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Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair

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This Saturday I’ll be doing the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair at the
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007-2697
Phone: 626.821.5897

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 from 9am to 3pm at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia.

It is geared towards teachers, scouts, parents and anyone else interested in the environment. The public is invited. Free with admission to the Arboretum.

You will learn about lifestyle solutions that impact the health of our planet through hands-on workshops and in-booth presentations. Other event activities include sustainable food sampling, tours, multicultural music, drum circles, science scavenger hunts, art activities, eco-friendly demonstrations, and nature games for all ages.
Come for the whole day and enjoy the fair and the Arboretum. Do not miss the specialty food trucks and the Peacock Café for terrific food including $5 kid’s meals.
Workshops for Adults:
“Drought Tolerant Lawn Alternatives” by the Arboretum at the Crescent Farm at 10:00am
“Caring for Trees in the Drought” by Tree People mid-morning
Workshops for kids:
“Art in Nature” by Kidspace mid-morning
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Edible insect products go on sale in Dutch supermarket chain

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posted on the BBC News website – Nov 1, 2014

A supermarket chain in the Netherlands is launching a new range of products made from edible insects.

While in parts of Africa, Asia and Central America, a diet including insects is not unusual, in Europe it is still rare.

Anna Holligan reports from the Dutch city of Groningen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29865959

New Praying Mantis from Rwanda Hunts like a Tiger

Published on May 21, 2014 by Entomology Today

Scientists have discovered a new species of praying mantis in Rwanda’s mountainous Nyungwe National Park, and have described it in the journal ZooKeys.

Like all praying mantises, the new species is a vicious hunter. The wingless females are adapted for catching prey close to the ground and in undergrowth — similar to the hunting practices of a tiger — which inspired researchers to name it Dystacta tigrifrutex, or the bush tiger mantis.

“The new species is amazing because the fairly small female prowls through the underbrush searching for prey while the male flies and appears to live higher in the vegetation,” said Riley Tedrow, who is studying evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University. Read more on Entomology Today

Lost ‘Nightsnake’ Rediscovered on Volcanic Island off Mexico

Posted on Discover.com on MAY 20, 2014 BY TIA GHOSE, LIVESCIENCE

A mysterious species of snake has been rediscovered lurking in volcanic rocks on an island off Mexico.

The elusive, nocturnal Clarion nightsnake was first discovered more than 80 years ago on Clarion Island, but was then lost to science.

“The rediscovery of the Clarion nightsnake is an incredible story of how scientists rely on historical data and museum collections to solve modern-day mysteries about biodiversity in the world we live in,” lead author Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. “Proper identification is the first step toward conserving this snake, and we plan to continue monitoring this species to learn more about the role it plays in the delicate Clarion Island ecosystem.” Read more on Discover.com