Did you know that May 27th is World Otter Day?
This year, World Otter Day is changed to Otter Takeover! Plan to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram about Otters on May 27th! #WorldOtterDay. In honor of World Otter Day, we are posting about Otters! Plus – watch the video of our very own family of otters who live in the stream right outside our office!
Here are some fun facts about otters!
Otters are single moms! The mom's raise the otters, as soon as the litter is born, the father is chased away.
Otters are social animals. Otters love to play around, wrestle and chase their tails!
Otters do spend a lot of time on land. Mostly on the river banks.
Otters are expert hunters. River otters live off fish.
Otters have the densest fur of the animal kingdom. This helps them to stay dry.
Otters live all over the world. As long as the water is unpolluted!
World Otter Day 2020 link: https://www.otter.org/Public/Events_OurCurrentEvent.aspx
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Behind The Scenes of Public Landscaping
Not many people stop and think about the landscaping secrets that are done in public spaces. Public roads, parking lots, and parks don't clean themselves up when emergency spills are created. Without proper landscape maintenance on public areas, our streets and parking lots would not only be littered with trash, but some roads would be undrivable. It is very easy to forget all the work that happens behind the scenes and late at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.
Unfortunately, people litter all over the world. Parking lots see a lot of abandoned trash and would be covered without nightly street sweeping. Just think about all of the times you accidentally kicked a soda can or plastic bottle. Parking lot sweeping helps ensure businesses look their best, and that the environment stays a little bit cleaner. Typically, a sweeper company will come in at night time due to fewer cars being on the lot. That is why you may not have ever seen a street sweeper before.
This is a problem that many colder cities face during the winter months. Without proper landscape maintenance, many roads would be undrivable and sidewalks unwalkable in the winter due to frozen roadway, sidewalks, and parking lots. When a passageway is frozen over, maintenance companies turn to chemicals to melt it away quickly. The two main types of ice melting chemicals are exothermic and endothermic. They are both used fairly often to keep our walkways clear. Without these men and women coming out during the freezing temperatures, there would be a lot more accidents in the winter due to the hazardous ice.
Many times, a building can start having foundation problems due to irrigation issues. The world is constantly shifting and changing, and landscaping issues can appear out of nowhere. If ignored, the situation can become dangerous. Many landscape maintenance men and women help fix soil issues so our favorite buildings and structures stay standing
Many things happen behind the scenes that the average person does not realize. Without proper landscape maintenance, the world would be a totally different place.
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Sharps Containers/Homeless Camps
We have all seen the Homeless epidemic happening in our beloved cities! They are smelly, messy and once you peel back the scab, they don’t get any prettier!
Do you ever stop to think about the personnel that get to clean up after some of these camps, destroyrf wetlands and other protected areas they use as refuge? Although it’s not a glamorous job, there is a huge sense of pride that goes into restoring nature and remediation of the area to restore natures intended balance after it has been neglected and abused for any amount of time.
With these camps whether small or large, there is an excessive amount of human waste, hypodermic needles as well as other possible hazards that are encountered during the course of cleaning up these messes. We try to use mechanical tools to help when possible but when working in protected areas such as wetlands and regulations meant to help keep these areas as is, there is no ability to bring machinery into the jobsite to assist with our efforts. These cleanups are typically slow going with staying safe being at the top of the agenda with each step and motion made. We may not be playing with powerlines or doing roadside highway work, but the dangers that surround these types of projects are abundant and could change your life in the blink of an eye! Even in the course of your normal day to day business at your local shopping center, you may encounter something similar and will need to take the same precautions as we do. When stepping over a needle, leaving the problem for the next person to encounter and unaddressed doesn’t help anyone.
Think if your small child never encountered one of these needles before and picks it up out of curiosity? What happens if that child was to accidently poke themselves? Maybe nothing would happen or maybe everything wrong would! Why walk by this hazard and leave it to chance?
All of our crews carry Sharps Containers and are trained on how to properly collect and dispose of hypodermic needles found in the course of our daily routines. This includes needles in the bushes, corners dumpster enclosures and my favorite, inside the toilet seat cover dispenser left uncapped! When we see it, we pick it up and so should you. You don’t need to have an actual Sharps container to collect these hazards. You can use items with thick plastic such as laundry detergent or bleach bottles or possibly in a clear glass container with closable lid. Sealing the container with tape and labeling as used needles and placing into another plastic bag is also preferred so that the next person that possibly comes into contact with the container is warned of contents in advance. Do not place these in recycling, they are to go into trash only.
Protect yourselves and others around you by doing the right thing! Give us a Whirl when this becomes a reality for you, we would love to help you clean up whatever mess you’ve encountered!
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