Celebrate Earth Day

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:45am

Next week is Earth Day. (Friday, April 22, for those of you for whom this date does not come readily to mind.) A day, and a week, to celebrate our home planet. Next week is also spring break here on Block Island. With the Island Free Library, Ocean View Foundation will be marking the occasion with several opportunities to celebrate the earth, and our special place here on earth.

Earth Day Brown Bag Film Series: Tuesday, April 19 through Friday, April 22, at noon each day a film will be shown that highlights different ways that we care for our planetary resources. Bring your own brown bag lunch to enjoy (or trade). Water, coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided.

Tuesday through Thursday’s films will show how good planning for the use of our oceans and coastal resources can preserve those resources and ensure equitable choices.

The first film, "Ocean Frontiers: the dawn of a new era in ocean stewardship," is “an inspiring voyage to coral reefs, seaports and watersheds across the country, where unlikely allies —farmers, shippers, scientists, fishermen and conservationists — are working together to sustain the sea and our ocean economies.”

Wednesday’s film, "Ocean Frontiers II: a New England story for sustaining the sea," recounts the efforts of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council Ocean SAMP program as “a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning — pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy — old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.”

The third in this series of films, produced by a coalition of national and regional ocean planners, is "The Great Bear Sea: Reflecting on the past, planning for the future." This films illustrates the efforts of a coastal British Columbia community: “The Great Bear Sea is a wild expanse of ocean where whales, wolves, bears and humans thrive in rich coastal ecosystems. The Great Bear Sea is also a place where worlds collide — a place full of historic conflicts, emerging struggles over ocean resources, and now globally leading solutions.” To learn more about these films and see the trailers go to http://ocean-frontiers.org/about/

The final showing of the Brown Bag Film Series is "Woven In Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve." The director of this film, Marc Levitt, will be attending and will be happy to discuss the making of his film about the discovery, in the 1980s, of the unearthed remains of New England's only undisturbed Pre-Contact Period (1100-1400 AD) Native American coastal village. The film weaves the associated stories of discovery, battle for preservation, and historical and cultural importance of the site. If you have ever wondered about the discrete historical site that we all pass on Rt. 108 adjacent to Stop & Shop, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Pizza and salad will be provided for this film showing and discussion.

Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk: Tuesday, April 19, at 8 a.m., call (401) 595-7055 for location. This twice-monthly bird walk is fun and low key. All are welcome, whether novice or experienced birders, everyone benefits from the knowledge of others. If you have binoculars, bring them, if not, there will be a spotting scope for all to peer through if good sightings appear.

Stump the Naturalist: Friday, April 22, at 11 a.m., at the Island Free Library. If you have found a natural treasure that you cannot identify, bring it (or a photo) and we will do our best to help you discover something new about our natural world. If you do not have an unidentifiable object, stop by and see what others bring and what the naturalist has provided for you to investigate.