America Recycles Day: Nov. 15
November 15 is America Recycles Day , a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling. Thousands of organizations across the country host events to educate people about recycling resources in their community. Through recycling collection drives, demonstrations, competitions and other special events, citizens encourage each other to increase their recycling at home, school, the office and in the larger community.

Getting involved is as easy as making a pledge to recycle an item you normally throw in the trash. Your garbage can take on an unexpected second life:

  • A plastic shampoo or water bottle can become a park bench
  • A cereal box can be turned into a game board
  • Food can go into the production of a bicycle

To find America Recycles Day events near you, to host your own event or to learn more about the celebration, visit the national website here .
Survive the 'Fall Back' of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5, when we'll "fall back" an hour. You might rejoice at the extra hour of sleep, but it can be tough to adjust physically to the time change. Follow these tips to help regulate your body clock.

1. Eat dinner early.
Schedule Saturday's dinner an hour early to prime your body for the time change. Your circadian rhythm is linked to the time you eat, which impacts your sleep cycle.

2. Avoid screens before bedtime.
This applies year-round, but especially as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Too much time in front of the TV, computer or phone before you head to bed - or as you lay in the dark - will make it harder to fall asleep.

3. Wake up at your normal time.
Sleeping through the Sunday morning sunlight can leave you feeling out of sorts. Try to wake up at your usual time and use the extra hour to whip up a special breakfast or go for a walk around your neighborhood.
Canada geese can often be found in urban areas throughout the year or found in the skies migrating in search of warmer weather. This giant of the skies characterizes autumn just as much as the changing of the leaves. Although they are often considered a nuisance, they were not always as abundant as they are today.

Native to North America, the Canada goose historically raised young in the northern regions of the U.S. and Canada, traveling south in order to avoid frozen waters. Unregulated hunting and wetland drainage led to severe declines of Canada geese throughout their native range. Before 1900 these geese had disappeared from Iowa, and by the 1950s they were thought to be extinct; however, a small flock was found overwintering near Rochester, Minn., in 1962. Captive breeding began in 1964, releasing more than 6,000 birds by the end of 1981.

With improved hunting regulations and habitat conservation programs funded through grants and hunting license sales, Canada geese have made a historical comeback. They can often be found in agricultural urban areas, where food resources are abundant and predators are few and far between. Over the course of the last 60 years, the population has gone from a small flock to an estimated 1.7 million this year in the Mississippi flyway alone. In the eyes of a conservationist, the Canada goose is considered an astounding success, something that was almost lost from our landscape. 
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