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April 17, 2018  >>>  April 18, 2018    Tax Day
Tax day 2018 is two days later than usual - Business Insider

IRS to delay tax deadline by one day after technology collapse - The Washington Post

April 22nd     Earth Day

Friday, April 27, 2018    Arbor Day  
Sunday, May 13, 2018     Mother's Day

14265 180430  Cold War  Organization of American States established - Apr 30, 1948 -
Presidents:    Harry S. Truman    #33

14264 180430  Nature Notes    cloudy and rainy, around 69 degrees F, windy: S 16 mph*, Maplewood
Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-billed Gull (calls); some gulls sit on ice on the lake, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Grackle; one's carry nest-building materials in its beak**, Chickadee, Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Mallard, Crow, Robin, Cormorant, Fox Sparrow***, Blue Heron,
Gray Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog calls
Minneapolis, MN 10-Day Weather Forecast - The Weather Channel
**  The Habits of Grackles nesting, mating, feeding and incubation
***  Fox Sparrow - YouTube
Fox Sparrow scratching and feeding in leaf litter - YouTube
Fox Sparrow singing - YouTube
More info on Fox Sparrow
Nature Notes 

14263 180430  Ice-out  as of  April 30, 2018 
Lake Phalen, St. Paul, MN and Tanners Lake, Oakdale, MN are only about 70% ice-free. "Yikes!"
Round Lake (small lake) by Lake Phalen is ice-free.
Most ponds became ice-free this past weekend. "Yay!"

The melt is on: 1st lake ice-out in Minnesota | Public Radio News  April 20, 2018 | Ice-out running late across Minnesota  April 7, 2018
Ice-out nears (our photos shot in 2012)1  |  2  |  3  |  4  

14262 180430  Weekend Box Office Results for April 27-29, 2018 - Box Office Mojo
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - IMDb  2  A Quiet Place (2018) - IMDb  3  I Feel Pretty (2018) - IMDb

14261 180429  Wanderers  "Astronomy Photo of the Day" by NASA  April 29, 2018  video
In Space 

14260 180429  The Snows of Churyumov Gerasimenko  "Astronomy Photo of the Day" by NASA  April 26, 2018
In Space

14259 180429  Biggest sources of stress for today's adults  MSN, Stacker

14258 180429  Hair premieres on Broadway - Apr 29, 1968 -
HAIR (Broadway) - Hair [LIVE @ The 2009 Tony Awards] - YouTube
Hair (musical) - Wikipedia


14257 180429  Nature Notes    Sunny, around 68 degrees F, Maplewood
Pileated Woodpecker calls, Robin, Mallard, Canada Goose, Woodpecker (Downy or Hairy), Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Chickadee, Crow, Wood Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet female, 
Gray Squirrel, Muskrat swimming in a pond, 
Painted Turtles sunning on the log in a pond
Heard both chorus frog and wood frog calls from the very small pond.
Boxelder Bug
Nature Notes  2018
14256 180428 
Muhammad Ali refuses Army induction - Apr 28, 1967 -
Muhammad Ali Refuses Army Induction 1967 ABC NEWS - YouTube
NBC News - Muhammad Ali on not going to war - YouTube

Vietnam War
Presidents:    Lyndon B. Johnson    #36 

14255 180428  Chickasaw and Choctaw abandon communal lands - Apr 28, 1897 -
Native Americans
Presidents:    Grover Cleveland    #22&24 

14254 180428  Nature Notes    Sunny, Maplewood
Pileated Woodpecker, Robin (calls), Mallard, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Song Sparrow calls, Chickadee, Blue Heron, Crow mobbing, Wood Duck, Barn Swallow, Red-tailed Hawk, Starling,
Gray Squirrel, 
our first Painted Turtle of the season sunning on the log in a pond
Heard both chorus frog and wood frog calls in the very small pond - We spent a long time observing frogs and their eggs, which was fun. "Carole and Konnie, thank you so much for info on frogs and eggs."
Nature Notes  2018

14253 180428    born April 28, 1758    James Monroe    #5
President Monroe is born - Apr 28, 1758 -
Presidents    James Monroe    #5

14252 180427    President Grant is born - Apr 27, 1822 -
Presidents:    Ulysses Grant    #18

14251 180427  What People Earn 2018: An Inside Look at the Paychecks of Celebrities  Parade Magazine
What People Earn 2018: The Real Jobs and Paychecks of Everyday People

14250 180427     Magellan killed in the Philippines - Apr 27, 1521 -
Ferdinand Magellan - Wikipedia  c. 1480 – 27 April 1521, a
Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.

14249 180427  Nature Notes    Sunny, 61 degrees F, around 6 p.m., Maplewood
Blue Jay, Canada Goose (honking), Mallard, Wood Duck, Song Sparrow calls, Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Grackle, Blue Heron flying overhead, Northern Flicker (calls), Pileated Woodpecker (calls), Downy Woodpecker (calls),
Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Gull,
Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Muskrat swimming in the pond,
Western Chorus Frog calls, Wood Frog calls* and mating (?),
Regarding ponds in the Nature Center, it looks like ice-outs occurred last night.
lots of ice still on Lakes such as Lake Phalen and Tanners Lake
*  "Carole, a naturalist, thank you so much for info."
Nature Notes 

14248 180427  Nagano - Life Deep in the Mountains - - CYCLE AROUND JAPAN Highlights - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English
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14247 180426  Arbor Day Foundation - YouTube
Celebrate Arbor Day
What is Arbor Day? - YouTube
National Arbor Day 2018 - Where the Trees Grow Tall - Lyric Video by November Sound - YouTube
Friday, April 27, 2018    Arbor Day

