Links and Resources

Links:

Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine provides courses on lichens, birds and many more fascinating ecological topics. Learn more and reserve your spot in a course at http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/natural-history-seminars.shtml

Webster Groves Nature Study Society, founded in 1920, seeks to help its members experience nature through entomology, birding, botany and other special events.  Become a member and join their book club at http://www.wgnss.org/about-wgnss.html

Ray Archuleta is a “soil health” advocate for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Read about him at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/soils/health/?cid=stelprdb1049238

NRCS Soil Health Website:  For a detailed and comprehensive website on what soil health is, and who are the organisms that live in soil and ultimately support life on Earth, see http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/health/

My favorite part of this website is on the soil food web, at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/soils/health/biology/?cid=nrcs142p2_053868

Cornell University Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu/main/login.php

Seed Saving Legal Issues:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/12/28/us/ap-us-seed-struggle.html?_r=0

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-02-12/seed-libraries-fight-for-the-right-to-share

Books:

Ghosts of Evolution by Connie Barlow–available for purchase on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghosts-of-evolution-nonsensical-fruit-missing-partners-and-other-ecological-anachronisms-connie-barlow/1100923067?ean=9780465005529).

Videos:

On MRFs:

.  For adults, try:

  • Good little short YouTube video on MRF (remember to check what your recycling program accepts—some of the materials you see here may not be acceptable locally): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CFE5tD1CCI
  • Longer YouTube video, with more detail on the sorting features in a MRF (including the optical sorting that more and more MRFs have), and the problems of sending the wrong materials or not preparing materials right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jda_9_30-WU

Kids could check out the following:

  • I love this one because it talks about the crazy big items people put in their bins, and how those have to be sorted out at the start. Also, check out that plastic bag of recyclables being put into the bin at the start—it just flashes on the screen for a second.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g2OHGSNBfs

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