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Virtual: Mycology 101 Discussion November 4

Learn the basics of fungi morphology, how to identify common mushrooms of the season, and the role fungi play in our ecosystem.


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Virtual: Author Baylor Chapman Discussing “Decorating with Plants” at the Chappaqua Library October 21 ~New York~

Author Baylor Chapman‘s book is in three parts: first, there’s Plant Care 101: from how to assess light conditions to tricks for keeping your plants alive while on vacation, Then she introduces us to 28 of her favorites—specimens that are tough as nails but oh-so-stylish, from the eye-catching Rubber Tree to the delicate Cape Primrose. Finally, she guides readers through the home room by room.

Baylor has been a professional floral and garden designer since 2001. Her designs have been featured in Sunset magazine and on PBS, as well as in Banana Republic and Restoration Hardware stores.

SOURCE: Chappaqua Library

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Pruning Principles and Practices Workshop Beginning October 29 ~Bronx~

Through course study and hands-on pruning, you will learn the best tools, techniques, and timing to use when you prune to help shrubs, conifers, broadleaves, evergreens, and deciduous plants thrive. Explore how woody plant structure and physiology influence pruning.


Location: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

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Fall Edible Plants Workshop October 29 ~Bronx~

Take a guided ramble with wild foods author and forager author Marie Viljoen and learn to how to identify use the edible plants that are indigenous to the Northeast. Visit NYBG’s Native Garden and the Thain Family Forest and discover what these plants look like in the fall, a skill that is key to successful foraging in each season.


Location: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

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Environmental Engineers: Guardians of the Reservoir Challenge DEADLINE October 20

The goal of this challenge is to find and demonstrate innovative solutions that remove or transport the amount of sediment building up in the reservoirs, replacing available space for water storage, that provide critical water supplies for the country. The build-up of sediment leaves less room for water, and less water means that our reservoirs eventually may not be able to meet the demand of the communities we serve. Such impacts have been experienced at some Reclamation reservoirs and are anticipated to occur more frequently in the future. Reclamation’s primary interest is in technology that will move sediment downstream at the average annual rate at which it would otherwise accumulate but approaches that can help regain lost reservoir capacity are of interest if they can do so in addition to meeting environmental and other performance criteria.


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Bedford Take it or Leave It Shed-Freecycle Your Unwanted Items and Keep Items Out of Landfills Saturdays thru October

Drop off unwanted household items that are still in good/working condition, or pick up and repurpose some.

Residents of the Town of Bedford may drop off items. Everyone can visit and take items.

The TIOLI Shed is a wonderful way to recycle and reuse items, and reduce consumption and waste. This program will preserve natural resources, reduce waste, and save residents money.


Location: Bedford Hills Train Station Parking Lot Number 8, 1 Railroad Avenue (Behind the station, off of route 117)

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Plastic Free Shopping in the NYC Metro

Please use CONTACT form to provide information on businesses who are no longer using plastic packaging. I am not affiliated founders and/or employees of the following businesses on the list nor I do not receive any compensation. I am a customer dedicated to lowering my impact on the environment and believe in supporting those who believe the same. -Editor

  • Brooklyn: Package Free, 137 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: Refill Room, 42 B Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY 10706-1201
  • Mahattan: Package Free, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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“Tiger King” Outrage: Let’s get H.R. 1380/S.2561 Big Cat Public Safety Act passed in Congress

Upset by the treatment of Big Cats in Netflix’s “Tiger King” docuseries? Then WRITE your House and Congressional representatives to pass legislation that holds these animal menagerie (also known as road side zoos) owners responsible. These animals deserve better treatment and so do the employees and volunteers that work with them.

PETITIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH! When individual voter-taxpayers use their voices politicians listen.

Also, do not visit animal menageries. Only visit accredited zoos and aquariums!


  • FindLaw: Exotic Animal Laws by State
  • USDA Animal Welfare Act
  • USDA Animal Welfare Regulated Businesses
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Zoological Association of America
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Keeping Florida Panthers Off the Road to Extinction
  • Finally, there are big cats native to the Americas. Support organizations that protect the habitat and rescue these beautiful animals. Encourage CERTIFIED ZOOS in your area to help in conserving native big cats. Search big cat’s name zoo or big cat’s name conservation and send a note thanking them for helping native big cats!

    1. Canada Lynx
    2. Bobcat
    3. Jaguarundi
    4. Jaguar
    5. Cougar/Panther
    6. Ocelot
    7. Andean Mountain Cat
    8. Geoffroy’s Cat
    9. Kodkod
    10. Margay
    11. Pampas Cat
    12. Oncilla
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    Recycling is not the answer. You MUST reduce your consumption.

    FACT: unless you’re reducing your consumption of plastic, recycling means nothing

    PROBLEM: plastic is everywhere and part of everything-including clothing

    SOLUTION: do what can, when possible. Don’t buy unless absolutely necessary and there is no alternative.

    What I’ve done:

    • Buy used clothes, to reduce demand for new resources to manufacture brand new clothes. 60% of my current wardrobe is used, including shoes and sneakers
    • Carry reusable silverware to use at work
    • Use mug or reusable cup at work for drinks
    • Refuse straws
    • Refuse packet condiments/disposable silverware (especially if it’s take out, you got it at home)
    • Buy vitamins in glass bottles (glass can be recycled over and over)
    • Having a party? Buy aluminum cans instead of soda in gallon. Aluminum can be recycled multiple times.
      Stop buying products that use excessive packaging
    • Become aware of how much garbage- including recycling, you make per day. There are some days I don’t make any garbage.

    I made a conscious effort to be aware of my impact. I don’t worry about others, I do what I can. I am among millions on this planet that got companies changing their ways because they’re loosing money by not being mindful of the garbage they’re creating with their products.

    Resources for reducing environmental impact in the New York City Metro from Found in Yonkers

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    Own a home? Plant native plants to mitigate climate change, provide habitat and food for pollinators

    Native Plant Sale September 5 & 6: Wild Gardens Nursery at Rhinoceros Creek, 401 Route 202, Somers, NY–You must make an appointment to shop or you can pre-order!

    Native Plant Sale September 12 & 13: Native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and ferns at Rosedale Nurseries, 51 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Hawthorne, NY

    I have turned my front and back lawns into habitats for native insects. American lawns are modeled after British manor homes. Trying to achieve this archaic ideal has become so standard it’s cliche.

    Tall native grasses of the Northeast were decimated to make way for smaller tropical and genetically modified smaller species which are easy to cut.

    I’ve learned from untold research that trees, native plants and tall grasses that are allowed to flower provide the most food for native and migrating pollinators like bees and butterflies. Birds that do not migrate also benefit from seeds of mature grasses during the lean winter months when food is scarce.

    My yard is a combination of food garden while the remaining is a native and non-native plants. Since I’ve changed from a manor house grass lawn I’ve had so many visitors to my lawn!

    native goldenrod
    Goldenrod-Native Plant
    Spider laid it’s eggs on my American yew-Native
    Native mantis on Mint (not native)

    So basically, as stated in 1989’s Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

    Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Center for native plants in your part of the United States.

    Buy Native Plants from These Locations:

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    Support Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland & Westchester’s Zoos, Animal Shelters and Sanctuaries

    Whether its money, supplies, or volunteering animals in Westchester need your help!

    Bergen County

    Fairfield County

    Rockland County

    *Please let me know if I’m missed an organization! Thanks-Editor*