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Woman-to-Woman: “Ideas Worth Spreading”

Busy WomenBeing a woman these days can be pretty tough. You want to build a strong career, but you may also want to be a mom. Balancing the two—not to mention juggling exercise, hobbies and fun—can be a massive challenge. On top of all that, our best never seems like quite enough. We replay our days and weeks in our minds again and again, thinking about what we could have done better, or what we should have said instead of what we did, or how we could have better spent our time. It’s exhausting!

Today’s page in the Women Who Do Too Much Page-A-Day® Calendar captures that exact train of thought: “Insane thoughts of busy women: I firmly believe that everything I do, I should do better than everyone thought I could.”

Of course, we should always strive to do things the best we can, but we also have to cut ourselves some slack and remember to have some fun. When you’re caught up in hectic schedules and regrets, a little inspiration can go a long way—especially when it comes from other admirable women. TED (Technology,  Entertainment, Design) is an international group of conferences with a bevy of speakers on “ideas worth spreading.” The largest TED conference takes place in California annually. 

Here are a few of our favorite TED talks by women, and about women:

TED

(Photo from Flickr, credit: TEDxSomerville)

Can we “have it all”?, Anne-Marie Slaughter 

Can we? Should we? Many women ask themselves this question a lot, with only muddled answers in response. Perhaps we can, posits Slaughter, a public policy expert, if we change the systems in which we operate. Could women—and really all of us—have a better work-family balance if we adjusted the way we work, public policies and societal norms? 

New data on the rise of women, Hanna Rosin

Did you know more women are graduating from college than men? Recent data demonstrates that women are surpassing men in several important metrics. While there’s still some work to be done in leveling the playing field between the sexes, there are positive signs to keep us motivated. 

Why we have too few women leaders, Sheryl Sandberg

While women may be outperforming men in some areas, there’s still a glaring dearth of female leaders out there. Why is it that so many of the CEOs of corporations and political leaders of nations are men? The COO of Facebook tackles the question, and gives some good advice, too. 

Sheryl Sandberg

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Financial Times)

Feeling the femme power? Continue the inspiration fest with NPR’s American Chronicles: Women’s Equality, which explores the history of the American women’s movement.

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Travel Tuesday: Garmisch, Germany

If you’ve never been to Germany or haven’t spent much time there, you may have never heard of Garmisch. Sometimes, the places you haven’t heard of are well-kept secrets. Garmisch, featured today in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar, sits under the majestic Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 9,714 feet.

1000 Places to See Before You Die

The hyphenated full name for this Bavarian town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, hints at the fact that the present town used to be two separate jurisdictions. In 1935, Adolf Hitler forced the two towns to join to serve as the single site of the 1936 Winter Olympics. While the east and west areas of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to this day remain rather distinct in culture and architecture, they remain as one and are usually referred to simply as Garmisch.

While you may not be interested in visiting Garmisch for an alpine climb up one of the three routes on Zugspitze mountain, you’ll certainly appreciate the views of this jagged behemoth from below, it’s rocky top rising high above tree line. You can even make it to the summit sans the struggle thanks to the Eibsee Cable Car, which shuttles around half a million visitors to the top annually. Skiers can enjoy the Zugspitzplatt ski area come winter, and ogle the most modern ski jump in the world.

Beyond high altitude quests, Garmisch offers much more. Consider their motto: “Discover your true nature.” This is a place where you can see a Bavarian traditional folk dance, attend the June Richard Strauss festival in honor of the late famous composer’s birthday and drink delicious German beer.

Yet amidst history and culture, opportunities to connect with nature exist at every turn. From the Partnach Gorge bursting with invigorating waterfalls, to a viewing station on Alpspitze peak where you can take in the mountainous landscape, outdoor adventures and natural beauty are alive and well in Garmisch.

Garmisch, Germany

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Richard Taylor)

If you’re not a skier determined to hit the Zugspitze slopes and you are a beer and German culture enthusiast, there’s really no better time to visit Germany than in the fall during Oktoberfest. Whether you’re enjoying Oktoberfest in Garmisch or at home in the U.S., Beer for All Seasons will help you stay on top of all the festivals and beer events to take advantage of so you’ll never miss out on brews as hoppy and exciting as Zugspitze mountain itself.

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Meet Chips: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Chips, Page-A-Day Dog of the WeekChips is 7 years old. She is mixed breed and has some hunting/tracking in her blood. She loves going on long walks checking out all of the smells along the way. When we get home she is content to find a spot on the bed with one of her cats.

