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Make New Years Resolutions that will help the Environment

Make New Years Resolutions that will help the Environment

A neighborhood stroll can lead to unexpected sights, such as two bald eagles atop a power pole. [Photo courtesy Parker Gibbons]
A neighborhood stroll can lead to unexpected sights, such as two bald eagles atop a power pole. [Photo courtesy Parker Gibbons]

My January column usually includes suggestions for New Years resolutions that could help create a healthier environment. Most people start by becoming more knowledgeable about wildlife in their local area, state, or country.

Exotic animals from exotic climes like Asia, Australia, and Africa are undoubtedly fascinating. What about native animals and plants, even those that live in your neighborhood? These are three suggestions to help teach you about them.

1. Find out which state wildlife symbols you have. Although all states recognize the same types of animals and plants, they have different categories. Are you familiar with the names of your state’s tree and flower? Each state has one or more. However, botanists are not able to name all of them. Even fewer residents can name both. Some botanists may think it redundant to have a State Tree and a State Flower, since trees, except conifers have flowers. Every state has a state bird. Is your state home to a reptile, fish, amphibian, or mammal? Some states do. What about an insect?

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