In this week's Newsletter: Bald eagles play house in Staten Island, new east River ferry service coming to all the boroughs, interesting facts about our sun, and much more!
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Bald Eagles Have Been Spotted in Staten Island

The bald eagle is the national bird and the national animal of the United States, but up until very recently, bald eagles looked set to disappear from continental North America.

The culprit in the eagles' near-extirpation (extirpation is a fancy word for "local extinction")? The nefarious pesticide DDT, which is great for controlling bedbugs but really, really bad for eagles. After DDT was banned in the 1970s, eagle populations slowly started coming back, and by 2007, these magnificent birds of prey were removed from the Endangered Species List.

But the Audubon Society estimates that, while bald eagles have been spotted occasionally in Staten Island and in a few other spots around the city, they have not been able to settle down and actually breed. And while it's still a little too soon to tell whether the pair currently building a nest on a small, uninhabited and undisclosed island off the coast of Staten Island will manage to produce eaglets, we're rooting for this pair to start a new precedent of bald eagles in New York City. 

You can read more on here.

To the Five Boroughs...By Ferry

In Tuesday's State of the City address, Mayor De Blasio unveiled plans to expand East River ferry service in every borough over the next three years. The new routes will include stops in Astoria, Rockaway Beach, the Lower East Side, the Bronx, south Brooklyn and ultimately, Staten Island.

The cost for the planned expansion in 2017 and 2018 is $55 million, and you can see the map with both the planned and the proposed routes here.

Got an opinion on where the new landings should be? You can make your preference known by filling out a short survey here.

How Much Do You Know About the Sun?

You see it every day, and it's there even when you don't. But how much do you really know about the undisputed king of our solar system?

Here are some fun facts about the sun, the source of 100% of the energy that reaches earth through the atmosphere- whether as sunshine or as fossil fuels, all that energy originated in the sun's gigantic thermonuclear furnace:

The sun is very hot (and in other news, water is wet, right? Not so fast!) The visible part of the sun- the outermost layer- is a cool 10,000 degrees Fahrenhiet. But at the core, where most of the nuclear activity goes on, gets up to 15 million degrees F, with some sources claiming temps of up to 27 million degrees. It also rotates at a different speed at its equator than at its poles!

The sun is a pretty peripheral star, even within our galaxy. It orbits 25,000 light years from the galactic core, and completes a circuit once every 250 million years. Our star's main activity is fusing 600 million tons of hydrogen atoms into 596 million tons of helium. What becomes of the remaining 4 million tons? It's emitted into space as light which reaches Earth, 93 million miles away, in eight minutes.The sun has been doing this for a very long time, about 4.5 billion years, and has enough fuel to keep going in much the same way for the next 5 billion. 

You can read more interesting facts about the sun here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

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See you in the spring!

Other Events

10th Annual Seed Celebration & Swap
Old Stone House, 5th Avenue bet 3rd & 4th Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-3pm, free

Whalentine's Day Bake Sale: A Benefit for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Mooshoes, 78 Orchard Street bet Broome & Grand Sts, Manhattan, 12:30-5:30pm, free
All baked goods are vegan. Please bring a container if you plan to take sweets home.

Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Training in NYC
AEA Main Office, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1000, bet 8th & 9th Aves, Manhattan, 8:30am-5:30pm, $1,320/$520 with NYSERDA discount
For more information, please email

Green Careers February 2015 Meeting - Sustainable Career Tracks
Cook+Fox Architects, 641 Avenue of the Americas #8 bet 18th & 19th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free 
Space is limited and registration is required. Please register here.

Building Vibrant Communities– The Cohousing Experience
John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28 East 35th Street bet Madison & Park Aves, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, free

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