Category Archives: local environmentalism (doing our part)

Trash Song Music Video: An Anti-littering Song

I want to share this really cool anti-littering video made by my activist daughters Sage (15) and Jade (12). Lyrics were written and performed by Jade. The instrumental composition was created and recorded by Doug Smith. Sage filmed and edited the video.

Jade was inspired by the efforts of her grandmother Louise, who came up with the term OPG (Other People’s Garbage) and has been picking up OPG along the Gulf Coast of FL for her whole adult life.

We all need to take pride in our natural areas and “pick it up, pick it up.”

-Hester Jane

Visit to The Audubon Camp on Hog Island 2012

I was lucky enough to attend a five day workshop for environmental educators on Hog Island in Maine. Hog Island is amazing! My trip was wonderful: great people, staff, food, weather, and wildlife viewing. The accommodations were quant: it was very “New England” and I loved it. I made many friends.

I learned a lot from the camp’s accomplished staff. They shared their many talents with us: birds, insects, sea life, and geology to name a few. During my time alone, exploring this gorgeous island, I discovered many new plants, insects, and of course, birds. On the boat trips, I was delighted to see several birds that I had never seen before, such as, Atlantic puffins and black guillemots. I was also thrilled in seeing harbor seals for the first time. So cool!!

Thank you to the Southern Maryland Audubon Society for funding my tuition to the Audubon camp on Hog Island (July 2012); it was fantastic! Did I mention how great it was?

I highly recommend you plan your own trip! It doesn’t matter if you are new to birding or an advanced birder, there is always more to learn and the staff is happy for you to come and learn at your own pace. If you enjoy nature, you are sure to love it here. They offer camps on ornithology, seabird conservation and even have a family camp. Hog Island is the perfect location for such workshops.

Learn more about the Audubon camp on Hog Island and the Programs they offer here.

First Southern Maryland Chicken Coop Tour 2012

We were a part of the 1st Southern Maryland Chicken Coop Tour (Saturday, 10-2pm). A great way to learn about chicken breeds, housing, and more from experienced chicken owners. We had a fantastic day. The weather was wonderful and we enjoyed meeting a bunch of new people. It was also fun to show off our newly hatched chicks. By coincidence they hatched out the night before.

Jade shows off chick.

Our rooster looks in the window at the hen and her chicks.

For more information about future tours contact Christina Allen 301-862-3421 or request to be on the mailing list:

Earth Day Celebration in Leonardtown MD 2011

Fun in the Making was at the Earth Day Celebration in Leonardtown MD again this year. The weather was perfect!

This year the free “green” craft was braided bracelets made from strips of recycled bed sheets. Lots and lots of children came by to make themselves one or more of these cool accessories.

This little girl showed off the head band that her mom made.

Earth Hour 2011: Turn Out Your Lights

Mark your calendars! At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour. Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of sustainability issues.

Last year 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.

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