Great Backyard Bird Count occurs between February 17 and February 20! Children can spend as little as fifteen minutes in the backyard, identifying, counting, and photographing birds. They can submit their findings to add to the world’s knowledge of birds. Children can visit Great Backyard Bird Count. There they can find a printable bird checklist, data regarding past bird counts, and free apps to identify birds. What a fun, free, and engaging activity!
Kosovo celebrates Independence Day. In 2008 it broke away from Serbia. According to the CIA World Factbook, Kosovo is slightly larger than Delaware. Almost two million people live in this landlocked country. Pristina is the capital and largest city, and the country is rich in minerals and lignite. Children could learn more at: Kosovo.
Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was married in the White House in 1906. She married Nicholas Longworth. The public was captivated by her and the wedding, and tickets for the wedding were difficult to come by. Eight other “First Daughters” have been married in the White House. Children could view a list of all weddings held at the White House at: White House Weddings.
Vanguard 2 was launched in 1959. The 21.5 pound satellite became the first weather station in space. While it no longer sends data, it still circles the earth. Scientists gather data about it regarding gravity and atmospheric drag. Children could learn more about it at: Vanguard 2.
NEAR-Shoemaker was launched in 1996. Almost five years later, on February 12, 2001, it became the first spacecraft to land on a meteor. NEAR-Shoemaker landed on near-earth asteroid Eros and sent back data until February 28, 2001. The extreme cold on the asteroid probably prevented the return of more data. Older children can learn more at: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/near/.
Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec (born Quimper, France, 1781; died Quimper, France, August 13, 1826) was a doctor. He also invented the stethoscope. Idea: Children could make stethoscopes by following the directions at: Stethoscope.
Andre Norton (born Cleveland, Ohio, 1912; died Murfreesboro, Tennessee, March 17, 2005) is sometimes called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is best known for her Witch World series. Children can learn more at: Andre Norton.
Raphaelle Peale (born Annapolis, Maryland, 1774; died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1825) was an artist and a member of the famous Peale family. He is most known for his still life works. Children can view some of his works at: Raphaelle Peale.
Robert Newton Peck (born Vermont, 1928; died Longwood, Florida, June 23, 2020) was a children’s author. He wrote over 50 books. One of his books is A Day No Pigs Would Die. He was also the author of the Soup books. Children can visit a website devoted to him at: Robert Newtown Peck.
Virginia Sorensen (born Provo, Utah, 1912; died Hendersonville, North Carolina, December 24, 1991) wrote books for both adults and children. She received the 1957 Newbery Medal for Miracles on Maple Hill.
Aaron Montgomery Ward (born Chatham, New Jersey, 1844; died Chicago, Illinois, December 7, 1913) was one of the first people to sell mail order. He started Montgomery Ward in 1872 with George R. Thorne. Their first business was located in a loft of a livery stable.