Audubon Zoo review and learning activities

November 26th, 2010

The Audubon Zoo is an excellent local attraction,  a great place to take family and visiting friends.  Here are 10 things to know before you go:

1.  It’s big. - Plan to take an entire day to do the zoo.  With young children, it might be better to separate it into two or even three visits.  In order to do that. . .

2.  It’s worth it to buy a membership pass. - The membership passes get you free admission to the zoo, which would otherwise be $13.50 for each adult and $8.50 per child.  However, they also get you in free to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ($18.50 adult / $11.50 child) and they drop the price of a visit to the Insectarium from $15.00 to $5.00 and the IMAX ticket price from $9.00 to $ 5.00.  The membership not only supports Audubon’s important conservation work, it can pay for itself in one holiday weekend!

3.  Cooler temps make for better wildlife viewing. - The next few months are prime time to visit the zoo!  The cooler weather not only makes it more comfortable for the human visitors, it makes the animals more active.  If you want to see animals doing their thing, don’t ask them to do it when it’s 90-plus degrees out!  When it’s that hot, nobody is perky and active.  November through February in New Orleans means temps in the 60s and 70s, so you can see real movement and action from the animals!  If your only zoo-visiting days are hot ones, though, just try to schedule your visit for early in the morning or late in the afternoon, the coolest parts of the day.  (The zoo is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.)

4.  Don’t dare miss the great apes. - The orangutans and gorillas on exhibit are truly great apes!  The viewing platforms are incredibly close to the animals and one look in their knowing eyes will have everyone interested in a deeper study of evolution.

5.  Make time for reptiles. – The reptile house is an excellent one, with a high number of exotic and poisonous snakes, as well as rainforest poison dart frogs and super-cool lizards.  These are the most active and interactive reptiles at any zoo this examiner has ever visited!

6.  Learn about amazing Louisiana animals. – While you visit, make sure to stroll through the Louisiana Swamp exhibit.  Though cooler temps do make the cold-blooded alligators less active, there are still many, many gators to gawk at in the swamp exhibit.  By the end, though, you’ll see that the gators aren’t the only amazing animals in the swamp – from egrets and herons to snakes and turtles, awesome animals abound in the bayous, marshes and swamps.  Seeing them up close and personal at the zoo will open your eyes to seeing them everywhere in the New Orleans area!

7.  The feeds and chats are worth the time. - Whether you’re trying to educate kiddos or not, the feeds and chats are lead by tremendously knowledgable professionals who welcome your curiosity and questions.  Take advantage and you may even get to touch or feed an animal yourself!

Zoo Lessons & Links

A to Zoo

Zoo Bingo

Audubon Zoo Visitor Page

Autumn’s long nights a great time for lessons on night sky

November 3rd, 2010

At 2 a.m. this Sunday, the first Sunday of November,  it will be time to “fall back” into Standard Time.

As you set the clock back one hour, sigh sadly, and contemplate the short days and long nights ahead, remember that long nights aren’t just a sun-lover’s curse, they’re a star-gazer’s blessing!  An excellent lesson on the Earth’s rotation around the sun and how seasons change is attached below.

Especially here in southeast Louisiana, where the temperatures are still in the 60s and 70s at night, it’s a great time of year to gather the family, spread a blanket in the back yard, and check out the free show in the sky every night.

Saturday, November 6 brings the new moon, which means a dark sky and extra visibility for checking out nearby stars and planets.  In fact, the whole weekend will have a relatively dark sky thanks to the late-rising moon, a great opportunity for nights outside.

The moon returns to fullness on November 21. With a clear sky and a full moon, you won’t need a telescope just a pair of binoculars or even the zoom lens on your camera to get a great look at some of the moon’s craters, mountains, and seas.

The moon’s magical waxing and waning in the night sky (plus the calm talking time on that backyard blanket) may even pique the interest of your youthful stargazers, which will give you an opportunity to teach them about the moon’s cycle.  An excellent lesson on the moon’s phases is attached below.

If your young astronomers in training are ready to journey past the moon and into the outer reaches of the solar system, it’s time for them to learn that not all “stars” are stars.  The planet Jupiter is extra bright this year, brighter than any star in the sky and found in the southeastern sky in the evening.  Though a telescope could help you see some of the amazing cloud tops and the Great Red Spot, you can see a few of Jupiter’s moons using only binoculars!

