Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Great Backyard Bird Count 2012

Get your binoculars!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is Coming!

Friday, February 17 - Monday, February 20

This is an opportunity to go outside and reconnect with your avian neighbors. How many crows are flying by? Are those turkey vultures circling over the Freeway? Is that a Bewick's wren making a nest in the bird house? Not only will you have fun participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count you will be contributing to our scientific understanding of the status of bird populations and movement across the continent.

So grab your birding book, your binoculars and a piece of paper. GBBC is designed for kids to participate, anyone can do it. Note the time you start watching, distance traveled, number of people watching and GO!

Click the button to enter you data at Cornell University's

I'll be counting at:

Saturday, Feb. 18 8 AM - 10 AM Member's Birdwalk at the LA Zoo
Monday, Feb. 20, 9 AM - 11 AM Malibu Lagoon

Monday, February 06, 2012

A Real Valentine's Day Love Letter

Think about the most romantic love letter you've ever read. Is it filled with images that depict the lover as "lovely as a bloom," more temperate than "a summer's day" or as constant as the sun? Does the soldier promise his love that he will return, even if that return is manifested as "a soft breeze upon your cheek"?

When we long to connect to pure beauty or timeless truth, humans are drawn not to ourselves but to nature, the best aspect of our being.

The tree budding on a gray day. A goldfinch splashing in a fountain. The bluest sky that reminds you of a loved one's eyes. This Valentine's Day avoid the glittery wrappings that scar the earth. Give a gift from your heart, from your history or from your pen - Send a Love Letter.

Need a little inspiration? Join for:
Reaching Across the Distance 
a Live Internet Broadcast 
Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 PM Pacific Standard Time

There will be original music, real love letters and inspiration.

Gifts of the heart and for the planet:
Fair Trade Chocolate
Cherished items
From the Hearth and Yard