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JANUARY 10, 2020 | SAVE THE EAGLES DAY | NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY | NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY | NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY

SAVE THE EAGLES DAY – January 10

SAVE THE EAGLES DAY

Each year on January 10th, Save the Eagles Day reminds us of the majestic raptors that soar above the Earth – whether they’re well populated or endangered. Due to the work of scientists and the public, the bald eagle was removed from this list in June 2007. Poaching, pesticides, and other dangers continue to threaten eagle populations.

While the day started as a way to save a specific pair of bald eagles and to raise awareness about the species, the observance has grown to encompass all species of eagles. Approximately species of eagles populate the world. Most of the species are found in Eurasia and Africa. North, Central, and South America and Australia only account for about 14 species. However, no eagles are found in Hawaii. The most common species in North America are the bald and golden eagles. 

Eagles are powerful birds of prey. An eagle’s sharp sense of sight paired with powerful muscles, piercing talons, and beak, make them primed for the hunt. They are also monogamous, mating for life. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #SaveTheEaglesDay

Learn more about eagles. Watch documentaries or read about them. Visit an aviary or a bird sanctuary. We’ve provided a couple of books to review, too. Participate in preservation and conservation in your area.

  • The Eagle Watchers: Observing and Conserving Raptors Around the World  by Todd E. Katzner
  • Eagles by Melissa Gish

Use #SaveTheEaglesDay to post on social media.

 

SAVE THE EAGLES DAY HISTORY

Save the Eagles Day originated in the Village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, in 2015 as an effort to save a pair of nesting bald eagles. Late in 2014, Skymark Development Corp of Paramus brought a study forth arguing that a landfill near where the eagles nested posed health risks. The nesting pair, fondly named Alice and Al, had nested along Overpeck Creek since at least 2011. When the developer proposed a solution that included removing the tree the eagles’ nested in, the community and the Bergen County Audubon Society organized Save the Eagles Day on January 10, 2015. 

Eventually, an agreement was formed to preserve an area of the land as an eagle park. Alice and Al would continue to live out their days in Ridgefield Park and fly over the residents there. Read more about the environmental accomplishment of the area and about Alice and Al.

NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY – January 10

NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages consumers to explore their options and keep up with scheduled maintenance. Each year, on January 10th, the observance provides information designed to help homeowners and businesses to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency. Did you know that tuning up your heating system can save you up to three to ten percent?

It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:

  • Weatherproof your home
  • Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
  • Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
  • Properly maintain furnace
  • Use solar heat if possible
  • Turn down thermostats
  • Turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
  • Lower water heater temperature
  • Take shorter showers
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Carpool whenever possible

The above list is just a few of the many ways to conserve energy.  Use these tips, along with others you may already have in practice, many available online and you will be able to create energy and financial savings the entire year. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #CutYourEnergyCostsDay

Make changes to conserve as much energy as possible. Share your tips and tricks for energy conservation using #CutYourEnergyCostsDay on social media.

NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this efficient holiday.

NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY – January 10

NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY

National Oysters Rockefeller Day on January 10th recognizes a dish so rich there was only one man’s name this dish could bear at the time. At least, that’s the story according to the chef who so masterfully created famous recipes in the French Quarter.

In 1889 in the renowned kitchen of Antoine’s, Jules Alciatore developed a recipe for baked oysters on the half shell with sauce and bread crumbs that would earn the name Oysters Rockefeller.  A dish so rich Alciatore himself admitted, “…I know of no other name rich enough for their richness.”

While other restaurants serve similar dishes, only historic Antoine’s (founded by Antoine Alciatore, Jules Alciatore’s father in 1840) serves the original Oysters Rockefeller. Food Network’s Alton Brown even told us on Good Eats that Alciatore took the recipe to his grave. Others have tried to determine the finer ingredients without success.  Only Antoine’s and the Alciatore family have the authentic recipe.

Having served over 3.5 million orders of Oysters Rockefeller, and counting, Antoine’s recipe has withstood the test of time and garnered the praises of culinary critics.  Since 1889, the restaurant has numbered each order. Even today’s customers receive their privileged number identifying their place in the history of Oysters Rockefeller.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOystersRockefellerDay

Have you tasted the flavor of authentic Oysters Rockefeller? Tell us what you think. If you are near Antoine’s, stop in to savor a taste of history and share using #NationalOystersRockefellerDay on social media.

NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY HISTORY

Founded in 2017 by Antoine’s to celebrate the longevity of this acclaimed dish, National Oyster Rockefeller Day was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.

NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY – January 10

NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY

Chocolate lovers, it is time once again to celebrate as January 10th annually recognizes National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. (National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is celebrated on November 7th.)
Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of the use of cacao seeds is around 1100 BC. The cacao tree seed has an intensely bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are then dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into a cocoa mass which is pure chocolate in rough form.  Usually, the cocoa mass is liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. This is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla have been added. It does have less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate. However, the two of them may be interchangeable when baking.

Studies have revealed that there are certain health benefits from eating bittersweet chocolate in moderation, such as lowering blood pressure and helping to protect the heart.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BittersweetChocolateDay

Try one of the following recipes:

Karen Baker’s Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles with Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Bittersweet Chocolate and Stout Beer Ice Cream

Use #BittersweetChocolateDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this delectable day while baking up some terrific treats. 

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter Fudge
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4 dozen

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
7 ounce jar marshmallow creme

Instructions:

Butter an 8-inch square pan and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

Pour into prepared pan.

Let set until firm.

Cut into squares.

About National Day Calendar

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