Green DC: Flying Squirrels & the End of Nature

This post is part of a weekly feature where we will focus on events and issues, related to the environment, happening in our own back yard of Washington, DC. Come back next Wednesday for another post.

Last week we listed some of the events happening in town for Earth Day, which is April 22nd. Definitely check them out. You can clean up Rock Creek by the Zoo in the morning and catch the Roots at the national mall in the afternoon.

This week is a crap shoot of this and that.

  • April 26th from 9am t0 3pm:
    • The DC government is holding an electronics recycling and hazardous waste drop-off at the Carter Barron Amphitheater parking lot between 16th and Kennedy Streets NW. This is a great opportunity to dump all those old computers, monitors, printers, CD players, VCR's, etc. that you just don't want anymore.
    • BTW - If you have cell phones, MP3 Players, or any other small electronics and you can't make it to the drop-off, DC is home to a pilot program for the US Postal Service that provides free pre-addressed and stamped envelopes to ship these items to a recycling plant.
  • Pepco Florescent Light Discounts:
    • If you live in the District or Virginia, it might be worth catching the Green and Red lines to Maryland where Pepco is offering coupons for florescent light bulbs. You already know how long they last and how they are good for the environment, now you can finally finish replacing the old bulbs.
    • HERE is the list of store locations offering the $1.50 or $3.00 of coupons at the cash register.
  • Attract Flying Squirrels:
    • Random opportunity to learn about flying squirrel habitats and how you can lure them into your yard for the thrill of having rabid rodents flying after neighborhood children.
    • Every Saturday evening the Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington hosts an educational seminar on flying squirrels and how to make your yard into a safe, inviting habitat for the bat hybrids.
  • The End of Nature:
    • This should be an uplifting event. April 12 - May 4, the Warehouse Gallery (1014 7th Street NW) will be hosting an art exhibit titled "The End of Nature."
    • Artists will be displaying their concept of a world where nature ceases to exist.
  • Gridskipper's DC Green Spots:
    • Gridskipper compiled a great list of DC's hot "green" spots. Check it out HERE.
    • Did they miss any? List your favorites in the comments section.

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