My Little Piece of the Planet
Week of October 17 – October 23, 2021
by Meghan Morral, Environmental Education Intern
Walking through my backyard, I notice piles of fall leaves starting to form in nearly the exact same spots as last October. I see the remnants of my garden, the last of my cucumber and pepper plants starting to die off, giving nutrients back to the soil to prepare for new plants in the spring. The two squirrels that live in the oak tree behind my house look much fatter than they did last May, and the lilac tree is starting to lose the last of its yellowing leaves. While it starts to get colder, and summer transitions to winter, I know that soon frost will form tiny crystals on the grass and bright red cardinals at my feeder will show off their striking red feathers against the snow.
Getting to know the plants and animals in my backyard has given me a great connection to nature. Part of me thinks the creatures and trees in my yard know me, too, by the way the branches bend down to reach me or how the squirrels screech at me when I come home from work. For me, all the little details create a deep connection to the place I’m in. Wherever you are, get outside and make those connections in your little piece of the planet.