Become a Florida Master Naturalist! www.masternaturalist.org
Learn why our sand is so important:
Here is how Lee got started:
Fight Climate Change by Implementing Any of the Actions Below:
- Watch the video below for information on “Going Green to $ave Green”
Create a Butterfly Garden in Your Yard:
- For coastal gardens, download this brochure: Broward Barrier Island Plant Brochure
- Create a Wetland (Marsh) Butterfly Garden in a Pot for your patio. Download the brochure:Wetland Butterfly Garden How To Guide with resources
- Join your local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association- naba.org
- Join your local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
Go native and make sure to get a lot of larval host plants. Here are some great resources:
- Read why here in Natural Awakenings Magazine! https://issuu.com/susiequ/docs/may15 page 34 and 35
- Educate yourself before going to the nursery. Go to IRC-Natives for your Neighborhood to learn more about plants appropriate to your yard in South Florida: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/default.asp
- Buy plants from nurseries who are members of the FL Association of Native Nurseries.. http://www.afnn.org/
- A few of my favorites:
– Alexander’s plant farm – www.alexfarm.com
– Jesse Durko’s-See Janine for the Native plants – www.jessedurko.com
– Garden Gate at Sears-ask for Donna – http://www.donnasgardengate.com/donnasgardengate.com/Roots.html
- All Natives Nurseries
– Native Choice: http://nativechoicenursery.com/dsp_services_florida_native_nursery.php
– Meadow Beauty: http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabaac/meadowbeauty.html
– Wholesale: Silent Natives Nursery in Homestead (call for directions) http://silentnativenursery.com
Work with landscapers who are Florida Master Naturalists ,Habitat Stewards and/or Master Gardeners, here are a few I know:
- Green Thumb- Janine Griffiths <firstname.lastname@example.org> – 954-558-6359
- Alexander’s Landscaping and Plant Farm-Alyssa or Bryan-BRYAN <email@example.com>-(954) 472-5039
- Sustainscape-Dennis De Zeeuw- firstname.lastname@example.org –http://www.sustainscapeflorida.com/– 561-245-5305
Look at the plants with the * for native:
Avoid Styrofoam and Plastics, find alternatives:
Read about plastics in Florida here:page 32-33 of https://issuu.com/susiequ/docs/december2015
How to live a plastic free life, or at least decrease plastic consumption:
Recycling is good, but not good enough….
That would be great if everything ACTUALLY got recycled, the reality it does not…… Only around 12% of plastics are recycled, depending on the type, I read one study that said : According to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, a total of 28% of all post-consumer and post-commercial EPS was recycled in 2010. SO you can offer recycling, butnot everyone will do it, if it is too dirty it will not be recycled (which is often the case with food containers, this coming from someone I know who recycles for cities in Broward) and it still does not solve the end problem which is that it does not biodegrade, so once it is above the earth(as extracted oil), then it is on the surface of the earth forever, being consumed by wildlife, polluting our environment and using up a nonrenewable resource. New foam cups are not usually made by recycled materials, so new is new…..
Some nice bed-time reading…..The list goes on….
Research-based websites or links that summarize research:
Summary of outcomes of styrofoam bans:
Great statistics for how much was recycled but no info on how much was discarded/produced…..
Questions to ask and consider:
- Where does the recycled Styrofoam go once people are done using it? Can it get recycled again? How many times can foam be recycled until it goes bask into the waste stream?
- Does it ever biodegrade once it has been recycled? Paper, glass and metal are not eaten by wildlife and they do break down into their original components. What does recycled styrofoam break down into?
- Say “NO” to plastic bags (bring reusable), straws (no need) and bottled water (untested and unregulated, use refillable with filter on sink if worried)!
- Bring your own to-go container or ask for foil
- Buy in bulk with your own containers
- Glass, Metal, Paper, Clay, Disposables made from leaves
- Make your own products from ingredients packaged in alternative packaging, such as toothpaste made with baking soda (from a box) and coconut oil(from a jar).
Read about their benefits here:Have-you-ever-had-a-staring-contest-with-a-snake-and-won?
Costs of invasives: