Symphony for Our World

This Earth Day (April 22), Nat Geo WILD is airing a special commercial-free musical event, Symphony for Our World. It’s a beautiful hour-long special that has zero narration, and pairs breathtaking wildlife footage with original music created by rock band X Ambassadors + Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers Music. It airs Sunday the 22nd at 8/7 Central time.

It’s breathtakingly beautiful, not just in images but the music pulls you through as we visit the 5 places unique to our earth. We start in the sea, with underwater creatures that will capture your imagination, and then move on towards the shore, land, mountains, and eventually, the sky. There are animals you may never have seen before, and sights that are hard to believe are real.

Revillagigedo, Mexico – Here, whitetip reef sharks, Pacific creolefish, barberfish, and Moorish idols populate the reef in this rich, sea habitat. (ENRIC SALA/National Geographic Creative)

You can even see the symphony in person in certain venues around the world! An inaugural performance will be held at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day, April 22. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeoevents.com/symphony. I can only imagine how beautiful the music would be performed live!

Another way that you can participate is by joining the conversation on social media. Nat Geo WILD is partnering with the National Geographic Photo Ark for this Earth Day event. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Share your selfies on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether.

You can learn more at PhotoArk.org, there are many ways to help.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania – A small herd of giraffe trek their way across a plain, backlit by a multi-colored sunset (MICHAEL NICHOLS/National Geographic Creative)

Tune in and enjoy the beauty of our planet this Earth Day. You will be so happy that you did.

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The Sibley Guide to Birds #ChewyInfluencer

I received this item free of charge from Chewy in exchange for my honest review.

Spring is finally arriving in my part of the world, and with it, the return of many birds! Because we usually have a lot of snow and cold winters, a lot of birds leave for warmer climates before making a return when the weather warms. Robins are always the first to come back, but there are many birds that we see that we haven’t known the names of. Luckily all that can change this season as we look at the birds with our new guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds!

This guide is amazing, beautifully illustrated, and full of information. I love how each page has a map showing where you can see each species. This is a book that covers all the birds in the world, so you could certainly take it with you on a trip! From the birds we see all the time, to the very rare species, they are all included. I also like that it includes information about their behaviors, and their habitats.

If you are looking to get into bird watching, be sure to visit Chewy to find this volume and other great books to help get you started.

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Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean

Dolphins have always fascinated me, so when we got offered a review copy of the book Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean, I was very excited to read it.

There is something about dolphins that capture our imagination, and if you are anything like me, you want to learn more about them. This book, based on her adult book, is aimed for younger readers (10 & up), but it is certainly enjoyable and interesting for adults as well.

Susan Casey introduces us to the dolphins that she has been studying over a two year period. She looks at the lives of wild dolphins in places like Maui, and even Ireland. Through her adventures in seeking out these beautiful beings, we get a look into their complex social systems, their navigation abilities, and playfulness.

I was so interested to learn about how far back the human dolphin connection really goes. Sadly, the book also touches on the threats that are affecting dolphins today, including noise pollution and more. Hopefully we can do something to ensure that these intelligent and playful dolphins will survive.

The book is easy to read, and even comes with an 8 page photo insert that shows various types of dolphins. It would be a great book for any child (or adult) interested in learning more about dolphins, sea life, or science.

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