Congratulations to Chips, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

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Meet Biscuit: our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Biscuit - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Biscuit is 7 years old and lives in Norwich, England with her sister, Jasmine, and her two doting humans. Biscuit is a very clever cat and can do several tricks (in exchange for treats, of course!) such as giving high fives. She loves trying to eat everything in sight. We have to make sure that all food of any kind is under lock and key -- she will even eat through the packaging of any food that is left out!

Congratulations to Biscuit, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

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Rechazar to Reject

RechazarToday’s word of the day en español in the 365 Spanish Words A Year Page-A-Day® calendar is rechazar, which means reject in English.

Listen to the pronunciation of the word rechazar online now. 

Note: Page-A-Day offers a digital daily email companion calendar with the purchase of a physical paper calendar, and each of our foreign language calendars includes a pronunciation.  

Background

Let’s start by determining just how the word rechazar came into being. Interestingly enough, the word comes from cazar, or “to hunt.” Cazar, in turn, comes from the word for “chase.” Isn’t hunting seeking something out, rather than letting it go? Well, yes unless you think about it in another way. You’re hunting for an animal that you’ve rejected from your favor, or you’re hunting your enemy whose right to exist you have rejected. It may seem like a grim etymology, but it does explain how hunt became reject in Spanish.

Context

Here are a few memorable sentences to remember the word rechazar by.

 

¿Por qué el rechazo dolía tanto? 
Why does rejection hurt so badly? 
 
¡No me rechace mi amor!
Do not reject me, my love!

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Nicolas Raymond)

Si rechaza el brocoli, no se puede comer el postre.

If you reject your broccoli, you can’t have dessert.

 

Rechazo Coping Strategies

All of us face rejection at some point in our lives, be it from a school we applied to, a job we wanted or in your first heartbreak. Here are some ideas from Dr. Fredric Neuman at Psychology Today for coping with life’s rechazos:

-Be realistic about your odds. If you applied for a very selective school or job and didn’t get it, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means there’s a lot of competition. Don’t give up and keep trying to apply to other schools or jobs to increase your chances of eventual acceptance.

-Throw multiple darts. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, spread them out. Apply to multiple schools. Search for lots of open jobs. If you’re trying to make new friends, reach out to lots of different folks.

-Remember that rejection is not a reflection of yourself! There are many reasons for rejection, and sometimes they’re quite complicated and have little to do with you.

So, take rechazo in stride! 

365 Spanish Words a Day

Animals on the Silver Screen

We love it when our furry friends play starring roles on the big screen. First of all, acting animals are a pretty impressive phenomenon. Kudos to both these super smart animals, and to their skilled trainers. In today’s Crossword Puzzle in the Crossword Page-A-Day® Calendar, we have a puzzle with a zoo film theme.

To get your mind jogging on animal-themed films before you start the puzzle, we just couldn’t resist a little nostalgic reminiscing session about out favorite movies starring animals. From the kid movies that filled our childhood, to more adult flicks, these are the fauna films we’ll never forget! For this list, we’re including films starring real animals—no animated films.

 

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

What an incredible journey it was. It’s the story—narrated by Chance, a dog—of two dogs and a cat trying to return home to their owners through the wilderness. Based on a book called The Incredible Journey, this tale of their adventures is indelible in the collective memory of children growing up in the ‘90s!

Homeward Bound

 

Babe

The heartbreaking yet humorous story of a pig that wants to be a sheepdog. This Australian film probably influenced many of its young viewers to become vegetarians, or at least abstain from bacon for awhile! It was even nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards.

 

March of the Penguins

A beautifully shot window into the lives of penguins in Antarctica, this documentary made all who watched it fall in love with the tuxedo-suited bird. By turns hilarious, tragic and awe-inspiring, it also snagged an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

March of the Penguins

 

Life of Pi

The most recent of our animal movie picks, Life of Pi is based on a novel of the same name written by Yann Martel—a truly riveting read. The film was released in 3D and follows “Pi” Patel as he relays his life story to a novelist. One of the standout stories from his life involves a shipwreck he endured at age 16, after which he became stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific with a tiger named Richard Parker.

Life of Pi

Now put one of these movies on—or perhaps simply welcome your pet into your lap—to channel their animal vibes as you tackle the crossword puzzle!

