Friday, July 22, 2011

Billy the goat!

I just discovered the best composter ever - and his name is Billy!

This goat eats absolutely EVERYTHING!

While visiting my grandmother in Ireland I saw Billy in a neighbour's field.

At home I put our fruit and vegetable scraps into our outdoor compost bin, but it is so much more fun to feed them to him.

He's always happy to see me and makes funny faces as he eats the scraps I bring him because he thinks they are so delicious!

 Did you know that in the town of Killorglin, Ireland, each year there is a festival to celebrate the spirit of the goat?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A young girl delivers a powerful message

Elyse, a girl in elementary school, decided to do an experiment to see how long it would take a potato to grow vines.

She went to the grocery story with her grandmother, bought a sweet potato and placed it in water.

When the potato wouldn't grow any vines, she did some investigating and found out that it had been sprayed with a chemical that stopped it from growing buds.

Click here, to watch Elyse's experiment!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Come on, have a heart!

I found a really special audition on the show "Britain's Got Talent!"

7-year-old Olivia Binfield recited a poem about protecting animals that are endangered.

Around her neck is her pet python, Lucy.

Way to go Olivia!

Click here to listen to Olivia!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Forests for teaching people

"Forests have always been there for people.

That's where we've found:
food, shelter, shade, protection,

transportation, fibre,
building materials,

recreation and inspiration for creation."  Bronwyn Chester

To read more about trees, click here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday John James Audubon, bird lover!

John James Audubon was born on this day in 1785 (and died in 1851).  As a boy he was completely fascinated with birds.

He lived a life determined by the politics of the times, which meant that he couldn't have a job and earn money doing what he loved: drawing, painting and studying birds.

John Audubon suffered hardship, poverty, being separated from his family and even jail, to follow his calling.

He was over 40-years-old before the quality and magnificence of his work was fully appreciated.

In Birds of America you can see Mr. Audubon's dedication and talent.

It includes 497 life-size prints of birds and over 700 North American bird species.

His love of birds is captured in every page of this amazing book.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Plan Bee

Think you could help out a bee this summer?

Why should you help a bee?
Well, they are our number one pollinators!  So, every apple, strawberry, cucumber and any other fruit or vegetable that you like, grows, in part, thanks to a bee.  As they go from flower to flower in search of nectar they cross-pollinate at the same time.

No bees = no fruits, vegetables or flowers.

Bees are in trouble and they need our help.

Here's why:

  • pesticides that we spray on crop fields are killing bees
  • pesticides that we spray to kill mosquitoes and other insects that we don't like, are killing bees
  • fields that were once wild grasses and flowers, where the bees live naturally, have been turned into farmland for crops that we spray with pesticides
  • a virus has invaded many bee hives and is making the bees very weak

So what can you do?

  • If you see a bee, stay out of its way, it has a big job to do.  Many bees do not sting at all and most are not aggressive, meaning they will not bother you if you do not bother them.
  • Plant some wild flowers, just a few will do, making the bee's job a little easier.
  • Don't use pesticides on your grass or garden.  It's not good for bees - or you.
  • Take a moment to watch a bee as it buzzes around the flowers you planted.  Listen to the sound their wings make, notice how carefully they go into each flower and how wonderfully furry they look!

Just remember, when you see a bee, look but don't touch!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A young girl asks the Canadian government to protect our oceans.

Ta'Kaiya, whose name means "Shallow Waters," is a young girl who wrote a song about the ocean.

She felt compelled to do something when she learned about a plan to pipe oil from Alberta's tar sands to British Colombia's north coast.

The Great Bear Rainforest, which the supertankers would pass through, is an ecologically sensitive area and she feels it's important for people to speak out to protect the ocean.

"If we do nothing, it will all be gone," she sings.

Ta'Kaiya's song was sent to federal MPs asking them to change their plans and stop oil tanker traffic on B.C.'s coast and in waters around the world.

Listen to Ta'Kaiya's song.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Canada is proud to be the World's Water-Keeper

Canada's boreal forest, which stretches across the top of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Northern Canada,  acts as a filter for the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

It holds half of the world's lakes larger than a square kilometre in size, five of the world's largest rivers, 81 million hectares of surface water and the world's largest remaining unpolluted body of fresh water - Great Bear Lake.

Let's keep this amazing resource clean and protected so that it can continue to keep our Earth healthy!

Monday, March 14, 2011

How will you celebrate Water Week?

Jump right in and help to celebrate Canada's Water Week from March 14th to March 22nd!

How much do you love water?

Do you know where the largest body of water is in your community?

What will you do to celebrate and protect the water you have?

For lots of great information and ideas on how to celebrate water, visit:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Did you ever think sharks would need your help?

Sharks have been swimming in our oceans since before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.  That's over 400 million years ago!
It's hard to believe that something as big and fierce as a shark could need our help, but it's true!

Humans have been hunting sharks for many years, which is not a problem.  The problem comes from a new demand for shark fin soup.  In some cultures this soup is considered a special treat.   As the soup becomes more popular, more sharks are killed.  As many as 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins alone, which has wiped out much of the shark population.
So, it's great to see some countries taking action to protect them.  The United States has recently voted to ban the sale of shark fins in Guam, located in the Pacific region.  Guam joins other Pacific Ocean voices to help save the sharks.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

People are working to help save endangered pandas.

Two employees disguised themselves as pandas to put panda cub Cao Gen into a basket on Sunday morning before transferring him to a new habitat.

They dressed up as giant pandas so that the cub would not get used to being around humans.  This is part of a new program in the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China, that is training the bears to fend for themselves.

Doesn't this look like a great job?

Click here for the full story.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Canada and U.S. work together to protect a river!

Flathead River Valley

Canada and the U.S. have reached an historic agreement to protect British Colombia's Flathead River Valley and almost 400,000 acres of wilderness between our two countries.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and The Nature Conservancy, two major conservation organizations, are providing $9.4 million toward the deal which will disallow any mining or exploration on the protected land.

The B.C. side of the valley is home to grizzlies, wolves, wolverines, lynx, elk, bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goats.  The Flathead River flows, undammed, from British Colombia to Montana, containing some of the purest water in North America.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Hummingbird

This is a video of a boy who rescued a baby hummingbird after it was attacked.  I don't know who's luckier - the boy or the hummingbird!

The Missing Lynx

All the way from Canada - a face any mother could love.

In the hope that the vanished population of lynx in Colorado might be replenished, dozens of lynx were captured in Canada and sent to Colorado to live in the forested mountains.
"It's an example of what we can do when we have a vision and the will to see it through.”
- Governor Bill Ritter