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Local Species of Conservation Concern

Endangered Species Day is observed annually across the planet on the third Friday in May. The day serves to recognize the Endangered Species Act, one of the most far-reaching conservation laws in the United States and beyond, and all the organisms that it supports. The Endangered Species Act, a federal…
Bridgingthegap
May 15, 2024
News

Thriving Communities Event – March 28 , 2024

On March 28, 2024, Bridging The Gap held its annual community and fundraising event at 28 Event Space. This year's theme was Thriving Communities, and LaTonya Sanders with US EPA Region 7 was the guest speaker, who shared her insights and experience in what makes communities thrive, particularly through an…
Bridgingthegap
April 1, 2024
Climate ChangeLearnWildLands

Why Wild Works

Weirder temperatures, fluctuating precipitation, and loss of suitable habitat are often associated with climate change – these things seem so out of reach and can leave us wondering what the next best steps could possibly be. After all, individuals can only make so much impact, right? Nature and other natural…
Bridgingthegap
March 26, 2024
LearnTrees

Loving Your Tree To Death: Girdling

You just brought a beautiful new tree home from the nursery and plant it in the perfect spot in your yard, excited for the lifetime of memories you and your family will make under the luscious shade of its leaves. You want to remember what species you got, so you leave the plastic nursery tag on.…
Bridgingthegap
February 28, 2024
Community Voices

Black History Month: Celebrating Local Changemakers

February is Black History Month. To honor and celebrate, we're highlighting four local leaders who are creating restorative change for the environment and their communities. Michael Kelley BikeWalkKC Drew Hines Missouri Department of Conservation Jalen Holloway Heartland Conservation Alliance Kechia Smith Bridging The Gap Q: When it comes to environmental…
Bridgingthegap
February 20, 2024
LearnWildLands

Spotlight on: Native Sunflowers

By Ginger Werp. Ginger is a KC WildLands Program Coordinator In a few weeks people from all over will be flocking to sunflower fields in both Missouri and Kansas, aka The Sunflower State. These fields are planted with monocultures of annual sunflowers that provide fun outings, beautiful photo backdrops, and…
Bridgingthegap
September 6, 2023
LearnTrees

Saving Trees During Construction

Land is constantly undergoing development throughout the Kansas City area. Apartments are built on formerly “vacant” lots, farmland is turned into suburbia, ranch-style homes turn into mansions, garages are added, driveways are repaved, irrigation is installed and patios double in size. Whatever the reason for construction, let’s observe what is…
Bridgingthegap
September 6, 2023
Learn

Tools for Pruning Small Trees

There are a variety of tools that can be used for pruning, from hand pruners to chainsaws. We’ll share which tools Heartland Tree Alliance uses while pruning young trees in Kansas City.  A word to the wise: Pruning is intentional wounding for a specific purpose. Improper pruning can severely damage,…
Bridgingthegap
August 29, 2023
LearnWater + Energy

D.I.Y. Leak Inspections

By Carolyn Tragasz. Carolyn was a Water & Energy Community Specialist at BTG. When was the last time you went into your basement and really took a good look around? How about the last time you pulled stuff out from under your kitchen sink or opened your utility closet? Do you…
Bridgingthegap
August 19, 2023