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APRIL 17TH, 2013 – NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY – NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY – NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY – NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY

17 Apr

NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY

Today, April 17, celebrates National Bat Appreciation Day.  This is the best time of the year to celebrate bats as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation and National Bat Appreciation Day is also a good time to learn about bats roles in nature.

One reason to celebrate bats is that the “insectivorous” bats rid our world of many bothersome insects.  In one hour, they can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes.

Fun Bat Facts:

  • Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
  •  Can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
  • Are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
  • There are over 1200 known species of bats.
  • The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
  • About 70 % of bats are insectivores.
  • One of the largest bats is the giant golden-crowned flying fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 ft. 7 in.
  • Bats are very clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
  • North America’s largest urban bat colony is the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas.  It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats, which eat approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night.  Annually around 100,000 tourists visit the bridge at twilight to watch the bats leave the roost.
  • One colony of 150 big brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more root-worms each summer.
  • Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline with some already listed as endangered or threatened.
  • Three U.S. states have an official state bat.  The Mexican free-tailed bat represent Texas and Oklahoma and the Virginia big-eared bat represents Virginia.

Enjoy National Bat Appreciation Day!

NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Bat Appreciation Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY

April 17 celebrates National Ellis Island Family History Day.  “Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of Immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1924.”   April 17, 1907  is the day when more immigrants passed through this gateway than on any other day with  just under 12,000 names recorded.  During all of  1907, over one million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island.

April 17, 2001 celebrated the first National Ellis Island Family History Day.   It was by official proclamation of our nation’s governors that April 17 be designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day”.

For complete information:

http://www.ellisisland.org/Eiinfo/Press_HISTORY_DAY.asp

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NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

Celebrated on April 17, it is National Haiku Poetry Day.  This special poetry day encourages all to try their hand in creativity.  Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is generally non-rhyming and normally consist of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5.  Haiku poems are usually inspired by an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty or a special experience or event.  Sensory language is used to capture a feeling or image.

“Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.”

Geese resting on sand
The old fence needs some painting
Everything is quiet.

English haiku does not always follow the strict syllable count that is found in Japanese haiku.  The typical length of haiku found in main English language journals is 10-14 syllables.

Now, using your imagination, create a haiku poem of your own and have a great National Haiku Poetry Day.

NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY HISTORY

National Haiku Poetry Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012.       http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/national-haiku-poetry-day/

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NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY

National Bookmobile Day is an annual event celebrated each April.  This day we honor the access to information and resources our nation’s bookmobiles have made to our communities and the professionals that work diligently to provide these services. For more than 100 years, bookmobiles have brought a library to those that otherwise may not have access to one.

“A bookmobile is a large vehicle designed for use as a library.  It holds books on shelves in such a way that when it is parked, they can be accessed by readers.  The bookmobile may also carry other information and computer equipment.” 

http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/nbdhome

http://abos-outreach.org/news/national-bookmobile-day/

NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY HISTORY

National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the American Library Association, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

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NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY

April 17 celebrates a food holiday, it is National Cheeseball Day.  There are two ways a person can celebrate this day and you get to choose which one you would like to celebrate with.

  • cheese spread in the shape of a ball, (Cheeseball) usually served around Christmas in the United States however often served at parties with crackers throughout the year.  They are often made with softened cream cheese.
  • Cheese puffs:  A puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese flavored powders.  They are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape.  They may be ball shaped. (CHEESE BALLS)
    Serving size for National Cheeseball Day: unlimited

BACON NUT CHEESEBALL

2 – 8 oz pkgs cream cheese (softened)
2 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans

In medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers. 

NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Cheeseball Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://www.batrescue.org/batfacts/batfacts.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat

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