Wildlife Rescuers!

Last week our Roots & Shoots group went to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. There were lots of awesome birds. I counted them. There were four bard owls, one barn owl, two screech owls, one black vulture, a seagull, a morning dove and a swan. There were a couple of ravens, a small hawk and five other red-tailed hawks, along with two great horned owls. In all, there were twenty birds!

Each animal had its own, amazing story and hardly any animals had the same. One red-tailed hawk had lived as a pet in someone’s living room for two years. You can watch the movie we made to hear a couple of the stories.

I was always sad when I heard that an animal couldn’t be returned into the wild. All these animals belong in nature and when an animal can’t survive it is sad. Luckily, they have Ellen to care for them!

Thank you, Ellen, for taking care of birds, big and small, and for showing us the birds. I also want to thank everybody who came for your cooperation, interest and donation.


Note from Hillary:

Our visit to Ravensbeard was also a fundraiser where each family contributed a little bit and together we were able to donate almost $50 to the center and Ellen for her great work!

Be sure to check out Ellen’s website to learn more about simple things you can do to help wildlife as well as how you can help wildlife in trouble.  You can be a rescuer, too!

Also, contact Ellen for your own group’s educational program or for your child’s next birthday party!

R&S with Ellen


More About Bees!

Here are some of the interesting tidbits we had to cut out of the last bee film (so it wasn’t too much in one sitting) for those of you hungry for more info. In this film, Cindy talks more about using the smoker, her special recipe for bee tea, shows us what bees make and answers kids’ questions about the particulars of queen bees, bee stings and bears! Oh, my!

The Care and Feeding (and Saving) of Bees

The other day, our Roots & Shoots group went to visit the property of an R&S friend, Cindy Joao. Cindy keeps hives of honeybees on her property and helps them prosper. In turn, the honeybees help Cindy and her neighbors pollinate their food. During our visit, we got to see the bees, the things they make, and talk to Cindy. We talked about bees, about bee-keeping and about how the bees are in trouble and need our help.

The visit gave us all a little more to think about when it comes to bees, and a glimpse into perhaps a different relationship we can have with them. This is the hand-out that Cindy gave to us from her bee-keeping teacher, Chris Harp, which tells you how to create a bee sanctuary in your backyard.

And this is the documentary a lot of us watched in preparation for our bee-u-tiful visit.

For younger kids, we recommend watching this short movie instead, to get the jist of the issue.

You can learn a lot from bees. But you may only have until the year 2035. Then the bees could be gone. How old will you be?

Readers Re-Unite!

Today the readers from the read-a-thon got together again.  The World Wildlife Fund sent us plushes of the endangered species we helped to save with our donation to thank us.  I got a blue whale!  The other kids got a dolphin, hummingbirds, seahorses, sea turtles, pygmy elephants, a polar bear, tigers, a zebra, a wolf, an amur leopard, and a cheetah.  We got one plush for everybody!  And we got a trio of kittens for the group, along with a big tiger.

11 of our 16 readers (plus one little brother).  Not pictured: William, Bastien, Emma, Kayla and Lora.  We missed you guys!

They also sent us this sweet letter.

You’re never too old to play with stuffed animals!


Take Action for Endangered Animals

Knowing how much the kids care about saving endangered species, I thought I’d post this call for action from the Wildlife Conservation Society:
the current House funding bill included NOTHING for some U.S.
programs that protect wildlife all over the world. It’s an unprecedented and
shocking move that would spell disaster for tigers, elephants, apes, and hundreds of
other species teetering on the brink.

We have one opportunity to reverse this dire situation. Action in the Senate Tuesday
will decide whether or not to put these vital protection programs back in the

Will you email your senators right now and speak up for wildlife?

Here’s the link:

Please don’t wait. By Tuesday afternoon it could be too late.


15 Kids, 600 Hours, Guess How Much We Raised?!

Thank you to all the people who did the read-a-thon, and to the people who sponsored us.  Because we raised almost $1400 for the World Wildlife Fund!  That’s $200 more than last year!  Watch this cool movie to find out more…


P.S. from Hillary: Check back next week to see which endangered animals all this money went to save!

P.P.S. from Hillary:  Please excuse the typos and little blips in the film editing.  There was a lot of late-night editing involved.

ROAR! (Race On! A Read-a-thon)

Read-a-thon no. 2! Remember the last read-a-thon we did for Heifer International? Well, this one is about raising money for the WWF (otherwise known as the World Wildlife Fund). We’re going to adopt endangered animals!  At our meeting, we watched a movie about cute baby pandas, males and females, and I handed out popcorn in a bag. Everybody took their sign-up sheets and left afterward. I hope we really help out the WWF and thank you to everyone who is participating in the read-a-thon!  Please feel free to email me and tell me about the books you’re reading.  I have two sponsors and have already read for at least four or five hours since Friday!  Plus, I really like to read.  Have fun!


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