Thursday, February 10, 2011

Restore the North Woods Enviro Show....really!

Greetings Earthlings. Did you miss us or didn't you even know we were missing? We've run out of snow days and lame excuses about driving in from the eastern hills in bad weather. Time for Mother to listen to us: the show must go on! We'll talk four-leggeds with Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods just like we said we would last time (only this time we REALLY mean it!). We'll discuss their North Woods Wolf Recovery Project as well as issues regarding the Canada lynx and Atlantic Salmon. In case you've forgotten the drill, we will also visit the action packed Enviro Show Echo Chamber, our Quote of the Week, our Meet the New Boss and Fool-on-the-Hill segments, but first it's time to FINALLY air that fox story on...Revenge of the Critters!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we've got a two-fer from the Center for Biological diversity. First, the effort to save Grey Wolf from us two-leggeds, then an Enviro Show Blog Bonus. It's a regular potpourri of actions you can take to help save endangered species and wild places. Also, the dreaded White-nose Syndrome continues taking out bats. Now there are reports of it reaching North Carolina and 15 other states from New Hampshire to Oklahoma, and two Canadian provinces. Despite the overwhelming threat to bats from people entering caves, federal land managers across much of the West have failed to enact closures of caves and abandoned mines. Please Take Action to help save the bats. Meanwhile, down in Kentucky coal country it's Day 5 of ongoing actions against mountain top removal. And these reruns: lame-ass Nantucket man busted for dealing in endangered whale parts. And Candy Dynamics of Indianapolis is issuing a recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars,all flavors. Sorry once again kids.

This week it's Fools on the Hill again: Rep. Denny Rehberg, Repugnican from Montana who has introduced bills that would allow states to eliminate all wolves in the Northern Rockies, Great Lakes and Southwest, including the 50 Mexican wolves struggling for survival in New Mexico and Arizona. How about we sink our teeth into this action, huh? O, did we forget to mention Utah's Orin Hatch introduced a bill in the Senate to remove federal protections for all gray wolves in the U.S. also? What's that you say? Orin Hatch is a pompous ass? Really?

Our recycled Quote of the Week comes from Obama's State of the Union address in case you missed it: "I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s"

OK, that's the good news from Obama, on to more bad news in our Meet the New Boss segment: Over the past few weeks, the Obama administration has chosen to approve two biotech crops, Monsanto's Roundup Ready genetically modified alfalfa and Roundup Ready GMO sugar beets. To add insult to injury, the outgoing David Axelrod layed a little pun on his White House cohorts urging everyone to "plow forward" on GE alfalfa. Well, don't just sit there....DO SOMETHING!.

"Smells Like Genocide" by CMOR takes us to our interview with Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods

Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m., MASSPIRG Public Transportation Roundtable will be discussing transit needs in Amherst and the surrounding communities. Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. For more information contact Micaela Preskill:, (617) 747-4374

Thursday, February 17, 7 - 9pm. Climate change and water resources: expectations and uncertainties in natural systems. Join Timothy Randhir, Associate Professor of Watershed Management and Water Quality at the University of Massachusetts, to learn about the relationships between climate change and the hydrologic cycle. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A., Turners Falls, MA 01376, Call: (413)863-3221

Thursday, February 17, 7 - 9pm. Greenfield Planning Board's last public hearing on the latest proposed big box store for French King Highway. The 20 + year struggle lives on! Greenfield High School, 141 Davis Street (off Silver St.).

Friday, February 18, 6:30pm. On Top of Old Northfield. Navigate the night. Group & solo snowshoe two-mile walk with readings & navigational tips. Northfield Mountain, 99 Millers Falls Road (Rt.63),Northfield. Registration required. Call: (800)859-2960.

Sunday, February 20, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Film Premiere: Carbon Nation. Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. Fundraiser for Bennington Berkshire Concerned Citizens

Tuesday, February 22, 6 pm. Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel meeting. Vernon Elementary School, Vernon, VT, Contact The new commissioner of Vermont's Department of Public Service is promising that future meetings of the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel will be "more collegial" than in the past.

Thursday, February 24 at 7:00pm. Northampton "Coal Country" Screening. Coal Country takes us inside modern coal mining, introducing us to both coal miners and activists. Then learn about the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign, which is striving to ensure strong EPA regulations in 2011. Media Education Foundation, 70 Masonic Street (behind the Woodstar Cafe)

Saturday, February 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Snow date: Saturday, March 12). WINTER TRACKING EXPEDITION . Alan Emond, Little Cree Spy Excursions. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, Pre-registration required; please call 413-256-6006.

Saturday, March 5, 1:00 PM. : Intro to Animal Tracks. Introduction to Animal Tracks and Signs with Naturalist Dawn Ward. Aimed at novice trackers (adults and families with kids age 8 and over), the program will be both indoors at the Leverett Library (exploring Dawn's extensive collection of animal skulls, etc.) and outdoors, weather permitting, searching for tracks and signs. Supported by a grant from the Leverett Cultural Council. Call: (413)548-9343

Sunday, March 6, 1pm. Save Food for Thought & the Planet! A fundraiser for Food for Thought Books featuring author/activist Brian Tokar on climate justice and genetic engineering. Musician & bardic insurgent Tom Neilson, poetry, entertainment & more! Sponsored by The Enviro Show! Food for Thought Books, 106 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, Call: 413-253-5432

Monday, March 7,7pm "Future of the Northampton Rail Trail Network" at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse (43 Center Street, 2nd floor). More information can be found at

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm. Greening Greenfield's next Monthly meeting. NESEA offices on Miles St, Greenfield. Call: 413-773-7004

Soooo, according to this year's imprisoned groundhog hype we're in for an early spring, but you may want to put in a request anyway while you are listening to your Mother, right?

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