Remember my post on our unit study of The Lorax? At the end of that post I told you that we had joined The Arbor Day Foundation for $10. We were to receive 10 trees (we chose the Wild Bird Variety) in exchange for our membership fee. I wanted Brynne to experience how planting these tiny "twigs" could make such a huge difference in our world. Those trees arrived a few weeks ago, and we planted them in several places in our yard.
We received the following varieties of trees:
Two Arrowwood Viburnums ~ "provides food, cover, and nesting sites for birds, larval food for butterflies and moths."
Bur Oak ~ "provides food and shelter for a wide variety of birds and animal life."
Gray Dogwood ~ "provides food, cover, and nesting sites for birds and squirrels."
Northern Red Oak
Sargent Crabapple ~ "Birds love the fruit."
Tuliptree ~ "Squirrel and birds eat the seeds. The flowers are a favorite of the ruby throated hummingbird."
Colorado Blue Spruce
I can happily report that 7 of the 10 trees have survived the planting and are budding new leaves. It is so fun to see these babies grow and know that someday they will be full-grown trees.
A few days ago our neighbors had three young trees planted in their yard. They are 10 feet tall or so and fully bloomed. Those trees are nice, I guess. But there is something so special to me about watching these little bitty twigs we have planted grow into mature trees. It makes me feel like we are a part of something important. Sure we could have ordered some trees to be planted in our yard by the nursery. But that wasn't the point to me.
Make a difference to your surroundings and to our world.
We are linking up with Marcy at Ben and Me for Blogging Through the Alphabet.