Take Action

Find a starting point for the kind of conservation action that matters most to you.

Action Alerts

To receive timely email about simple actions you can take to make an impact, sign up for Conservation Action Alerts.

 

Take Action at Home

Resources for protecting birds, saving energy, and making sustainable food choices.

Cats Indoors Guidelines for protecting birds, by the American Bird Conservancy

Green Guide Product reviews, buying guides, and environmental health news

At Home and in the Garden Home safety, risk avoidance, and pollution prevention, from the Environmental Protection Agency

Reduce Your Impact at Home Ideas from EAS members

25 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home and Yard By Eartheasy

Catalog Choice Stop unwanted mail

Freecycle Reusing useful items within communities

Salmon Safe How to recognize certified salmon-friendly food and wine

Puget Sound Fresh Where to find food that's local and in season

Seafood Watch Sources for sustainable seafood

 

Take Action in Your Garden

Sources for ideas about making your yard friendly to birds and wildlife.

National Audubon Society Bird Friendly Communities

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard (WDFW)

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Landscaping with Native Plants for Wildlife (Washington Native Plant Society)

Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens (Washington Native Plant Society)

 

  Photo: Goose family, by Tyler Hartje

Photo: Goose family, by Tyler Hartje

Recycling on the East Side

Tips for keeping stuff out of the landfill when the weekly pickup won't take it.

Batteries

Batteries should never be put into the trash or household recycling, and they are not accepted at recycling events held in King County cities.

However, many local libraries and the Whole Foods stores have drop-off bins for batteries. They are also accepted by hazardous waste dumps such as the Factoria Transfer Station. We suggest keeping a container at home for all used batteries, from hearing aid to large flashlight sizes, and dropping them off periodically.

Foam and Plastics

Eastside Audubon is a big fan of this entrepreneurial business in Kent: Styro Recycle.

Medications

Never put prescription drugs or over-the-counter remedies in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Some local drug stores will dispose of these for you. Two examples: Bartell Drugs at Bellevue Village or Bridle Trails. Ask at your pharmacy. Leave the meds in their individual containers.

Prescription Bottles

King County Solid Waste declares these bottles with snap lids not recyclable. Dispose of them (empty) in the trash. Yes, there is a recycling symbol at the base of prescription bottles, but unless a container has a threaded cap it is trash. These are presently not useful to the humane society.

Tyvek (DuPont) Mailers

These bags and envelopes, often used to mail medications and printed materials, can be collected and mailed to:
CFS Recycling
337 A Industrial Drive
Petersburg, Virginia   23805

You may send up to 25 total envelopes or bags. To mail them, turn your largest bag or envelope inside out and put your smaller bags in side it. Write the address on the outside envelope with permanent ink. Close securely.

Recycling Tyvek

Useful Links

Computer Recycling Questions (Recycle Techs)

Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (King County)

 

Habitat Restoration Grants

For projects on the east side of Lake Washington.

Jim Rettig has long been an advocate for the environment and in 2003 the Board of Directors created the James S. Rettig Grant fund to honor his work with Eastside Audubon.

In the 1990s Jim Rettig served three terms as President of Eastside Audubon (known then as East Lake Washington Audubon), and helped make the chapter what it is today.

In 2003, the Board of Directors committed to fund the James S. Rettig Grant up to $500 a year. These funds are available for habitat restoration projects on the Eastside.

To apply for a Rettig grant, please email the Conservation Committee and request application information. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

National Issues

Resources for action on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, climate change, and other policy issues that affect birds and their habitat.

Defenders of Wildlife

Sierra Club

Center for Biological Diversity

National Resources Defense Council

Audubon Action Center

Bird Friendly Communities

Resources for creating a bird friendly backyard.

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  Photo by Mick Thompson

Photo by Mick Thompson