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In Stupidity Today:  To Read or to Forget to Read

Have you ever forgotten to do something you actually loving doing … for a whole year? Norah Jones has once admitted: “I’ve always loved to read, but sometimes I go for a year without reading a book because I forget to.”

Really, Norah? Not the brightest thing to ever come out of this soulful singer’s mouth. Maybe it’s more like she didn’t have time to read, or was distracted by other endeavors like songwriting or world tours.

Either way, the blip of a quote landed her in the Stupidest Things Ever Said Page-A-Day® calendar.

How about celebrities who don’t forget to read? There are a lot of them and some of them have great literary taste. Obviously, there’s Oprah with her Book Club, but there are many other actors, musicians and other famous folks who consider themselves well-read.

Comedienne Amy Poehler was a self-described “voracious reader” as a child. “Reading was a way to make friends or enemies, a way to discover how all these different people exist in the world,” Poehler recalls. Her picks: I Like You, by fellow comedienne Amy Sedaris, and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

(Photo from Flickr, credit: PBS Press Room)

Which HBO series star loves Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov? That would be Lena Dunham, perhaps because her first name bears resemblance to the title. “I read it for the first time in fourth grade, because I was told that it had sexy parts,” Dunham says.

President Barack Obama, a two-time author himself, fancies Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, as well as the works of Shakespeare, the writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the greatest story ever told, the Bible.

If you had to guess what the favorite book of comedian Jim Carrey would be, what would you pick? A light-hearted funny story? A Shakespearean comedy of errors? A David Sedaris memoir? Nope, this funny man has a dark side. His favorite all-time read is Dostoevsky’s tome Crime and Punishment. Jim, we never knew you could be so deep!

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Greg Hernandez)

In other stupidity news for the weekend, we have a question posed by an English vicar to his bishop in an email. “My Lord,” he writes, “I regret to inform you of the death of my wife. Can you possibly send a substitute for the weekend?” It turns out, men of the church can have quite a good sense of humor (we hope).

Stay smart, folks!

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Meow Down to a Cat? Ancient Egyptians Did

In India, cows are holy—and you’ll certainly never find beef on a menu there as a result. There, they also bow down to the cobra, and even celebrate the slithery reptile in an annual festival. Over in Greece and Egypt, goats are worshipped. In the Chinese Zodiac, pigs are amongst the twelve most lucky animals. The Thai believe that the souls of the dead reside within elephants, and the Lord Ganesha god has the head of an elephant. Animal worship—also known as zoolatry—is common the world over.

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Curtis Palmer)

So what about cat worship? Is anyone meowing down to the kitties in the 365 Cats Page-A-Day® calendar? The answer is a resounding yes!

In Ancient Egypt, many of the gods and goddesses worshiped by Egyptians took the form or characteristics of cats. They deified other animals, too, but the cat towered above all other animals in divine status. In the Valley of the Kings, an inscription conveys just how important cats were to the Egyptians: “You are the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; you are indeed the Great Cat.”

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World)

Perhaps some of this cat worship stemmed from the fact that cats actually played an important role in Egyptian agriculture. Cats helped to rid their stored grain of mice, rat and snakes that would compromise their grain. The Egyptians referred to all cats as “miu,” a likely allusion to the sound cats make.

There are more examples of cat worship in various cultures. For example, Peruvians that lived even before the Incas worshiped Ai-Apaec, a god that had the face of an old man with long fangs and a cat’s whiskers who could take the form of a tomcat. While in Poland, agricultural families worshiped black cats because they believed they chased away ghosts and other evil creatures.

Do you worship your cat? If your kitty is just divine, enter your pet into the Page-A-Day® Cat Contest. Or, vote from this week’s cat contestants!

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The Shoe Architect

The architect. That’s what they call shoe designer Burak Uyan, perhaps because his shoes are like columns, complex structures and, at times, modern buildings. That’s no coincidence since he cites his sources of inspiration as “architecture and arts and crafts.” Born in Germany and based in Paris, Burak has his own eponymous label, and formerly designed for Givenchy and Giambattista Valli.

Today, his shoes appear in the Shoes Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar. These blue suede booties from his 2012 collection cut the ankle at a provocative asymmetrical angle and are lined with blue reptile skin trim.

