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MBNMS: Ten Ways You Can Help Make Earth Day Every Day!

from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

  1. Volunteer! Contact organizations like the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Baynet, Save Our Shores, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Watershed Institute, and the Coastal Watershed Council to find out how you can help.
  2. Plant Natives. Landscape your home, business, or neighborhood creek with California native plants to help provide suitable wildlife habitat.
  3. Prevent Wildlife Entanglement. Cut up and throw away plastic six pack rings, and pick up discarded fishing line and plastic bags.
  4. Pick Up Trash. Take a trash bag with you whenever you walk and pick up litter. Participate in the fall National Coastal Clean Up Day or organize your own neighborhood cleanup anytime.
  5. Celebrate Thoughtfully. Never release party balloons. Sealife can be harmed or even killed when balloons, mistaken for jellyfish, are eaten.
  6. Eat Sustainably Harvested Fish. Refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch or Audubon's Seafood Lover's Almanac in making your seafood selections, and educate others. www.montereybayaquarium.org www.audubon.org
  7. Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly. Recycle used motor oil at any Kragen or Jiffy Lube - it's FREE! Take paint, pesticides, and antifreeze to a hazardous waste disposal site. Keep your car from leaking
  8. Consume Fewer Resources. Evaluate your consumption habits. Hang your laundry to dry, limit your purchase of disposable items, carry canvas bags to the grocery store, and carpool or ride your bike.
  9. Protect The Watershed. Never dump waste onto the street or into storm drains. Storm drains flow directly into rivers, creeks, and ultimately the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where we fish and swim.
  10. Think! Take time to think about how your actions are affecting the environment that you live in. Consider what you buy, how you live, where you recreate. Enjoy life while being thoughtful of the needs of others, both today and in the future.

Diez Cosas Que Puede Hacer Para que Todos los Días Sean el Día de la Tierra

del Santuario Nacional Marino de la Bahía de Monterrey y la Reserva de Investigaciones del Estuario Nacional Elkhorn Slough

  1. ¡Hágase voluntario! Para enterarse como puede ayudar, contacte a organizaciones tales como la Reserva de Investigaciones del Estuario Nacional Elkhorn Slough, Baynet, Salve Nuestra Playas, Amigos de las Focas, Instituto de la Cuenca, y el Concilio de la Cuenca Costera.
  2. Plante originarias. En su hogar, negocio, o en el arroyo vecino plante plantas originarias de California para ayudar a proporcionar un hábitat adecuado para la vida silvestre.
  3. Prevenga que la vida silvestre se enrede. Corte y tire los aros plásticos de los paquetes de refrescos, y recoja el hilo para pescar y las bolsas plásticas.
  4. Recoja la basura. Siempre que camine lleve consigo una bolsa para recoger la basura. Participe en el Día Nacional de la Limpieza Costera durante el otoño o junte a sus vecinos para limpiar cuando sea.
  5. Sea considerado cuando festeje. Nunca suelte globos. Se puede lastimar o hasta causar la muerte a la vida marina cuando se comen los globos confundiéndolos con la medusa.
  6. Consuma pescado cosechado. Al elegir los mariscos, vea la Guía del Observador de Mariscos del Acuario de la Bahía de Monterrey (Monterey Bay Aquarium´s Seafood Watch) o el Almanaque de los Amantes de Mariscos de Audubon (Audubon´s Seafood Lover´s Almanac) y eduque a los demás. www.montereybayaquarium.org www.audubon.org
  7. Deshágase de residuos peligrosos apropiadamente. Recicle el aceite usado de motor en cualquier Kragen o Jiffy Lube &endash; ¡es GRATIS! Lleve la pintura, las pesticidas y los anticongelantes a un deposito de residuos peligrosos.
  8. Consuma menos recursos. Evalúe sus costumbres de consumo. Cuelgue la ropa a secar, limite las compras de artículos desechables, lleve bolsas de tela al supermercado para empacar sus provisiones, comparta su viaje con otros o viaje en bicicleta.
  9. Proteja la cuenca. Nunca tire la basura en la calle o dentro de las alcantarillas. Las alcantarillas corren directamente hacia los ríos, arroyos y finalmente al Santuario Marino Nacional de la Bahía de Monterrey donde nadamos y pescamos.
  10. ¡Piense! Piense en cómo sus acciones afectan el ambiente en el que vive. Considere lo que compre, cómo vive, donde se pasea. Goce de la vida respetando las necesidades de los otros así como para hoy y para el futuro.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of 12 marine sanctuaries administered by the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Sanctuary extends from Marin to Cambria, encompassing 300 miles of shoreline and 5,322 square miles of ocean. It is home to numerous mammals, seabirds, fish, invertebrates, plants, and other life forms in a remarkably productive coastal environment. Information on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary may be found at http://montereybay.nos.noaa.gov

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 25 reserves administered by the NOAA in partnership with coastal states. Managed by the California Department of Fish and Game, the reserve encompasses 1,400 acres of oak woodlands, salt marshes, grasslands. Mudflats, freshwater ponds, Monterey pine and coastal scrub. Visit http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/nerr/ for more information on the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/educate/tenways.html    Reviewed: March 05, 2014
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