Monthly Archives: October 2011

Speaking Up for Raccoons: An Open Letter to Philadelphia Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia City Council by Law Professor Verne R. Smith

Philadelphia may claim to be “the City that loves you back,” but clearly not when it comes to its urban wildlife.  Recent statements by the City’s Mayor and actions by its City Council demonstrate a profound dislike of wildlife.  For … Continue reading

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Cancellation of October 30 Open Garden Event at Native Return

The Open Garden Event rescheduled for Sunday, October 30 is cancelled due to icy and wet conditions. Click on the Facebook Link to the right for more Native Return “snowy Halloween” images.

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SUNDAY OCT 30 RAIN DATE ACTIVATED for Free Native Return Fall 2011 “Open Garden”

My “Open Garden” self-guided tour originally scheduled for Saturday October 29 is rescheduled for Sunday October 30, 2011 between the hours of 1 and 4pm. Native Return is a natural garden that truly reflects local seasonal changes, being a microcosm of … Continue reading

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Weeds Rock?  Well, maybe not when they’re overwhelming your vegetable patch, but what about the Bigger Picture? I’ve come across at least two sources touting the virtues–and the vitality–of weeds in recent publications.   As most of you know, I … Continue reading

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Philadelphia City Council Proceeding with Raccoon Extermination Bill (Fox, Groundhogs, Skunk and other Animals Caught in the Crosshairs)

The public should be aware that when they trap an animal in Pennsylvania, the following  ‘vector species’ must all, by Pennsylvania law, be killed: they include fox, raccoon, groundhog, skunk, coyote, and bats. They are gassed, shot, electrocuted, drowned, clubbed, … Continue reading

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From the Raccoon Expert Deb Welter…to Philadelphia Councilman Darrell Clark

Deb Welter says: October 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm I am truly appalled by Councilman Clark’s inane “solution” to eliminate seeing raccoons in Philadelphia neighborhoods.  First of all, trapping & killing raccoons WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM. Nature abhors a … Continue reading

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Proposed Philly Raccoon Extermination Bill Update

I received a voicemail message from Brian Abernathy yesterday saying he is not the person to contact for testimony. Brian Abernathy said to contact Derek Green in Councilman Tasco’s office to get onto the list to give testimony. His email address … Continue reading

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Philadelphia City Council at War with Raccoons???

Yes, we’re bringing back the Raccoon Issue as it appears that the bill for their “control” has made its ugly way to a public hearing. Bill #110565 was introduced September 8 by Councilman Clark and referred to the Committee on … Continue reading

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Dire Consequences: Wildlife vs. Killer Fences

This blog post is about the overlooked, unconsidered, or ignored threat of fences to wildlife. You may find the photographs accompanying this blog offensive, however I must share my utter horror on coming upon this decimated body of a whitetailed doe while walking … Continue reading

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An Invitation! Free Native Return Fall “Open Garden” Tour 2011

Native Return Garden Tour 06-29-11 Garden Tour Fall 2011 I’m celebrating my garden in its fall transformation by sharing it with my friends and followers! You are invited to attend an “Open Garden” self-guided tour on October 29, 2011 at … Continue reading

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