Perhaps Burak’s penchance for architectural footwear is what allows him to mount soles atop such high heels, while still conveying a sturdy and well-mounted impression. In addition to being expertly constructed, these shoes are sassy and splashy. Sure, Burak’s German precision is loud and clear in each design, but his use of curvaceous line, bold color, buckles and material is anything but austere.

Art Deco makes an appearance in turquoise and mint-green color block pumps. A black ankle bootie smacks of Victorian style with its wide lacing, yet Steampunk pizzazz with its futuristic, dark character. In a playful pump, a network of pink and purple zig-zags across the foot.

 

Ah yes, these are the type of steal-the-show shoes that you might don to an art gallery opening, a rooftop lounge cocktail party or a club where you intend to see and be seen. Based on Burak Uyan’s Pinterest, we’re guessing he’s a pretty cool guy with a great sense of humor—and a tattoo enthusiast. Check him out and learn more about this brilliant German maestro of the shoe.

 

Visit Burak Uyan's profile on Pinterest.

Travel Tuesday: Cape Breton

Not many places can boast a series of rave reviews as impressive as this island in Canada.

“One of 49 journeys that’ll change your life,” CNN beemed in 2013.

“Most romantic place in Canada,” vacay.ca said in 2012.

#1 island destinations in North American, #3 in the world,” Travel & Leisure magazine declared in 2011.

When you think of the world’s greatest islands, Canada might not necessarily jump to the top of the list. In North America, perhaps you think of islands off the coast of Florida, or Hawaii’s tropical Kauai or Oahu. Worldwide, there are the famous Greek islands, and the white sand beaches of Southeast Asia. So what could an island in Canada have on all of those famous spots? After all, Cape Breton must be in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar for good reason.

For starters, Cape Breton is home to stunning scenery—cliffy beaches, old lighthouses and lush trees—that creates a one-of-a-kind setting. Then there’s the culture: a melting pot of Scottish, Acadian, Irish, African, and the native Mi’kmaq tribe. This intermingling of these traditions creates a vibrant musical arts tradition, and makes for a diverse and sophisticated culinary scene.

(Photo above from Flickr, credit Joe Schlabotnik)

(Photo above from Flickr, credit Andrea Schaffer)

As far as how Cape Breton will change your life, there is no shortage of life-altering experiences to be had upon this lively island. For example, you can:

-Hike the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as you listen to the echo of fiddling off the hills surrounding you

-Relive history at the largest historical reconstruction in North America—enlightening for adults, and a blast for kids

-Shoot for a hole-in-one on one of the award-winning golf courses

-Dance at a Ceilidh to the tune of local Celtic fiddlers

-Explore the waters on a cruise, by kayak or canoe

If all the Scottish culture around Cape Breton has you craving some sips of good scotch on the rocks, may we suggest you check out Single Malt and Scotch Whisky? This guide will help new Scotch drinkers and seasoned Scotch aficionados alike to search for the brands perfect for their taste. We bet it will help you loosen up as you do a jig to the Celtic tunes in the most romantic place in Canada.

 

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Spoiler Alert! Solution to September 9 Mensa Crossword Calendar, Featured in Newsletter

This puzzle is from 10-Minute Crossword Puzzles Page-A-Day Calendar. Keep your brain sharp in 2015 with one of our game, puzzle, or trivia calendars. These calendars make terrific gifts for puzzle lovers any time of the year!

This puzzle is featured in the September edition of our newsletter, along with a travel lover's bundle giveaway. Enter and win! 

View the solution to the September 9, 2014 Brain Buster below.

September 2014 Mensa Crossword Puzzle

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September Sweepstakes - Travel On with the Ultimate Traveler’s Bundle

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Travel can be inspirational, aspirational, and so transformational. Indulge in fantasies (or, if you're lucky, memories) with Page-A-Day®'s Travel Lover's Prize Pack. These books and calendars are the perfect escape and the perfect gift for anyone who loves to discover new places and see the world.  

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Meow Monday – Best Places for Cats Online

Happy Meow Monday! Today, we’re ogling this adorable Birman in the Cats Gallery Page-A-Day® Calendar. There’s just something so alluring about its silky white fur with orange accents beaming on its tail and face. The blue eyes don’t hurt either.

The Birman breed hails originally from Western Europe—England, France, Germany—and also Australia. They’re known for being sweet, loving and playful yet not hyperactive. They’re also not the most talkative of kitties.

Most cat lovers—and most web surfers, really—know that felines have taken up their fair share of space on the Internet. From hilarious YouTube videos of cats falling not so gracefully, to pictures of cats dressed up in clothes, there’s plenty of online fodder for cat lovers.

