November, 2018 Conservation Report

Despite being one of U.S.’s largest industrial waste streams, coal ash has enjoyed looser regulations than is put on household garbage.  Coal plants create 108 million tons of toxic coal ash annually, which is then dumped into ponds or landfills.  Many are unlined  and many leak (96%) into ground water.  There are 1400 such sites in the U.S.  Arsenic, mercury, lead, & chromium topo the list.  Exposure to any of these can cause serious health issues such as kidney disease and many types of cancer.

Not only are massive amounts of arsenic in rice, which we feed our babies (it’s grown on land that once used arsenic-based pesticides), but a 2017 EDF study found 20% of baby food samples- including fruit juices, cookies, and root veggies had detectible levels of lead – more common than adult-intended food.  Lead is a potent neurotoxin producing lower IQ, memory problems, possible hearing loss, and behavior problems, including hyperactivity.  (Environmental Defense Fund Annual Report, 2017)

Honey throughout the world is contaminated with neonicotinoid insecticides – chemicals implicated in global pollinator declines – symptomatic of a world awash in pesticides. (Beyond Pesticides, 10-12-17)

Chemicals may be toxic to migratory song birds, found Canadian researchers making a documentary of the white-crowned sparrow.  The birds became disoriented and lost as much as 17% of body weight after eating seed treated with one of the chemicals.  (Nat’l Wildlife, April 2018)

23 Million U.S. homes contain elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust.  With former chemical industry advocates now holding key EPA positions, we have to work extra hard to protect our health.  You may, or may not, think you’re a good housekeeper, but you area likely sharing your home with roughly 100 different species of animals.  Luckily, cockroaches, bedbugs, ticks, and termites are relatively.  Vacuuming didn’t seem to affect diversity; plants and pets likewise, though they will increase the numbers within the species.  In fact, most do no harm and may do good.  Many of our chronic modern diseases are associated with our failure to be exposed to biological diversity, so more kinds of arthropods may well be healthier rooms.

(Earth Justice Annual Report 2017)

Cleveland Natural Science Club

Natural Science Advocacy Since 1924

Our Mission:

­ • Promote the Study of the Natural Sciences

­ • Cultivate an Appreciation of the Great Outdoors

­ • Encourage the Conservation of Our Natural Resources

­ • Protect Plant & Animal Wildlife


The Cleveland Natural Science Club has been providing nature education services to Greater Clevelanders since 1931.  The Club was founded in 1924 by student natural science teachers from the Education College of Western Reserve University.


In 1931, the Club got its first clubhouse, and they named it Look About Lodge.  When the Club grew, they built a new and larger clubhouse, which is today’s Look About Lodge.  Interesting facts about the history of the Cleveland Natural Science Club and their clubhouse, Look About Lodge, are provided on this website under Historical Highlights.  A complete history of the Cleveland Natural Science Club and Look About Lodge is provided in a book titled Lodge Spirit.  Copies are available at

Cleveland Natural Science Club Today

inside-512-288Today, the Club meets on the first Saturday of the month from January through November.  A presentation on a natural science subject is made at 7:30 PM, and it is open to the public.  For program details, go to the Monthly Programs section of this website.


Since its founding, one of the Cleveland Natural Science Club’s missions has been nature conservation.  At each meeting, a report on conservation is presented to the Club members and guests.  Summaries of these presentations will be provided in the Conservation section of this website when it is developed.


The Cleveland Natural Science Club is seeking new members who are interested in nature and the founding mission of the Club.  For more information, go to the Membership section of this website.