This past Sunday was Earth Day. Did you know that? I sure hope so. While attending the Syracuse Gun Show, a friend asked me why I did not add it in last week’s column and calendar. My thoughts were simple: Should I have to remind everyone when Earth Day is? Shouldn't “every” day be Earth Day?
Famed conservationist, Aldo Leopold, once said, "we treat the earth like we have a spare in the trunk.” With that, my feelings are that rather than put one day aside each year to be "earth-friendly,” we should make it a daily occurrence. So...what did you do on Earth Day? What are you doing to continue that today? As for me, for starters, 250 spruce seedlings are being planted on my land for more wildlife habitat. Here's some ideas to get you started on being "earth friendly" every day.
*Walk around your town and pick up trash
*Plant a tree - there is still time to order trees from the NYS Nursery (www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7127)
*Start a compost pile (www.howtocompost.org)
*Prepare the ground to plant a garden so you can use your compost pile (home-vegetable-gardening.com/implement/seedbed.html)
*Take a hike in the woods - join the bullthistle hiking club (www.bullthistlehiking.org)
*Start recycling if you haven't been (www.co.chenango.ny.us/dpw/waste-management/recycling)
*Go bird watching - join the Chenango Bird Club (www.nybirds.org/FedClubs)
*Go on your own photo safari of local nature (www.naturephotographers.net)
*Make a salad of greens from your backyard using dandelion greens, wild leeks, garlic mustard and other wild edibles (www.trails.com/list_2865_edible-wild-plants-new-york)
*Buy some reusable shopping bags - you can always find them at Dollar General, Real Deals, and other bargain stores
*Join your local Freecycle to pass along items instead of throwing them away (groups.yahoo.com/group/ChenangoCountyNYFreecycle )
*Collect hazardous materials like paint and batteries and dispose of them properly (www.co.chenango.ny.us/dpw/waste-management/recycling)
*Join a Community Supported Agriculture group (www.localharvest.org/csa )
*Grab hold of your loved one and go dance in the rain, watch the sun rise or set, go picnic beside a stream...and enjoy nature!
For sportsmen on the federal front, Tuesday, April 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the most significant pro-sportsmen legislation in the last 15 years — the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012. The vote was 274-146 in favor." Locally, Representative Hinchey voted AGAINST this bill, Representative Hanna voted FOR it. Thank you Mr. Hanna.