Saturday, March 1, 2014

Collage...for March, 2014

 From Planet Earth Calendar

Some organisms adapt better to changes in the environment than others.  The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is very sensitive to its surroundings.  Its need for a specific temperature and humidity and its permeable skin make it susceptible to changes like warming, cooling or pollution.  The Must Ox can withstand the bitterest cold.  If the weather gets warm, it sheds its coat.  Humans are the most adaptable beings living on this planet.  Clothing and housing exemplify our ingenuity coping with harsh environments.

While “nature” has given animals like the Musk Ox and humans good adaptability skills, it is still important to pay attention to the lesser creatures, like the Red-Eyed Tree Frog because they can tell us a lot about the conditions of our environment.

Did You Know?
(from the Canadian Wildlife Federation Calendar 2014)

Climate change is having an impact on all kinds of wildlife. Species are immigrating sooner; they shift their ranges and bear young earlier.  You can visit to learn how you can help.

The male Northern Cardinal has such a strong desire to protect its territory that it can often spend hours fighting with its own reflection ~ misinterpreting itself as an intruder!

March Message from the Canadian Red Cross

Disasters can strike quickly and without warning!  They can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home.  The Canadian Red Cross encourages all Canadians to plan ahead and be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours.  By taking action now you and your family can be better prepared for emergencies.

MADD Facts

Every 90 seconds (in Canada) a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.  Kids don't come with instruction manuals.  That's why MADD developed  the researched “Power of Parents: It's Your Influence” handbook.

Niagara Falls and Great Gorge
(from Niagara Falls of Canada Calendar 2014)

The Niagara River is also a strait (a natural outlet) for Lake Erie and the Upper Great Lakes; the river connects to Lake Ontario about 58 kilometres (36 miles) to the north.  Flowing south to north, it follows the land sloping to the Niagara Escarpment.

Special Event Days

March 5 (Wednesday) ~ Ash Wednesday
March 9 (Sunday) ~ Daylight Saving Time begins (except Sask.)
March 17 (Monday) ~ St. Patrick's Day (and my Birth Date)
March 20 (Thursday) ~ Vernal Equinox *
March 22 (Saturday) ~ World Water Day

*On the Vernal Equinox, around March 21st in Sacramento, California,
     we have around 12 hours of Daylight...and 12  hours of  Darkness.

March Musings

Emily Dickinson believes March to be, “The month of expectation ~
a welcome visitor bringing colour back to a winter-bleached world.”

St. Patrick brings a promise ~ a four-leaf clover promise;
a green all-over promise of springtime ahead.
(Aileen Fisher)

The air is like a butterfly with frail blue wings;
the happy earth looks to the sky and sings.
(Joyce Kilmer)

Daffodils ~ (William Wordsworth)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on  high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once, I saw a crowd  ~
A host of golden daffodils...
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

You can't see Canada across Lake Erie ~ but you know it's there.
It's the same with spring ~
you have to have faith, especially in Cleveland.
(Paul Fleischman)

Flower and Garden Philosophy (Ralph Aldo Emerson)
All my hurts, my garden spade can heal.

Pearl of Wisdom

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be:
four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
(Arthur Rubinstein)

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...February 6, 2014
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