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Stop littering in the ocean because it looks like a dump.Stop littering in the Pacific OceanPage 84 of the Girl Scout book Wow, World of Water sent quite a wave of alarm through my daughter’s Brownie Troop. On page 84 is a story about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  The story says that the world’s largest dump floats in the Pacific Ocean and contains more than 100 million tons of garbage, mostly plastics. The garbage patch occupies a large, calm region of ocean surrounded by prevailing currents that form the North Pacific Gyre. A gyre is any large system of rotating ocean currents. These circular currents draw in floating debris in the same way a whirlpool created by children swimming in a circle draws leaves and dirt into the center of a swimming pool.

The Brownies were upset by the idea of a floating dump “the size of Texas.” When they read that more than 1 million animals die each year because they become entangled in floating plastic or they mistake plastic for food and eat it, they were moved to action. I heard the question that has started many a movement for change: “What can we do to help?” The girls held an impromptu planning session and decided to make posters about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and ask the principal of their elementary school if they could hang them up in a hall at school. Change starts with a step. Just one small act can make a difference. Three hundred students pass those posters each day. If one child stops to read them and is moved to recycle one plastic bottle or to start using a reusable bottle, then one less bottle makes it into the ocean and perhaps one less animal dies.

stop littering

Let the Brownies and Barking Frog Farm know about the steps you are taking to make the planet a healthier place for all of us.


mother nature network

Definition of Ocean Gyre

Gorilla in the Greenhouse

Stop hurting the animals home.

Don't be a litter bug.Do Not Litter


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Just before Christmas, Aurora’s Brownie Troop made coupons as Christmas gifts for their mothers and fathers. The coupons read:playing near the CT river New Years

  • This coupon entitles you to 1 big hug.
  • This coupon entitles you to 1 set table: knives, forks, spoons, napkins and even beverages.
  • This coupon entitles you to the last cookie, serving of ice cream, bit of chocolate milk, you name it and it’s yours.
  • This coupon entitles you to 1 story read by me.
  • This coupon entitles you to have me pair all the socks in a load of laundry.
  • This coupon entitles you to one boardgame played with me.
  • This coupon entitles you to 1 chore: pick up the living room, vacuum, wash the counters, you name it, I’ll do it.

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The girls enjoyed decorating the coupons and wondered how their parents would react to each one. The activity was a success. The Brownies liked the idea of giving their mothers and fathers time, affection, labor, indulgences and activities.
As the new year approaches, I wonder about gifts for the planet. Pledges and promises of conservation, awareness, protection and stewardship are the valued gifts we need to shower upon our Earth. Think about our beautiful planet, then think about your place in the world. How can you make a difference, what can you do to make the world a better and healthier place? Once you have settled on your pledges, go out into the woods, stand by a river, sit on a beach, visit the natural setting that inspires you to pledge your allegiance to the planet and say those pledges out loud. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • I pledge to use less water.
  • I pledge to hold a year-long litter cleanup campaign: When I see litter I will pick it up.
  • I pledge to become a member of a local or national environmental organization, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund.
  • I pledge to learn more about an endangered animal and will tell others about it.
  • I pledge to reduce my use of plastics.
  • I pledge to learn the definition of sustainability
  • I pledge to buy local foods.
  • I pledge to learn the real story about global warming.
  • I pledge to grow a least one type of food, tomatoes, beans, corn, spinach, lettuce, this year.
  • I pledge to use less fuel.
  • I pledge to recycle.
  • I pledge to stop drinking bottled water.
  • I pledge to hike trails, canoe on rivers, walk beaches, kayak on lakes, summit mountains. I will enjoy and appreciate our natural resources and natural settings.

A Day Without Plastic

21 Practical Ways to Help the Environment

Climate Change Kids Site

CT River New Years


100 Ways to Save the Enviornment



50 Ways to Help the Planet

50 Quick, Painless Ways You Can Help the Environment Today

Happy New Year from Barking Frog Farm

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Flying Polar Bears

Polar bears are in danger of going extinct. They depend on sea ice for their hunting grounds and dens. The loss of sea ice habitat is due to an increase in temperature in the polar regions. Below is a video of one event that publicized the plight of polar bears. Let’s get the word out. The Polar bears need our help. Any ideas?

For more information visit these links:

Polar Bears; Images of Polar BearsFAQs about Polar Bears

Global Warming and Polar Bears


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New England Cottontail
I learned something unexpected during our annual land trust meeting on Monday. New England Cottontails are being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. When you’re thinking of rabbits, don’t you think in terms of many, many rabbits? If there is a stereotype about rabbits, it has to do with prolific breeding. A visitor from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service gave us a new picture: A reduction in thicket habitat is the primary reason for the decline in New England Cottontail numbers. Rabbits living on small patches of thicket deplete their food supply sooner. This leaves them with two choices: eat lower quality food and compromise their health or search for food in more risky areas. Another fact that our visitor shared when talking about reasons for the Cottontail’s decline I found interesting: The eyes of a New England Cottontail are set closer to the front of the face than the Eastern Cottontail’s. Consequently the Eastern Cottontail’s peripheral vision is better. It can see an owl from 30 yards away, while the New England Cottontail will see that same owl when it is 10 yards away. So let’s get the word out, the New England Cottontail is in need of protected habitat and public awareness.

For more information and ways to help see links below:
Kids who care about New England Cottontails

Eye Help Animals

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service New England Cottontail

Rabbit at Risk

A Landowner’s Guide to New England Cottontail Habitat Management

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