Since it is time to go back to school I was thinking that this weeks enviro tip could be having Nude Food Lunches. Did you know 50% of rubbish in School/Pre School bins in from the students lunch boxes! Instead of having your stuff in glad wrap or packaging have it in re-usable containers. Instead of having plastic water bottles have re-usable bottle. This isn't just great for animals like Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles, Liems Tinker Frog, Panamanian Golden Frog, Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, Humpback Whales, Giant Freshwater Lobsters, Dugong and the White Tip Reef Shark it is also cheeper for you because you don't have to keep buying plastic over and over again, you just re-use the containers you have!
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Happy Australia Day! Two days ago I promised that I would update my website with more of Australia's most endangered animals and I just updated it.
The new animals are:
For Australia Day this year and future years I am going to put more of down unders most endangered animals like the Giant Freshwater Lobster, Grassland Earless Dragon and many many more. I don't want to give too much away. Make sure you come back and check out the new additions to my website on Australia Day.
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This weeks Enviro tip is to start composting. Composting has many benefits to the environment. These include reducing natural waste in the land fill which reduces green house gases (make the world hotter), which melts the ice caps and threatens animals. Compost is good on your garden and can also be used as a fertiliser. You will end up with the healthiest and best garden if you use compost. Compost will help you save money as you wont have to buy fertilizer for your garden. You can compost pretty much any natural materials including fruit & veggies, tea bags, stuff from your garden, grass clippings & shredded paper is really good. So get a compost bin or compost heap and start composting today!
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Today I attended the presentation breakfast for the 2015 City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards. I was nominated for the Environmental Achievement Award. I received a commemorative certificate for being nominated which was presented to me by the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
Now every week I will give you an Enviro tip. This weeks tip is not to use Phosphate products. Some products that are phosphate free are Aware, Eco Choice, Orange Power Laundry Liquid, Omo, Surf, Drive and all ALDI, Coles and Woolworths detergents. It is great that some states in America have already banned Phosphate products (Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont & Washington)! Canada also has a ban of Phosphate products!
By doing this you will be helping many frogs including the rare Growling Grass Frog, also known as the Southern Bell Frog. It was once common in Melbourne but in recent years they have become quite rare! Their main threats are habitat destruction and water pollution (pulling out plants making the soil go into the river). It's population has dropped by half and is still plummeting to extinction! When it calls it will make long growling noises filled by short grunts. If you hear this frog croak an extra time it means it is likely breeding season. Females have been known to lay 4000 eggs! It is one of Australia's largest frogs. They will just sit and wait till prey passes them but this saves tones of energy. Southern Bell Frog feeds on insects (beetles, termites, cockroaches & moths) and younger frogs of their own kind! They can also been seen basking in the sun for days!
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Today animal lover and friend Ian Jenkins was bitten by Macca the Croc during a daily presentation at Snakes Downunder at Childers and taken to hospital. I was lucky enough to visit Snakes Downunder last year and even got to interview and spend time with Ian. It was great to see someone so enthusiastic and passionate about animals especially reptiles. Ian does a great job of sharing his knowledge and love of animals. I hope Ian gets better soon and has a speedy recovery.
Click on the link and learn more about Ian and his fantastic Reptile Park and all the Conservation Ian is doing at Snakes Down Under.
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