Why? To celebrate March as a month of reading, a month of learning, a month of entertaining--and reading! Also, to celebrate the editing process, beginning today, of Holly Wild: Let Sleeping Bear Dunes Lie (Book 2). Aw heck, it's to celebrate knowledge...(and the fact that I bought a repeat copy of the Manatee book) as well as to celebrate that sharing is fun!
Why give away that Manatee book that I read in my tent in a storm in Florida? Let me tell you. It was the very first Earth Day many years ago when I, Lori Eiden (Taylor), was in 5th grade in North Sashabaw Elementary in Clarkston, MI (ummm over 40 years ago) that I heard of the Roseate Spoonbill and Endangered Species. Both sounded so far away and unknown to me.
Since then I have researched, reported and read about many endangered species, used guide books, read magazines and children's books about wildlife and gone out fully-equipped with knowledge (sometimes!--see alligator photo from last blog post) to meet them on their own turf. I do this to learn, connect, and share this experience with others. A mighty fine job indeed!
|"Rosie the Spoonbill" in bottom right corner.|
|Drawings, sketches and illustrations help TELL the story!|
- American Alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) Status: Species of special concern (state listing); threatened species (federal listing, due to its similarity in appearance to the endangered Florida crocodile).
- Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) Status: Species of special concern (state listing)
- Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Status: Threatened species (state listing)
- West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) "Also called Sea Cow" Status: Endangered species (federal and state listing)
- Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Status: Endangered species (federal and state listing)
- Southern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocphalus leucocephalus) Status: Threatened species (federal and state listing)
- Caracara, Audubon's crested FL pop. (Polyborus plancus audubonii)
- Florida Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
You start by posting a blog comment on this page or answer the following question, then sign your name and city/state where you reside.
WHO or WHAT inspired you to read, write or draw
about the world around you?
Starting today, March 1st, tell your kids, your friends, your teachers, your librarians, your scout leaders, your family to post here to win. It's just that easy and even more exciting!
I will send the winner the aforementioned books with signed copies of my Florida trip sketches and whatever else I can think of to throw in the package. (Batteries, dead things and Florida manatees are not included.)
|My NookColor sketch of Me and the Manatees (Feb. 20, 2012)|
Whether paperback, hardcover, sketchbook or ebook...
Keep reading, writing, drawing and READING!
(More Florida endangered species info here: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/splash/endangered_species.html )