invocation and a prayer to banish the fires

Unprecedented fires and destruction are occurring in the western US and around the world. Let us, collectively put our energies towards dispelling the flames and blocking the path of destruction from all life forms.
Amen, Aho And So It Is!


Invocation

I cast for wind to calm it’s breeze
I cast for fire to be brought to it’s knees
I cast for the earth to be strong in this storm
I cast for the rain to destroy fire’s form

May all the fires come to an end
So that we may begin again
By the power of three
So mote it be…


Prayer

Praying for calm winds –
Praying for wildlife to be safe –
Praying for earth soaking rain to now come to all areas affected by wildfires
May all fires be extinguished –
May the smoke cleared from the air –
May all of life affected have all the support and healing needed.

rescue – rehabilitate – release

RELEASE VIDEO: A happy ending for these Wild Turkeys!

These Wild Turkeys were in our care and released back into the wild. They were each brought in orphaned by themselves, and were made adopted siblings here at Cedar Run. Our Wildlife Hospital treats nearly 150 different species of NJ native wild animals every year. Our staff prepares housing, diets and treatment plans unique for each species and patient. Please know that every single penny donated to Cedar Run helps save the lives of wildlife that are counting on us for a SECOND CHANCE. When you send a donation, you make a DIRECT IMPACT on preserving and protecting NJ’s wildlife. Thank you for your support!

Here are a few more release videos!

“On Friday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m. a red-tailed hawk, now fully recovered from a wing injury, was released back on TCC property. The Greens Crew rescued and transferred the hawk to Cedar Run Wildlife Rescue for medical treatment.”


PLEASE SHARE: Thank you to everyone that has donated to our URGENT fundraiser for Cedar Run so far! We need to keep fighting to ensure a bright future for the native wildlife that is relying on us! Check out this video from today’s release, a Turkey Vulture! He was hit by a car and was suffering from head trauma when he was rescued and brought to us. Today, he was able to go back out into the wild and be free! Did you know that Vultures also play a valuable role in keeping wildlife diseases in check? Vultures eat diseased and dead animals, removing them from our environment and stopping the spread of disease. The Vulture’s digestive system is highly acidic and is able to neutralize bacteria and other harmful organisms that are consumed along with the decaying flesh!
Good luck to these young groundhogs as they head out on their own! They were both brought to Cedar Run separately after being orphaned. Both of their mothers had been killed, one by a car and the other by a domestic dog. Fortunately, they were rescued and transported to Cedar Run where we raised them as siblings. They are now heading out on their own to be free in the wild! Thank you to our supporters for making this work possible!
“PLEASE SHARE! Click the link below to donate and show your support for Cedar Run this #GivingTuesday! Facebook is matching donations today only, so take this opportunity to have your donation doubled! Cedar Run provides a second chance to 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals every year, and receives no county, state or federal funding. We rely on the donations of supporters like YOU to make this work possible. The American Kestrel being released in this video was raised at Cedar Run after she was found orphaned and starving. Fortunately, she was rescued and brought to Cedar Run where she was cared for by our staff and raised by our non-releasable female American Kestrel, Callie. Please consider making a donation today to help us close our year-end fundraising gap and ensure that we are here for future generations to come!”

You Can Find Out More About Our Release Program HERE

activism

A BREATH OF FRESH PERSPECTIVE

In the late 1990s, environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill spent two years living in a redwood tree she named “Luna.” Her goal was to save it from being cut down by a logging company. She succeeded both literally and mythically. Luna was spared from death, as was a surrounding three-acre swath of trees. Hill became an inspiring symbol of artful, compassionate protest.


Later she told Benjamin Tong in the DVD “The Taoist and the Activist”: “So often activism is based on what we are against, what we don’t like, what we don’t want. And yet we manifest what we focus on. And so we are manifesting yet ever more of what we don’t want, what we don’t like, what we want to change. So for me, activism is about a spiritual practice as a way of life. And I realized I didn’t climb the tree because I was angry at the corporations and the government; I climbed the tree because when I fell in love with the redwoods, I fell in love with the world. So it is my feeling of ‘connection’ that drives me, instead of my anger and feelings of being disconnected.”


Posted in Extinction Rebellion Australia

co-exist with wildlife

“This was the wildlife’s land first, and we’re coming up here to live in the woods and we should learn to coexist with them.”

