February 27 - Polar Bear Day
Polar Bear Day celebrates the world's largest carnivore. A polar bear can grow up to nine feet tall when standing and 1400 pounds. They are a favorite at zoos around the country. Polar bears live at the North Pole region, and are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.
Need some ideas on how to celebrate today? Visit your local zoo to see live polar bears. Check out the nature channels.
February 26- March 4 - Homes for Birds Week
This event is held each year to encourage people to clean out and fix up their existing bird house as well as put up new homes for wild birds.
The birds who use bird houses are known as cavity nesters. About 85 of the 650 breeding birds in North America use cavities for nesting. Nature provides cavities in many ways. Dead and decaying trees are a good source. Woodpeckers create cavities for their own nest. These later become homes for other birds. In nature, there is usually a shortage of natural cavities especially now that most people think trees that are dying or have holes are ugly and cut them down. Because of this cutting and trimming plus the natural shortage in nature, there are usually many more pairs of birds needing a cavity than there are cavities. Fortunately for the cavity nesting birds, they will accept one of our bird houses as a substitute. Which is why you can usually attract a bird to your yard with a bird house.