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[1THING] Blog: Archive for January, 2018

[ February is for the birds! ]

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February is National Bird Feeding Month. Bird watchers all over enjoy watching and listening to the birds in the summer, but what do you do to help them in the winter? Birds have small bodies which makes it difficult for them to stay warm in the winter. Add to the lack of shelter some birds endure, and you can see why they need our help in the cold and snow!
A lot of birds are migratory, but a lot of birds also stay put in the winter. They depend on many factors to help them through the cold months, food and water being just 2 of them. They can only forage for so much, and cold temperatures cause them to need to eat more food to maintain their body temperature. Bugs and insects are part of their normal diet but they are hard to come by in cold weather. Leftover berries, seeds and nuts from the summer are a food source, but once that runs out or is buried in snow, the birds need to find other sources of food. That’s where we can help! Feeders are crucial for birds. In the winter feeders won’t be plundered by bears, so it’s safe to put them out. But different kinds of birds need different kinds of seed, which can require different kinds of feeders.
For example, if you know your yard is frequented by chickadees or nuthatches, cardinals or woodpeckers, black sunflower seeds are a great choice. If you have blue jays, sparrows, magpies or finches, peanuts will be a great choice….just keep it away from the squirrels or the birds will never get a chance to eat! Corn, Nyger Seed and safflower seeds are other great choices. Each type of seed generally requires a special feeder though, so if you have space for 2 feeders, try 2 different types of seeds and see who shows up!
Water sources are also important for birds. Water freezes so easily in cold temps and birds can’t always wait for it to thaw to drink. Try providing a heated birdbath for them. There are solar water feeders available too.
Birds also benefit from eating fat. Try smearing some peanut butter on an old cardboard tube from paper towels or toilet paper, then roll it in seeds. Place it on a branch. Pinecones or leftover toast can be used too! Or save leftover fat from cooking bacon, mix it up with seeds and hang it in a suet feeder for the birds to eat. When the winter is done, take the suet feeder, and fill it with pieces of string, yarn or even leftover fuzz from the dryer and hang it for the birds to line their nests with in the spring!

Winter Bird Feeding

Winter Bird Feeders

Bird Bath Tips

How do birds cope


[ Go Green Heart Healthy! ]

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By Heather Rivera, Entercom Austin

The month of February celebrates the Heart, and reminds us to take care of our Hearts. In the United States, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by Heart Disease. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart Disease can be prevented and managed when you make healthier choices.

Do a #1THING step further by Going Green Heart Healthy. You can do this w/ the foods you eat go for Organic options. Exercise walking, running and other outdoor activities that does the body good & Mama Earth.. All help w/ Heart Healthy Happiness.

Have you heard of the Jackfruit? A tropical fruit native to Asia that resembles pulled pork, and becoming one of the most popular meat alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. The Jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, fiber, fat, protein and more. It contains calorie but no cholesterol or saturated fats.

Here are 10 of the 25 Amazing Benefits of Jackfruit:

1.) Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease: Jackfruit has Vitamin B6 that makes it very Heart-friendly
2.) Fights Wrinkles: Ground up seeds that are dipped in milk & applied on wrinkles helps reduce their appearance
3.) Promotes Hair Growth: Adds in healthy blood circulation, which helps w/ hair growth.
4.) Immunity: A great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can strengthen your immune system.
5.) High in Protein: The seeds are high in protein.
6.) Improves Digestion: A rich source of dietary fiber.
7.) Improves Eyesight: Jackfruit has vital nutriets that help w/ eye health.
8.) Bone Health: Jackfruit contains calcium, which strengthens and promotes healthy bones
9.) Ulcers : Jackfruit has strong anti-ulcerative properties that can cure ulcers and many other digestive system disorders.
10.) Regulates Blood Sugar Levels: Jackfruit has a rich amount of manganese that helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body.

Find out all 25 Amazing Jackfruit Benefits and more!

Jackfruit is becoming 2018’s healthy meat replacer for many. Making Jackfruit Green Heart Healthy for you! Click here for Jackfruit Recipes!

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[ Opponents file lawsuit to block land exchange for Izembek road ]

Tim Woody


[ A 21st century State of the Union should present a vision for a clean energy future ]

According to the White House, President Trump’s State of the Union address will discuss the challenges of the coming year in an optimistic, forward-looking and bipartisan manner. We support that notion wholeheartedly, but we’re also mindful of his past rhetoric.


[ State of the Union: Energy and Public Lands ]

Alex Thompson

Under the leadership of President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Trump administration has pursued reckless and relentless efforts to put energy extraction above the protection of our public lands — including national parks and monuments — at the behest of industry and corp



[ These quiet policy changes will pave way for massive development on public land ]

Trump’s decision to roll back mitigation policies right before Congress releases a new infrastructure bill is a one-two punch against the environment.


[ Do you think a road belongs in this forest? ]

The state of Alaska has officially asked the Trump administration to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule, which could set a precedent of forest-by-forest or state-by-state exemptions that effectively dismantles the standard.


[ EPA budget shrank 55% as agency workload grew: The numbers ]

Other than a bump under Obama’s administration, funding for the agency has been in a downward spiral for the past 40 years.


[ Are electric vehicles finally taking off? Here’s what you need to know. ]

With billions going into developing more powerful electric vehicles, we’re seeing progress on several fronts.


[ On eve of Outdoor Retailer show, Trump’s attack on national monuments takes center stage ]

Jennifer Dickson

On Wednesday night, Patagonia joined with conservation organizations to project a countdown clock on the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Lakewood, Colorado in protest of President Trump’s sell-out of national monuments to mining and drilling interests.