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Recycle Electronics, Expired Medications and Other Difficult Items at the Uptown Recycling Day!

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Celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Join us this Saturday, April 23rd for the first Uptown Cincinnati Recycling Day! Uptown businesses and organizations have joined together to help make recycling an easier task for those hard-to-recycle items. From 10am until 2pm, we will provide an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted belongings that would take up valuable habitat space in the landfill and could cause pollution in our environment. Located on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Reading Road (enter off of Harvey Avenue), the following event partners will also be on site to support your recycling needs:

  • Cleanlites Recycling will collect electronics, accessories and other universal waste. The Cleanlites team will also take old batteries, but cannot accept tube-style TV’s and monitors.
  • All-Pro Shredding will take up to five boxes of confidential papers you may have laying around after tax season.
  • Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, in partnership with PreventionFIRST!, will properly dispose of any unused, unwanted or expired medication and pharmaceutical drugs.
  • St. Vincent de Paul will collect gently used, worn or torn clothing and linens.

“Uptown is our home, our workplace and where we go to have fun, so joining together to host a community recycling day benefits everyone. It reduces our negative impact on the natural environment, creates awareness and education and leads to a healthier community and healthier people,” says Katie Schneider, TriHealth’s sustainability consultant.

“Giving our residents, our employees, and our patrons easier opportunities to recycle, and make good decisions when it comes to the environment, is a great way to show Uptown our commitment to sustainable practices. As the Greenest Zoo in America, the Cincinnati Zoo is always looking for ways to inspire our community to go green too. Being serious about natural resource conservation and reduction means we are serious about wildlife conservation. Every little bit helps, every action makes an impact – including recycling. Now these items will be kept out of our waterways and out of the landfill, making our community and environment much healthier.” – Fia Cifuentes, Sustainable Communities Advocate at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Many thanks to the Uptown Partners organizing this event:

  • Uptown Consortium
  • Tri-Health
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Children’s
  • UC Health
  • City of Cincinnati Environment & Sustainability

For additional information or questions, please contact stationa@uptownconsortium.org or gogreen@cincinnatizoo.org.

April 21, 2016   No Comments

Grow the Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators in Your Own Yard

After more than 25 years of trialing plants, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden knows which plants grow and look best in our region. We’ve narrowed down that list to the plants that most benefit pollinators to create the Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators Plant Series.

Working with local plant growers, we have introduced a Zoo-branded line of plants that are easy-to-grow, beautiful, and pollinator-friendly. Available for purchase at many independent local garden centers, a portion of the proceeds support the Botanical Gardens at the Zoo. Download the list of plants and participating retailers here: Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators.

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Why plant for pollinators?

Pollinators are beneficial

All of us enjoy the beauty that the many species of butterflies and moths bring to our lives, and we depend on honeybees to pollinate a huge proportion of our food crops. That is just a small part of what pollinators do. Thousands of species of native bees, wasps, and flies ensure reliable pollination throughout the ecosystem so that abundant crops of seeds regenerate wild areas and also provide seeds and fruits for birds and other wildlife to eat. Just as importantly, many pollinating insects also prey upon pest insect species, such as aphids and scale, which ensures a more balanced, healthier garden and ecosystem.

Pollination in progress! (Photo: DJJAM)

Pollination in progress! (Photo: DJJAM)

Pollinators are under pressure

Pollinator numbers are falling due to loss of habitat and other pressures. Your yard can provide valuable habitat to help support healthy populations of pollinators.

Make your yard a thriving oasis for pollinators!

  • Include Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators in your yard to attract and provide for pollinators.
  • Limit use of pesticides. Only spray when necessary, seek expert advice, and follow label instructions exactly if you do use them.
  • Provide sources of water, such as a birdbath or a water feature.
Pipeline swallowtail on Zinnia Zahara 'Fire'

Pipeline swallowtail on Zinnia Zahara ‘Fire’

Come see us at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

These plants and many others are part of every Zoo visitor’s experience. Come see us! Enjoy our gardens as well as the World of the Insect exhibit to learn more about these fascinating and beneficial animals.

World of the Insect (Photo: DJJAM)

World of the Insect (Photo: DJJAM)

April 13, 2016   2 Comments

How to Keep Your Zoo Visit Alive After You Get Home

Guest blogger: Kristina Meek, Education Intern

Visiting the Zoo can leave you feeling refreshed, happy, and enlightened. Tap into that energy and think about how you can keep that excitement going for yourself and your family once you go back home. It can be a simple everyday act or a lifestyle change. Give these ideas a try and share your own suggestions in the comments.

Share what you learned. Don’t just share your photos on Facebook; share something more. Sit down with your family while the visit is still fresh in your minds and try to recall a “fun fact” about an animal. Then share that in a post. For example, share a picture you took of a giraffe with something like “Amazing — a giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a person!” If you have a child in Zoo Troop and you’re sharing photos from class, remember to use the hashtag #cincyzootroop.

Capturing a moment to share on Facebook (Photo: Dr. ChengLun Na)

Capturing a moment to share on Facebook (Photo: Dr. ChengLun Na)

Learn more. Connect with the Zoo on social media and follow the Zoo blog to keep up with what’s going on with our animals, exhibits, events and conservation efforts. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+.

Appreciate the “wild” side of your pets. If you have a family dog, remind your kids that their pooch is related to the Mexican grey wolves you saw in Wolf Woods. Make similar connections for cats, birds or fish. Kids learn to respect nature when they see it reflected in their everyday lives.

Mexican grey wolf (Photo: Kathy Newton)

Mexican grey wolf (Photo: Kathy Newton)

Recycle and compost. You and your family have the power to keep the planet healthy for all animals… including humans! Curbside recycling has made reducing your trash a no-brainer. This website lets you search by ZIP code to find facilities to recycle items that can’t be put in your bin. Arguably even easier than recycling is composting. Here’s one source of information on how to do it. By disposing of food or yard waste in this responsible way, you’ll reduce the amount of greenhouse gases coming from landfills.

A.D.O.P.T. a Zoo animal. For as little as $30, you and your family can symbolically adopt anything from a meerkat to a manatee. You’ll get a color photo and fact sheet about the animal, plus additional benefits at higher giving levels. Your children will learn not only about animals, but about philanthropy and the great feeling you get when you give back.

Encourage backyard research. You can’t visit the Zoo every day, but if you have a backyard or a nearby park, there’s probably plenty of wildlife there doing its thing. Let your kids explore, on their own, or with you. They might identify birds, spot tadpoles in a creek, look for deer tracks, or learn to imitate an owl. Think of your surroundings as your own mini-zoo.

Volunteer. The Zoo offers volunteer opportunities for ages 13 and up, in a variety of roles that fit your talents. Likewise, park districts, nature centers, and museums need and appreciate the contributions of people like you. Start Googling and see what you discover close to home.

We love our volunteers! (Photo: DJJAM)

We love our volunteers! (Photo: DJJAM)

Thanks for visiting the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. We hope you’ll take a little piece of the Zoo with you wherever you are!

April 5, 2016   1 Comment