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FPL hosted first anniversary at Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon's first anniversary celebrated with a weekend full of free family fun on Feb. 4 and 5!

Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery CenterTM ill celebrated its first anniversary with an exciting line up of free, fun-filled family events over the Feb. 4-5 weekend. The facility opened in February 2016 to rave reviews locally and received extensive coverage in regional and national attention.

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Protecting Pangolins on World Pangolin Day

February 18 marked World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction. While these armored creatures once inhabited vast portions of Asia and Africa, their populations are severely dwindling due to a massive and growing demand for their scales, which are believed to have curative properties in East Asian medicine, and their meat, which is highly regarded as a symbol of status.

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For Valentine's Day, Green America Urges Mars To Dump GMOS And Related Toxins

MArs is being asked to dump GMOs by Green AmericaConsumers Ask Mars to Remove GMOs from Candies and Pet Foods; Green America Provides Consumers with a Chocolate Scorecard Grading Companies' Social and Environmental Impacts

Green America's GMO Inside Campaign is mobilizing its over 250,000 supporters to encourage Mars, Incorporated to remove genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from its human and pet foods as a Valentine's Day gift to the world. Consumers can send Mars an email asking the company to remove all GMOs here: http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9525. For consumers looking to purchase chocolates that are organic or free of GMOs, and for those seeking the highest labor standards, Green America provides a Chocolate Scorecard on its website: http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/whatyoucando/images/Chocolate-Scorecard-17.pdf

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Lawsuit to Protect Piping Plovers at Jones Beach Will Proceed

Federal Judge Finds “Plausible Harm” to Threatened Birds From Cat Colonies

A federal judge has ruled that American Bird Conservancy (ABC) may proceed with its lawsuit against the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (Parks Office) over feral cat colonies at Jones Beach, N.Y. In a ruling issued earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt denied a motion to dismiss the case, finding that ABC’s allegations “support an inference of plausible harm to the survival of the Jones Beach Piping Plovers.”

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Atlanta Audubon Society Program Aims to Help the Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Headed NuthatchFebruary has arrived and despite the lingering winter temperatures, some bird species are already preparing for spring. Brown-headed Nuthatches are one of Georgia’s early-nesting species, and these small brown birds are already searching for cavities in which to build their nests. Atlanta Audubon is asking metro-Atlanta residents to help create habitat for this iconic southern bird by placing nest boxes in their yards.

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Florida Strawberry Growers Association Presents 4th Annual Strawberry Picking Challenge

Unique Strawberry Picking Charity Event Benefits the Children of RCMA

The Florida Strawberry Growers Association presents the fourth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge on February 10th and 11th.  The unique charity event raises funds for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and invites guests out to the farm for a day of strawberry picking and entertainment.

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Green is for Organics: Voluntary Container Color Standard Recommended by Consortium of Organics Collection Organizations and Agencies

Green Bins for Organics Recycling ReccomendedKeep America Beautiful, U.S. Composting Council Joined by Other Nonprofit and Government Organizations to Improve Recycling and Organics Collection

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the United States Composting Council (USCC) announced that they, along with five other participating nonprofits and government agencies, recommend designating green as the voluntary container color standard for organics collection containers.  This initiative was simultaneously announced at the USCC’s 25th Annual Conference in Los Angeles and at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington, D.C., both taking place through Jan. 26.

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What to expect with your Solarize Decatur-DeKalb installation

Boyce home with solar after participating in Solarize Decatur-DeKalb

Editor's note: Solarize programs are sweeping across the country. Although this is a particular resident's expereince in a particular program, the timeline given here is a good guide to how much time and what to expect in regards to issues that might arise.

Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Participant Shares First-hand Experience

Our family is delighted by the opportunity to “go solar” with Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. It’s something we’ve talked about for years, but the pricing and support through the program really helped make it happen for us. There are plenty of testimonials from solar owners out there, so this post is not about that.

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