Every day is a celebration for trees! A cool breeze by your window, a healthy forest, or shade from the heat there are so many things to thank them for. But for some people like Kirby who forget about trees we honor trees with ARBOR DAY.
Happy Arbor Day to all the pines (conifers) and leaf bearing (deciduous) ones and my tree friend, Asmina the Paw Paw.
Please plant a tree with your school, friends, or family. Water and care for the trees around your house or along your street. Plant a tree
to honor your grandpa or grandma, or to wish a happy birthday to
your sister or brother.
What is the capital of Burkina Foso? Wagadoodoo. What is the capital of
Suriname? What is the capital of Tuvalu? FUNAFUTI! I know that one.
What is the flag for Ghana? What is the flag for Greece?
Which country’s capital is Lisbon? My head is swimming and
I am sweating more than usual. Lots of information to put
in my small head for the the Kickapoo Valley GEOGRAPHY BEE.
I hope when the competition is over I will have a chance to
breathe. Despite all this I love geography!
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.
I have more birds I wanted to LIST for you. This list is from the group
known as the WATERBIRDS:
1) Double-crested Cormorant
2) American White Pelican
4) Great Egret
6) Short-billed Dowitcher
8) Wilson’s Snipe
9) Upland Sandpiper
10) Great Blue Heron
If you do not live near the water you might have a hard time spotting
these beautiful birds. The beaches of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan might be good places to spot some of the WATERBIRDS. The Mississippi River is another great place to see WATERBIRDS. There is a National Wildlife Refuge located near Wisconsn’s bluffs along
the Mississippi River.
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.
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.
When you have a healthy, backyard garden animals will live and play in it. And a healthy backyard garden helps animals and the planet.