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  1. ’Tis the Season, GreenBloggers -- to “Round Up Them Thar Rattlesnakes!”

    Please, please, please -- let’s do all we can to STOP this barbaric, inhumane and even felonious practice of animal cruelty. We need to put an end to these senseless, blood-thirsty atrocities.

    Rattlesnake roundups in Oklahoma -- Ned Bruha Skunk Whisperer takes a stand

    Ned Bruha, the Skunk Whisperer, has posted this piece about an annual upcoming rattlesnake roundup in Oklahoma on YouTube. Please have a look at it. The video shows names and numbers for officials that we can contact throughout the presentation. I know what I’m going to be doing tomorrow!

    Check out the “festivities” planned by (get this) the local Jaycees for March 2012 in Sweetwater, TX:


    And here:


    Here’s another “fun” event coming up in April in Freer, TX:


    And it’s not just Texas. Georgia (among others) is getting their "pounds of flesh", too:


    Thanks in advance for your support!

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  2. Wow, Zararina -- that brown cane chair and ottoman look like some water hyacinth furniture that I saw pictures of!


    Building “green” furniture from water hyacinths is an amazing and ingenious way to “manage” the scourge of the plant kingdom!

    Fastest-growing plant on the planet, water hyacinth is virtually indestructible and has but one natural enemy/control: the manatee. But many third-world countries that are choking on the beautiful (and edible!) weed don’t have manatees to control it.

    Industrious and intelligent, many of these native folk have learned to harvest the vicious, spreading masses of water hyacinth and transform them into useful furniture and decorative items. This in turn creates vast income opportunities for the creators.

    As a Florida native, I am all too familiar with the pesky hyacinth. I’ve written two or three articles about it as well. I’ve also run across articles describing clever handcrafters who have learned to weave the dried plants into works of art as well as utilitarian pieces.

  3. Hmmmm ... I wonder if the local authorities are planning a humane relocation of this poor old guy? That's the typical action taken in the Southern US with "problem" or "nuisance" wildlife -- whether the animal poses a danger to human residents or not.

    While I do realize that it would be sheer folly to allow this croc to remain in close proximity to people, I also fervently hope that he is dealt with humanely!

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  4. Ooooohhhhh, I greatly envy those of you with gardens -- I miss having one since moving to an apartment :(

    I did, however, put in a tiny flower bed across the front under the bay window last season, though! I planted dwarf marigolds, which are covered with tons of continuous blooms until the first snow hits.

    Most folks don't know that all parts of the marigold is edible, and that even the blooms of many varieties are quite tasty in salads ;) Which of course is another good reason for NOT using chemicals. Besides, something nearly everyone knows is that marigolds are natural pesticides in and of themselves ;)

  5. Wow -- there are some good new ideas for my household here, too.

    We buy bulk foods whenever possible, avoiding packaging materials. I buy only the food I need for meal plans that I carefully prepare before shopping. We eat lots of leftovers, and I pack my husband's lunch every day. That also saves us tons of money that he doesn't spend on eating out anymore.

    I reuse whatever containers I can until they wear out and just won't hold stuff anymore. I use plastic grocery bags over and over when I shop, and use them for garbage. I also use them for wrapping meats for the freezer, and use them to store bowls of leftovers in the fridge. Thus I have completely eliminated the need for plastic food wraps in this house -- which also saves money ;)

    This is a program that our community provides to support recycling efforts. We keep a separate container indoors for recyclables, and they go in a trash can separate from the garbage on collection day. The collectors weigh the recyclables and record the weight in a separate account for each apartment's recyclables can. When you've accumulated so many points with your trash weights, you can redeem them for gift cards. I'm halfway to getting one for Panera Bread ;)

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  6. Much of folk singer John Denver's inspiring, feel-good music focused on the breathtaking majesty and pristine beauty of the Great American Smoky Mountains of Colorado.

    Rocky Mountain High, The Eagle and the Hawk, Country Roads ...

    But for me -- "Calypso" is so extra-special ... "To live on the earth, we must learn from the sea..."


    God rest your souls, John Denver and Jacques Cousteau.

  7. And "Hello" from sunny (today, anyway) New England :)

    I found this Forum quite by accident, and I'm so glad that I did. I've been poking around in here a bit, and really like what I see. I'm excited about sharing discussions with other folks who care about Our Beautiful Planet.

    Thanks for having me. I look forward to meeting new people, enjoying some intelligent conversations, and making new friends.

  8. Ours is a household of rescues. Toby, our chocolate Labrador, is a Hurricane Katrina rescue. Jayde is a magnificent Blue and Gold macaw that we saved from a horrible situation that included abuse, neglect and starvation. I'll never purchase another pet as long as I live. There's a world of perfect pets out there being destroyed by the thousands daily, and I will always choose from them. Rescued Pets ROCK !!!

    As far as wildlife, my favorites are any and all of the predators. Their purpose is to balance and manage our environment and the wild kingdom naturally, which they were doing quite nicely until "Guess Who" started poking their noses where they don't belong.

    I avoid mosquitoes just like everyone else, but I can't malign any species because everything was put here for a reason -- whether we understand it or not. While I can't in all good conscience defend mosquitoes anymore than anyone else can, surely they serve a purpose deeper than we understand. I do know that they serve as the major food source for many species of bats as well as for lots of birds, so they do have that much going for them. OK, OK -- so maybe that's all they have to offer :P