The mission of Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. is to restore, preserve, and protect the environment for us and future generations through education, activism, and conservancy.
Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 as a Section 501 C (3) non-profit corporation and is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Between 2000 and 2004 we acquired a conservation easement and 250 acres of land so we are a land trust. In 2007 we began aggressively restoring our property.
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Stop Syngenta's bee-killing pesticide plan
The United States has already lost more than half of its managed honeybee colonies -- and the problem could soon get much worse.
Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta, which is one of Monsanto’s biggest competitors, just filed paperwork with the EPA requesting permission to increase the amount of the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam it uses on alfalfa, corn, barley, and wheat crops by up to 40,000%. If approved, this proposal would be absolutely devastating for bees and other pollinators.
The EPA has opened a crucial public comment period to take feedback on Syngenta's bee-killing proposal - but we only have a few days to flood the EPA with comments and save the bees.
Tell the EPA: Reject Syngenta’s bee-killing pesticide proposal. Submit a public comment before the October 6 deadline.
Swift Night Out
My observations at Washington Elementary: 7:00pm - about 10 circling in area 7:15pm - first few swifts entered the chimney 7:20pm - hundreds now circling 7:30-7:45pm - swifts entering 10-20 at a time 7:50pm - last swift entered chimney Total: 860!
Here are our observations: Sept 7, 2014 Station: St Mary's parking lot - east of Carriage House Building. 73 degrees. Clear sky. Full moon. Wind calm. Began observing at 7:20 pm. No swifts visible. 7:25 pm - Many swifts are circling . 7:28 pm - First 3 swifts enter chimney. 7:32 pm - Next group enter. 7:40 pm - Most have entered. 7:43 pm - A single swift enters. Total: 264 in the large chimney.
Here is the link to a two-minute clip on youtube of the Chimney Swifts entering the chimney at Washington Elementary. I counted 860 total!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcYnnDM0DdY&feature=youtu.be
Stateline Community Foundation supports Audubon habitat restoration
The mission of Green Rock Audubon Society (G-RAS) includes maintaining and restoring habitat for native birds in Green and Rock Counties. Through the Stateline Community Foundation, the Gibbs Foundation has once again provided funds to support that effort. This year's amount was $4184, which will help to purchase materials to combat invasive species on the properties that are owned by G-RAS. For example, the land management team uses propane powered weed torches to burn garlic mustard, and herbicide to eliminate woody invasives such as buckthorn.
For more information about G-RAS habitat efforts, contact Victor Illichmann at 608-882-5893. For more information about the Stateline Community Foundation, contact Tara Tinder at 608-362-4228.
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