A MESSAGE FROM SACRAMENTO AUDUBON’S EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Carla Barbaro, Bill Bianco, Sue Darst, Cathie Lazier, Sandra Steurer, Gesna Clarke (Chair)
COVID-19 has created a new vocabulary - words like flattening the curve, social distancing, contact tracing, and superspreading. It has also created the challenge of managing day to day life apart from family, friends, colleagues, coworkers and the general public; schools and non-essential businesses are closed; alternative ways for continuing education and business activities are prevalent; fear is rampant for front line workers, and the virus has taken the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and associates.
Amid this global crisis life goes on. The backyard is a perfect laboratory to observe this life force and the current harbingers of spring. There’s the chorus of songs from a mockingbird, rose buds sprouting like weeds, colorful flowers popping up everywhere, tiny apples solidly perched on stems, having survived a wind storm the night before, and a single petunia pushing through a tiny crack in a retaining wall. Birders, naturalists and conservationists know this activity gives us hope and strengthens our resolve to do all we can to keep ourselves and our families healthy, strong and resilient.
One way to do this while sheltered at home is to take advantage of resources such as books, webcams, virtual tours, family and children’s activities, and consumer information. We’ve all been inundated with these resources, but committee members hope you find the few suggestions below helpful.
The list links to on-line resources, but is not intended as a substitute for other family activities such as card and board games, flash cards; activities that encourage use of the mind, or creative activities such as knitting, sewing, painting, drawing; and at home theatrical, musical or dance performances.
Hopefully the list below will complement what you are already doing, or provides general information interest.
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