Volunteers in the Desert

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by Robert Barossi

The last post focused on some volunteer activities related to our oceans. Today, a switch to the opposite end of the spectrum: Deserts. Specifically, the desert of southern California. This interesting story discusses the controversy surrounding  “drinkers,” man-made structures designed to give wildlife places to consume water in the desert. Volunteers have been repairing them for years and now there’s a debate over whether or not we should be providing animal’s with artificial watering sites. Find more information about the group doing the repairing, Water For Wildlife here and find more info about the Mojave National Preserve here.

Volunteers and The Deep Blue Sea

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By Robert Barossi

It’s no secret that there is a lot of trash floating around in the ocean. It’s now common to hear stories and see photos of floating islands of trash, occupying vast stretches of the ocean. There’s also plenty of trash that is winding up on beaches, shores and coastlines all over the world. This post from the Southtown Star in Chicago notes that “For example, during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup last year, volunteers around the world picked up 10 million pounds of debris in one day.” Whether it’s on one day or all 365 days out of the year, coastal cleanups are a massive, worldwide undertaking. And it’s volunteers who are doing much of the work to pick up all that trash.


From this story out of Tasmania to this one from the coast of Britain.


And on beaches from Nova Scotia to Texas.