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    Insect Populations are Crashing!

    Insect Populations are Crashing!

    Great interview on NPR's 1A.  Fewer bees, ladybugs, butterflies, and pollinators.  so less food and fewer flowers, bushes, and trees. Citizen science can report trends and help us learn how to save insects and biodiversity.  Kids and adults can count ladybugs and other insects to discover trends. The solution is to reduce pesticide use  and to protect habitat.  Get out an explore!

    Ellsberg Found He Could Leak and Get the US General in Vietnam Fired

    Ellsberg Found He Could Leak and Get the US  General in Vietnam Fired

    It is amazing!  I have met Ellsberg at protests at the polluting nuclear weapons plant here in Colorado. The Reveal radio show and transcript shows how Daniel Ellsberg went from a Harvard grad to an on-the-ground-marine; to a top level analyst for the Dept of Defense about the Vietnam war; to an insider who leaked about the lies that the US general Westmoreland and President Johnson were telling about the Vietnamese war. Later , he revealed lies My Lai, Abu Gharaib, etc. The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies, and Leaks.

    photo credit: Paul J. RIchards/AFP/Getty Images


    Celebrate World Wildlife Day - Save 30 % on Marine Wildlife T-Shirts

    Celebrate World Wildlife Day - Save 30 % on Marine Wildlife T-Shirts

    Sunday March 3, 2019  is World Wildlife Day.  The theme is “Life Below Water: For People and the Planet” .  In order to help wildlife, people are writing to Congresspersons, asking to protect sharks.  Please ask your senators and representative to support he HR 737, which bans the sale of shark fins.
    25% of shark species face extinction due to the demand for shark fin soup in Asia.
    For more info and to send a letter to your politicians - Link  to AWI page. 
    Sale begins Friday March 4 pm and lasts until midnight Monday March 4.  You can save up to 50% with quantity discounts. Ten marine wildlife designs are on sale here


    When our shirts come to life!

    When our shirts come to life!

    On Friday, Sandy Elkins came by and showed me a tree sculpture with hearts that she had made, inspired by the idea of the “Love Grows” t-shirt design. She was playing with a new pen that makes rigid plastic coils. Earlier she been helped by some of the Boulder Junior Park Rangers who put a wet handkerchief around her neck when she overheated.

    In gratitude, she made bracelets for them that showed the iconic Boulder Flatirons rock cliffs. She said “It's good to give something to someone for no reason, for no reason at all, other than love."

     

    Risks of Farmed Salmon

    Risks of Farmed Salmon

    There some risks for farmed salmon.  They may be fed dangerous anti-oxidants and antibiotics.  They may require pesticides, toxic chemicals, and lots of other fish to eat.  The farms may pollute.   This VIdeo shows potentially dangerous antioxidants being added to the feed mix for the salmon. The  Guardian article, talks about the problems of parasitic sea lice and the extreme techniques used to remove the lice.   The  Florida article talks about the risks of farmed salmon.  GMO salmon are used in some salmon farms, and they can esacpe and hybidize with the wild alsmon.  Their farms may also release pollution from the feed , pesticides, and antibiotics.

     Escaped GMO salmon compete with wild salmon for space and mates.  They may spread disease, the way that elk, deer, and cattle ranches do.