The challenge to participate in a microadventure every week for a year.
#25. Do the 30 Days Wild challenge
The 30 Days Wild challenges you to do something wild every day for the month of June.
Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness.
What is a Random Act of Wildness?
A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours!
★ Random Acts of Wildness: 101 ideas
Does it matter if I miss a day?
Don’t worry – we won’t tell if you don’t. We know that life can get a bit hectic. The great thing about nature is that you can find it anywhere, so think about finding the wild in your life every single day – taking the kids to school; walking the dog; looking out from the train on your commute. The chances are that nature is already there, but maybe you haven’t noticed it yet. We’d love it if you can do something wild every day, but 30 Days Wild is about helping you make room for nature in your life.
Wednedsay, 01 June 2016 – Night time trail run.
Although only a token run #GlobalRunningDay it got me out into Candlebark Park at night where I had a chat with several kangaroos and startled a wombat.
Thursday, 02 June 2016 – Watch a wild webcam
❝ You know what it’s like: it’s raining outside, the sky is grey, you want to see the amazing scenes nature has to offer. When you’re stuck inside in the middle of a summer thunder storm, watch a wild webcam and experience the sights and sounds of nature – from nesting ospreys to barn owls, red squirrels to bats.❞
http://www.viewbirds.com/ has an amazing list of webcams for nesting birds. I spent some considerable time watching the Laysan Albatross #AlbatrossCam, several Osprey Webcams, and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Peregrine falcons cams.
The BBC also has Springwatch 2016 which includes some live web cameras.
Friday, 03 June 2016 – Skywatching
❝ Mars steals the show at the start of the month. It is the brightest the planet has been in over a decade, so be sure to catch it rising in the east at sunset.
Saturn reaches opposition on the 3rd, which means that it lies on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun. This is when the planet will appear at its best and brightest, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise.
The Moon will be at perigee (closest to Earth) on Friday 3rd, at a distance of 361,141 km.❞ — Skynotes June 2016
Well, the plan was to do some skywatching this evening but the weather decided otherwise and rain clouds blocked all views of the heavens for the night.
What to do now?
I downloaded the 30 Days Wild App for some inspiration. – Buy/Read a wild magazine
❝ Ditch your phone for an hour and pick up a nature magazine!
Here at The Wildlife Trusts we have some amazing publications, such as our Natural World magazine, or our Wildlife Watch magazine for our junior members. Packed full of information, articles and everyday actions you can do to help nature, magazines are a one-stop-shop for all things wild!
It doesn’t have to be one of our magazines though. You can pop to any shop and pick up a wildlife magazine.❞
So I spent a pleasant evening reading the current Wild magazine, Edition 153.
Saturday, 04 June 2016 – Design a home for wildlife
❝ Design a home for wildlife by recycling bits and bobs from your garden – nature needs lots of textures and hidey holes, so get your creative hat on. Insects love small spaces to live, hedgehogs love insects, and badgers love hedgehogs. Inviting one species into your garden can spark a chain reaction leading to a wildlife rich haven in your backyard!
From bug hotels to hedgehog hideouts, consider different homes for a range of creatures and invite all manner of wildlife into your garden.❞
★ Creature Features [PDF]
★ How to make an insect hotel [JPG]
★ Build a bug mansion
And what better to snack on in the evening after designing a bug hotel?
Sunday, 05 June 2016 – Workout in the wild
❝ Exercise makes you happier and healthier (and so does nature!!) combine the two and take your jog through a local park or reserve.
Change your walking, jogging or cycling route to exercise in wild places, and watch your stamina and motivation improve (as if by magic!).❞
Hoka One One Trail Running Series : Race 1 : Studley Park #Westerfoldians
Monday, 06 June 2016 – Pen a poem
❝Do you wander lonely as a cloud with Wordsworth? How shall you compare thee to a summers day with Shakespeare? Nature is a theme that has run through poetry for millennia, and you can see why! Natural beauty is everywhere and an unrelenting source of inspiration. Poetry is the oldest form of literature and has birthed some of the greatest writers of all time, boasting names such as Beowulf, Socrates and Plato, to Philip Larkin and poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Join them, and have a go at writing a poem or blog about your favourite wild place.❞
seasons change begin
a contemplation of time
a leaf releases, falls
An attempt at the 5–7–5 pattern #haiku #30DaysWild
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 –
Finally caught up with Mars & Saturn last night after dropping off the Venturers for their night drop. A rather poor photo via the iPhone, but surprising that the iPhone could actually photograph two planets simultaneously. (Mars along left edge, Saturn just below the middle point).
NEXT: 30 Days Wild – Week 2
Published on March 2013
Through the trees the sunlight filters,
Glinting off the snow, caressing the water,
While water falls noisily nearby.
The water twists around, winding,
The stream continues on an endless path,
While the rocks remain frozen, solid obstacles.
The light is fleeting, so catch it fast,
For it shimmers, waning,
And the whole forest shimmers too.
The snow clinging to the trees won’t always be there,
And as the sunlight wavers,
Frost falls soundlessly to the ground.