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Oct 23

Garden Allies

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , speaker , Science , resources , food , events , environment , education , birds , animals , agriculture

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No matter where you go, insects have people hugely outnumbered. But there are far more beneficial bugs than harmful ones.



 This is a close-up look at a snowy tree cricket. You can see if you recognize its call here.



Planting a mixed landscape  provides a diverse habitat for the insects that prey on garden pests.

Encouraging beneficial insects is a year-round endeavor, and a key component is planting sources of nectar that will be in bloom as the desirable bugs are emerging.


For more information about the workshop on"Garden Allies: Beneficial Insects and Other Helpful Garden Denizens" on October 25th at SSU, click here.


Oct 21

Access Adventure

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wheelchair , volunteer , transportation , speaker , Santa Rosa , recreation , nonprofit orgs , Health , events , disability , animals

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From the Sacramento River delta to the wilds of California's national parks, Michael Muir is helping urban wheelchair users maintain contact with the great outdoors.

Michael Muir is the Director of Access Adventure,  whose mission is "to provide outdoor recreation, environmental education and open space access to underserved youth and people with disabilities, using innovative wheelchair accessible horse-drawn carriages."

Access Adventure will be joining other organizations at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on October 24th for the Disability Services and Legal Center Tech Expo. For more info about this event, click here.

There are many equestrian programs for people with disabilities, but Muir says Access Adventure is different, and can complement hippotherapy activites.



Oct 14


Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , technology , speaker , Science , sacred , policy , news , Marin , Ideas , history , environment , energy , education , economy , construction , conservation , climate change , business , author , animals , agriculture

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Alternatives to technologies that depend on fossil fuels are all around us, modeled in the natural world, and studied in the new field of bio-mimicry.

Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, is founder of The Biomimicry Institute, whose mission is to nurture and grow a global community of people, who are learning from, emulating, and conserving life's genius to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. 


As one delves deeper into biomimicry, Benyus says there are three levels of analysis:

There are instances of complex natural processes that could be adapted for human use all over the planet, Benyus says. African ant mounds are just one interesting example of what is being called "enabling technology."


SMIT GROW is an example of biomimicry. By creating solar panels in the shape of leaves, to gather energy from the sun and wind. Find out more here.



When you look at the global ecosystem, Benyus explains, humans as a species are akin to weeds, gobbling up resources with scant thought for their long-term presence where they have taken root.


Janine Benysus will be a keynote speaker at the annual Bioneers Conference, October 16th-20th, at the Marin Center in San Rafael. For more information, click here. There is a full roster of presenters here , and a detailed conference schedule here.




Oct 09

Animal Legal Defense Fund Part II

Posted by Bruce Robinson in rights , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , legislation , justice , Health , food , business , birds , animals , agriculture , activism

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 From dogs to pigs to chimpanzees, The Animal Legal Defense Fund represents an interesting and unusual array of interests.

ALDF is an active supporter of Proposition 2, a major initiative for farm animal rights.



Stephen Wells explains why roadside zoos are an area of interest to the ALDF, and how they found a way to sue one such zoo that did not treat its animals very well.