Earth Day 2017 is here. I will be honest, one particular day to celebrate green living doesn’t really make a big impact around here. We are so cheap that the chances we are wasting hydro or plastic bags is extremely low. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some pretty darn cool things to learn though. So, while we won’t be turning off any more lights or digging through our garbage to make sure that we have caught every piece of recyclable material, we will be reading up on the fascinating natural world around us. Here are a couple of new selections from DK Canada to get you started.
The beautiful yard we inherited is home to a ton of birds. Cardinals, Blue Jays, woodpeckers, robins – you name it. Except I can’t always name what shows up at our bird feeder. And that kind of irritates me. Sure, I could sit in our sunroom for hours on end, eating bonbons and sipping coffee while waiting for random birds to show up. But what’s the fun in that, really? And besides – I can pretty much lay around and do nothing all day every day, right?
The Smithsonian Eyewitness Explorer Bird Watcher book does not specifically help you identify a bird. Instead, it shows you how to systematically and effectively find birds. To figure out what birds you are actually looking at, I would recommend something like What’s That Bird? or one of DK Canada’s other bird identification books.
What do you remember about chemistry class? Loved it or hated it? I loved it. There was even a practical chemistry class I took in university. It was my favourite, second only to ‘Romance of Words’. What can I say – I have always had a diverse set of interests.
At any rate, if memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements ever looked boring or tedious, The Smithsonian The Elements Book can definitely help alleviate some of that. All 118 current elements are there, along with oodles of facts and figures to make all of them far more interesting than just a plain ol’ chart. Plus, you won’t get accidentally poisoned or set anything on fire.
Earth Day 2017 DK Books Giveaway
If you’d like to figure things out this Earth Day – whether it’s which bird is hanging around your yard or what’s in that rock you have to pick out of lawn – this set of books will get the job done. One of my Canadian readers has a chance to win both of these. Approximate retail value is $40 Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Contest closes May 7, 2017 11:59 pm ET Good luck everybody!