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Proposed Eagle Management Plan Could Have Deadly Consequences

Thousands of Protected Bald and Golden Eagles May Be Threatened by IndustryThousands of Protected Bald and Golden Eagles May Be Threatened by Industry

A new eagle-management plan proposed by the federal government would give wind energy developers 30-year permits to “take” or incidentally kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles, without requiring the industry to share mortality data with the public or take into consideration such critical factors as proper siting. The so-called Eagle Take Rule, proposed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, puts many thousands of the nation’s protected Bald and Golden Eagles at unacceptable risk.

American Bird Conservancy successfully sued the government over a previous version of the rule, which a federal judge agreed violated federal environmental laws. Unfortunately, the updated rule, open for public comment until July 5, 2016, is as problematic as the previous one.

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Tour De Fresh Raises More than $4,000 During United Fresh

Tour de FreshUnited Fresh provides perfect timing for in-person Tour de Fresh fundraising one month prior to event

As the 2016 Tour de Fresh approaches in four short weeks, riders are in the final leg of fundraising to place 60+ salad bars in schools across the country. To encourage additional fundraising efforts, California Giant Berry Foundation hosted a stationary bike ride and photo opportunity at United Fresh with the goal of earning an additional $2,500 toward the cause. Sponsors, riders, and tradeshow attendees rallied behind the effort by bringing industry colleagues and partners to participate, resulting in $4,115 raised to support Tour de Fresh.

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Two Metro Atlanta Schools win Prize from Carton2Garden Contest

2016 Carton 2 Garden Contest Winners have been announced.2016 Carton2Garden Contest Winners have been announced. The contest is presented by KidsGardening.org. The entries were inspirational. The Science Club Chargers from The Champion Theme Middle School of Stone Mountain, GA were the grand prize winners and won $5,000 for their project.

The students used over 1,000 cartons and joined small projects together to create one large program. (Get full details from AJC.com)

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10 Wonderful Ways to Connect Children and Nature

While many kids get excited about lions and tigers and giraffes and zebras, learning about what is right around your house is the best way to get kids to feel connected with their surroundings.Environmental writer and photographer David FitzSimmons is on a mission to connect children with nature. With his naturalist wife and three children of their own—not to mention a job that gets him into the wild frequently—he’s an expert on immersing kids in the natural world.

“Starting local is the key,” says FitzSimmons. “Learn about what’s in your own backyard.” While many kids get excited about lions and tigers and giraffes and zebras, learning about what is right around your house is the best way to get kids to feel connected with their surroundings.

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SeaWorld Joins The HSUS in Calling on Japan to End Commercial Whaling

Organizations urge U.S. government to exert influence during visit of Japanese President Shinzo Abe

In a letter to President Obama dated March 31, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Humane Society of the United States called for an end to Japan's commercial whaling and urged the U.S. federal government to take additional steps to address this critical issue.

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NWF Asks Americans to Pledge to be Butterfly Heroes

       Subaru Joins National Wildlife Federation and Others in Leading the Drive to Save Monarch Butterflies Subaru Joins National Wildlife Federation and Others in Leading the Drive to Save Monarch Butterflies

The National Wildlife Federation today announced the launch of Butterfly Heroes presented by Subaru with a goal of 100,000 Americans pledging to help save monarchs and other critically important pollinators in 2016. To help reach that goal, the National Wildlife Federation is distributing over 50,000 Butterfly Heroes Garden Starter Packets for those who take the Butterfly Heroes pledge, and corporate partner, Subaru will give out a further 50,000 at its retailers nationwide. The Disney Conservation Fund is also supporting the NWF effort as part of its mission to protect the planet and help kids develop lifelong conservation values, and Botanical Interests is the official provider of seeds in the kits that participants receive when they make a formal pledge to become a National Wildlife Federation Butterfly Hero.

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Farm to School Programs Invest Nearly $800 Million in Local Economies

Survey Results Show Major Increase in Local Food Purchasing on the Local, State, and National Levels

Schools across the United States purchased $789 million in local foods from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in school year 2013 – 2014, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Census released. That represents a 105 percent increase over the 2011-2012 school year when the first census was conducted, signifying the deepening commitment of schools nationwide to bring local food into the cafeteria and strengthen their local economies.

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10 of the Worst-sited Wind Energy Projects for Birds Identified

10 of the Worst-sited Wind Energy Projects for Birds IdentifiedGroup has petitioned for new regulations to protect birds from wind turbines

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) released a list of 10 of the worst-sited existing and proposed commercial wind energy projects from the perspective of bird conservation. As the hunger for alternative energy grows, thousands of new wind energy projects are being planned and built—often without regard for the serious risks they pose to birds and other wildlife. (View report on blog.)

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