World Wetlands Day 2012: Part 2

Aransas NWR Gator in the Wetland (c)Beth Chase/TheNatureSchool all rights reserved

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day. The theme this year is Wetland Tourism: A Great Experience. Perhaps you have visited some famous wetlands and can describe your own experience, perhaps not. You don’t have to travel far to find wetlands, very likely there […]

World Wetlands Day 2012

World Wetland Day Comic from WWD site 2011

In February of 1971 a group of scientists and world leaders met in Ramsar, Iran to discuss what could be done to protect wetlands around the world. These people were concerned about the rapid loss of wetland habitats and wanted to see if there was something […]

World Animal Day and Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Today is World Animal Day. Started in 1931 by a group of ecologists and celebrated on 4 October every year World Animal Day brings focus to the needs and plight of animals around the world. The founders selected 4 October because it is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of […]

Autumnal Equinox

Berries by Simon Howden @

Today, at 9:04 in the morning the sun hit autumnal equinox, one of two days where, in a brief moment, the center of the sun crosses the plane of the equator. For those of you south of the equator you are having the vernal equinox and of course, […]

United Nations World Environment Day

Today is the UN observation of World Environment Day. This year’s theme and focus is on forests.

According to website, the purpose of World Environment Day is to celebrate the achievements you have made in preserving or connecting others to environment. In this era of “BIG ISSUES”, where it seems that there are so many […]

Garden for Wildlife

House Sparrow by Arvind Balaraman from

The most common bird at my feeders is the English House Sparrow. As I sit here typing this post one has come down to one of my feeders for a peanut. I have mixed feelings about non-natives like the English House Sparrow. They are […]

Garden for Wildlife

The second Saturday in May is designated as migratory bird day. Migratory Bird Day ties in perfectly with gardening for wildlife. As humans develop more and more land to serve our needs habitats for other animals, including migratory birds becomes more and more fragmented.

What does this mean? Imagine for a moment that you have, […]

Celebrate wildlife that hop and leap

Today the National Wildlife Federation is celebrating wildlife that hop and leap. Sad to say that they don’t have a bird on the list and I think that they are a little remiss in this. There are lots of birds that are noted for hopping behavior. The most common North American bird that comes to […]

National Wildlife Week

From Monday, Mar 14 through Friday Mar 19 the National Wildlife Foundation is celebrating National Wildlife Week. The theme this year is “The Wildlife That Moves Us”. What is that for you?

For me it’s birds. I remember, as a child, having a copy of The Little Giant Golden Book of Birds […]

World Wetlands Day 2011

February 2nd is always World Wetlands Day. It was Wednesday of last week.

Wetlands hold a special place in my heart. My first introduction to a wetland came when I was in 5th grade. I had just moved, that fall, from Arizona to a small town north of Boston. In the spring my 5th grade […]