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Question of the Week: What Outdoor Plans Have You Made to Enjoy Your Environment This Spring?

2010 March 22

Spring has sprung (at least meteorologically), the days will be getting longer and warmer. This new season offers much for many of us, including the ability to get outdoors to exercise and play, visit a park or zoo, or just to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy your environment. While you’re at it, why not check out our new video project, “It’s My Environment”, and be a part of something new and innovative.

What outdoor plans have you made to enjoy your environment this Spring?

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  1. March 22, 2010

    This is one of my favorite times of year. Despite the allergic reaction of the oak blossoms that drive me and my poor little grandson crazy, I still love it. It is beautiful to see everything blossoming and the birds coming home from their trek south for the winter.

    One morning recently sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast, we counted no less than 40 Robins in our and our neighbors’ backyard among many other birds. They were attracted to the berried on our camphor tree and were feasting. What a site!

    My plans for the spring include hours spent sitting on my new back yard deck enjoying the season, which is short lived in Central Florida. Another plan is to significantly increase the size of my flower bed in front of the house by xeriscaping it to conserve water and take advantage of the natural plants that grow in the type of weather we have here, and since I lost most of the plants this year due to the uncommonly long freeze we had this winter. I planted seeds a few weeks ago that are growing and will soon be ready for transplant. It will be a fun family project for us all. We also put out a bird feeder in the tree in the front yard a few weeks ago and the birds and the squirrels love it!

    It’s also a great time to visit the beautiful parks in Central Florida and other environmentally protected areas such as the Manatee watch facility by the Big Bend power plant. We’ve been there twice already in the last month. The manatees won’t be there for long. Once the weather warms up, they move to other areas.

    Spring is life anew. I love being part of it. I pray that everyone in America wakes up and starts doing their part to keep our environment clean and safe for us and the creatures that share it with us. CJ

  2. wade harter permalink
    March 22, 2010

    I am getting the boat and PWC ready. Cleaning up the yards, cleaning around the lake and enjoying the beautiful flowers. Have been keeping in shape by participating in fitness program and playing basketball with the church program, but after yesterday I am having second thoughts about all this exercise. At my age, over 65, I am now at risk for proper and timely medical services under the new health care program. On second thought, this does not kick in except for the tax portion, for several years so maybe I can continue to fool myself about staying “young” until everyone is forced to purchase “this free gov’t insurance program”

  3. Chris S permalink
    March 22, 2010

    well, I spent a few hours out in the garden seeing what has successfully overwintered. next will come preparing the garden beds, setting up the worm bins and checking the compost piles.
    while checking on the new born calves, I pulled fallen tree limbs to the side fence for firewood.
    later on I go through the woodlot & see what spring flowers are on the way.

  4. jonce permalink
    March 22, 2010

    Camping, hiking, rock climbing, and being outside as much as possible!

  5. Jon permalink
    March 22, 2010

    On Spring Eve, I went to Blue Hills Reservation and went for a hike. Awesome views of Boston and the surrounding area.

    On Spring morning, went to the beach to pick up “sea glass” a.k.a pick up trash that can be made into jewelry (my wife, not me!).

    Go bird watching more along the coast. Start to prep the garden and see what veggies to grow. Open the windows!

    Love Spring in New England…when we have a Spring! ;)

  6. Mike Hebert permalink
    March 22, 2010

    In January 2009, I joined my local hiking club. I plan to take advantage of the trips they plan to hike in area parks and refuges to enjoy the outdoors, and when not able to do that, walk around my neighborhood and the University Lakes.

  7. armansyahardanis permalink
    March 22, 2010

    I am jealous to four seasons in these world, because I have only two seasons here. Why ? I think you could fast reacted and anticipated at your problems depend only two times. You are stronger than me…..!

  8. April permalink
    March 22, 2010

    Walking, hiking, camping and gardening. The kids love all these outdoor activities. They really enjoy picking out which vegetables to grow every year too!

