Everyone can help out on Earth Day SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


April 20, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Earth Day is coming Thursday! While there hasn't been a much hoopla as there was a few years ago -- I think that's because Hallmark hasn't figured out a way to make sending a card seem environmentally friendly -- there are still plenty of "tree huggers" about doing earth-friendly things.

At Eldersburg Elementary, for example, students drew pictures with slogans on paper grocery bags to remind shoppers of the event and to help them remember a few tips.

"The slogans varied from 'Save the Rain Forests' to 'Cut the plastic tops of six-packs,' " said Kim Kelly, the third-grade teacher who organized the activity. Cutting the plastic six-pack tops will prevent the deaths of birds and other wildlife that become enmeshed in the loops.

Deanna Hoffman, a naturalist at Piney Run Park, plus Phyllis Maitland and I, enjoyed the cool but sunny weather Saturday and removed trash from the Route 26 highway area in an "Adopt a Highway" cleanup efforts.

Ms. Hoffman is planning another cleanup for June, and you can help out then.

If you'd like to do something a little closer to home, here are some suggestions:

"Plant bird-attracting landscape material," says Bill Culp, president of the Carroll County Bird Club, "and remember to keep your feeders stocked throughout the spring. Everybody thinks this is the time to stop putting out food, but there's not much out there to feed the birds right now. Berries aren't out yet, seeds aren't available yet and the birds are nesting. This can be the worst time of year for a bird."

What are a bird watcher's favorite recommendations for those who would like to attract birds with plants?

"Evergreens are always good," said Mr. Culp. "Birds shelter in them, particularly in winter. Viburnums are good, hollies are nice, crab apples, bayberry and even dogwoods are good, too.

"You can try planting millet in your wildflower bed."

"Think about how each individual has an impact on the environment," Ms. Hoffman said. "Think about your water every time you use it. It seems like there's water everywhere, but only about 4 percent of the water in the world is drinkable. So try turning off the tap when you're brushing your teeth and conserving water every time you use it.

"Join an environmental organization, where your money will go to grass-roots efforts to preserve the natural environment."


The staff at Piney Run Park will offer an "Earth Night Hike" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday for individuals and families with children 8 years old and up.

Hikers will accompany a naturalist and learn about the wild creatures who are active at night.

Registration and one flashlight per family required; the fee is $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Call 795-6043 for information.


It's no dice for the Knights of Columbus, folks. I misunderstood the description of the wheels they will be spinning at their bull and oyster roast Saturday, and last week reported in error that a participant could "try his hand at dice."

I offer profuse apologies.

In case you haven't yet purchased your tickets for this night out, call Jack Van Cleve at 795-6129 or Bob Mercier at 549-6756.

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