14246 180426  
Nature Notes     Sunny, 52 degrees F, Maplewood,
Canada Goose (honking), Wood Duck (calls); a brave male Wood Duck resting on a tree branch as we approached him, Mallard (calls), Hermit Thrush, Cardinal Calls, Downy Woodpecker (female), Robin (calls), Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Mysterious bird? calls (unidentified)
Gray Squirrel, Muskrat,
Western Chorus Frog calls  
Growth of buds becomes more noticeable, Catkins
Nature Notes  2018

14245 180426  Least visited destinations throughout the world  MSN

14244 180426  Reagan visits China - Apr 26, 1984 -
Presidents    Ronald Reagan    #40

14243 180426  Maria Shriver marries Arnold Schwarzenegger - Apr 26, 1986 -
Maria Shriver - Wikipedia
  born November 6, 1955, an American journalist, author, niece of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy, former First Lady of California, and estranged wife of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

14242 180425  The Funniest Slang Term From Every State  MSN

14241 180425  April 25th  National DNA Day - National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
DNA Day - Wikipedia

14240 180425  Space telescope in orbit - Apr 25, 1990 -
Hubble Space Telescope April 24, 1990 - YouTube

The 1995 Hubble photo that changed astronomy - YouTube

14239 180425  Truman inaugurates White House bowling alley - Apr 25, 1947 -
President Truman opens first White House bowling alley - YouTube
Bowling in the White House basement - YouTube
Presidents    Harry S. Truman    #33

14238 180425  Nature Notes from a short bird walk, Sunny, 55 degrees F, Maplewood and Woodbury
Robin, Crow, Blue Jay, Chickadee (calls), Hermit Thrush, Wood Duck, Mallard (calls), Canada Goose, Killdeer* (calls)
 . House Finch,
Gray Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog calls, No Painted Turtles spotted
Growth of buds becomes more noticeable, Dogwood twigs are red,
*  our first of the season
Nature Notes 

14237 180424   Is Coffee Good for You? - 5 Health Benefits of Coffee  Prevention

14236 180424   Nature Notes: Kris’ Walk, Sunny, around 60 degrees F @ Roberts
Pileated Woodpecker (male & female), Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, a flock of about 20 Cormorants flying in a V formation, Sharp-shinned Hawk flying high overhead, Robin (calls), Grackle, Crow, Chickadee, Junco, Mallard, Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Loon flying overhead, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, 
Last year's Oriole nests

Nature Notes  2018

14235 180424  Cold War  The Bandung Conference concludes - Apr 24, 1955 -  
Presidents    Dwight D. Eisenhower    #34

14234 180424  Truman is briefed on Manhattan Project - Apr 24, 1945 -
Presidents    Harry S. Truman    #33    |    WWII 

14233 180423  Painting with Jupiter  "Astronomy Photo of the Day" by NASA  April 7, 2018

14232 180423  Weekend Box Office Results for April 20-22, 2018 - Box Office Mojo
A Quiet Place (2018) - IMDb  2  Rampage (2018) - IMDb  3  I Feel Pretty (2018) - IMDb  4  Super Troopers 2 (2018) - IMDb

14231 180423  Cold War  Truman confronts Molotov - Apr 23, 1945 -
Presidents    Harry S. Truman    #33

14230 180423    born c. April 23, 1564 -  died April 23, 1616    William Shakespeare
Birth and death of William Shakespeare celebrated - Apr 23, 1564 -

Top 10 Best Shakespeare Movies - YouTube
10 Historical Figures Who Never Existed - YouTube

Shakespeare Festival photo page 

14229 180423  Sunny, Gorgeous spring day
Turkey Vulture*, Red-bellied Woodpecker (calls), Brown Creeper, Blue Jay (calls), Chickadee calls: alarm and spring, small birds (unidentified), Pileated Woodpecker calls,
Western Chorus Frog calls*
*  Our first one of the season

Nature Notes  2018

14228 180423    born April 23, 1791    James Buchanan    #15
James Buchanan is born - Apr 23, 1791 -
Dred Scott decision - Mar 06, 1857 -
Presidents    James Buchanan    #15

14227 180422    A gorgeous spring day, Temp: around 60 degrees F 
Chickadee (calls), Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe*, Cardinal (calls), Grackle*, Crow, Downy Woodpecker, Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, A parent Bald Eagle sitting on the nest: they say a few eaglets are on the nest, but they're too small to see.
Red Squirrel,
Boxelder Bug*
*  Our first one of the season

Nature Notes  2018

14226 180422  Beautiful Photos of All 59 U.S. National Parks
PBS PREVIEWS: NATIONAL PARKS | Extended Preview | PBS - YouTube
Teddy Roosevelt V The National Parks Need Your Help. - YouTube
Keeping Yosemite Green: The Zero Landfill Initiative - YouTube

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April 22nd     Earth Day

14225 180422  Silent Spring Movie - YouTube
Rachel Carson and the legacy of Silent Spring | Science | The Guardian

Silent Spring - Wikipedia
Rachel Carson | American Experience | PBS
April 22nd     Earth Day

14224 180421  Naturalist John Muir is born - Apr 21, 1838 -
John Muir - Wikipedia
Sierra Club - Wikipedia

our National Park page  |  our MN & WI Park and Nature Center page
Scotland  | 
April 22nd     Earth Day
14223 180421  Earth Day 2018 Google Doodle - YouTube  Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees? | TED Talk
Jane Goodall and Her Chimps - YouTube
April 22nd     Earth Day

14222 180421  Golden Week | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide  late April - early May 
Golden Week
Golden Week (Japan) - Wikipedia

What To Do In Japan Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kanazawa, Takayama, Nagano - YouTube
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