Friday, July 30, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, July 30, 2010

Vt. company to install solar panels at Obama s kids school | Times Argus Online
A Vermont renewable energy company has been chosen to install 120 solar panels next month at a private Washington, D.C. school attended by President Obama’s two daughters.

White River Junction’s groSolar will break ground next month on a unique renewable energy project at the Sidwell Friends School, a private Quaker-run school in Bethesda, Maryland attended by about 1,100 students.

That institution’s elementary school is attended by Sasha and Malia, the daughters of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ospreys fail to reproduce at Lake Arrowhead | The Burlington Free Press
The site of an osprey restoration effort has suffered a setback. Though a record number of ospreys built nests at Lake Arrowhead in Georgia and Milton this year, no chicks were born. Since 1998, the formerly endangered bird species had at least one chick born per year at the manmade lake, said Steve Costello, Central Vermont Public Service spokesman. “Prior to those last 12 years, it was decades since there had been any osprey,” Costello said. “The pesticide DDT got into the food chain, and the osprey population was wiped out because the chemical made their eggshells thin and brittle.”
Plan to kill Canada geese in N.Y. ruffles feathers | WCAX.COM
For years Canada Geese have been a nuisance in the North County, especially around Lake Flower in Saranac Lake.

"It's more about trying to sidestep what they leave behind. That's most of the problem," said George Cordis of Tupper Lake.

A new orange ribbon seems to be keeping the birds in the water and off the land, but now much more drastic measures are in place to reduce the state's Canada geese population.

"The geese are definitely a threat, an unseen threat," said Chauncey Webb, a corporate pilot.

There are plans to kill three-quarters of New York's estimated 250,000 Canada geese by caging and poisoning the birds. The idea came from a near tragedy. In January 2009 a flock of geese got sucked into the engines of a U.S. Airways jet, forcing an emergency landing in the Hudson River, now called the miracle on the Hudson.