Independent from Long Beach, California on January 31, 1960 · Page 64
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 64

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 31, 1960
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LAST WEEK OF OUR 100,000 FURNITURE- DISPOSAL SALE WE, ARE REDECORATING! WALL-TO-WALL AND FLOOR TO CEILING Painters and workers need more room . . . our floor is jammed with the largest stock of furniture and appliances we've ever carried. We cannot warehouse this stock during the remodeling ... WE MUST SELL a large portion of the inventory. SAVE 30, 40, 50, EVEN 60% ·APPLIANCES · CARPET · CHAIRS · BEDDING 'LAMPS 'ACCESSORIES ·FURNITURE 'TABLES -SOFA-BEDS PLUS 3000 BLUE CHIP STAMPS NOW AT BEACH FURNiTUR COMBINATION REFRIGERATOR- FREEZER N L- i · "X 2 APPLIANCES IN 1 / AUTOMATIC ( DEFROSTING REFRIGERATOR / ZERO DEGREE FREEZER Model BK-IIT 11-cubic-foot · Slide-Out Shelves · Straight-Line Design -No Coils in Back PER WEEK PLUS 3000 BLUE CHIP STAMPS ONLY 28 INCHES WIDE PNQ : B-EACH FURNIT .th -STs\ afcd'. LONG' BEACH BLVD Phone HEmlock 6-2528 SANTA ANA'S JUNIOR AVDVBOJSS KNOW How a Spider Weaves Its Web By Vera Williams SEEN through a child's eyes is a world of wonder and fascination. . . a world of fresh and undreamed surprises. A seed traveling on the wind on a silken parachute . . . a spider web glistening witli drops of dew. . . crickets chirping in the autumn dusk. Where did the seed come from? How did the spider build its web? How--and why --do crickets sing? Some 50 years ago, a pioneer project in nature education was begun, in order to ''help children learn about the world of nature. The Audubon Junior Club program was started by the National Audubon Society to tench children to see, to interpret what Ihey observe, and to conserve nature's resources. TO DATE, LIVES of 11,000,000 children have been enriched through Audubon. Junior Clubs. Some of America's topflight naturalists a n d . conservationists were started through the clubs. And in searching through Audubon lists, it would be difficult to find a more enthusiastic Junior Club organizer than Miss Vanche E. Plumb, 2123 Rousselle St., Santa Ana, education chairman of the Sea and Sage Branch of the National Audubon Society, a retired English and social studies teacher in the Santa Ana schools. More than 150 children, 4th through the Gth grades, in the Santa Ana area are organized in Junior Audubon clubs. Largely they have been organized in school classes, and in groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. A minimum of 10 children and a leader may organize a club. CLUBS WORK on their own projects, they go on field trips, hear science lectures, attend science movies. They are encouraged to go to the Audubon at El Monte; leaders arc encouraged to attend the annual Audubon camp in t h e High Sierra between Sacramento and Reno. "Eyes that are eager to see, ears that are keen to learn, need more than the solid walls of a classroom. . . they need windows to look out onto the great world beyond," sums up the organizer. "We encourage the children to look, listen, smell and feel, bridging the span between indoor textbook learning and the actual experience of learning outdoors." A u d u b o n Junior Clubs stress the economic value of birds. If birds disappeared suddenly, they learn, insects would eat up all green things --and that would be fatal to · all animals, including man. How a spider spins a web is one of the mysteries of nature unfolded for youngsters through Audubon Junior Club membership. WHILE THE P U B L I C thinks of woodpeckers as hunting for insects on the trunks of trees, alert young clubbers quickly add that the red-shafted flicker (which is a woodpecker) sits beside anthills and eats as many as 5,000 ants in a single meal, and the California woodpecker stores acorns in the bark of trees. They know birds that eat fish, that eat flesh, birds that eat nuts, berries and seeds, birds that eat insects, birds that eat water-dwelling invertebrates or pond vegetation. They know which birds hunt in trees, in the air, in flowers, in rock crannies, on the ground, and in open fields. They can identify golden eagles, bald eagles, ospreys, falcons, broad-winged rodent hawks, and short-winged bird hawks. They identify trees, wild flowers, mammals. They know how trees grow, how to tell the age of a tree. They know how to explore ponds, desserts, mountains. They build their own bird houses, and bird drinking and bathing pools. "We encourage them to build -- not buy," explains Miss Plumb. THEY KNOW the latitude and the longitude of their homes; they know how to draw maps. They kiiow at least in a general way the history of the world from the time it was lifeless to the age of man. This is the Audubon Junior Club pledge, repeated at every meeting: "As a citizen of my country, I pledge myself to try in every way I can to conserve its natural resources; its soil, water, plants and wild, life and to protect them from harm and waste." Photos Courtesy National Audubon Society Trips afield and learning by doing and observation are part of the extensive program of nature study developed for youngsters.

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