NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY
National Wildlife Day on September 4th encourages improved awareness of the species around us and in the broader world.
This National Day aims to focus on endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world. Zoos, aviaries and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved.
No matter where you live, opportunities abound to learn and participate in the day. Wildlife doesn’t just exist in the forest or outside the city limits. Look closely. The creatures and animals sharing our world live under our feet and in the sky above us. Our rivers, lakes and oceans are teeming with wildlife of all sizes. It’s essential to understand how we impact the habitats that animals need to survive. Their homes supply their food and shelter.
Since wildlife relies on a stable habitat, understanding conservation and preservation is important. Developing strategies helps to maintain existing habitats and repair or replace those that have been destroyed. These strategies are especially important when a decline in a species is detected. For example, last month, International Whale Shark Day brings attention to the plight of the world’s largest fish. Despite efforts, the gentle giant continues to decline in numbers.
Around the world, facilities and organizations will present seminars and educational programs. Additionally, podcasts and documentaries alert us to the changing conditions for various species around the world. Some may be as close as your own back yard. From the sky to the depths of the ocean, wildlife surrounds us.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWildlifeDay
Participate in a presentation or volunteer to fund-raise for rehabilitation services. Learn about the needs of endangered species and how conservation efforts work. While learning, implement your own techniques, as suggested by preservationists. Go on a wildlife walk and learn about the inhabitants near you. Visit the National Wildlife Federation to learn more.
Use #NationalWildlifeDay to post on social media. Share photos of your neighborhood wildlife or even those farther from home.
Educators can visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed for their students.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY HISTORY
Colleen Paige, the Pet Lifestyle Expert, and author founded National Wildlife Day in 2005 in memory of wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin. The day serves to bring global awareness and education concerning the number of endangered animals and the need for conservation and preservation.
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER CARRIER DAY
National Newspaper Carrier Day on September 4th recognizes the dedicated newspaper carriers who deliver the news in the wee hours of the morning.
While the routine of the newspaper carrier has changed over the years, they still exist in some form. The average ages have changed, too, since the dawn of the first paper carrier. And perhaps, the delivery methods have changed. However, they all owe their start to an enterprising young immigrant in New York City over 180 years ago. As the tradition gradually fades, their history becomes no less fascinating.
According to a captioned photo released by the Museum of the City of New York, The Sun’s publisher Benjamin Day hired the first paperboy on Septemeber 4, 1833. 10-year-old Barney Flaherty answered the advertisement that September day although the ad specified that “steady men” could apply. Benjamin Day was so impressed by the boy’s sincerity, he gave him the job.
Down on the corner, Flaherty could soon be heard hawking his sales pitch. Eventually, a universal chorus of boys (and sometimes girls) calling, “Paper! Get your paper, here!” could be heard on the streets selling papers.
A number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper. A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.
~ Benjamin Day’s 1833 advertisement in The Sun.
In 1960, The Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame was created to acknowledge some famous newspaper carriers in our nation’s history. Included in the Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame are Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffet and John Wayne.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NewspaperCarrierDay
Show your newspaper carrier a little extra appreciation. A box of chocolates, a card or a simple “thank you” would make their day a little brighter. Enjoy the ease that we have in being able to wake up, get our coffee and have a paper to read before getting out of our pajamas!
If you were a newspaper carrier, take the day to reminisce a bit. Share stories from your delivery routes and the people you knew then.
Use #NewspaperCarrierDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER CARRIER DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the founder of National Newspaper Carrier Day. However, the day does commemorate the day Flaherty landed the job and made it a success.
NATIONAL MACADAMIA NUT DAY
National Macadamia Nut Day on September 4th recognizes a delicious nut found in many baked goods and desserts.
Delectable macadamia nuts have a creamy, buttery taste that adds a subtle richness to everything they grace. These versatile nuts originated in Australia and were named for the physician and chemist, John Macadam, who discovered them. The doctor was also instrumental in the further cultivation of the tree in Australia.
Similar to large evergreens, the macadamia tree grows between 30 and 40 feet high. Although they are native to Australia, most of today’s world supply is grown in Hawaii. Growers first began cultivating macadamia trees in Hawaii in 1921. Indonesia, South Africa, and California also cultivate macadamia commercially.
Like many nuts, macadamia may be eaten raw or roasted. Bakers particularly like to use them in baked goods, such as cookies. They pair exceptionally well with chocolate, too.
Since the macadamia is nutrient-rich, they are known for their health benefits. As with many nuts, macadamias are a valuable source of energy, high in dietary fiber, gluten-free, high in mono-unsaturated fat. They also provide an excellent source of minerals and contain many essential B-complex vitamins.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMacadamiaNutDay
There are many ways to enjoy this day, whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or you want to satisfy your sweet tooth. Grab a handful of macadamia nuts for a snack at your desk or bake them into a batch of cookies. Add some to your salad or mix them in with popcorn while watching a movie. Use #MacadamiaNutDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MACADAMIA NUT DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the origin of National Macadamia Nut Day.
Recipe of the Day
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350° F if using a shiny metal cookie sheet or 325°F if using a dull metal cookie sheet.
Cream butter and sugar together.
Gradually add flour.
Mix in nuts.
Place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake 15 minutes (350° F on a shiny metal cookie sheet or 325°F on a dull metal cookie sheet).
Allow to cool slightly then roll in powdered sugar.
When cookies have cooled completely, roll the cookies once more in the powdered sugar.
Store in an airtight container.
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