Dawn has been sponsoring a program where they donate $1 for every specially-marked bottle of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid that is purchased and the donation code entered at their website. (http://www.dawnsaveswildlife.com)
Donations are split between the Birder’s Lounge charity, International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) and the Marine Mammal Center. If you are going to purchase dishwashing liquid anyway – buy Dawn! And please don’t forget to enter the code online – it’s easy.
And now for the really great news – Dawn has just announced that they are tripling their donation from $1 to 3$ for every bottled sold and donation code entered. Awesome!!
**From 11/25/09 through 1/4/2010 only. Up to $500,000. Must activate donation online.
Update: Visit Dawn’s Everyday Wildlife Champions Facebook page to learn about wildlife rescues, what others are doing to help, and to get in on the conversation!
I have compiled the data from several small cleanups, and have it ready to send off to the Ocean Conservancy. I have learned that there is an awful lot of planning involved in organizing these cleanups, and now isn’t too soon to start for 2010!
Here are the results I was able to assemble from some wonderful volunteers:
|09/11/2009||Rowlett Creek @ Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve||Plano, TX||0 volunteers||Stormy weather threatened and eventually happened 2 hours after the start time.|
|09/12/2009||White Rock Lake||Dallas, TX||8 volunteers, 3 bags of trash, 1 bag of recyclables; 2 hours||This data collection effort coincided with an existing monthly lake cleanup by area lake enthusiasts known as FTLOTL.|
|09/18/2009||Rowlett Creek @ the Outdoor Learning Center||Plano, TX||5 volunteers, 300 pounds of glass and plastic debris||A fellow Texas Master Naturalist lead a small group of youth volunteers.|
|10/10/2009||White Rock Lake||Dallas, TX||1 volunteer, 1/2 bag of trash, 1/2 bag of recyclables; 2 hours||This time it was just me, and I can attest to the difficulty of collecting debris and data at the same time!|
|10/31/2009||White Rock Lake||Dallas, TX||8 volunteers, 14 bags, 9.2 miles, 280 pounds; 2 hours||A group of college students from SMU turned in this outstanding bit of work.|
Friday’s Rowlett Creek Cleanup was unfortunate in that it was scheduled on a Friday afternoon when most people were working, and at a time when thunderstorms delivered on their promise to release torrents of rain over the area. I was there – all setup with my little table – and accompanied by my friend Andy, who works for the City of Plano.
I think this may be the first time I have photographed fish in a creek. To be honest, I was surprised to see these catfish–and so many! This is a section of Rowlett Creek in Plano, TX, and is the location of a creek cleanup scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2009. This is the first in a series of inland and coastal waterway cleanups that I will be attending in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Read the rest of this entry »