Milkweed bugs are my favorite bugs. Maybe you have seen them in your yard. They are red and gray with a black circle on their backs. The circle has two white dots, side by side in its center. They are oval shaped, with short antennae, and small, round eyes. Did you know milkweed bugs have wings, and are able to fly? The first time I saw a milkweed bug fly, I didn’t know what it was, and it scared me a little.
Did you know that April was animal awareness month? It is important that people help to take care of their community and other people, but we should also be taking care of our animals. You might be surprised by the important roles animals play in our environment.
For example, dogs and rats can be trained to sniff out dangerous explosives in the ground and bees pollinate one-third of everything we eat. Sadly, bees’ numbers are dropping and, since 1974, your chances of seeing a bee are 50% less likely.
I’ve been enjoying the Earth while being out of school, because of school closures due to COVID-19. I’ve been doing a lot of hiking through Arizona. I saw a lot of wildlife like chuckwallas, geckos and chipmunks. I even got to see a beehive up close. My dad got me a new bike and I’ve been riding it all over the neighborhood with him. My sister and I made obstacle course in our backyard. I’ve had a lot of fun doing these things outdoors.
Al Falk, Manager of Global Reclamation for ON Semiconductor,feels that waste recovery is important because “primarily it is theright thing to do.” The inspiration for this program was theprotection of our intellectual property, says Falk. “People come upwith ideas to make parts for things like cell phones, car accessories and cameras for your vehicle.”
March is American Red Cross Month. It is proclaimed by the President each year to celebrate everyday heroes who help each of us fulfill our mission.
The Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need every eight minutes. According to the Red Cross, an average of 90 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.
The Red Cross is in 187 countries and the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer network.
Have you ever experienced the excitement of seeing professional baseball players practicing during spring training? If you have, you’re really lucky! The purpose of spring training is to let the teams practice in real game-like conditions. You can either watch them practicing or playing a game of scrimmage.
In Arizona, spring training started in the middle of February and ends just before the start of the regular season. Traditionally, opening day for the regular season is the first week of April.
Have you ever stayed in a wolf’s lodge with all the fun under one roof? Well, I have—it was called the Great Wolf Lodge. I went just before New Year’s for two days, Dec. 28 and 29, 2019. There are other locations for the lodge in states such as California, Texas and Washington. I went to the one in Scottsdale at Talking Stick.
I recently toured the Valley Metro Mobility Center. Parked inside the building is a real bus along with a bus stop. The bus was driven in when the office was being built, and the center was built around it! The Valley Metro Mobility Center is dedicated to helping the elderly and those with impairments regain their independence—it helps them to ride Valley Metro transportation, such as buses and light rail. Between 430 and 530 people come to the Mobility Center each month, which means that many people are gaining the ability to use public transportation.