- Look up your county recycling options and follow them, for instance click this link for plastic film recycling near you – https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/
- Plant a tree.
- Add a bird feeder to bring more wildlife to your yard.
- Drink more water instead of canned or bottled drinks.
- Start a journal and record the signs of spring such as wildflowers, birds, amphibians, etc. If you need something identified, take a photo and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Make the switch from plastic wrap and baggies to wax paper or beeswax wraps, bags and glass containers.
- Take a walk around your neighborhood or nearby trail and pick up trash.Use gardening gloves or even a used bread bag will be sufficient on your hand to pick up most trash you will find. You will be surprised at the difference it will make in your neighborhood.
- Become a member of Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center!
- Put out a watering area for our bee friends. There are many DIY options available online.
- Clean out your closet and donate items to local charities, keeping clothing out of landfills and helping your neighbors at the same time.
- Create or join a swap for sporting goods such as cleats, ice skates, skis and ski boots as your kids grow out of them. You can also donate used items such as rain and snow gear, skis, ski boots and snowshoes to Friends of Rogers for use in our Nature’s Nursery and other programs.
- Plan to make one small change in your purchasing to avoid consuming plastic products every month. By next Earth day you will have changed 12 products in your home to greener options.
- Plan to leave the dandelions and milkweed to grow for our pollinator friends.
- Start a worm compostery, or find a friend that will take your compost. You can have worms delivered. By removing your food waste from your trash, you will be putting less waste in the landfill.
- Plan a garden space in your yard or containers to grow vegetables for your family. Seeds are available at many sources online so you don’t have to go to the store for seeds. And What to do with all those toilet paper tubes? Cut the tube in half, cut up about a third of the way in four places, fold the tabs that you’ve created like you would the bottom of a cardboard box. There you have a little container for seeds. If you have a light potting mix that’s the best but you could use garden soil if not to fill the container. Plant the seeds, keep moist and warm until they germinate and then move to a spot with bright light even putting them outside on nice days until the weather is warm enough to plant into your garden.
- Learn to grow some fresh food organically indoors. Order seeds online (from Parry’s even) to grow sprouts or microgreens. That worm compost will come in handy here. This idea has real practical benefit in this time of food supply insecurity as well as teaching us more about what it takes to grow food.
- Make a family project of a whole-home sustainability survey. Revisit every part of the home you’re trapped in, inside and out, looking at it from the perspective of how you could reduce your environmental impact. Look for energy, water, and material waste, e.g., disposable materials vs. recyclable/biodegradable and record your observations. Start making some changes!
- Take some time to start making a list of the things you can do to help the earth even after this is over. Things like shopping local, planting a garden, buying from local farmers, shop at second hand stores or yard sales before you look for new, only go to the store once a week or as seldom as we are learning to do now.
- Take a moment to go outside and notice nature around you. Take a hike at Rogers Center! Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Jenni’s Music is now Live on Facebook Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am. Jenni Larchar is doing her live video as a virtual Storytime and Hike from Rogers Center on Wednesdays to keep the kids on schedule. She has had a great response and thousands of views! Once the buildings are reopened, Jenni will go back to hosting Storytime and Hike at Rogers Center on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Thank you for keeping some consistency for our Rogers Center Kids!
Baby fawns are seen alone frequently. The mother will stay away to avoid leading predators to their young, but they return at dusk and dawn to care for them.
It is with profound sadness and shock that we report the passing of our dear friend and longtime colleague, Laura Carey, on March 8, 2020. Laura passed peacefully, surrounded by her longtime partner, Deb Whitman, and several friends. She had developed peritoneal cancer which went undiagnosed for several weeks, and which progressed rapidly, claiming her a month shy of her 62nd birthday.
Laura was an integral member of the Rogers Environmental Education Center staff team from 1979 until 2010. As such she was the longest tenured member of the Rogers staff. She assumed many roles at Rogers Center as she gained confidence in her abilities as an educator, ultimately rising to the position of statewide Project WILD teacher workshop coordinator.
Laura was a wonderful co-worker, always happy to assist with others’ assignments. She exhibited a perfect balance of informal professionalism, often showing her great sense of humor while attaining the highest standard in her work. Examples include her love of “The Scat Rap” song which extolled the virtues of animal droppings, and countless performances of the title role in Rogers staff presentations of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
The Rogers staff worked so well together as a team, largely due to Laura’s gentle diplomatic guidance which pervaded her life and rubbed off on all the rest of us both professionally and personally. She was always willing to listen and counsel, again both professionally and personally, always looking for the good in people and situations. She performed several weddings for fellow staff and friends.
Laura’s personality shone through every aspect of her life. Spiritual, passionate, optimistic and enthusiastic only seem to scratch the surface. She had an appreciation and zest for life, leading to a form of magnetism by which all people were naturally drawn to her, knowing they would be warmly received as a friend.
Laura had the utmost respect for nature and was a dedicated student throughout her life, recently using a trail camera to capture images of animals visiting her property. Her concern for the environment led her to personal habits including car pooling, unplugging electronics, and eagerly taking on assignments teaching children and teachers about saving energy and protecting the environment.
Quiet accomplishments punctuated Laura’s life. She was an active member of the New York State Outdoor Education Association, co-chairing annual conferences, serving on conference committees, and receiving the association’s prestigious Leadership Award in 1995. She received the National Project WILD State Coordinator of the Year Award in 2007. She received a Chenango Land Trust Land Steward Award, was a good birder and claimed a section of the Sherburne Christmas Bird Count which she surveyed almost every year for 25 years.
Laura’s passing will leave a void in the lives of all who knew her well. She was a great friend, a great co-worker and a great advocate for the environment. We hope you can make it to Laura’s memorial service which will be held at a later date as we all need lots of hugs. Donations in Laura’s honor may be made to: TreeSisters, the organization that promotes and funds tree planting projects in tropical forest areas. Link to their website: https://treesisters.org/give