http://www.audubon.org/takeaction – for links to petitions/actions you can take for conservation issues affecting birds (and people)
From the American Bird Conservancy: “Please urge your Representative to cosponsor the Saving America’s Pollinators Act. The bill, H.R. 3040, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration of a toxic group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are causing serious damage to birds, bees, and aquatic life.” Go to https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-neonics
From the National Parks Conservation Assn: “…Americans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — want and expect national parks to be adequately funded. These world-class public lands provide tremendous economic benefits to communities across the country in addition to the immeasurable natural and historic value of the iconic places they preserve. Unfortunately, a proposed budget by the Trump administration would seriously undercut these priceless national treasures by slashing the National Park Service budget by a significant 13 percent — a move that, if enacted, would represent the biggest cut to the agency’s budget since World War II. The Park Service is already grappling with underfunding, staff shortages and an $11 billion repair backlog, despite a 19 percent increase in visitors over the last five years. This budget is a big step in the wrong direction for our national parks…” Please go to https://www.npca.org/advocacy/21-support-increased-national-park-funding#sm.00018g5pdhbn5dr0u972qm9zhif8i for more information &/or to sign a petition asking your Congressional reps to oppose this budget cut for parks.
The president recently signed an executive order that lifts the moratorium on drilling in the Arctic, and the the House Budget Committee has just released a draft budget that includes a provision for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain. Please contact your representatives to oppose this provision and keep our refuge protected. Go to http://www.defenders.org/ for links to petitions to Congress and more information on this issue and other pending federal anti-conservation actions.
There are many proposed changes pending for the National Parks, including opening them to drilling and mining, slashing their funding, and other changes that threaten the future of our national treasures. Only one example: rolling back Clean Water and salmon fishing protections for Bristol Bay in Alaska on behalf of foreign mining interests who want to develop an open-pit mine for gold & copper 15 miles from Lake Clark NP. You can read more, as well as sign up for alerts & online petitions from the National Parks Conservation Association, at https://secure.npca.org/site/SPageNavigator/joinus.html
Send an urgent letter to your members of Congress asking them to oppose efforts to open the Arctic Refuge to oil development.
Go to http://www.audubon.org/ and click on the “Take Action” button at the lower right of the page.
Take action on the bill to terminate the EPA !!!
Some articles about H.R. 861 Bill
Some Public Service Info on Recycling for Members Residing in Sussex County
Many of you may know that the county landfill in Lafayette, also known as SCMUA, is a great place to view gulls, but did you also know that it is a great place to recycle? (Imagine that!) You probably all know that county residents can bring typical recyclables like glass, aluminum, newspaper, and plastic, but SCMUA is continually adding more items that can be recycled. Cardboard, brown bags, milk/juice/other food cartons, hard styrofoam packaging materials with a #6, waste motor oil, batteries, vegetative waste, rigid plastics – these are just some of the many items they accept for recycling, and most are accepted free of charge! They even have special days each year on which they accept hazardous waste, computers, etc.for free. You can do your part to reduce waste and keep recyclables and toxins out of the landfill, not to mention lowering your trash bill, by checking their website for more information and bringing your items to SCMUA.