One more day until Earth Day. I can’t wait. I am joining my friends for an evening of earth friendly, entertainment. I think we are putting on the first ever play about Gaylord Nelson.
At least we are the first “professionally trained, theatre group” to put on a play about Gaylord Nelson in Kickapoo Valley. As you might have noticed I had professionally trained, theatre group in quotations. I read those exact words in a program from the Muskrat, Vaudeville show I saw last month.
I am nervous about performing in front of people because my singing voice is not so good. I have to remind myself that I will be dressed as a tree singing in a choir so the audience won’t hear my bad voice. Kirby thinks a woodpecker will hear my awful singing and think I’m a bug, and start tapping a hole in my tree.
I don’t care what he or the moms and dads in the audience think about my singing I love celebrating Earth Day!
In honor of Earth Day, please remember to buy a SOLAR COOKER!
Using a SOLAR COOKER saves electricity and helps people less
Please go to Solar Cookers International if you can help now:
Earth Day demands small simple steps together. Our tips my friends and I came up with are still useful today!
- Turn off the lights when exiting a room.
- Turn off the T.V. and unplug it when you are done watching it.
- Turn off the computer if you are not using it.
- Recycle plastic containers, cardboard and paper.
- Make your own compost from food waste, yard waste and paper with non-toxic inks like soy.
- Turn the heat down in your house and wear layers of clothing instead.
- Use a timer and set to five minutes when you shower.
- Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.
- Make old clothes new by adding pockets with a different fabric. Have your mom sew the pocket for you.
- If you like your old shoes keep them new by new different colored shoe lace like pink, or sky blue.
- Don’t buy bottled water buy a nice, cute metal thermos made in the U.S.A if possible.
- Take the bus or ride your bike to school or the library if your parents let you.
- Don’t buy a new sketchbook or notebook, upcycle old books or magazines, and paint, write or draw, over the pages instead.
Remember you are helping to keep the earth livable for all creatures big and small, animal and plant when you practice these tips above.
Give yourself a pat on the back each time you remember these small, simple steps.
Yesterday morning I was looking towards the group of pine trees near the stream by our house. I was watching the sun shining through the branches.
All of a sudden I saw a flitter, and some dark object hop and plunge back into the pines. I grabbed my binoculars, and aimed them towards the branches where I saw the object last. I waited. I waited some more still longer until I saw his head peer out of the branches. When he rested on a branch closer to me I realized it was a CEDAR WAXWING! Another bird I can add to my GREAT YEAR LIST.
I think I have the world’s largest vinegar library. I have all kinds of vinegars in jars from A to Z. Now Kirby says he has a bigger vinegar library than I do. What he doesn’t know is that during the winter my forest friends helped me create 24 new recipes! I now have 137 different vinegars to choose from.
Some of the new recipes I think animals would like better than humans.
That is not surprising since some of the newest recipes come from muskrats, woodchucks, and a black bear. Maybe some people will not like ants in their vinegar.
Anyone one in my hometown can borrow any vinegars if they want to use a jar for dinner or lunch. My friends also borrow my recipe cards if they
like a vinegar in the library.
MY FAVORITE WISCONSIN BIRDS:
1) Common Loon
2) Ruddy Duck
3) Sandhill Crane
4) Green Heron
5) American White Pelican
6) Ruby-throated Hummingbird
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Lesser Yellowlegs
9) Turkey Vulture
10) Indigo Bunting
11) Cedar Waxwing
12) Nashville Warbler
13) Common Crackle
14) Barred Owl
16) American Coot
17) Herring Gull
18) Tundra Swan
19) Northern Shoveler
20) Wild Turkey
There so many birds that live in Wisconsin I cannot list them all.
I think I might change the list in a couple of weeks it depends
on which birds show up for my Great Year project.
Here are five easy ideas for celebrating Earth Day every single day that my friends and I came up with.
1. Do not rake your leaves if they are under trees, and not do not look ugly. Old leaves make a great natural mulch, and trap carbon from being released into the atmosphere. Old leaves are Mother Nature’s mulch! Worms love leaves, and help make them into beautiful soil for your plants!
2. Do not use mulch for your garden or yard. Mulch requires a lot of energy to make and transport.
3. A good idea for water conservation, water your outdoor plants in the morning or evening and not in the afternoon when the sun is high in the sky. Water evaporates less from the soil when the sun is not high in the sky. The more water in the soil the more nutrients your plants get the less you need to water them.
4. Fix not throw out anything you have that is broken. If a shirt has a small rip sew the rip up or find someone who can sew. If a cup has a broken handle glue it back together if it is safe to use.
5. Use bags only if you have a lot of things to carry. If the things you buy in the grocery store can all fit in your hands then tell the store cashier you do not need a bag. I have big pockets on my clothes and always put things I buy in them.
Happy Earth Day! Yes, it’s Earth Day which was started in WISCONSIN and is now celebrated all over the world. People in Wisconsin, in Vermont, in Puerto Rico, in China, in Japan, every where on our planet are planting trees and cleaning rivers and streams to protect and honor our home called Earth.
For Earth Day, in the prairies on my farm we made trees out of old horse yolks and water pumps. At the end of each branch on the tree we tied box kites with very long kite string. These box kites are very special because they use the wind to lift into the sky above all the trees around, and collect energy from the sun. Each side of the box kite is a solar panel made from old camera film! Not only does the box kite make electricty from solar but inside each box kite is a small propeller which turns as the wind blows. The spinning propellers also create electricity! We tried to make these box kites last year but we could not find enough old camera film. We were so excited to launch 24 box kites in celebration of Earth Day!
Can you think of something small you would like to do to honor the planet we call Earth? Maybe you can start a compost program at your school with your class mates.