This is a great little environmental and recycle tip from a good friend of mine who has her own website: “Smell like Dirt”. There are a number of things we can do to recycle, reuse, conserve and support the environment and wildlife in our own regions. Saving and processing basic eggshells is one easy way to reduce waste and help nature at the same time. Carol Buie-Jackson offers a number of great tips and ideas on nature, birding, backyard wildlife habitats and more on her website. I work with Carol as a member of our local environmental group; HAWK (Habitat And Wildlife Keepers), here in Charlotte, North Carolina. HAWK is one of about twenty-two groups all across North Carolina who are working together to promote the preservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats through programs, education, field trips, family programs and advocating for political change and the general increase in awareness to environmental issues.
About North Carolina Wild Life Federation: The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is a state chapter of the larger National Wildlife Federation. Most of the states that make up theUnited States of America, have a local, state chapter of the National Wildlife Federation and each is unique in supporting the natural ecosystems and diversity of their specific region of our country. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is one ofNorth Carolina’s most effective organizations dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats. With more than 60 years of experience, NCWF brings together the concerns of every North Carolinian who loves wildlife and wild places and the many ways to enjoy them. Our work is science-based. We create consensus by engaging government, industry and the public in efforts to protectNorth Carolina’s wildlife resources.
About Ernie McLaney: Ernie McLaney, a Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) native. He serves on the following community organizations:
• Stewardship Advisory Committee for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation; to know more click here.
• He is a board member with Sustain Charlotte; to know more click here.
• Serves on the board for Journey Toward Sustainability; to know more click here.
• Serves on the Leadership Team as vice president for HAWK (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers), a subchapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. He is also an active Certified Habitat Steward with the National Wildlife Federation. To know more click here.
• Chairs the Educational Committee for “Charlotte; Clean and Green”
• Planning Committee for the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival through Charlotte’s Discovery Place.
• Ernie helped to create CREN (Charlotte Regional Environmental Network), linking numerous environmental related organizations together in order to share information through networking, strengthen the region’s focus and advocacy related to sustainability, preserving our natural resources, and to educate local and state decision makers.
Ernie has a life-long connection to the natural world from spending his youth in neighborhood woods, and summers on Lake Wylie, and has a strong passion for connecting today’s youth to the wonders of nature; “they are the future stewards of this planet”. He is a Habitat Steward, certified by the National Wildlife Federation. His children, Melissa and Christopher understand and support the human connection with nature. Ernie enjoys the great outdoors through hiking, kayaking, birding, visiting area nature preserves, working in and talking about his backyard wildlife habitat, and traveling with his wife, Debbie.
Fact check: Media relations don’t develop overnight, they have to be nurtured over a long period. Don’t over-rule a journalist’s opinion by pushing yours. Allow the journalist to put together a story the way he wants to and not the way you like it. Here, a big no-no is the request to the journalist to share the final draft of the story before publishing it. It will clearly offend the journalist even if he/she is your ‘best friend’ because it means you don’t trust him/her. It might result in a bad story or a no story.
Author: Ernie McLaney
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