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									          101 Things                         Use cloth, not paper, napkins               Pull weeds Instead of using herbi-
                                                                                      cides.
 YOU CAN DO TO HELP SAVE                      Don't put hazardous substances
 ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HABI-                 down your drain or in your trash (paint        Learn about natural insect controls
          TATS                            thinner, furniture polish, etc.) Dispose    as alternatives to pesticides.
                                          of them in a maintained hazardous
   April 22 has been set aside as         waste collection site.                         Landscape with plants that aren't
Earth Day to target special emphasis                                                  prone to insect and fungus problems.
on conserving electricity, petroleum,        Don't use electrical appliances for
metals, land, paper and wood prod-        things you can easily do by hand.              Ignore caterpillars and most native
ucts, and reducing toxic and non-                                                     leaf chewing insects. Let birds and
biodegradeable wastes.                      Re-use brown paper bags to line           insect predators take care of them.
   You can celebrate Earth Day every      your trash can instead of plastic liners.
day by making an effort to check as                                                      Use beer traps for slugs instead of
many as you can on the list below.           Re-use bread bags, butter tubs,          baiting with poison.
Some checkmarks can be earned by          etc.
simple tasks such as turning lights off                                                  Use organic fertilizers good or
when you leave a room. From there,           Use re-usable containers to store        manure or zoo doo helps oondition
the degree of involvement in environ-     foods..not plastic wraps and foil.          your soil and fer1ilizes at the same
mental issues can go as high as you                                                   time.
care to take it. Review your lifestyle,      Write to companies that send
and amend your habits which, some-        unwanted junk mail...ask them to take          If you use pesticides, herbicides or
where down the road, may be costing       you off their list.                         fungicides, don't throw leftovers in the
a wild animal its home or its life.                                                   trash, down your drain or into a storm
                                             Save your coat hangers and return        sewer. Dispose of them in maintained
       In Your Home....                   them to the cleaners.                       hazardous waste collection site

  Recycle everything you can: news-          Take unwanted, re-useable items              Compost your leaves and yard
papers, cans, glass, aluminum foil and    to a charitable organization or thrift      debris or take them to a yard debris
pans, motor oil, scrap metal, etc.        shop.                                       recycler. Burning them creates air pol-
                                                                                      lution and putting them out with the
   Investigate local recycling centers       Don't leave water running need-          trash is a waste of landfill space.
that may take items such as plastics,     lessly.
scrap paper and appliances.                                                              Use mulch to conserve water in
                                             Install a water saving shower head.      your garden.
  Save your kitchen scraps for the
compost pile.                               Set your water heater at 130                Plant things that don't require so
                                          degrees                                     much water.
  Try to use phosphate-free laundry
and dish soaps.                               Have your water heater insulat-           Take extra plastic and rubber pots
                                          ed...check with your utility company        back to the nursery.
   Avoid the use of household pesti-      for guidelines.
cides Flyswatters work very well.                                                        Large expanses of lawn are not
                                            Turn the heat down and wear a             good habitat for other creatures, plus
   Clean your windows with vinegar        sweater.                                    they usually must be maintained with
and water instead of chemical prod-                                                   chemicals and extensive watering.
ucts.                                        Lower your house temperature by          Dig up some of your grass and plant
                                          one degree perhour for every hour           native shrubs or trees instead
   Use cold water in the washer           you’ll be asleep or away.
unless it's necessary to use warm or                                                      Plant short, dense shrubs close to
hot.                                               In Your Yard....                   your home's foundation to help insu-
                                                                                      late against the cold.
Use washable rags, not paper towels,         Start a compost pile.
for cleaning up spills and other house-                                                      On Vacation .....
hold chores                                   Plant trees and shrubs in your
                                          backyard that provide food and shelter        Turn down the heat and turn off the
    Crumpled-up newsapers are great       for birds and other creatures.              water heater before you go.
for washing windows.
                                             Feed the birds.                              Carry re-usable cups, dishes and
   Use cloth diapers The plastic in                                                   flatware.
disposable diapers doesn't break             Put up bird houses and baths.
down in landfills.                                                                       Make sure your plastic trash does-
n't end up in the ocean.                train people to bring their mugs to      comes from the manufacture and
                                        meetings                                 disposal of many small packages.
   Don't pick flowers or collect wild
creatures for pets..leave animals          Route things around the office or        Don’t buy products that come
and plants where you find them.         post non-urgent communications           from endangered animals.
                                        rather than making multiple copies.
   Don't buy souvenirs made from                                                    Don’t keep “exotic pets.
wild animals.                              Use the stairs instead of the ele-
                                        vator.                                         Personal efforts ....
   Watch out for wildlile..give con-
sideration 10 all living things you        Office building landscape doesn't        Join a conservation organization.
see crossing 1he road.                  have to be sterile lawns and bed-
                                        ding plants. Plant trees and shrubs         Volunteer your time to conserva-
   Build smaller camp fires.            the birds will like.                     tion projects.

