New pests to be on the look out for:
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For the hornet, Praying Mantis will take care of them. For the Houdini Fly: "Please do not unnecessarily move bee blocks or boxes around."
[Click here to read up on this pest.
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Active Fire Mapping Program
For fire updates, see SCOFMP and for the latest fire pictures from SCOFMP, see here.
An interesting thing to note is the number of web sites talking about sea level rise, some with goofy maps. We used to link to a website that you could manipulate based on whatever sea level rise the "experts" were predicting by the year 2100 - That site no longer exists... However, NOAA has a sea level rise viewer for coastal areas of the USA. Another type of Flood Mapper exists over at USGS that you can use for current weather-related floods.
Need To Buy Something?
Buy products made in your country, not China. If you want to get your country back to work, you have to buy products made by your fellow citizens.
Reduce your monthly cooling bills by replacing your home's roof with white-colored material, use native plants for your landscaping instead of lawns, remove all Juniper plants (they swallow more water than you can imagine), and if you must have a green lawn (for children or pets) use an artificial material.
Go "green" by using more Metals, which may be reused easily while Plastics requires special types of equipment to process. Only buy products your area can recycle. Read labels, make a difference.
[Image Credits: NASA/JPL/Hubble]