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Monday, April 21, 2014

This land is your land

Yogi keeps me from camping too
I am an outdoorsy kind of gal.  No, I probably wouldn't do well on Survivor and call me pampered, but I do like a working toilet and shower.  Despite this, I do find peace in being outside in the woods.  Not a day goes by that I don't long to be out in the sun, breathing in fresh air, and having a trail underfoot.  I always say I could walk for days out in the woods and never get tired.  People were made to be in nature and explore all the wonder and beauty it has to offer.  So take advantage of this week - it is a busy one!

Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day.  I am thankful every day that this world is so beautiful and I am living in it, so I do my best to clean up and take care of it.  You know the drill, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

And it doesn't stop there - this week is just starting up because Friday, April 25 is Arbor Day, so go plant a tree.  Go climb a tree.  Take a walk and count how many different kinds of trees you have in your neighborhood.
This guy yodels when he hikes

But wait.....there's more!

Saturday, April 26 is Audubon Day, so go do some backyard bird watching.  In case you didn't know, Audubon Day is the celebration of John James Audubon's birthday.  He was an ornithologist (a studier of birds) who worked to illustrate and identify birds in their natural habitats.  The Audubon Society is named in his honor, and advocates conservation of birds and other wildlife ecosystems.  That concludes your history lesson for the day.  Anyway, there is no better time than right now to get outside and enjoy this fabulous world that we live in and celebrate these Earth-tastic days.

Now, I know, some of you may be a little more connected to your computers than you probably should be.  Don't worry, I understand and find myself often battling to break away from technology.  But, in case you can't, I have some great ways to enjoy the natural world around you from your home computer!

Nature Valley Trail View
This site brings Street View technology to National Parks and hiking.  Hike and climb over 400 miles of trails in parks like Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Great Smokies, and Yellowstone from the comfort of your home.

The Acoustic Atlas
Even Gramps is glued to the PC!
Need to work on a paper, but want to listen to soothing sounds of nature?  Try the above link.  The Acoustic Atlas collected sounds of Montana, the Greater Yellowstone area, and the American West and you can listen to things like an Elk bugling in northern Utah or the bubbling sounds of Beaver Dam Creek, and more.  Recordings are added occasionally, so check back.

Geoguessr Geography Game
I even have a fun game to try that lets you see the world.  It is a geography game that challenges you to guess your surroundings.  Give it a try.  You'll see fascinating places, and once you start playing, it will be hard to stop.  Play the entire world, the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, or Sweden. 

And of course, there is always time to get to the library where we have tons and tons of materials about the world around us.  Just think of us librarians as your park rangers of the library - bringing the beauty of the world inside.

Remember Earth Day is every day.  And now John Muir, an explorer, author and naturalist said it best in his book The Life and Letters of John Muir, "The mountains are calling and I must go."

Earth Day Materials
Trees Trees and more Trees
Caw Caw....Books on Birds

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