   Stay on the trail.                       Put a bird feeder outside your           Give money to worthy conserva-
                                        office window. It's a great conversa-    tion/environmental causes.
   Drive sensibly. ..don't waste gas.   tion piece.
                                                                                    Check your lifestyle. ..think about
   Keep your car tuned up.              When you’re Shopping...                  the effects of your daily actions on
                                                                                 the environment.
   Carpool.                                 Don't buy food or household
                                        products in plastic or Styrofoam            Take advantage of the Nongame
   Use public transit                   containers if there's an alternative     Wildlife Tax Checkoff on your
                                        (milk and egg cartons, vegetable         Oklahoma income tax form.
   Ride your bike or walk instead.      oils, butter tubs, etc.) They can't be
                                        recycled and they don't break down         Vote for candidates that share
   Buy a more gas efficient car.        in the environment.                      your sentiments.

   Recycle your engine oil.                 Don't buy "disposable" anything.        Read books and articles on
                                        Paper plates and towels, Styrofoam       wildlife and environmental issues.
   Keep your tires properly inflated    cups, etc., are extravagant wastes
to save gas.                            of the world's resources                    Watch nature programs on TV

   Recycle your old tires.                 If you must buy disposables.            Subscribe to conservation or
                                        ..buy paper products rather than         environmental publications
   Keep your wheels in alignment to     plastic or Styrofoam. The manufac-       Purchase them as gifts for others.
save your tires.                        ture of Styrofoam depletes the
                                        ozone layer.                                Convert by example..encourage
   Don't litter.                                                                 other people to save resources, too.
                                           Buy durable products and keep
    At Your Business...                 them a little longer. Cheap furniture,      Tease, cajole, persuade or
                                        clothes and appliances often have        shame your family, friends and
   Start an office recycling program    short life spans.                        neighbors for not recycling, not
for office and computer paper card-                                              being energy conscious, etc
board, etc                                Check the energy rating on major
                                        appliances you buy.                         Complain to merchants about
   Use scrap paper for informal                                                  excess packaging, use of plastics
notes to yourself and others.              Read labels and buy the least         etc. Write letters to companies.
                                        toxic product available for cleaning,    Patronize merchants who are envi-
   Print things on recycled paper.      pest control and other jobs.             ronmentally conscious.

  Print or copy on both sides of the       Put your parcels into one big bag         Write your legislators when you
paper.                                  instead of collecting several small      have an opinion about pending leg-
                                        ones                                     islation on environmental, land use
  Use smaller paper for smaller                                                  and other issues.
memos.                                     Don't buy things with excess
                                        packaging (individually wrapped             Teach children to respect nature
    Re-use manila envelopes and         cheese slices, apples on a paper         and the environment. Take them on
file folders.                           tray wrapped with cellophane, etc.)      a hike, help them plant a tree or
                                                                                 build a birdhouse, buy them a
   Hide the throw-away cups and            Buy in bulk; reduce pollution that    nature book or a subscription to a
wildlife magazine




Oklahoma Department of WildlIfe
Conservation Information and
Education Division (405) 521-3855
Nongame Wildlife Program (405)
521-4616

Department of Environmental
Quality (405) 271-8056

Oklahoma           Conservation
Commission (405) 521-2384

Produced by the Metro Washington
Park Zoo, Portland, Oregon, in con-
junction with Metro Recycling
Information     Center,    Oregon
Department of Environmental auali-
ty, Oregon State University
Extension Energy Program and the
Portland Audubon Society

								
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