An excellent lesson on the planets of Earth’s solar system is attached below.

So, whether your backyard blanket conversation covers stars and seasons, moons and magic,  or planets and philosophy, bundle up and get out there!  The celestial show and the learning it inspires are a gift from the universe, literally!

Next up:  an awesome meteor shower, the Leonids, is headed our way on November 17.  Stay tuned for an article on icy comets, dust on fire, and shooting stars!

Sources:

EarthSky

StarDate

Astronomy

The Sky – Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events 2010

Lesson Plans:

ITU – 01 – Rotation & Revolution
ITU – 02 – Spotlight in the Night
ITU – 03 – First Planet I See

No booing vultures, nature’s clean-up crew

November 2nd, 2010

Happy Halloween!  And yes, it’s Halloween, not April Fool’s Day.  The following is a true and long overdue love letter to the vulture, full of fantastic fact, not fiction, and no kidding around!

Too often a child’s voice will rise and hush in awe as she watches a huge, soaring bird circle in the sky, only to deflate in an “oh,” or worse “eww,” when she’s informed it’s “just a vulture.”

Vultures are seen hunching, Igor-like, on headstones in Halloween images everywhere, as if waiting to harvest the parts of a passing trick-or-treater.

Yes, vultures should be associated with death, but they’re cleaners, not killers!

As scavengers, not predators, vultures’ closest association with killing is cleaning up road kill.  If they’re seen in a graveyard, it’s because there must be a good roosting tree there.  They may have an impressive wingspan and large talons, but neither is capable of digging six feet down to get a quick meal on the recently interred.

What vultures are capable of, however, is fairly fantastic.  Read on, future vulture lovers:

  • There are two types of vultures native to the southeastern U.S., turkey vultures (Cathartes aura), named for their red, turkey-like heads, and black, or southern, vultures (Coragyps atratus), who have black heads – go figure.
  • If you want to identify the difference between these vultures at a distance, the turkey vulture always flies with its wings tilted up, making a broad V.  (This is called a “dihedral” by ornithologists.)
  • The black vulture flies with its wings flat.
  • Additionally, the turkey vulture’s underwing is half white and half black along the length of the wing, whereas the black vulture’s wings look like black “arms” with white “hands”.
  • Vultures are well adapted to be the carrion clean up crew – they can eat up to one fifth of their body weight in one sitting!
  • Vultures have special digestive acids that dissolve anthrax, botulism, and cholera.  By eating decomposing bodies of wild animals, vultures dramatically reduce the spread of dangerous diseases to humans, including rabies and anthrax.
  • Vultures’ naked heads are an adaptation for their messy diets – guts, gore, and bacteria bake right off in the heat of the sun.
  • Their dining might be gross by human ideals, but they don’t dine alone.  Vultures are social and mate for life.
  • Turkey vultures’ wingspan can be as long as six feet and they can weigh up to 25 pounds.
  • A group of vultures is called a “venue” and when circling in the air they are called a “kettle.”
  • Vulture poop, because of its strong uric acid content, is actually an antiseptic!
  • Vultures are gentle animals.  In fact, their only form of defense is to vomit – counting on the foul smell of the partially-digested meat to keep dangerous intruders away.
  • Vultures soar on rising columns of air, or “thermals” in order to conserve energy during flight.  They circle within the thermal’s column while gaining altitude for a long flight or searching for food.  They rely on a keen sense of smell (the turkey vulture) and keen eyesight (the black vulture) to spot their next carrion meal.  North American vultures do not circle dying animals.

These amazing, soaring janitors deserve our thanks and, rather than “ewww,” a good deal of awe.

Now that Halloween’s creepy creature myths have been debunked, go out and enjoy the tricks and treats of the night.  And please, pick up your candy wrappers and any litter you see along the way.  The vultures have enough to clean up!

Sources:

The Vulture Society

16 Cool Facts About Vultures on International Vulture Awareness Day

Enature.com

Turkey and Black Vultures

Note the different appearance of the underwing feathers of these two types of vultures. Photo: Jim Conrad via Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful, brilliant bats de-bug night skies

October 28th, 2010

Okay, so Halloween creepy-crawlie poster child number two is up for examination today; here’s a closer look at the wonderful world of bats!

