Spring 2007
Vol. 15 No. 1
"He who plants a tree plants a hope" - Lucy Larcom

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Homes for Wood Ducks - Nature Area

Welcome Spring 2007

Volunteers Needed

Member Opportunities

Is a Toad a Frog?

2006 An exciting year!

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

2006 Conservationist

Welcome, New Board Members

Nature Deficit Disorder

Landscape for Learning

Three Generations of Volunteers

Upcoming Events...

April 1 4
Tree Planting
Contact Fred Pepper 692-0517 to help plant trees on GINLC proerties.

April 22
Earth Day
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Centennial Farm

Nature Area Open
Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 6PM - 8PM
(Weather Permitting)

Wish List
Computer Printer
Electronic Projector
Display Boards
Benches for Nature Area
Shade Canopy for Nature Area

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Nature Deficit Disorder
by Margarete Hasserodt

At every opportunity, GINLC's longtime board member, Bruce Jones, brings up a subject that is very dear to his heart. He quotes from author Richard Louv's compelling book titled, Last Child in the Woods. In it, Louv concludes that today's children are suffering from a kind of "nature deficit disorder." This lack of caring about nature could alter the way future generations relate to and ultimately care for nature, wildlife, and the environment.

Do you remember how much time did you spent playing outside as a child? We need to do something to get our children or grandchildren off the couch and out the door to discover the wonders of the natural world.

According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average American child (age 8 to 18 years) now spends some 44 hours per week staring at electronic screens television, video games. computers and cell phones. The National Wildlife Federation's Green Hour website (www.greenhour.org) has great ideas for parents and grandparents on how to reverse this trend.

Take a nature walk, go fishing, go on a bug hunt or watch your bird feeder. Go out and have a fun time, Grosse Ile is a wonderful place to do that.