stormwater Program. We were lucky enough to have a guest blog post by Joyce back in January explaining the basics of stormwater. Thanks for another informative post!

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The digital information age has provided animal lovers with a ton of resources to discover everything from pet health and safety tips to the latest pet clothing trends. However, scouring through the abundance of information available can be overwhelming, especially for the busy dog owner. Fortunately, for those residents who want quick, trusted tips on how to protect their companion while also reducing their pets’ carbon paw print, the City of LA’s Stormwater Program is offering free dog-related electronic email updates. ... read more

Urban Farming: Livestock (Goats, chickens, rabbits, and bees)

Urban farming is great!  When most people think of urban farming, they probably think of small gardens.  Urban farming is often that, but many urban farmers are also keeping livestock these days.   Some common urban farm livestock are chickens, goats, bees, and rabbits.  ... read more

Environmental Action Speaks Louder than Words, Even in the Pet Industry -- Guest Post

Today we're excited to present a guest blog post by Gail VanWart, owner of Peaked Mountain Farm in Dedham, Maine.

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Since everyday is like Earth Day on Peaked Mountain Farm, it amuses us that eco-superiority is a new “trend” being talked about for 2011. Our fields of native Wild Blueberries are organic, we generate wind power and package our products responsibly. Our products are so minimally processed, a Wild Blueberry plant can be grown from our Bite O’ Blue® dog treats—true achievement of natural sustainability.... read more

Bats in your garden: Go Batty!

Bats in the belfry?  Nah.  How about bats in your backyard?  YES!  

Bats can work as natural pesticides.  One lone single bat can catch HUNDREDS of insects per hour.   Bats can protect gardens and farms from damage by many pests including moths, June beetles, moths, mosquitoes, and more.  

If you'd like to use bats to protect your garden or crops, you might need to get them into your yard.  Luckily, it's easy to attract bats.... read more

Balloons: Bad for marine life

Balloons are fun and festive, but unfortunately, when released outside they are really horrible for the environment.  They can harm wildlife, namely when they enter waterways.

Balloons often mark celebration.  I remember as a Girl Scout releasing balloons outside for part of an event.  A few years later looking upon that event in horror when I realized how much litter it must have caused  -- litter that could have hurt an animal.

It's not unusual for balloons to be eaten by whales, dolphins, turtles, and other marine life, who mistake them for food, such as jellyfish.   SaveTheWhales.org gives an example of a a young sperm whale dying when it stranded on a New Jersey beach due to a balloon lodged in its stomach.  ... read more

How to save the whales

As a kid growing up in the '80s, there were three things that got me interested in the environment:  reducing litter, acid rain, and saving whales.

My friends and I would start environmental clubs wanting to raise money to adopt whales.  The clubs never went very far, but our hearts were in the right place.

You don't hear as much about acid rain and saving the whales as you did back then, but whales still seriously need our help.... read more

Endangered Species Wednesday: Brown Bears

endangered brown bearThese cute (but not so cuddly) bears are also called Kodiaks, grizzlies, and Russian brown bears.   According to The Great Bear Foundation, most brown bears today only thrive in protected habitats.  

Did you know? 

Bears are the only mammals that do not pee or poop the entire time they are in hibernation! Doctors study the way bears recycle their pee to help human patients with kidney failure.

Why are Brown Bears endangered? 

Humans often kill Brown Bears out of fear.  They are also sometimes killed for fur trade and food.... read more

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