First there are a few myths we need to dispose of – please bury these silly notions under those fake headstones currently decorating the front yard:

Bat Myth 1:  All bats are vampires.

No!  There are over 1,100 species of bats and only three species are known to suck blood!  Those three species, all of which are quite small and are mostly limited to South America, where they suck a meal the size of a teaspoon from forest animals.  Most other bats eat insects, fruit, nectar, and/or pollen.

Bat Myth 2:  All bats carry rabies.

A big no here, too!  Bats can catch rabies, as can any other mammal.  According to batworld.org, “Less than one half of one percent of bats actually contract [rabies] . . . more people die annually from contact with household pets than have died from contact with bats in all [of] recorded history.

It’s still not a good idea to grab at or handle a wild bat, however.  Remember that compared to a bat who weighs a few ounces, you’re larger than and scarier than Godzilla, even without your Godzilla costume.  And if Godzilla tried to grab at or handle you, you’d get scared and bite him, too!

Bat Myth 3:  Bats will fly so close to you that they’ll get tangled in your hair.

Not even if your hair is as big as the Bride of Frankenstein’s.  Bats are not blind.  In addition to seeing as well as humans do, they also have a sonar system that allows them to sense and catch tiny insects in total darkness.  They have absolutely no trouble sensing and avoiding something the size of a human!  If a bat swoops close to you, it’s probably just eaten a mosquito that was about to bite you.  The appropriate thing to do is not to duck and shriek, but to say “Thank you, bat!

Now to some mind-blowing bat facts:

•                One little brown bat can catch and eat up to 1,000 mosquito-sized bugs per hour.  In fact, the Mexican free-tail bats that live in Bracken Cave in Texas can eat up to 400,000 pounds of insects in one night!

•                Bats fly fast!  The big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) pictured with this article can fly at 40 mph!

•                There are 47 species of bats in the U.S., eleven of which make their homes right here in Louisiana.

•                The world’s smallest bat, Thailand’s bumblebee bat, weighs less than a penny.

•                The giant flying fox bats of Asia, however, can have a wingspan of more than six feet!

•                 The North American little brown bat can live up to 30 years.

•                Bat guano is an extremely effective phosphorous-based natural fertilizer and can be used to improve garden soil, kill fungus that harms plants, control nematode plant pests, and activate compost piles for better decomposition.

•                Bats pollinate many important night-blooming plants.  One example is agave (the plant from which we make tequila) – without bats, agave seed production drops to 0.03%.  So, if you’re drinking a margarita, (or eating a banana, mango, cashew, or fig) once again, say “Thank you, bat!”

The scariest thing about bats is, in fact, that 50% of the bats in North America are in population decline.

To keep bats healthy and happy and eating the insects that would otherwise be eliminated with harmful pesticides, try building a bat house!

Instructions for building bat houses are available from many sources, and it will be a great project to keep the kiddos out of their candy stashes during the three-week, candy-induced blood sugar hangover of Halloween.

Now that’s scary.

Spider Facts Prove Arachnids are Cool, Not Creepy

October 28th, 2010

Okay, so there’s a reason spiders, bats, and other nocturnal creatures are associated with Halloween: the whole blood sucking concept is scary.

However, the amazing abilities of spiders and the many services they provide far outweigh any creepy factor. Today’s article will be the first in a series that focuses on the cool-not-creepy facts about Halloween’s various animal associates.

So, without further ado, a few notes on awesome arachnids:

  • One spider can eat 2,000 insects each year! Source That’s a lot of mosquitos not biting you, thanks to our eight legged friends.
  • Not all spiders make webs – about half of known species stalk and hunt their prey. Many of the web or “orb”weavers, however, create such distinctive patterns in their webs that their species can be determined from the web design alone.
  • The large and lovely orb webs found in backyard gardens were likely created by a female spider.(Talk about a web design expert!) The male orb weavers are smaller and not often seen.
  • There are more than 40,000 different species of spiders, and 3,500 species of spiders living in North America alone.
  • The largest spider in the world is the South American Goliath Birdeater spider (Theraphosa leblondi), which has a legspan of up to 10 inches and weighs more than a quarter pound hamburger!
  • Scientists estimate than in a field habitat, there are over 400,000 spiders living in every acre.
  • Spiders’ silk is tremendously strong; it can rival the tensile strength of steel and has been suggested for use in bulletproof vests.
  • If a young spider loses a leg, it can grow a whole new one! Source Testing this theory is not recommended, of course, as “playing” with a spider will send the normally shy, retreating creatures into fight or flight mode. And when flight isn’t an option, bite is! (Then again, what creature wouldn’t try to bite you if you cornered it and threatened to remove a limb?)
  • Another way spiders avoid being legless or being lunch is by playing dead! They’ll drop to the ground and curl their legs up, but if you’re patient, they’ll eventually uncurl and scamper away.
  • Spiders don’t actually suck the blood of their prey. They actually use digestive juices to dissolve most of the edible parts of their insect meal, doing the little bit of needed chewing with their chelicerae (“jaws”).   If the dining spider doesn’t have jaws strong enough to chew that particular meal, it will inject the digestive juices into the insect and then suck the dissolved innards out like soup.

