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Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Two, Supply Water

Step 2 in the guidelines set forth by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), in the creation of a backyard wildlife habitat: Supply Water!

Chronicles of a Suburban Nature Mom

For those of you who are following us, you know that yesterday my son and I started to create a wildlife habitat in our backyard, following the guidelines set by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Yesterday our focus was on providing food sources for wildlife. Today, we worked on step two… supply water for wildlife.

Certification requires that the backyard provide one water source, selected from the following list:

  • Lakefront
  • Seasonal Pond
  • Coastal
  • Birdbath
  • Water Garden / Pond
  • Rain Garden
  • Lake
  • River / Stream
  • Spring
  • Shallow Dish
  • Puddling Area

In the past, providing water in our yard for wildlife wasn’t something I thought about. Actually, my focus was on emptying out any little bit of pooled water I could find, as I don’t want any mosquitoes breeding in the yard. Also, there is a natural spring just on the other side of our fence, which is primarily what attracts…

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World Water Day & Masaru Emoto’s Water Crystals

Masaru Emoto, self-proclaimed “water messenger,” researches the true nature of water as a mirror of our minds with his pioneering studies into how water can respond to thoughts and intentions. His groundbreaking images, taken with high-speed photography of crystals formed in frozen water, shook the scientific community twenty years ago, and continue to impact our role in protecting Earth’s most precious resource. His book The Hidden Messages in Water is an amazing and eye-opening read. (Also check out Messages from Water Vols 1 & 2, Water Crystal Healing, and others.)

The impact of Dr. Emoto’s studies and images on raising awareness and the global consciousness of water management — of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human health — is profound. Humans have done their best to harm it, and in effect, the entire plant, animal, and human populations that water governs, supports, and feeds. This March 22nd, help celebrate and remember that Earth has always been, and always will be our Mother — and we’re all here together, sharing her resources. As caretakers, it’s our responsibility to proactively address (not contribute to) water pollution — its prevention and restoration.

This past March 11 also marked the one-year anniversary of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami. Dr. Emoto has visited the island of his birth often, speaking and offering inspiration and support — for not only the widespread damage and rebuilding process in the wake of the natural disaster, but for the leaking of radioactive materials into the ocean environment, caused with the injury to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. In the midst of recent memorial services, Dr. Emoto spoke of the tragedy:

“Today is March 11th which is exactly one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Over 15,000 precious lives were lost and still over 3,000 people are missing. Please join us to pray for their departed souls and send your energy of love to people who are there still suffering by different reasons at 2:46pm at your local time. Just give one minute to offer silent prayers for them. With love and gratitude, Masaru Emoto”

Below are examples of Dr. Emoto’s groundbreaking images (more provided here); I saved the sad image of polluted water for last…

A water crystal exposed to the word WA, or Harmony in Japanese:

"WA," or Harmony in Japanese

A water crystal exposed to the word Arigatou, or Thank You in Japanese:

"Arigatou," or Thank You in Japanese

Masaru has called this his most beautiful water crystal formation — when the words “love and gratitude” were exposed to water. May all our thoughts be as bright and pure as this crystal:

愛・感謝, Meaning Love and Gratitude

And finally…what happens to our precious resource when we pollute it:

Polluted water from the Yodo River in Japan

“Yes we can change water by our consciousness.”

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World Water Day 2012

On March 22nd, 1993 the world celebrated its first World Water Day, established by the United Nations as a day for global consciousness of our most precious resource. Despite the fact that we live on a water-covered planet, only 1% of the world’s water is available for human use. With exploding population growth, access to a healthy and sustainable diet is becoming more critical — as is the need to reduce rampant food and water waste. Each year, World Water Day celebrations host different themes; this year’s focus is on “Water and Food Security.” Nearly 900 million people across the planet lack access to safe water, and 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation.

I saw firsthand the effects of a lack of access to this treasured resource (which is consequently tied to a poor diet), growing up where I did. We take the luxury of running water for granted in this, and most, countries. And now, living in such proximity to the Everglades (in what sadly once was the ‘glades), one quickly learns the destructive force of humankind on an entire ecosystem — a wholly unique environment on this planet — when natural waterways are re-diverted to suit development needs. I’m still on the lookout for local Water Day events…

I’ve always been surrounded by water, but humans have done their best to harm it, and in effect, the entire plant, animal, and human populations it governs, supports, and feeds. This March 22nd, help celebrate and remember that Earth has always been, and always will be our Mother — and we’re all here together, sharing her resources.

Visit National Geographic‘s informative blog, WaterAid, or the official United Nations Water Day site and its diverse materials (which provides promotional brochures, educational guides and more)….

Egret in the Everglades, Florida

Everglades, Florida

Great Blue Heron, Everglades, Florida

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