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Calling all creative-minded nature-lovers! Show us what you've got at the Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" contest!
Are you creative?
Do you love nature?
Do you like sharing nature with others?
If your answer is YES, you should enter the Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" contest.
The Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" contest is a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest about nature - you get to choose the creative medium you'd like to use! The creative work should express the Sense of Wonder that your team feels for nature.
Entries must come from a team of at least two people, including a younger person and an older person. The premise of the contest is to encourage adults of all ages to share their love of nature with children of all ages.
From the "Sense of Wonder" contest website:
"Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these creative mediums their own interactions with and reflections on the wonders of nature."
Curious about what winners and finalists did for past years?
Submissions are due June 10, 2011.
Check out this note from Representative Les Gara about his work to bolster funding for AmeriCorps projects all over the state of Alaska! AmeriCorps is a national service organization that engages individuals in community service projects promoting local education, environmental protection, public safety, and more.
Did you know that Discovery Southeast has had a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer for the last three years?
If you want to know more about AmeriCorps, ask our 2010-2011 volunteer Cathleen at our next Discovery Southeast event!
Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil -- Pennsylvania's much-hyped winter forecasting groundhog -- only boasts a 39% accuracy rate for his predictions?
Shouldn't we demand better weather prognostication accuracy from our local ground squirrels?
Perhaps this is why Alaskans now celebrate Marmot Day on February 2nd in lieu of groundhog day.
A quick test of your marmot knowledge...
- How might you tell the difference between a hoary marmot and an Alaska marmot?
- Are marmots social or solitary animals?
- How do marmots deal with winter?
Not sure of the answers? Celebrate marmots and sharpen your marmot knowledge by heading to the ADFG's Marmot Wildlife Notebook page to learn more about their habits and lifestyles.
Recent snowy days present the perfect opportunity to hone your tracking skills and knowledge about the the stories that might be underfoot. Catch the latest installment of Discovery Southeast's "Tips on Tracks" in the Juneau Empire today to learn about Sitka Black-tailed deer. .
Do you know the story behind these tracks?
Courtesy photo at Juneau Empire
Illustration by Richard Carstensen/Discovery Southeast
Stay tuned for more of our tracking articles in the Juneau Empire every other week during the winter months.
Backcountry Film Festival at the Goldtown Nickelodeon
When: 7pm on Tuesday, January 11th and Wednesday, January 12th.
$8 for students and Discovery Southeast members
$10 for non-members
Tickets can be purchased at the door, call Discovery Southeast office at 907-463-1500 to reserve in advance!
Special membership opportunity to purchase a ticket and a Discovery Southeast membership for $25!