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Friday, December 10, 2010

Connect with Nature this Christmas...

Christmas treeImage via WikipediaConnect with Nature Christmas is a time for giving, and a time for family. What a great opportunity to start a family tradition of giving back to the earth and instilling the values of sustainable living to your children, friends and community. Start an annual, earth-friendly Christmas family tradition! It will also get you outdoors for a few hours to build an appetite for the big dinner.
Annual Christmas Day Bird Count
- take your binoculars, a field guide to local birds, a small pad or journal for each participant and walk a course through your neighborhood, local park or countryside. Try to identify and count every bird you see, and make a note of it in your journal. At the end of the hike, list the species seen and number of birds per species. There's always a surprising discovery, and the activity highlights the presence and value of our feathered friends.
Compare the results from former years and you'll become experts on your local bird population and migration habits.
This is a great family activity because even the youngest eyes are just as good at spotting the birds and contributing to the event.

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Annual Bird Count
Family nature hike - a peaceful walk through nature on Christmas day will be remembered and valued more than the score of the football game.

Nature restoration activity - planting a small tree together symbolizes the value of nature and offsets the 'taking' of the Christmas tree. An hour spent cleaning up or enhancing a natural area also enriches the giver and acknowledges nature as the source of our well-being.

Decorate a tree for the birds
- place seed bells, suet, pine cones with peanut butter and seed trays on any tree in your yard, preferably a tree in the open where cats can be seen easily by the birds. Yo attract a wide variety of birds, use varied seed types such as black oil sunflower seed, wild bird mixed seed and nyger seed bells. This is a great activity for kids, and offers an important food source for birds during the winter.

   
"This year our family is planning a "Merry Christmas to Nature" day. We found some "decoration recipes" in library books and plan to decorate the outdoors with edible ornaments for the birds, chipmunks, rabbits, etc..
Another thought is to visit a local animal shelter or sanctuary... "       Jo and Amelia Guelph, ON
"Another way to make the Holidays more sustainable is to use a living tree as your Christmas tree. For many years, my family has use.

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1 Comments:

At December 10, 2010 at 11:54 PM , Blogger Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

I couldn't change the URl at the bottom of the post:

Of course it should have been: http://eartheasy.com/give_sustainchristmas.html

I will go back and try to rectify this.

 

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