Okay, so that last one was a little graphic, but no one wants to take all the frightening fun out of Halloween!

Enjoy the excellent spider links and resources below, and stay tuned: the next creepy critter up for demystification is that un-frightening furry flyer, the bat!

Spinning Tales of Spiders – An Arachnid Book List

  1. Eight Legs by D.M. Souza
  2. How Spiders Make Their Webs by Jill Bailey
  3. Spiders and Scorpions by Dr. Paul Hillyard
  4. The Lives of Spiders by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  5. Spiders and Their Kin by H.W. Levi. A Golden Guide
  6. Spiders by Watts, Barrie.
  7. Trapdoor spiders by Gerholdt, James E.
  8. Spiders, insects, and minibeasts by Clarke, Penny
  9. The private life of spiders by Hillyard, P. D.
  10. Wolf spiders by Gerholdt, James E.
  11. Jumping spiders by Gerholdt, James E.
  12. Tarantula spiders by Gerholdt, James E.
  13. Bird-eating spiders by Gerholdt, James E.
  14. Black widow spiders by Gerholdt, James E.
  15. Spider’s lunch: all about garden spiders by Cole, Joanna Payne
  16. Simon & Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders
  17. Spinning spiders by Berger, Melvin
  18. Amazing spiders by Schnieper, Claudia

October 18th, 2010

The first quarter of the school year is already over!

Though the past nine weeks have flown, most parents will agree that the time spent driving kiddos to and from school does not go as fast as one would hope.

When parents are just getting their first sips of morning caffeine, children in the back seat are already in hyper-chatty mode.

An essential tool for commute survival is a “Backseat Box” with quiet, solo activities that the kids can do while the parents keep their eyes on the road.  While common Backseat Box items are books, coloring and activity books, and crayons or washable markers, just a few easy additions can turn the daily drive into a nature safari!

Encourage kids to lift their eyes from their handheld electronic games long enough to notice the incredible sights outside the car windows by creating nature scavenger hunts!  Simply print out a few free nature scavenger hunt pages (or create your own) and put them on a clip board for your student commuter.

The scavenger hunt pages described below have been a hit with kids ages three to thirteen, and all are attached as printable documents at the Nature Notes blog, simply follow the hot links associated with each.

  • Nature’s Colors – the challenge here is to attune the eye to the many colors of the natural world.  Kids and grownups alike get used to thinking of trees as green and skies as blue,  but if you pay attention, the whole spectrum of colors – from crimson to lavender and all of their tints and shades in between are visible every day of the year.  Either create or print this page of color blocks and let your younger student write what they saw in its corresponding color block.  For a challenge or for older children, cut up paint swatch cards from the local home improvement store and keep them in a bag by the front door.  Then, each passenger can blindly choose a paint color before the ride begins.  The first to find their color on something in nature wins the competition!  Scavenger Hunt – Colors
  • Outdoor Alphabet –  With a page full of letters and blank lines, kids can spend the car ride finding something in nature that starts with each letter.  Here in the deep south, the unfortunate road-crossing habits of armadillos will often provide kids with an easy answer for A right by the side of the road.  (And giggles to go with it.)  Depending on age and skill level, kids might find that B is for blue sky or blue jay or buckeye butterfly or basswood tree.  Their creativity will really blossom when they get to Q, X, and Z!  Scavenger Hunt – Alphabet
  • Nature’s Treasures - This page can be used as a scavenger hunt or cut into cards to be pulled from a “treasure box” (or treasure hat, or treasure cloth bag).  Its clear visuals are great for even the youngest children to start honing their observation and identification skills by matching pictures to what they see out the window.  Backyard Treasure Hunt Cards
  • Shapes of the Wild – For the very youngest of nature lovers, this page teaches shape recognition.  The moon in the early morning sky will match the crescent.  The shining sun can be their circle.  Seeing nature through these simple shapes will also translate to improved drawing skills by helping child and parent alike translate plants and animals into assemblies of simpler shapes!  Scavenger Hunt – shapes

