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Share the Beach: Help Coastal Birds This Summer​

 

Beachgoers Asked to "Fish, Swim, and Play from 50 Yards Away"Beachgoers Asked to "Fish, Swim, and Play from 50 Yards Away"

Memorial Day marks the start of summer, when millions of Americans head to beaches to enjoy time in the sun. It’s not just people who flock to the shore this time of year. Many birds have already staked out their own space on the beach, choosing nesting sites on the sand and raising their young along the shoreline, in the dunes, and in nearby marshy areas. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is urging beachgoers to be mindful of breeding birds that share our vacation spots and help coastal birds this summer.

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UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People Across America

UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People Across AmericaGlyphosate, the most used herbicide in the World, has been found in the urine of 93% of the American public during a unique testing project that started in 2015.

Glyphosate, labeled a ‘probable human carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, has now been revealed to be ubiquitous in the first ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America.

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Looking To Create A Hydraulic Society

As World Oceans Day Is Observed June 8

Anyone who follows the news knows that the dangers to the ocean are many.

Spills and leaks, dying reefs, depleted fisheries.

And that means the dangers to humanity are many, too, because humankind’s future hinges on how well we preserve and protect the planet’s greatest resource, says Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory (www.worldoceanobservatory.org) and author of “The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society.”

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Air pollution linked to higher risk of preterm birth for mothers with asthma

Pregnant women with asthma may be at greater risk of preterm birth when exposed to high levels of certain traffic-related air pollutants, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

The researchers observed an increased risk associated with both ongoing and short-term exposure to nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, particularly when women were exposed to those pollutants just before conception and in early pregnancy.

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Healthy snacks from Simply7 just in time for Memorial Day

      Healthy snacks from Simply 7 just in time for Memorial DayMemorial Day is fast approaching, and with it the official kick-off to summer parties, BBQ’s and weekend beach trips. Here are a few light and easy recipes from Simply 7 Snacks for your upcoming summer entertaining. 

Simply7’s better-for-you snacks include Quinoa, Hummus, Lentil and Kale Chips and their newest innovation, Organic Veggie Chips (which just launched this month). Simply7 chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, Kosher Certified, and have no trans-fats, preservatives or artificial flavors, making them an ideal addition to any recipe or as a standalone snack. Simply7 snacks have fewer calories and fat than traditional potato chips (Source: USDA), and deliver a tasty crunch that will satisfy chip cravings all summer long.

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What You Can Do To Prevent Asthma

It's hard to see a child sick. The good news is you can help a child gain control over asthma. That means fewer days out of school and fewer attacks that can be scary for you and the child.

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Celebrate World Oceans Day at Florida Keys' Second Annual 'Coralpalooza'

In recognition of World Oceans Day, Key Largo's Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting its second annual Coralpalooza, inviting volunteer recreational divers to assist in promoting ocean preservation Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.

Participants must be certified divers. Hands-on dive activities include helping Coral Restoration Foundation staff and interns in underwater coral nurseries, out-planting corals to Upper Keys reefs or monitoring the wellness of corals in existing colonies.

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USDA Celebrates 50 Years of School Breakfast, Offers $6.8 Million in Grants to Support Healthy School Meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commemorates the 50th anniversary of its School Breakfast Program by shining a light on the positive impacts of school breakfast. Over the course of this administration, participation in school breakfast programs has increased by almost 27 percent; over 14 million students are now eating school breakfast each day. To help support the ongoing success of the School Breakfast Program and other child nutrition programs, Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon announced that USDA will award up to $6.8 million in competitive Team Nutrition Training Grants to help schools and child care sites sustain the successful implementation of the healthier meals made possible by the bipartisan Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010.

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The Barn Owl Box's Innovative New Bluebird House Achieves High Occupancy and Repels House Sparrows

New bluebird house easily mounts to metal pole

I purchased four of these new plastic bluebird houses in early spring. After an easy setup on my property, I had renters within two weeks–three out of four nest boxes were occupied with bluebirds throughout the summer, producing multiple clutches. I highly recommend this bluebird house!" - Tom Sedenka

Perhaps there is no better loved bird in North America than the bluebird. And perhaps no conservation effort ranks higher in success than that conducted on this beautiful songbird's behalf.

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Tennis Ball Recycling Goes Mainstream

Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is most famously known as the home of the Portland Headlight, one of the most-photographed icons in New England.  Less known is that Fort Williams Park is the epicenter of what is arguably the fast-growing trend in Sustainability- recycling tennis balls.  Yes, Cape Elizabeth and fifteen surrounding communities form the highest concentration of community tennis ball recycling in the US today.  Working together, these communities organized to purchase tennis ball recycling bins, promote the program, and commit school or parks and recreation staff to collect balls on a monthly basis.  The result:  a percentage of unwanted balls recycled that is higher than any other area in the US – and even the French (more about them later).

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