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March days worth celebrating

by Rebecca Reitz on 2020-03-09T12:38:00-04:00 | Comments
In addition to being Women's History Month, March holds some interesting National Days of observance.
1) Butterflies!
Did you know one of your Librarians (and this blogger) is a Butterfly lover?
National Learn About Butterflies Day is on March 14th.
Spring and summer are around the corner, so it is an excellent time to take a few minutes and learn something new about butterflies and appreciate their beauty.

Butterflies need our help to survive as they rely on flowers and other natural sources for survival.  We can help them by planting more flowers.

  • There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide.
  • Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches.
  • Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species.
  • Many butterflies migrate over long distances.  Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to the northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.
2) "Beware the Ides of March!"
Have you ever heard this expression?  
March 15th is also known as the Ides of March. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar.  A soothsayer tells Caesar to beware of this date. Turns out he gets murdered by his most trusted ally on this day! 
3) Spring begins on March 19th!
Spring begins on the vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long.  The amount of sunlight will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer.

The vernal equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator.  This is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. 


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