-Lori Swanson, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation

Injury prompts reminder from refuge on coexisting with wildlife

marine biology at home

Dr. Chelsey Crandall is back for the 10th lecture in our free “Marine Biology at Home” series: Human Dimensions of Marine Conservation. In this lecture Dr. Crandall explores the many impacts of humans on marine conservation! She talks about what drives conservation behavior, how we change people’s behavior, and how we manage when conservation conflicts with other human needs.
Watch the lecture on our youtube channel:

The introduction to the free Marine Biology at Home lecture series! Course Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/marinebioathome/
An introduction to the physical and chemical properties of water that allow for life on Earth.
The third in the free Marine Biology at Home lecture series, this is a short dive into the deep topic of Oceanography.
Fourth in the “Marine Biology at Home” series, today we get introduced to phytoplankton by Dr. Emily Brownlee!
Community content for Marine Biology at Home. A short student-made documentary on wetlands and salt marshes in Maryland.
Fifth in the “Marine Biology at Home” series, today we learn about larvae and larval ecology from Dr. Justin S. McAlister! Learn how to classify larvae, how they move, how they interact with and impact their environment, and much more!
The first in the Marine Biology at Home: Field Trip series. Take a trip led by Dr. Raphael Ritson-Williams to the intertidal zone at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve on the California coast and learn about the many organisms that make this habitat their home.
The second video in the Marine Biology at Home: Field Trip series. Take a trip led by Dr. Raphael Ritson-Williams to the Lucy Evans Nature Center in the California Baylands and learn about the importance of this ecosystem.
In the seventh video in our “Marine Biology at Home” series we learn about zooplankton from Emma Tovar. This lecture covers many different species of zooplankton, how we study them, their diets, and more!
In the eighth video in our “Marine Biology at Home” series Raphael Ritson-Williams is back, this time to teach us about how we discover novel compounds in the ocean that help us develop new medicines! He teaches us where some of the medicines we use today come from and how we can use marine organisms to develop new ones!
In the ninth video in our “Marine Biology at Home” lecture series, Dr. Chelsey Crandall gives an informative introduction to fisheries! What are fisheries?How do we characterize and describe fisheries? How do we manage fisheries sustainably? Dr. Crandall answers these questions and more in her talk.
Dr. Chelsey Crandall is back for the 10th lecture in our “Marine Biology at Home” series: Human Dimensions of Marine Conservation. In this lecture Dr. Crandall explores the many impacts of humans on marine conservation. She talks about what drives conservation behavior, how we change people’s behavior, and how we manage when conservation conflicts with other human needs.

save the honey bees

Ways To Save The Bees

Plant a bee garden! Save the bees by planting these!

Ditch the chemicals for Bees

*Synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and neonicotinoids are harmful to bees, wreaking havoc on their sensitive systems. Avoid treating your garden and green spaces with synthetics. Instead, use organic products and natural solutions such compost to aid soil health and adding beneficial insects that keep pests away like ladybugs and praying mantises.

Become Bee Advocate And Bee Informed

Provide Trees For The Bees

*Did you know that bees get most of their nectar from trees? When a tree blooms, it provides hundreds — if not thousands — of blossoms to feed from. Trees are not only a great food source for bees, but also an essential habitat. Tree leaves and resin provide nesting material for bees, while natural wood cavities make excellent shelters. With deforestation and development on the rise, you can help bolster bee habitats by caring for trees and joining tree-planting parties in your area.

Or donate to plant a tree

Provide Water For Bees

Build A Bee Home

Give Beehives and Native Bee Homes

Teach Tomorrow’s Bee Stewards

Host a Fundraiser

 Support Local Beekeepers and Organizations

*Local beekeepers work hard to nurture their bees and the local community. The easiest way to show your appreciation is to buy locally-made honey and beeswax products. Many beekeepers use products from their hives to create soaps, lotions, and beeswax candles. Plus, local honey is not only delicious — it is made from local flora and may help with seasonal allergies! You can also give time, resources, and monetary donations to local beekeeping societies and environmental groups to help their programs grow.

*The Honeybee Conservancy

10 ways to help save the oceans

Oceans cover 71 percent of the planet and are home to important species and ecosystems that we rely on for food, livelihoods, climate regulation and more. But the oceans need our help. Saving the oceans can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task, but if we all pitch in, we can make a big difference.

Here are 10 lifestyle choices that – when adopted – can help protect and restore our oceans for future generations.

1. DEMAND PLASTIC-FREE ALTERNATIVES

Although about 72 percent of Americans say they actively try to limit their plastic use, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey, the amount of plastic waste per person has remained constant: about 4 ounces per person every day, for a total of about 15.6 million tons in 2017.

The oceans face a massive and growing threat from plastics. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—that’s roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into our oceans every minute. And plastics never go away!

We must urge companies to provide consumers with plastic-free alternatives and say no to single use plastics such as straws, plastic cutlery, coffee cups, water bottles, plastic bags, balloons, plastic-wrapped produce and take-out food containers.

Many companies are working on fully compostable (in some cases edible!) packaging. Here are some examples already on the market.

