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COLUMN: Nature’s Corner - Beaver Lake to celebrate Earth Day with many activities

— April 22, 1970, marked the first Earth Day.

It was during a time of growing concern for our environment, brought on by the publication of Rachel Carson’s bestseller “Silent Spring” and the evidence of environmental degradation across our country. What started as a grassroots effort ended with 20 million people across our country participating in the day’s festivities.

Earth Day was instrumental in the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Now, more than 40 years later, our concern for our environment is coupled with our concern for the economy. This year, Earth Day will center on sustainability – meeting society’s current needs without diminishing our natural resources and compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

With Earth Day 2012, there are a great number of amazing events planned all around the world – communities coming together to make positive strides toward protecting the environment. If you want to make a difference, the first step is to get out and participate. Look for Earth Day activities in your community – enjoying the environment is the key to its preservation.

Earth Day Celebration at Beaver Lake Nature Center, Sunday April 22

7:30 a.m. Wood Duck Wander: A quiet guided walk in the early morning may offer you the opportunity to see one of nature’s most striking ducks.

9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon: Tai Chi Chih – T’ai Chi Chih benefits body, mind and spirit.

10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Plant a Seed – Children will learn how to plant a seed, care for it and watch it grow.

11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.: Creature Feature – An up close presentation on a nature center’s inhabitant.

11:30 a.m.: Amphibious Friends – A naturalist will lead an exploration of a vernal pond searching for wood frog and salamander eggs.

2 p.m.: Take a Gander at the Geese – Join a naturalist for this migration walk seeking our fine-feathered friends resting on the lake.

The above activities are free with admission to the nature center.

3 p.m.: Live Raptor Demonstration – A special opportunity to see several live birds of prey from Wild Wings rehabilitation and education organization of Honeoye Falls. Learn about the different types of raptors and their adaptations to hunt and fly so skillfully. $5; limited seating; registration required.

Heidi Kortright is the director of the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville.

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