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Grazing Goats to Eradicate Invasive Plants

Grazing Goats to Eradicate Invasive Plants

The City of Gaithersburg provided the following info:

Eco-Goats are making their Montgomery County debut July 12th at the Izaak Walton League, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg. 

The Izaak Walton League has partnered with the City of Gaithersburg Environmental Services Division, in a new program to improve wildlife habitat without damaging local water quality.

The League’s 33-acre property is home to deer, fox, beavers, turtles, and a variety of other animals and birds. Much of this property has been overrun with invasive plants, including Japanese honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, Autumn Olive, and Oriental Bittersweet. These plants provide no value as food or shelter for wildlife. Instead, they crowd out and kill trees, shrubs, and other plants these animals need to survive.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Be A Friend to Montgomery County Parks

Be A Friend to Montgomery County Parks

The Montgomery Parks Foundation, announced the launch of a park wide friend’s group- Friends of Montgomery Parks. Friends will receive an e-newsletter and invitations to members-only events. An introductory rate of just $35 is offered through the end of 2011. Memberships and donations can be made on the Foundation website at: www.montgomeryparksfoundation.org/donate

As the grassroots organization for identifying community support for the parks department, Friends of Montgomery Parks is just one aspect of the fundraising plan of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. The Foundation will focus on several additional strategies including encouraging support through donations of trees and benches, and Legacy Naming Rights for Park amenities.

Prince George's County Fire Department Appears in "101 Gadgets That Changed The World" Premiere

Prince George's County Fire Department Appears in "101 Gadgets That Changed The World" Premiere

 

Earlier this year the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department was asked to be part of an upcoming cable TV show.  The Fire/EMS Department was selected from all other Departments throughout the Country to discuss two "gadgets" and how they have changed the life of firefighters and civilians since they were invented.

 

Cooling Centers in Prince George's County

Cooling Centers in Prince George's County

In wake of a National Weather Service Heat Advisory for Prince George’s County until 8 p.m., May, 31st, Prince George’s County has opened six cooling centers around the County today. 

There will be two centers open exclusively for Seniors and four for the General Public. Residents are offered air-conditioned refuge from the excessive heat at the following locations:

Cooling centers open for Seniors at the following locations:

·         New Carrolton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrolton (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)  

Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Prince George’s County until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

A heat advisory means that a period of excessive temperatures is expected.  Because this is the first round of seasonal heat and bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heatstroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security recommends the following tips:

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

I am a Nerd Chick, but first and foremost I define myself by one word: Mommy. As a parent of young children, I can’t help but see the world through their eyes. My son celebrates the drive to the park, exclaiming “Look at all the TREES, Mommy! Mommy, there are TEN trees!” I love his pure joy with the world around him, and I would love to preserve that world for his generation and the generations to come. When I look around the house and see the bevy of old techno gadgets, batteries, ink cartridges and electronic toys the kids have outgrown, I wonder: is there a safe way to dispose of these things? We can all help our community by donating, recycling and/or safely disposing of old techno gadgets. Let’s help save the world this Earth Day, one monitor at a time!

Your first stop should be the EPA website  for an extensive list of companies that offer take backs, mail-in or even trade-in incentive programs for your e-waste products. For example, Office Depot applies a $2 cash award to your rewards card for each printer ink cartridge you turn in, and Sprint has a “Buy Back” program that gives Sprint customers an account credit for returning eligible Sprint or Nextel model of phones. There are also links to where to recycle any electronic device, like computers, printers, televisions and monitors.

If you’re not sure if you should sell or donate the gadget you’re ready to replace, enter the make and model number at www.ecosquid.com. After answering a few quick questions about the shape it’s in and the parts you have for it, you’ll be provided with a list of options for selling or recycling in your area. The account you create is free, and you can earn points for reselling or recycling your tech that you can use in their gadget store.

Would you like to do something for the environment AND help our servicemen and women? The “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program turns old cell phones into prepaid calling cards for U.S troops stationed overseas. Cards are given to the soldiers’ families to stay in touch with their loved-ones in the field. You can donate any cell phone by visiting http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com and clicking on “Donate a Phone” to get a pre-paid mailing label, or find local drop sites in your area. Before donating your used cell phone, just make sure that your personal data has been removed. Security experts recommend that you first log out of all internet-based remote accounts the phone is linked to, then “factory reset” your handset before passing it on. If you’re not transferring the SIM card to another handset, you’ll want to step on it, crush it or chop it up with scissors.

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to recycle and donate to help others in your community, you can donate locally to charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Many are considered e-waste certified, so they can properly dispose of any gadgets deemed un-sellable. Proceeds from working gadgets you donate help families in need in your local community, and any donations you make are tax-deductible. Go to www.salvationarmy.org and follow the locations link on the left side of the page, or http://locator.goodwill.org/ to locate a drop-off center near you.

Lastly, one of the best tech-savvy ways to help the environment is to consider waiting before you run out and buy that new gadget. I know, I know, it’s hard to pass up the shiny new toy (even harder to convince the kids to!), but holding out for the second, or even third, round of a product gives the manufacturer time to work out any development kinks. Buying later can save you money as most manufacturers will lower the price on the first generation gadget when they release a new version. The old saying, “patience is a virtue” can reduce electronic waste and save you a bit of cash too!

Do you have a tech-savvy way you’re helping to preserve the environment this Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it. Send us a note on Facebook (facebook.com/nerdsoncall) or email us at nerdchick@callnerds.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .