Watershed Info No 1078

Watershed Info No 1078

Daniel Salzler No. 1078

EnviroInsight.org Three Items November 27, 2020

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1. From the EnviroInsight.org Board of Directors

Happy Thanksgiving EnviroInsight

We hope you have a safe Thanksgiving with your immediate family.  Check Watershed Info No 1077 for virtual dinner ideas.  Keep the holiday memorable, but don’t become a Covid-19 pandemic statistic.

2. How Much Do You Really Know About Thanksgiving Day?  

            a. Who set the date of Thanksgiving as the final Thursday November?

            b. What name did the Pilgrim Fathers first give their home in the new world ?

            c. When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

            d. Which cereal is used to make porridge?

            e.  Where did turkeys originate?

            f. Custard powder, corn flour and polenta are all produced from which cereal?

            g. What is another name for corn meal?

            h. What is another name for the horn of plenty, which is a symbol of thanksgiving?

            i.  Which fruit’s name is prunus perica.

            j.  If you harvested a Pitmaston pineapple, what would you have picked?

Answers at the end of the newsletter.

3. Studying Natural History.  Staying inside for a good portion of 2020 has been tough on most of us.  Now that the temperatures are down, it’s a good time to read dendrochronologist Valerie Trouet’s book, “Tree Story”.  And then go into the woods and read the trees.

Tree Story EnviroInsights
Tree Story

Most of us learned in school that you can age a tree by counting its rings  You can also learn a lot about the past and the future.  Tree rings can tell stories of floods, fires, insect infestations and long term climate trends.

38% of the U.S. forestland are owned by families and individuals, who as a group control more forest than corporations or the U.S. Government.|

[As a past student in the School of Forest Resources “Forest Management” program, the Watershed Info newsletter editor can relate many stories similar to those you’ll find in “Tree Story”.  I am certain that once you read this book, you’ll read tree rings differently, for the rest of your life. Source: Nature Conservancy].

Answers to questions found in number 2. 

            a. President Roosevelt                                     f. Maize 

            b. New England                                               g. Polenta

            c. 2nd Monday in October                               h. Cornucopia

            d. Oats                                                              i. Peach

            e. America                                                        j. Apple

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