Learning about producers as an important part of the ecosystem is very important. They sit at the base of most food chains and supply habitat and structure for many others. However, they cannot do it on their own. Many need help with pollination. We all know the important role that bees play in our ecosystem as pollinators. Pollination is when pollen is taken from one plant to another. This can be done in many ways on land. However in the water scientist had always believed that it was done by the oceans currents and not by any particular animal. While this is true they have found a small crustacean that helps the turtle-grass plant with pollination. This could be the first of many underwater pollinators to be found.
Did you know the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called the Bill of Rights? The Constitution was adopted on March 4, 1789 which established the United States as a free nation governed by the people. However many state leaders realized some changes needed to be made to the Constitution. So, the Bill of Rights was written by James Madison (Who would become our 4th President) and became law on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights guarantees individuals rights like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to a speedy trial, and protection against people coming into your home without a warrant.
Happy Birthday to our Bill of Rights!!!
This past Thursday we lost a true American hero; John Glenn. He was a Marine combat pilot, a U.S. senator for 25 years, the first American to orbit Earth, and the oldest person to ever go in to space. One of our staff members had the pleasure of meeting John Glenn and seeing him speak on multiple occasions. John Glenn was so genuine and passionate about civic engagement and public service. His passion was truly contagious and inspired Mr. Colton to attend the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University to study public policy and nonprofit management, of which he is a proud alum. Below is a picture of Mr. Colton next to a replica of the space capsule Friendship 7 aboard the USS Yorktown. John Glenn flew the original Friendship 7 as part of Project Mercury which took place February 20, 1962.
Did you know Dec. 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor? It is the day President Roosevelt described as a “date which will live in infamy.” At 7:55am on December 7, 1941 Japan surprise attacked a US Naval base in Hawaii with about 360 armed aircrafts. The United States suffered a massive blow in which 18 ships were sunk or run aground, 169 aircrafts were destroyed. Saddest of all was the 1, 178 Americans wounded and 2,403 lives lost. Throughout the confusion of the attack there were many courageous acts. 14 Medals of Honor (the highest honor given to a member of the military) for going above and beyond the call of duty were presented.
How many of the 60,000 or so survivors of Pearl Harbor are left? Nobody seems to know, exactly. Last year, 2,000 to 2,500 survivors were thought to be still living.“They are in their twilight years, so now is the time to honor them and thank them for their service.
Now that the Holiday season is in full swing many of us have a lot of traveling to do. Did you know that many animals also do a lot of traveling as well? Unlike us, these animals are not going on vacation or visiting family they are on migration. Migration is when an animal travels from one area to another based on the time of year, temperature, or food availability. One of the animals that migrates you might even begin to see in lights throughout your neighborhood. Reindeer actually have one of the greatest large mammal migrations traveling as far as 600 miles! That’s like walking from Charleston to Washington D.C.!