With any luck, their eyes will be glued to the windows and their pencils busy on the page, so your eyes can stay stuck on the road and your hands on the wheel.  Well, at least one hand on the wheel, and one wrapped around that warm coffee mug!

October 18th, 2010

Abbey Birch

Abbey Birch enjoys an autumn ride on the Tammany Trace.

enjoys an autumn ride on the Tammany Trace.

Autumn in Southeast Louisiana is prime time for outdoor activities.  The weather is cooler (though not yet actually cool!), the sun is shining, and wildlife and wildflowers that had been hiding from the summer heat are coming back out for one last hurrah before winter.

Today Big Branch MarshWildlife Refuge hosted “Wild Things” an interactive festival and showcase of some of the region’s best nature destinations and wildlife organizations in the area, plus great crafts and attractions for the whole family.

For those that didn’t make it to today’s festival to scope out future day trips and weekend adventures, however, here are a few local family fun favorites:

  1. The Tammany Trace – This 28-mile long, no-charge paved trail stretches along a scenic route from Covington to Slidell.  Goldenrod, asters, and other fall wildflowers decorate both sides of the trail, inviting lovely fluttering butterflies to come and sip.  Also, the surrounding forest provides excellent opportunities for bird watching.  There are also more than a dozen stream crossings that allow a great vantage point to stop and see turtles, water snakes, and other wetland wildlife from a safe distance.  Whether you prefer to walk, run, bicycle, or ride a horse, the Tammany Trace is not to be missed!  Plan your Tammany Trace trip at their website.
  2. The Northlake Nature Center -  Known as St. Tammany Parish’s secret garden.  With mixed pine forest, a beaver pond, and Bayou Castine, the opportunities to see wildlife here are endless!  Come dressed in comfy shoes, ready to stroll down one of three loop trails.  At .75, 1.2, and 1.75 miles, respectively, these trails can be completed even with preschoolers.  The 400 acre nature center is open from dawn to dusk daily and there is no entry fee.  On November 6, 2010, the autumn installment of their Walk in the Woods Nature series will start at 8 a.m.  However, if for those more in the mood to visit freestyle, but who want to sneak in some extra education for the kiddos,  print free nature activities right from the Northlake Nature Center website.
  3. Pearl River Wildlife Management Area – This is the section of the Pearl River where the swamp tours companies run their boats.  Though the tours are not free, local residents can usually get a significant discount simply.  Whether you’re local or visiting, the swamp tours are a must-do.  While water temperatures stay above 70 degrees, you’re likely to see both small and large alligators on the tour, which may visit the boat to get a little snack from the captain.  (They get their snacks from the captain, and only the captain.  Feeding gators is not encouraged for anyone else.  There’s a fine line in the gator’s mind between providing a snack and becoming a snack.)  Even after waters cool to below gator-active temperatures, swamp tours regularly see egrets and herons, osprey, nutria, and lots of other swamp denizens.  The captains are extremely knowledgeable about swamp ecology, swamp culture and history, and how wetlands are both affected by and protect people from the ravages of hurricanes.  Two of the more popular swamp tour companies are Cajun Encounters Swamp Tours and Pearl River Eco-Tours.
    Pearl River Eco-Tours boat captain offers "Prince Albert" the alligator a little treat.

    Pearl River Eco-Tours boat captain offers "Prince Albert" the alligator a little treat.

So, if your Sunday isn’t already swamped, get out there and swamp it . . .or trace it, or center it around nature!

This article was originally written for Examiner.com.

Nature Rules, Pollution Drools: Brown Pelicans

June 11th, 2010

I’m starting a new project: gathering and sharing awesome animal facts. I chose the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) first because of its current struggle with the still-leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • The brown pelican’s pouch holds more than three gallons! (But its stomach holds only one gallon – they have to drain the water out before they can swallow fish they’ve caught.)
  • Brown pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet.
  • Though their wingspan is almost seven feet, brown pelicans weight only about eight pounds.