We’ve all seen LOLCats photos posted on Facebook or elsewhere on the web. Hilarious pictures of cats with captions in what can only be described as LOLCat speak. A kitten on a mini computer says “iz likin myself onlolcats.com.” Two cats kiss and rub their noses together with the caption, “i kan has eskeymo?” You get the idea.

Cat Bounce has a pretty simple and amazing premise. Against a colorful background, black and white cats fall from above and bounce against the bottom of your screen. If you click “make it rain,” a downpour of cats ensues. We’re not really sure who came up with this or why it’s so entrancing, but, well, you kind of just have to see it for yourself. You should probably stop what your doing RIGHT NOW to click on the link. Go ahead, we'll wait...

In more serious (and perhaps practical) cat websites, Love Meow is a blog for cat lovers and also has a slant toward rescued kitties. There are stories, videos, adorable photos and information about rescue cats.

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Meet Baby: This Week’s Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest Winner

Baby - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

We found Baby and his siblings in a shed abandoned by their mother. Baby was the runt and had to be bottle fed. Last year he got outside and was missing for 5 weeks in the middle of winter and we were lucky enough to have a response to an ad on craigslist, we are so thankful to have him back. He enjoys playing fetch and being cute.

Congratulations, Baby! You're this week's Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest winner.

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4 Month Countdown To Season 5 of Downton Abbey (in the US, that is)

Stateside, we're pretty envious of UK viewers who get to see Season 5 of Downton Abbey in only a few short days. ITV, the UK equivalent to PBS Masterpiece, begins airing the beloved upstairs/downstairs series about wealth, class, secrets and servitude starting on September 21st!  They've launched this new trailer (a must-watch, though purists may find it contains some spoliers). We're positively alit with anticipation over here in the United States. 

We must calm ourselves and keep our wits about us as we wait for Season 5 to air here on PBS Masterpiece. Here's our plan of action.

First, tea. Lots of tea. It will sooth our nerves but also remind us of the lovely tea services we'll see come January. This month we're drinking from the upstairs collection, though the downstairs collection looks promising as well (and, frankly, a little more down-to-earth)!

Second, games. We play Downton Abbey games and do Downton Abbey puzzles to keep us occupied. We're trying to get our hands on this amazing Downton Abbey dollhouse featured on the PBS Masterpiece Store site! 

Third, gazing through our Downton Abbey Calendars from Page-A-Day®. It's the only way to keep all our chores straight and keep our love alive for all the vibrant characters of Downton Abbey!

 

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Getting Lost with Tae Won Yu

"Being the love of making pictures everyday,” artist Tae Won Yu says about himself. He’s living that maxim through his unique illustrations, design work and photography, like the drawing featured in the Today is Going to Be a Great Day Page-A-Day® calendar.

The great thing about getting lost is that you might end up finding yourself in the process. Getting lost can be self-relevatory, and getting lost in something you love, or with something you love can really create the ultimate joy.  

In “Let’s Get Lost,” Tae features a girl biking through a city in beautiful watercolor. One of the best times to attempt to get lost is when traveling in a new town or city. Rather than unfolding your map at every corner and whenever you feel a bit turned around, wander through the unfamiliar streets and paths and take in the new surroundings without concern for your precise location. By bike or by foot, wandering can be a powerful way to connect with your environment freely with your mind fully focused on the sights, smells and sounds around you, rather than whether you need to make a left or right turn.

Consider Tae's advice and make your day a powerful and conscious one by letting yourself get lost in something you love, like art or writing. An art lover can certainly lose him or herself looking through Tae Won Yu's portolio. From mixed media collages, to digital design, to photography, he’s not afraid of switching up the method he uses for making imagery. Check out more of his bold and unique paper craft creations on Pinterest or browse his blog on Tumblr.

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Celebrate National Wilderness Month with Audubon

Wild (1): A book by Cheryl Strayed, and a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Wild (2): Not domesticated or cultivated. September: The ninth month of the year—and National Wilderness Month!

First, our team here at Page-A-Day® is really excited about the premiere of the movie Wild.

We all read and obsessed over the book, a memoir which tells the story of Cheryl Strayed as she makes her way along the Pacific Crest Trail, leaving behind her troubled past and pushing herself through her darkest emotional hour into a brighter, more empowered future. Strayed wrote about how the power of the wild transformed her.

