Author: Tom Kessler

Kill weeds with BioSafe Weed Control Concentrate

BioSafe Weed Control is an organic herbicidal soap providing a burn down of annual and perennial broadleaf weeds and grasses within hours of application. The perfect choice for both avid and new gardeners, BioSafe Weed Control is easy to use with visible results; it will start to work immediately, destroying the cells of the unwanted plant within hours. Because BioSafe Weed Control does not leave any residue, gardeners can replant four days after application. As a non-volatile and water-soluble herbicide, BioSafe Weed Control is not harmful to people, pets or the environment. Kills weeds and grasses within two hours...

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Coyotes in the bullseye — a special report

(Originally posted in 2015) By Barbara Kessler Green Right Now Guy and Elisabeth Dicharry run a hobby ranch with goats, laying hens and a free-range flock of chickens that meanders. They keep horses too, and a trio of guard dogs that watch out for their place south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. When the couple is working as nurses, or Guy, who’s also a lawyer, is on business in town, their animals live in peace with each other and the wilds that spread out from their land in the muted sage and sandy colors of the Southwest. The Dicharrys have never...

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Here are 5 less toxic alternatives to Roundup for killing weeds

With Roundup getting a bad rap as a possible carcinogen, it’s time to review the non-toxic alternatives for killing weeds. There are many that work quite well. So hold up on the Roundup and try these: 1. EcoSmart products  — This line of weed and pest killers relies on food grade plant oils to do the job. Their Weed and Grass Killer for yards uses 2-Phenethyl Proprionate and Eugenol, which is oil of cloves. Neither ingredient is considered “toxic” by the US EPA and both are considered to present “minimal risk” to humans using them, though both of these...

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2016-2017 Christmas Bird Counts | Travis Audubon

From Travis Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are coming! The CBC is an international citizen science effort to count birds every December and January. Find a CBC circle near you and help contribute important data about our birds! The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science wildlife census in the world. Administered by the National Audubon Society, the data collected by CBC participants for over a century is among the largest resources informing ornithologists and conservation biologists about how the bird… Read more at 2016-2017 Christmas Bird Counts | Travis...

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Travis Audubon: Where have the birds gone?

From Travis Audubon Have you been seeing fewer birds at your feeders this fall? Find out why this might be happening on our latest Signal Smoke post! We received questions this fall from numerous people voicing concerns that there are virtually no birds (or even squirrels!) at their feeders. Our November Ask-a-Birder Expert, Noreen Baker, weighs in… Read more at Where have the birds gone? | Travis Audubon...

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Texas Naturalist’s Notes By Bill Reiner | Travis Audubon

From Travis Audubon Learn all about Ashe Junipers in this month’s edition of Texas Naturalist’s Notes (AKA the Naturalist Calendar) by Bill Reiner. As the leaves of most trees and shrubs native to central Texas turn colors and then drop away, two tree species, dominant on the landscape west of the interstate highway, stay green. Plateau Live Oaks are cherished for their gnarled shapes, their longevity, and their shade. Read more at Texas Naturalist’s Notes By Bill Reiner | Travis Audubon...

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Green Cleaning 101

By Barbara Kessler Getting to the bottom line on green cleaners is like trying to slice through the soap scum on your neglected shower door with a spritz of glass cleaner. You won’t be seeing a clear picture right away. Much is in progress with “natural,” “environmentally friendly,” “biodegradable,” “certified biodegradable” and “non-toxic” products designed to clean your bathroom, kitchen and floors, and it is difficult to drill to the basics. For one thing, the EPA’s certification for retail cleaners is in the early stages. For another, there’s a fast-accumulating array of such products now available, from Seventh Generation...

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Save Our Springs Alliance

From Save Our Springs Alliance The Save Our Springs Alliance works to protect the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Hill Country region and its watersheds, with special emphasis on Barton Springs. The Save Our Springs Alliance sprung to life in 1990 as a loose coalition of citizens fighting a massive development proposal for the Barton Creek watershed. On June 7, 1990, more than 1000 citizens signed up to speak to Austin city council in opposition to the planned 4,000-acre Barton Creek PUD. After an all-night meeting, council unanimously rejected...

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Sustainable Food Center

From Sustainable Food Center Founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center is involved in every step of our local food system. SFC’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food. From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers,...

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Bistro Vonish

From Bistro Vonish: We are here to provide elegant, inspired, vegan cuisine to Central Texas.  This is a dynamic eatery, with an aggressively seasonal, always changing menu, including appetizers and small plates, authentic Czech kolaches, bold and bright dishes, and desserts aimed to please, nourish, and arouse emotions and memories in an elevated dining atmosphere.  Each menu showcases the freshest produce from the Austin area, constructing dishes created with classical, nouvelle, raw food, and world flavors and techniques. Trailer Location 3111 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78723 Behind Brass Ovaries Email: bistrovonish@gmail.com Phone: 203-982-7762 Hours: Monday – 12-8 Tuesday –...

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Rabbit Food Grocery

  From Rabbit Food Grocery We believe a more compassionate world is possible. We strive to live without causing harm to animals, people, and the environment. We believe a vegan lifestyle is essential to create a better world for now and the future. Our mission at Rabbit Food Grocery is to grow the vegan community by educating the public on the importance of a vegan lifestyle for the animals, our health, and the environment. We offer 100% cruelty-free vegan items including: grocery staples, body care products, household supplies, clothing, and gifts. We provide compassionate and veg-curious people a one-stop...

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Lowe’s will cut out bee-killing neonicotinoids by 2019

If you have been worried that the flowers you bring home from Lowe’s and other big nurseries will kill the bees and butterflies, you may be comforted to know that Lowe’s and other big stores are lurching into action, getting ready to remove the offending, neonicotinoid-treated plants. But for now, it’s still, consumer beware, or at least, consumer, ask a lot of questions.

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Scary facts about water scarcity to ponder for World Water Day 2015

Despite a few spring rains that have helped ease drought conditions in Texas, residents should still consider conserving water in all they do, because the world’s most important resource is not getting any more plentiful. Austin remains a candidate for future “water stress,” and so in honor of World Water Day (March 22) here are some uncomfortable facts about how we abuse water and could run short of it.

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