Bobcat Kittens

  Bobcats are named because of their bobbed off tail. Bobcats breed once a year in early spring. Females give birth to the kittens in approximately 60 to 70 days., so right around June 16 and after. Bobcats can have up to 6 kittens in a litter that will open their eyes after 10 days. … Continued

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Green Event Volunteers: KC Convention Center

Update: all shifts are full. Thank you! Flexible Dates: Wed, June 20 – Sun, June 24; 12 – 5pm Green Event Volunteer Kansas City Convention Center 301 W 13th Street Kansas City, MO 64105 Volunteer alongside Bridging The Gap staff to help make the Unitarian Universalist Convention a Green Event!  Special events, like concerts and … Continued

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Tune up your car to tone down pollution!

  When your car is in good working order, you save money and you are preserving the water quality of our waterways. When cars leak radiator fluid, oil, or other petro-chemicals these toxins can build up over time on our streets and highways. After it rains, all the toxins are washed directly into our streams, … Continued

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Is your yard to DIE FOR?

  Pesticides and herbicides don’t just kill bugs and weeds. These chemicals can wash into nearby waters and harm other things too, like fish and aquatic bugs. Pests are annoying but polluted water is worse! Try these proven safe remedies to protect plants from pests: Stop aphids by applying soapy water to plants Drown slugs … Continued

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Litter is a drag!

  Each year in America it is estimated that more than 165,000,000,000 (yes, that’s Billion!) cigarette butts end up as litter! 80% of butts on the ground find their way into our water systems and detract from the quality of our drinking water. Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into … Continued

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Summer Volunteers Needed at Recycling Centers

Great Summer Volunteer Opportunity! Help your community and the environment by volunteering at one of our community recycling centers! Recycling preserves forests; keeps oil, natural gas, and minerals in the ground; and prevents air and water pollution.  This is an excellent opportunity for teachers with the summer off, employees who get Volunteer Time Off compensation, … Continued

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Pick up After Your Pet

  Pets and urban wildlife are major sources of water pollution because their waste can contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Help protect our pets by picking up their poop and keeping our waterways free of contaminants. Go straight to the source: Mid-America … Continued

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Meet a Member: Jowler Creek Vineyard & Wine

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery is our newest member to the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Colleen Gerke, co-owner, to find out more about Missouri’s first green winery, what inspires her and what’s next for their sustainability efforts.     Located just 30 minutes north of … Continued

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Two Job Openings for KCMO Green Stewards

Do you enjoy being outdoors and part of a supportive, caring team? Are you interested in plants and the environment? Do you want to develop new job skills and a career? Become a KCMO Green Steward! In partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Bridging The Gap is pleased to offer two full time, … Continued

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Internship Opening: Volunteer Management

Bridging The Gap is offering the following unpaid internship.  This internship is a terrific way for individuals with an entry-level nonprofit background to learn how to develop a solid volunteer program. Program:      Volunteer Services Management Name of Internship: Volunteer Services Management Internship Length of Internship: 8 to 10 weeks, summer 2018 (flexible start and end … Continued

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Plant Native!

Storm water runoff is a huge problem for water quality across America – in fact, the EPA names it as our biggest threat to water quality. Native plants help solve this issue because they “grow deeper” than traditional plants, helping your yard to retain and filter water. Not only will you water less and save … Continued

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Green Event Volunteers: Wanderlust Partnership

Saturday, May 19, 3 shifts Wanderlust Festival Berkley Riverfront Park Kansas City, MO 64120   To be put on a waiting list to volunteer as a Recycling Attendant volunteer, please email John.Fish@bridgingthegap.org. Alternatively, consider volunteering at one of our Community Recycling Centers. We have an urgent need for Saturday volunteers at both locations.   This … Continued

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Don’t mind the Dandelions!

Use chemical herbicides to remove weeds as the last resort! If you must use a chemical herbicide, use the least toxic product, and spot apply it – don’t spread it all over the yard to kill a few weeds or bugs. Follow label instructions exactly – more is not better. And be sure to keep … Continued

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Ephemeral Mania

by Patti Beedles, Kansas City WildLands Seed Tech Listen my friends, I have a plea. Pull yourselves from your cubicles, your screens, your stuffy house that’s held you hostage all winter long. Now’s the time to take a hike through a high-quality woodland and witness true magic. I realize, I’m a crazy plant lady with … Continued

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She’s hungry but her yard might not be!

Before you add any fertilizers to your yard this spring… first do a soil test. Your yard may already have the nutrients it needs, saving you money and time! It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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National Volunteer Week social media campaign

#NationalVolunteerWeek Social Media Campaign Wins Local Award April 15 – 21, 2018 National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, was established in 1974 as a way for organizations to celebrate the impact of volunteer service in improving communities.  Bridging The Gap engages more than 1,500 volunteers each year to improve Kansas City’s environment by … Continued

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Cover your Bald Spots!

When it rains, soil and sediment wash into our lakes and streams. Sediment pollution clouds the water, making it difficult for aquatic plants to grow, clogs fish and insect gills, and can destroy aquatic habitats. Here are two basic steps to grow in your bald spots: 1. PLANT grass seed, native plants, shrubs or trees. … Continued

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Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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Organizing an event?

Organizing an event? Why not make it GREEN with Bridging The Gap? Getting a lot of people together for a festival, marathon, to raise money for a cause, or just to have fun can produce a lot of waste. It can be a challenge to handle that waste responsibly at events held where no recycling … Continued

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It flows downhill.

If it’s on the ground in the Kansas City Metropolitan region it could end up in the Missouri River and then in the Gulf of Mexico. Litter takes on many forms – paper, aluminum, cigarette butts – everything that is improperly placed on the ground. Much of this waste finds its way into our water … Continued

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