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Butterfly Gardening for Pollinators program June 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

Nature enthusiasts Steve Craig and Amy Short reveal the magic behind creating a butterfly garden with a unique and comprehensive strategy. Photo courtesy MDC.

Butterflies are certainly beautiful to watch, but they can also act as important pollinators.  Did you know you can discover the secrets to attracting butterflies to your yard?  The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will present Butterfly Gardening for Pollinators, a free program Thursday, June 6 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Read more about the MDC event below.

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Need A Gift For Dad?

Father’s Day gift ideas eluding you? Come to the Webster Groves Bookshop, 27 N. Gore, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

Annie Blum will explain, sell and sign her book, “The Steamer Admiral.” Ditto for Don Corrigan with “Forest Park: Images of America.” He also will debut, “Nuts About Squirrels.”

These books are conversation pieces for nostalgia on Dad’s Day!


We Need Rally Squirrel! New Book Review By StL Sports Page

StL Sports Page recently posted a book review for Don Corrigan’s new book, “Nuts About Squirrels.” It’s a great read and showcases Rally Squirrel!

With the Cardinals in such a dismal period, fans are looking for Rally Squirrel. Where has he been the past few weeks?

“Rally Squirrel needs to return,” said local author Don Corrigan, who has just penned a book a book about the furry creatures. “He is in the book several times, thanks to the Cardinals and Dan Martin, who gave permissions for him to jump into the pages of Nuts About Squirrels.”

Corrigan will be signing the book at the Webster Groves Bookshop, 27 N. Gore, from 11 a.m. to1 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

Read the full StL Sports Page HERE.


Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Orangutan Merah’s 50th Birthday June 1

Photo: JoEllen Toler, Saint Louis Zoo

Celebrate Merah’s 50th birthday at the Saint Louis Zoo!

Saint Louis Zoo visitors are invited to help celebrate female Sumatran orangutan Merah’s 50th birthday. The great ape care staff will provide birthday-themed enrichment for Merah and her daughters Rubih (ROO-bee) and Ginger, and Ginger’s father Cinta (CHIN-tah). Meet a keeper and education staff members to learn about the animals and conservation.

When:  Saturday, June 1 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

·  9:30 a.m. – orangutan enrichment activity; meet a keeper

·  2 p.m. – orangutan enrichment activity; meet a keeper

·  9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – education and conservation information

Where: Fragile Forest at the Saint Louis Zoo

Photo: Robin Winkelman, Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is located at One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110. Find more information HERE.



Sustainability: What Can YOU Do? Summer Lunch & Learn Series At Webster University

Beginning May 30, join Webster University Sustainability, Wednesdays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m., this summer to learn about the types of impact small, local actions can have toward a more sustainable future for all.

These events are FREE and open to the public with box lunches provided. After the final session on June 26, attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of Missouri Harvest: A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State. Attendees will receive an entry in to the raffle for each session attended.

Read more about the event and speaker line-up below.

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MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes a visit with conservation legend Ding Darling May 16

Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a chance to meet one of the great founding fathers of the modern conservation movement.  Ding Darling may have had a whimsical name, but he left a serious impact on how we look at natural resources even to this day.

MDC’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will host a live performance of The Art of Conservation, a Visit with Ding DarlingThursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance features actor Tom Milligan in a first-person portrayal of the legendary conservation activist.  It is part of the Legends of Conservation series.

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Connecting Soil Health With Human Health In The St. Louis Region

Photo by Holly Shanks

Meeting for the EcoHealth St. Louis project to be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on May 13.

Working with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of St. Louis, and other organizations and individuals, the EcoHealth Network will coordinate with public and private groups in urban and rural parts of this region to find positive solutions to human health and quality-of-life issues.

At this meeting, the global EcoHealth Network, and its first major regional program—EcoHealth St. Louis—will partner with other organizations working in conservation, restoration, outdoor recreation, and human health to present issues of importance to all of us.

For more information and registration link, continue reading below.

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“Nuts About Squirrels” Raise Questions In U.S. Capitol

Pictured: Don Corrigan with his new book, “Nuts About Squirrels” in Washington D.C.

Is it true that climate change is causing squirrels in America to migrate north or to move to different elevations in mountain areas? Do humans bear any responsibility for the disruption of the habitat for squirrels? Are squirrels better equipped than humans to deal with global warming and climate change?

These were some of the serious questions author Don Corrigan was peppered with at the recent U.S. Popular Culture Association convention in Washington, D.C., from April 16 to 21.

Corrigan’s book, “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture,” debuted at the McFarland Publishing book site at the convention on April 16 — and promptly sold out. McFarland marketing guru Savannah Clemmons said the book appears to be “a must” for squirrel fans.

Read more below. Also find a list of Corrigan’s local book signings!

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First Plastic Bag Awareness Day Planned for April 13

Workers unclogging bags at recycling sorting facility. Source: Tampa Bay Recycles

OneSTL released information about the newly coined “Plastic Bag Awareness Day” in St. Louis. The impact of plastic bags on the environment is extensive and the bags take a toll on recycling efforts, which can be plainly seen in the photo above. Please read more below from OneSTL about the April 13, 2019, event.

OneSTL is a regional collaboration that focuses on a sustainable future for the St. Louis region.

Concerned about contamination in recycling, experts in the St. Louis region have declared that Saturday, April 13, is Plastic Bag Awareness Day. The OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group says plastic bags too often make their way into residents’ recycling bins.  Once at the recycling sorting facility they jam equipment and put workers at risk for injury.

“We’re going all out to educate people that plastic bags cannot be recycled in your home or workplace bin,” said Jenny Wendt a member of the OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group and Senior Project Manager at University City. “It can be confusing because many plastic bags have a recycling symbol on them, but that just indicates what type of plastic the bag is made of – not that it can go in your home recycling bin.  Plastic bags have to be recycled separately. Plastic bags and other plastic film should be brought back to grocery and retail stores for recycling.”

OneSTL has partnered with numerous retail stores and business districts to spread the word. Dozens of volunteers will be stationed at stores throughout the day, handing out flyers and answering questions about recycling. Some stores will hand out free reusable shopping bags and other giveaways.

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Third Annual Sustainability Week At Webster University April 16-19

The week will be comprised of a wide variety of events and opportunities for the campus community to make a greater connection with our campus’ built and natural habitats.

Monday, April 15th at 10 a.m.: Webster University’s Sustainability Week will kick off with an arts and crafts activity for all located in the UC Presentation room, Campus Activities and the Sustainability Office will provide planters, paint supplies, plants and soil for you to make a DIY a planter in your own style to take home. Snack will be provided as well!

Tuesday, April 16th at 11 a.m.: The Webster University Facilities staff will be partnering with Perennial STL on the University Center Patio to provide a fair full of opportunities for attendees to bring items in need of repair – clothing, small appliances and furniture, electronics, bicycles – to transform people into fixers instead of consumers and exchange ideas and skills among our community.

For more information and the events scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday below.

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