Mushroom packaging

Seaweed-based packaging 

Pressed hay 

Banana Leaves. 

 

2. REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT –

Calculate your carbon footprint

Carbon dioxide, a known greenhouse gas, is making our oceans more acidic. This is contributing to the loss of corals on a global scale as their calcium skeletons are weakened by the increasing acidity of the water.

You can reduce your carbon footprint by adopting some of these simple measures:

  • Ride a bike, walk or use public transportation rather than driving a car.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Put on a sweater in the winter instead of turning up your thermostat.
  • Have some fun with your diet – buy sustainably caught wild seafood. It is a renewable resource that requires minimal freshwater to produce and emits less carbon dioxide than land-based proteins like beef.
  • When you brush your teeth, be sure to shut off the water while you brush. Don’t leave it running: Only turn it on when it’s time to rinse your mouth out.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Avoid dish/body soaps filled with toxins. Conventional dish and body soap contain ingredients that go down the drain contribute to polluting our water supply.
  • If you are able; switch to sustainable, clean energy. Solar and wind power are just a few (though, by far the most common): There’s also water and geothermal power to consider.

 

3. AVOID OCEAN-HARMING PRODUCTS

There are many products directly linked to harming endangered or threatened species, unsustainable fishing methods and pollution. For example, avoid cosmetics that contain shark squalene, jewelry made of coral or sea turtle shell, souvenir shells of conchs, nautiluses and other animals, and single-use plastics like straws and water bottles that can end up in our oceans. These products support unsustainable fishing and threaten important species and ecosystems.

 

4. EAT SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

Choose seafood that is healthy for you and the oceans from well-managed, wild fisheries. We know it’s hard to know what fish are okay to eat, which is why you can turn to these helpful resources:

5. VOTE ON OCEAN ISSUES

Electing public officials that support good ocean policies can help us protect marine life and our oceans. Do your research on candidates and make an informed decision, then exercise your right (and responsibility) to vote. And don’t let Election Day be the last time they hear from you. Follow up with your candidates and elected officials regularly to remind them of policies you care about.

 

6. CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND LAWMAKERS

Your representatives and lawmakers might not know how important these issues are that face our oceans. But they will if you tell them. It’s up to constituents like you to make lawmakers aware of the crises facing marine life and our oceans. Don’t be shy! Take action with Oceana to directly contact your government representatives and lawmakers.

 

7. EXPLORE THE OCEANS

“People protect what they love.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Get outside and explore the oceans around you! If you don’t live near the ocean, visit your local lake or river to learn how your watershed connects to the ocean. There are plenty of online opportunities to explore the oceans, too. Dive into Oceana’s Marine Life Encyclopedia to read fun and interesting facts about all kinds of animals from sharks and seals to octopuses and clownfish.

 

8. LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND

As beach crowds increase, so does the amount of trash left behind or blown away. Don’t let your day outside contribute to the destruction of our oceans. Remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints — collect and dispose of your trash.

 

9. SHARE YOUR OCEAN HEROICS WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COWORKERS

Tell people what’s going on with the world’s oceans and what they can do to join you in making a difference. Spread the word about petitions, share fun facts and join the conversation with Oceana on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

10. JOIN OCEANA

More than 800,000 members and activists in over 200 countries have already joined Oceana – the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Together, we’ve won over 200 victories and protected more than 4 million square miles of ocean. But there’s more to be done! Become an Oceana Wavemaker and continue your efforts to help save the oceans. As a Wavemaker, you’ll receive a monthly update on the latest ocean news and learn ways you can help protect marine life.

11. RECYCLE 
This should go without saying, but when you use single-use (and other) plastics that can be recycled, always be sure to recycle them. At present, just 9% of plastic is recycled worldwide. Recycling helps keep plastics out of the ocean and reduces the amount of “new” plastic in circulation. If you need help finding a place to recycle plastic waste near you, check Earth911’s recycling directory. It’s also important to check with your local recycling center about the types of plastic they accept.

12. PARTICIPATE
Help remove plastics from the ocean and prevent them from getting there in the first place by participating in, or organizing a cleanup of your local beach or waterway. You can simply go to the beach or waterway and collect plastic waste on your own or with friends or family, or you can join a local organization’s cleanup or an international event like the International Coastal Cleanup.

13. USE OCEAN SAFE SUNSCREEN

14. OTHER NON-PROFITS YOU CAN VOLUNTEER WITH AND/OR SUPPORT

There are many non-profit organizations working to reduce and eliminate ocean plastic pollution in a variety of different ways, including Oceanic SocietyPlastic Pollution Coalition5 GyresAlgalitaPlastic Soup Foundation, and others.