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Earth Day isn't just about saving the humans

Springing into new life
Springing into new life
photo by Salena Wakim

Happy Earth Day everyone!

As you enjoy this special day, and plan how you're going to spend the rest of Earth Week, remember that the reason for this day is to celebrate the awesome planet we live on. Sometimes it's easy to forget that we humans actually share this world with millions of other species. So, to help you remember, here are a few images of some of our neighbors. If you would like to see some of these guys for yourself, then take a day trip to the Fullerton Arboretum, and while you're there, make sure to take the time to also stop and smell the roses, they're around back :) Until then, continue scrolling down for more images.

Springing into new life
Springing into new life photo by Salena Wakim

Springing into new life

As the seasons turn more towards Spring the planet wakes up to new life all around us.  Here we see one such sprouting, as even the trees start waking up.

Taking a rest
Taking a rest photo by Salena Wakim

Taking a rest

Creatures great and small inhabit this world with us, we are never truly alone.  It doesn't matter if we love them, or hate them, they are citizens of this planet too.

Standing out in a crowd
Standing out in a crowd photo by Salena Wakim

Standing out in a crowd

Nature isn't perfect, but that's ok, it was never meant to be. What we need to learn is that perfection, and uniformity isn't always the way to go.  Standing out from the crowd can be a good thing.

Water falls
Water falls photo by Salena Wakim

Water falls

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.  Sadly this is becoming a reality more and more around the world.  Life as we know it depends on this stuff, so keeping it clean isn't a luxury, it's a necessity.

Oranges do grow on trees
Oranges do grow on trees photo by Salena Wakim

Oranges do grow on trees

Can you imagine a world without oranges?  Hopefully we will never have to experience it, but every year that freaky weather occurs sensitive crops, like many citrus varieties, are put in danger.  Ask your local Rubios restaurant why they don't have their limes on display this month.

What ya got there?
What ya got there? photo by Salena Wakim

What ya got there?

Many animals, like this squirrel, rely on built in instinct to help them get along in life.  If climate shifts alter the environment that he lives in to the point that the tree populations decrease, then this little guy is in trouble.  Not all animals will have enough time to adapt to dramatic shifts in the world around them.

Blue Bird
Blue Bird photo by Salena Wakim

Blue Bird

This little guy may live in a garden of plenty, here at his home at the Fullerton Arboretum, but not all birds are as lucky.  As the warming weather allows insects to hatch earlier than their avian counterparts, many birds have to work harder to find food for their young than ever before.

Bird in tree
Bird in tree photo by Salena Wakim

Bird in tree

Even one small bird can eat thousands of insects within its lifetime.  Now imagine if that bird was taken out of the equation.  Nature's balance is delicate, and once upset, we rarely like the consequences.

Here fishy fishy
Here fishy fishy photo by Salena Wakim

Here fishy fishy

Fish around the world can't escape the pollution we're putting in the water.  We need to take steps to clean up the messes we've already make, and make sure that we don't continue making the same mistakes in the future.

What are you looking at?
What are you looking at? photo by Salena Wakim

What are you looking at?

Many water districts already are adding cleaners to our water supply which harm many aquatic creatures, such as this turtle. Ask anyone who has a pet turtle, frog, or even fish, what they have to do to the water before they put it in their pet's tank.  Then think about all those turtles out there who are being exposed to those chemical as they make their way into our natural water supplies as well.

What do you mean you can't touch your nose to your own back?
What do you mean you can't touch your nose to your own back? photo by Salena Wakim

What do you mean you can't touch your nose to your own back?

Many farmers around the country are trying to help out by maintaining artificial water ways, and ponds, so that water fowl like this duck can have  places to land.  Without such assistance many migratory birds wouldn't have anywhere to feed or nest.

Fullerton Arboretum
Fullerton Arboretum photo by Salena Wakim

Fullerton Arboretum

There are some places, such as the Fullerton Arboretum, where people are trying to preserve the natural world.  The facility is open and free to the public.  So, come take a stroll around the grounds, they even have some extended hours in April.  Check the website for details. 

Stop and smell the roses
Stop and smell the roses photo by Salena Wakim

Stop and smell the roses

Take a tour, take a class, or just stroll aimlessly along.  Any of  the above will do, just make sure that you take the time to stop and smell the roses before you go.  Happy Earth Day everyone!!!