  9. Jackenson Durand permalink
    March 22, 2010

    I am planning like stars in the Cosmos for this spring.
    I will start by visiting flowers shop.
    Also, I will be spending time in green eco-nature areas.

  10. Linda permalink
    March 22, 2010

    This weekend we turned the compost heap, then harvested some of that brown gold to spread on my roses, pansies, and hyacinths, as well as around the magnolia tree. We re-filled several bird feeders (thistle and sunflower seeds) and watched as the troops of goldfinces descended, each brawling for its share of the seeds (also cardinals, chickadees, various sparrows, titmice, and the occassional squirrel). We feed birds year-round, but I love watching for the rare migratory visitors we only see in Spring. We also played “soccer” with the dog … he’d better enjoy that while it lasts; once it gets too hot, we’re stuck playing in the house.

  11. Michael Arrington permalink
    March 22, 2010

    I plan to do a lot of things this spring, to include planting flowers, vegetables and a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo, and academy of natural sciencesand various lectures.

  12. David Mc permalink
    March 22, 2010

    wet and dry?

  13. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    March 22, 2010

    We like to do the Oso Creek Trail. It is wheelchair accessible and you can see all kinds of birds. Also, box turtles, lizards, butterflies and dragonflies, fish and animals as large as bobcats and coyoties. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  14. Al Bannet permalink
    March 23, 2010

    Because of the enormous crush of human overpopulation, anything I do outdoors will add to the destruction of what little remains of the Natural World; and since there is no recycling station in my area, I will stay indoors, venturing out only to do necessary shopping. But I still sleep near my open window for the fresher night air.

  15. Mary in PA permalink
    March 23, 2010

    I plan to add to my brushpiles for wildlife in the field. I am keeping an eye on 3 cocoons that I don’t know what they will reveal. I will continue picking up the trash that others dump along my stretch of roadway and I will enjoy my birds and new growth every day.

  16. Bonnie Aylor permalink
    March 23, 2010

    I have planned fishing trips, hiking trips, bird watching trips, and regular biking trips on the nature trails. I have also planned general trips to the park where there are several species of birds, trees, and squirrels! Unfortunately there haven’t been any beach trips planned as of yet; my child and I are enjoying the fishing more than the swimming this year.

  17. sharon permalink
    March 24, 2010

    I just plan to be out walking, just enjoying being alive and outside, appreciating the hills, vegetation, wildlife in my area.

  18. Ninjaneer permalink
    March 26, 2010

    I was thinking of doling some gardening, perhaps applying a little methyl bromide along the edge of my driveway. The darn strawberries are growing out onto the pavement and making a mess of my BMW.

  19. turtleshelldi permalink
    March 29, 2010

    We’ve already started cleaning up the yard – fortunately in the Northeast we’re having an early (albeit very WET) spring. Crocuses, daffies, tulips and others are already well on their way, and some (crosuses) are blooming. We plan to spend lots of time expanding our vegetable garden and planting more perennials in our several flower beds. We also have strawberries which are outgowing their patch so we’ll have to expand that too. Love getting in the dirt and working with the soil! During the spring, summer and early fall we like to spend as much time as we an outside enjoying this beautiful world.

  20. Peter permalink
    April 5, 2010

    In January 2009, I joined my local hiking club. I plan to take advantage of the trips they plan to hike in area parks and refuges to enjoy the outdoors, and when not able to do that, walk around my neighborhood and the University Lakes.

  21. Dan S. permalink
    April 12, 2010

    I am graduating college in May and have planned an adventure across country. My parents recently moved to Los Angeles and my sister and I have decided to take a road trip out to visit them. Along the way we plan on visiting the Grand Canyon as well as Rocky Mountain National Park. I have always been somewhat of an outdoorsman and cannot wait for the opportunity to experience the beauty of the western states. I am planning on camping and hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park. On the trip back we are also planning on visiting Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and possibly Mount Rushmore. This is going to be the trip of a lifetime.

  22. Huck permalink
    June 18, 2010

    I would want to stay at home and go swimming but after the pool cover drain process it would be impossible so maybe we would just go out fishing.

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