Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Solar Powered Roads

Solar powered roads make absolute sense for the Southwestern United States. It harnesses the solar energy that these roads already attract. The opportunity to add in the messages to the roads is also a great one, making night driving much more safe. Cost may be an impediment, but as petroleum costs rise, even asphalt roads will be pricier. This is a step in the right direction for sure.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Open Season: Sandhill Cranes

I wanted to pass along a very distressing blog post from a fellow birder and blogger on the hunting of Sandhill Cranes throughout the Central Flyway. I was stunned to read that there is hunting allowed for this species.
Now, just my two cents here, but I do not oppose hunting. I'm a vegetarian, and don't hunt or even eat meat myself, but hunters are often some of the largest supporters of conservation initiatives in America. After all, you can't hunt it if the species dies out, or there's no land to hunt on. I'm all for sustainable hunting practices, and in some places, deer management is an integral part of the wildlife management plans. However, a species like Sandhill Cranes does not fall on my "okay to shoot at" list. I don't know how hard this would hit the population, but unless it can be proven to be a sustainable practice, I would be against it.
Take a moment to read her blog post, learn about Tennessee's controversial practices, and make an informed decision for yourself about how you feel about the issue of crane hunting.
If it bothers you, pass along the story to raise awareness, and consider taking an even more active role by writing to your local representatives, or trying to get your local conservation groups involved.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Audubon Naturalist Society

I've been working as a Contract Naturalist with the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, MD. Not to be confused with the National and local Audubon Society, which I have worked with in the past. I am doing nature-themed birthday party programs, scout programs, etc on a contract basis. 
They're a lot of fun, and you get a small dose of environmental ed, kids, and often are force-fed birthday cake ;) What a great opportunity for a part-time job to keep my environmental education resume current, get my fix of teaching and working with kids, and get to get outdoors to play around for a bit every few weekends! Yippie!