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More High Notes From Audubon August 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature, Sustainable Living.

Yesterday, I shared Susan Cosier’s post on tying the bands of holy matrimony through a donation of trees to the re-forestration efforts in Indonesia:

With This Tree, I Thee Wed

Today, I’d like to share a few more High Notes from Audubon’s Field Notes:

* Numbers Game [Dirt Track] ~ fun facts about Dirt (e.g., 1 tablespoon of soil has more organisms in it than there are people on Earth).

* Gaining an Edge ~ when your razor loses its edge, pop it in Save-A-Blade and sharpen it rather than replacing it.  Cost:  $14.99 after rebate.

* Species Protection ~ the Center for Biological Diversity has enlisted 4,000 volunteers to distribute 100,000 endangered species themed condoms since unsustainable human growth is the cause of sprawl, climate change, resource depletion, and species extinction.

* Shroom Boom ~ Eban Bayer’s 3 year old company, Evocative, is putting mushroom roots to good use . . . as a biodegradable, chemical free product that could replace Styrofoam.

To read full articles on these Note Worthy events:  Field Notes, Audubon, May-June 2010

For information on 5,548 North American species, visit:  Audubon Field Guides ~ you can even search by zip code for birds and animals in your area, and listen to the sounds they make!


1. nancycurteman - August 6, 2010

My favorite is “With this Tree I Thee Wed.” However, the “Species Protection” is pretty funny.

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

I agree. The article about Indonesian wedding trees got me thinking, the one on themed condoms made me smile, and the last three seemed like fun facts to share in case anyone is interested.

2. Sue Cross - August 6, 2010

You might be interested in my book ON THE MENU:ANIMAL WELFARE (website ame name!) – which tells, for the most part, a horror story, NOT imagined, but something that is happening every moment of every day. It draws attention to the animals on factory farms that never see natural light; or the seasons change; or feel the earth beneath their feet. Incarcerated in vast barns their lives are automated, unnatural, controlled as they are treated as nothing more than any other farm product and become grotesque parodies of their natural selves.

This book describes the whole production process – from before conception to the way the animals we use for food are presented on the supermarket shelves: the chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese; the laying hens, quail and the pheasants reared for sport; the pigs and lambs; the dairy cattle, beef cattle and veal calves; and also the rabbits as well as the fish and shellfish.

Published by Pen Press and available from Amazon at £8.99; from public libraries in the UK and Ireland; and also Ingrams (in the USA).

With best wishes,

Sue Cross

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

Thanks, Sue.

I’ve been a vegetarian for years due to the inhumane farming practices used today.

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