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Audubon Society of Rhode Island Eagle Eye Advocacy Update Environmental News Call to Action Smith Hill

July 2020

The monthly Audubon Eagle Eye Advocacy Updates will provide you with simple actions you can take to help foster a cleaner, healthier planet along with local and national environmental news. Advocacy to protect birds and wildlife is a top Audubon priority and this work goes beyond testifying on their behalf on Smith Hill. Year round, we are working with our community partners and Rhode Island leaders to ensure the environment is a priority. These updates will keep you informed and ready to take action when the legislative session is upon us. As the newsletter continues, we are very interested in your suggestions and questions. Please send them to Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr at mkerr@asri.org.

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Tips for a More Sustainable Summer

Summer time. Beach time. Rhode Island fun time is here! Below are a few ideas for “greening” your favorite time of the year.

  • Eat seasonal and local and pile on the veggies! Rhode Island has a lot of farmers markets where fresh, locally grown produce can be found. You can find a list of locations at the Farm Fresh RI web site.
     
  • Unplug and get outside! One thing the pandemic has taught us is how important nature is to our happiness and well-being. Audubon’s wildlife refuges have been a popular destination throughout the lock down. While the weather is warm and inviting, unplug from your computer and your phone and head outside for fresh air and sunshine.
     
  • Stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle. We all need to keep drinking water during these hot days. Remember to keep your water bottle filled and bring it with you when you head outdoors.
     
  • Air dry your laundry. Save money and energy by hanging your clean, wet clothes outside to dry. If you don’t have a clothes line, you can easily make one by stringing a line between a couple of trees. If you live in an apartment and don’t have a yard, you can use a clothes rack and put it out on a sunny porch.
     
  • Close your shades to cool your house naturally. It is getting hot and we are spending a lot of time at home. Before you spring for the air conditioning, consider a more sustainable option. You can keep the temperature down in your home by opening windows at night to let in the cooler air, then closing them first thing in the morning and lowering your shades to block the hot sun and take advantage of your house’s insulation. If your house is not well insulated, you can crack the windows during the day to create a cross-breeze.

Advocacy

Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support the following items in the 2021 budget:

  • The $64 million 2020 Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond invests in our state beaches and parks, outdoor recreation, farmland and forested land, water quality and community resilience. When passed by the legislature, the bond will go to the voters in November.
     
  • Funding for the Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council to continue their work to protect our land, water and health. Environmental agencies have been cut over and over again during the past years. And the 2021 budget will necessitate additional cuts. Let your representative know that maintaining strong environmental agencies is critical.

Recent News on Climate Change

New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America
The federal government’s flood maps are not keeping up with the risks facing property owners due to climate change. 


Things with Wings

While we are all carefully tucked away, social distancing, and not meeting in person, amazing content is being developed on-line that we can take advantage of. My husband is slowly transforming our yard into a pollinator garden. He got started by taking a class from the Xerces Society. If you want to learn about creating a pollinator garden, Xerces is now offering a free webinar series over this summer. Check it out!

Audubon at Home
Audubon’s educators have been busy creating wonderful on-line content for the young people in your life. Audubon at Home Week 10 is all about pollinators – there are crafts and activities on beneficial insects for you and your family to enjoy. And check out the other weekly nature themes containing fun activities for all ages.

Previous Issues of The Audubon Eagle Eye

In this Issue: Water Conservation; Offshore wind takes a bold step forward; At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Climate Literacy Act, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030; and other legislation we're following) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this Issue: Let's Talk About Trees!; Good News for the Migratory Bird Act!; At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, Solar Siting: Closing the 10 MW loophole, and The Climate Literacy Act.) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this Issue: Spring is here! (information on composting) and At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, Solar Siting: Closing the 10 MW loophole.) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.


Latest Audubon News & Events

October 9 was World Migratory Bird Day and subsequently, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s “Big Day.” Audubon Senior Director of Education Lauren Parmelee celebrated with the Ocean State Bird Club’s “Big Sit”, held at Beavertail State Park. Read about the day in her Newport This Week's "Nature in the Neighborhood"

In this installment of the "Nature in the Neighborhood" series by Audubon Senior Director of Education Lauren Parmelee (published by Newport This Week) discusses odonates, including the new book “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Rhode Island” written by Ginger Brown and published by Rhode Island Di­vision of Fish & Wildlife

Join naturalists from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership for a free guided neighborhood bird walk in the neighborhood of the Mount Hope Learning Center in Providence on Thursday, October 14 from 12 - 1 pm. No registration is necessary this month. Learn more about the walk!

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