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Arbor Day every day

Apr 27

Dear Diary,

Today is Arbor Day. Arbor Day is today! Yay! Plant a tree in your yard, plant a tree at your school, plant a tree with your neighbors along the street, plant a tree in the town square, plant a tree every where!

There are all kinds of trees that need love and a home, what better way to help make the Earth a healthier place to live for all of us, and plants, and animals too, plant a tree today!

Bees Bouncing on Blossoms

Apr 26

Today I looked out my window with my nature periscope and counted bees flying from apple tree to pear tree, to cherry tree. The bees float across the sky around the beautiful flowers like little bright flashes of light. The bees make me smile when I see them, I know some of honey bees are probably from Kirby’s bee hives. Bees help fruit trees make fruit by pollinating the flowers, that is why they are so important to farmers.

Have you heard of permaculture? Apple trees are a good example of permaculture.

Can you think of other examples of permaculture?

Five Fun Earth Ideas

Apr 24

Dear Diary,

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.

Thank you!

Solar Box Kites

Apr 22


Dear Diary,

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!

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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.

My Gaylord Nelson report

Apr 20

Dear Diary, today in class I presented my report on my hero Gaylord Nelson the founder of Earth Day, and a Wisconsin native. As you know Earth Day is in just two days!! I can’t wait!! The chickens and I are looking for creative ways to upcycle old things we found in one of the barns. One idea Ophelia had was to make an old horse yoke, collar into a stick. She said you could use the yoke to point at things. Horace the muskrat said Ophelia’s idea was not her best effort to date. Horace frowned briefly, and said the horse yoke would be better as a post for a mailbox or part of a fence.

I am just glad Ophelia and Horace are speaking to each other again after some (domesticated bird to remain nameless) burned the green bean casserole. The casserole was for the dinner when we were hosting the honorable Tamshing the Binturong from Bhutan. He came to Kickapoo Valley to speak about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index at our Earth Day conference held in Ironwood log #12.

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What is a Binturong? A binturong is also known as the Asian bearcat, but is not a bear, can climb trees and looks more like a cat.

I am happy I found you!

Apr 09

Dear Diary,

I have not written in you for over a month. Why? I forgot where
I put you. I think the last time I wrote I had to give Myles a bath
before I went to bed. I also had to brush Myles’ fur and when I put away his brush I also put you away in a closet where we keep the dog supplies.

I am happy to find you diary. You must have missed me. I found you just in time for one of my favorite months April. April is one of my favorite months because people around the world celebrate Earth Day
and Arbor Day!