We think that protecting our nation's wilderness aresas ensures others will have an opportunity for a similar transformational experience. This September 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and President Obama honored the wilderness movement by dedicating September National Wilderness Month! Wilderness.org has a great press release about the history of the Wilderness Act, if you're interested in learning more.

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You already know the Page-A-Day® Team is obsessed with animals: just take a look at our Cat, Dog, and Sloth calendars! We are also committed to animals in the wild, and wilderness preservation. We know how important those protected areas are to our ecosystems, and we partner with the National Audubon Society to share their message, featured alongside beautiful photographs of natural wonders and brilliant birds. 

Audubon's mission, from their site, is: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature and the power to protect it. A powerful combination of science, education and policy expertise combine in efforts ranging from protection and restoration of local habitats to the implementation of policies that safeguard birds, other wildlife and the resources that sustain us all--in the U.S. and Across the Americas.  

Browse our Audubon calendars and fall in love with the wilderness and our wild, natural world this September!

 The Audubon Society celebrates National Wilderness Month

Travel Tuesday: Boundary Waters, Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota, USA

When glaciers melt, what type of landscape is left in their stead? The answer lies in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness featured today in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar.

This enormous territory stretches across over a million acres from the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota to the Canadian border. In 1926, the government earmarked the land for preservation, and in 1964, it officially became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness offers an unparalleled environment of peacefulness in nature that is difficult to come by in this day and age.

In a Wilderness area as large as the Boundary Waters, it’s easy to sink into the natural landscape and forget about the fast-paced, perhaps not-so-pristine environment you may be seeking to escape.

 National Wilderness Preservation System

So what do the glaciers leave in their wake? Craggy cliffs, canyons, rolling hills, rock formations, and rock-filled and sandy beaches alike. Of course, as the name of this Wilderness area implies, ample waterways beckon canoe enthusiasts. Several thousand lakes and streams flow through the canyons and forests of the Canoe Area Wilderness.

In between your days exploring via canoe, you can enjoy the phenomenal camping the Canoe Wilderness Area has to offer. From remote backcountry campsites, to developed campgrounds in the National Forest area, to privately-owned campgrounds and RV resorts around the area, you’ll have your pick of camping experiences here.

For those who love the solitude that winter offers, or just favor cooler temperatures, wintertime visits to the area offer the potential of dogsledding trips and ice fishing adventures. Particularly for local Minnesotans, Canoe Area Wilderness offers a wonderful way to continue playing outside in spite of the cold.

If you’re traveling from outside of the state, be sure to practice your best Fargo accent with How to Talk Minnesotan, wherein you’ll learn to jive with the locals in vocabulary and intonation. For a briefing on Minnesota culture, listen to the ever-popular radio show, Lake Wobegon, hosted by Garrison Keillor with a medley of musical and comical acts. Then head to the Boundary Waters, where you’ll fit right in.

   

September is National Save a Tiger Month and Save the Koala Month!

A tiger and a koala may seem like a rather unlikely pair to be paling around together, but the two animals actually have something in common. Both are on the endangered species list, and both have awareness campaigns about their endangerment during the month of September. 

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Around 100 years ago, over 100,000 tigers roamed their habitat in Asia. Now, there are fewer than 3,200 left and conservationists worldwide are doing everything they can to increase tiger populations. Tigers roam through only 7% of the area they once used to inhabit. Why this massive population decline? A number of factors are at play, including depopulation of the animals they prey on, destruction of tiger habitat, and poaching of tigers by those seeking to collect their sought-after pelts and bones.

The Tiger Conservation Initiative is an international group of tiger conservationists, scientists and celebrities who united with the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility to help save the tiger. Thankfully, they are joined by many other organizations with similar goals. Panthera, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, created the Tigers Forever strategy has a goal of increasing tiger populations in major tiger habitats of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and Thailand by 50-percent by 2016 by reducing poaching.

Over in Australia, koalas are getting some help from the Australian Koala Foundation, the organization that created Save the Koala Month. The Australian Government declared koalas to be “vulnerable” in 2012, yet the Australian Koala Foundation argues that the label should really be taken up a notch to “critically endangered” for the South East Queensland region. Like tigers, koalas suffer due to the destruction of their habit, as well as from dog attacks, bush fires, and car accidents. Check out their website to see how you can help by adopting a koala, donating or helping to spread awareness! 

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