Brown pelicans rule!

Big Problems, Little Steps

May 2nd, 2010

In the face of the massive oil leak caused by the sinking of British Petroleum’s leased oil drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon, it’s tough to feel like you’re doing enough to protect the environment.

The fact is, I could jump into the political protest realm with both feet. I could have majored in environmental policy instead of environmental science; I could have used my communication skills to fight the battle with pen and microphone and oil-soaked-mud slinging slingshot.

I could have, but I didn’t. Those of you that know me know I’m just not a fighter. I want to hear the science, not the rhetoric. I want to focus on the positive, while encouraging others to eliminate the negative from the consumer side of the equation.

I’ve never been a great fan of the oil companies, but of all of them, British Petroleum has the most green reputation and the best green record.

It’s sad that this tragedy and environmental catastrophe had to happen to the greenest petroleum company, but maybe it’s also what was needed. It would be too easy to write off the whole incident as a case of negligence if it were the fault of one of the companies with an uglier track record (you all know who I’m talking about – that “tiger” hasn’t been in my tank since I had a car of my own).

If an environmental disaster of this magnitude could result from the work of a careful, pro-green oil company – imagine what might befall us at the hands of the less careful oil companies – and there are many of them.

So, do I want greater regulations on the production and transport of crude oil? Yes, of course I do.

Do I want a moratorium on expanded offshore drilling? Yes, of course I do.

Do I want to eliminate all oil drilling off our shores? Eventually, maybe. Certainly not with the flick of a switch now – the resulting shortage of oil would be a kick in the gut to our faltering economy and would make us more reliant on foreign oil.

What I really want is to see our consumers vote with their actions and their dollars – and cast that vote in favor of energy conservation and energy diversification.

There are more than 300 million people in America. We are arguably the most powerful group of consumers in the world. Let’s act like it.

Here are a few little steps I take every day to reduce my use of crude, and how they connect to the need for less drilling:

1. I drive a hybrid car, a Toyota Prius. Correction: I don’t just drive they hybrid Prius, I LOVE driving my Prius. I average over 40mpg on every tank, and it fits my family of five (two adults, one kiddo, and two large dogs) and all of our stuff happily!
We bought the 2004 model Prius used in 2006. It currently has 130,000+ miles on it and runs like a champ.

2. I use cloth grocery bags. Plastic comes from oil, folks. Use fewer plastic grocery bags, and we need less oil. (Besides, if I see one more plastic grocery bag blowing in the wind or stuck in a tree or filling the stomach of a sea turtle who thought it was a jellyfish, I’m going to lose it.)

3. I don’t buy water in plastic bottles. We have about a dozen BPA-free reusable water bottles in the house and we use them constantly. The second benefit of this is that we don’t have plastic bottles clogging up the trash. (There’s still no recycling in Slidell. That’s a whole other blog entry, though.)

4. I buy local produce. Whether from the farm stand, from the local produce market, or from the grocery store, I choose the most local fruit and veggies I can find.
I miss certain fruits when they’re out of season, but the local stuff tastes so much better, and I’m not encouraging people to fly/ship/drive my produce all the way from Timbuktu. I figure I’m helping to save a few of the millions of gallons of fuel we use to get our pineapples here from Hawaii or our grapes here from Chile.

5. I buy organic products whenever possible. Most of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the U.S. are made from yes, you guessed it, oil. So, when we choose organic, not only are we choosing a healthier ecosystem and a healthier product, we’re choosing something that wasn’t doused with oil-derived chemicals.

Okay, I’ll now step down off of my plastic (but re-usable and likely post-consumer recycled) crate.

Because I live in south eastern Louisiana, I’ve volunteered to help with oil spill clean up operations. I will have a chance to do something with my own two hands to undo this environmental disaster. That makes me one very lucky “tree-hugging, bunny-loving, dirt worshipper”.

But those of you farther away can make the choice to prevent disasters like this one every day – in what you choose to buy, in when you choose to drive less, in how you make the effort to wash and re-use rather than drink and dispose.

Environmentally speaking, it’s not just the big choices, but the little, every day ones, that will keep us out of the deep water. Let’s make them before we’re in over our heads.

Happy Earth Day!

April 21st, 2010

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