Monthly Archives: April 2013

Earth Day 2013


Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year. The April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.

The name and concept of Earth Day was pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. He proposed March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

I had the pleasure of spending Earth Day at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.  It is always an honor to be surrounded by the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces!  Thanks to my friend, Beth D’Aquila with the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District, for inviting me!

Sharing information with a serviceman.

Sharing information with a serviceman.

North Bay Field Day


Each year, the kindergarten students from our neighbor, North Bay Elementary School, come over to Coastal R&E Center for a field day.  My colleague, Scott Langlois, and I hosted a honey tasting session.  We brought in a ringer:  Mr. D.L. Wesley, a beekeeper from Marion County.  The kids learned all about bees and honey.  They got to taste fresh honey and even try on Mr. Wesley’s beekeeping suit!

Here I am holding a frame from on of the hives.

Here I am holding a frame from on of the hives.


Sharing some “sweet” time AND a chair!


Can you say. “YUMMY”?


Fresh honeycomb.

After spending just a few hours with over 100 kindergarteners, I believe even more strongly that TEACHERS ARE UNDERPAID!!!!!

Social Media and MarketMaker Workshop


Social Media and MarketMaker Training Workshop

MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural and seafood products in Mississippi, as well as in other member states, providing an important link between producers and consumers.

WHO: Anyone interested in learning about free online Marketing:

  • Seafood Businesses
  • Outdoor Tourism Businesses
  • Seafood Professionals
  • Restaurant Owners
  • Charter Boat Captains
  • Consumers
  • Seafood Regulators
  • Extension Agents

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2013

TIME: 9:00am-2:30pm

WHEREThe Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 6005 Bay Heron Road, Moss Point, MS 39562

COST: FREE but limited to a maximum of 35 participants per workshop and bring your own laptop.

RSVPBethany Walton
Tel: 251-438-5690

or Register Online

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