Marching in to Spring

Wildlife News
Spring makes its official appearance in the Northern Hemisphere at the Vernal Equinox. This is the moment at which there is exactly the same amount of daylight as there is darkness in your location. The exact moment varies from year to year and also depends on your partcicular latitude.

In Victora, B.C. Spring makes its official arrival Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 22:49. (that's 10:49 PM)

Spring has many activites and events to celebrate and learn from, some of which you may have already noticed on our calendar.

If you are able to travel to Vancouver Island, make plans to drop in to the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House  near Parksville.
They have drop in hours beginning on March 20 and select days in April.

On Saturday March 29, wherever in the world you live, turn out your lights at 8PM for 1 hour and participate in Earth Hour!

Earth Hour began in Australia last year as a means to raise awareness about global climate change and in 2008 has become a world wide phenomenon. Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming. (Notice it says turning off the lights-- I think that means that we can leave our computers on and continue to watch our cameras - by candlelight if need be. ) If you would like to add your name to the growing list of supporters for this event you can do so by going to my Earth Hour page and registering.

Terry's Earth Hour page

We can watch our our own network of friends and associates grow as more and more people get word and join in. I'd like to think that many of you will join me and the rest of the world in this simple but powerful show of concern for our precious planet.

April 22 is Earth Day ... if an hour is good, how much better to have a whole day?!

Did you know that the week of April 6th to 12th, 2008 is Canada's National Wildlife Week?
This year the theme is particularly important to one and all: Pollinators - from flowers to food to our future. You should keep an eye on their website to see if there are activites planned in your area.

Albertans!! I've got one for you: April 26 and 27, 2008 is the Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan Festival to celebrate the return of Trumpeter Swans to the Grande Prairie region.

Alaska is celebrating Spring and shorebirds with the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 8-11, 2008.

In the U.K. the 2008 National Wildlife Week seems to be 3 weeks long. National Wildlife Week (Special Triple Bill) runs from May 31 to June 21, 2008.

May is also the month for World Migratory Bird Day.
This two-day awareness raising campaign will take place globally for the third consecutive year on the 10 11 of May, 2008. The theme for the 2008 celebration is Migratory Birds - Ambassadors for Biodiversity.

I'm looking for something solid about a US National Wildlife Week. It's out there somewhere I'm sure, but the links don't seem to be in place.

Spring has lots of excitment to be sure. This is but the tip of the iceberg. Look around and see what you can do to celebrate the season in your area.

OH wave I almost forgot... there is an Eagle Release on Vancouver Island on April 12, 2008 at 2 pm.

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