A celebration of Spring and Earth Day!

April 20th and it’s snowing! We woke up last Saturday and found three more inches of the stuff covering everything. That, after it seemed that we had done with that for another season. It melted away again and then we arose to a new dusting today. Is there no end to it? Yes, there will be, and then we will await with joy those first flakes of the coming winter.

Spring brings with it a renewed sense of the fecundity of nature and the cycles of its plants and critters. Deer are grazing outside of our dinner windows. Two wolves – powerful, sleek, and proud paused outside of our breakfast windows and sent our miniature husky running for cover. The eagles at our cabin have been on their nest since at least February 27th when we greeted them back for their 6th season at the top of our white pine. Juncos are back – males only so far – but can the females be far behind?

greenfire film imageWe are celebrating Aldo Leopold this spring with our co-sponsorship of the area premiers of the new movie of his life – a benefit for the Bayfield Regional Conversancy. Green Fire, a full-length, high-definition documentary, is a film which traces how he shaped and influenced the modern conservation movement and reveals the true, deep meaning of his land ethic. The showing last Saturday at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland was a great success. Next Thursday, April 28th at 7:00pm Green Fire will be shown at StageNorth in Washburn. We will offer for sale an excellent collection of books by and about Also Leopold and share the profits with the Bayfield Regional Conservancy.

Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day! Inspired by the likes of Aldo Leopold and founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, this year’s iteration aspires to the theme of “A Billion Acts of Green.”  The goal is to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy in anticipation of Rio +20 marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and  Development and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Let’s all do our part!