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Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 66 at Tree-Party-Central

Host: Your Festival of the Trees Coordinators
Deadline: November 29
Email to: bontasaurus [at] yahoo.com — or use the contact form on our Submit page
Theme: Open
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

What do you like most about trees? What kinds of trees grow where you live? Why are trees and forests important to you?

Each month we celebrate these and other tree musings with an online celebration hosted by volunteers from around the world. This December we invite you to join us for Festival #66 right here at our blog carnival home.

Our theme is open to all tree-related subjects. We challenge you to think outside the blog: send us a fresh look at an old friend. Need some ideas? Here are five fun ways to take a fresh look at trees:

1)   use chalk to sketch a tree shadow on the sidewalk

2)   visit a local orchard or tree farm

3)   dance with a tree, then try the waltz

4)   sit with the same tree for a few minutes each day

5)   visit a tree or forest you haven’t met in many years

Want some more serious fun? Think of a tree-question you want to answer, plan your own tree-related experiments, and then tell us about your results.

Visit the International Year of Forests website for events to celebrate trees and forests around the world.

Pick a trailhead, wander a bit, and then remember to share your findings with us for the Festival of the Trees 66.

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Submission Deadline October 27th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 65 is TODAY, October 27th. Celebrate trees this season with local ecologist Dr. Georgia Silvera Seamans.

Send us your permalinks to trees: blog posts, podcasts, videos, and other online media, and be sure to grab a badge for your blog. Need some inspiration? Take a walk with your eyes trained on branches and roots, or review the call for submissions.

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 65 with local ecologist

Trees Eat Bricks at 47th & Hazel in Philadelphia, photo by Guy Noir

Host: local ecologist

Deadline: October 27

Email to: info [at] localecology.org — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme: Open – Everything Trees!

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

2011 is the International Year of Forests, and local ecologist Dr. Georgia Silvera Seamans is celebrating with Festival of the Trees #65 (her second Festival this year).  Here is your opportunity to join the conversations at Georgia’s blog and investigate intersections of urban life and wildlife.

We invite you to take a closer look at your sidewalk this October, then send us the tree report. Show us spring fruit blossoms, sugar maple autumn leaves, tenacious rock-crunching roots, and shady canopied streets nestled in the oldest parts of your city. Show us which trees signal weather where you live, or get away from the city and show us what the local forests are up to.

We hope you’ll also share any juicy tree goodies you find online in your travels. Just send us the permalink, and we’ll do the rest.

We love trees & you love trees & trees need volunteers: win-win-win!

Celebrate forests and host Festival of the Trees at your blog. To volunteer, please contact us and pick your month. You don’t have you be a nature nut or a science nerd (both are welcome), all you need is a blog on any topic and a desire to host conversations about trees.

Psssst – spread the good word with some tree blog bling.

Submission Deadline September 30th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 64 is Friday, September 30th. All things trees – that’s what our host Pip Howard at europeantrees wants to see for October.

Send us permalinks to your thoughtful tree-rooted blog posts and online media, then grab a badge for your blog. Need some inspiration? Take a walk in the woods, or check the call for submissions.

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Got room for a tree fort in your blog’s backyard?

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 64 at European Trees

Lychee Tree After the Thunderstorm, photo by colemama

Host: europeantrees

Deadline: September 30

Email to: info [at] europeantrees.com — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme: Open – all tree topics welcome

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

For the October 1st Festival of the Trees #64, our host Pip Howard at europeantrees encourages submissions to invoke our curiosity:

“As a forester and still relatively new to the world of social media, it has been a huge pleasure and benefit to hear the many voices from around the world who share a common interest in trees but come from different backgrounds. This is a tool which can ultimately aid us all in ensuring the protection of all our trees and forests.

“I would like to invite any blog from any angle as I enjoy absorbing the huge wealth of artistic, scientific or simply passionate offerings that can be forthcoming.”

Tell us a story, take a stroll through an orchard, share your latest forest research, plant a seed or a seedling, or simply show us the changes in your local trees which herald the coming Equinox. Send us the permalink to your trees (and other trees you find online).

Submission Deadline August 30th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 63 is Tuesday, August 30th.

Keep your eyes and ears open, and take a look at what the wildlife are up to–up in the trees. Send us the permalink to your blog post, video, podcast, slideshow, or other e-tree-creation. Spot something lurking in the trees at someone else’s blog? Tell us where to find them (with a permalink).

Read the call for submissions for arboreal inspiration from our host Mike of the Slugyard.

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Hey, who planted this forest at my blog?

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 63 at the Slugyard

Pacific Banana Slug, Photo by Ben Stanfield (AcaBen)

Host: Slugyard

Deadline: August 30

Email to: mike [at] slugyard.com — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme: How animals and other wildlife interact with trees

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

Look high, look low, and look carefully. The Festival of the Trees 63 visits the soggy summer in Mike’s Slugyard on September 1st. This month, Mike asks us to take notice of what the animals and other wildlife are up to in the trees.

For example, you might think slugs are little more than monsters who decimate your veggie patch while you sleep. However, the Pacific Northwest is home to the beneficent Ariolimax Columbianus, known commonly as the Banana slug. Despite their delectable name, Banana slugs are more interested in fungi than garden veggies.

So what in the name of pine cones do Banana slugs have to do with trees? These creatures are important decomposers in Northwest forests. They live in the shade, feast on mushrooms and detritus, and excrete nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Banana slugs can also play a part in seed dispersal. Patient observers will be rewarded with the Banana slug’s mystical mating rituals and majestic yellow countenance.

Banana slugs are but one species you’ll find hard at work each day in the forest. Watch for raccoons in your orchard trees, listen for birds in your garden, take a closer look at crannies in tree bark, and get up early to see who’s walking the woods before the sun rises.

You know the drill: blog about your discoveries, send us the permalink, and spread the word! Links to juicy material at blogs besides your own are always welcome.

Submission Deadline July 30th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 62 is Saturday, July 30th.

Share a lesson you’ve learned from trees so we can learn too. Send us the permalink to your blog post, video, podcast, slideshow, or other e-tree-creation. Learn something about trees on someone else’s blog? Send us links to other fun tree stuff you find online.

Read the call for submissions for arboreal inspiration from our host Kate Natick of Beyond the Brambles.

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Pssst…. hear that? It’s the sound of the trees rustling at your blog…

Call for Submissions: Festival 62 at Beyond the Brambles

Host: Beyond the Brambles

Deadline: July 30

Email to: beyondthebrambles [at] gmail [dot] com — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme (optional): Lessons we have learned from trees

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

Close your eyes and consider: have you ever understood something more clearly because of a tree? From Beyond the Brambles our 62nd host Kate Natick asks each of us to share a lesson we’ve learned from trees. For the August Festival of the Trees you can tell us a story, share your latest research, or simply show us something you’ve just learned about a familiar tree where you live.

Don’t  think you’ve ever learned anything from a tree? Think again! Remember the first time you spotted a nest in a tree? Do you ever spend time with trees when things get difficult? Perhaps metaphors of trees help you to better understand the world or yourself? Maybe you’re a scientist who mines data from tree rings or pollen records to know more about the Earth?

If you’re not sure where to start, try a visit to the local arboretum, or perhaps contact your friendly local arborist to sign up for their next nature walk. Get out in the woods and discover what you may be overlooking! (Then share your treasure online and send us the link.)

Submission Deadline: May 29th

The deadline for the Festival of the Trees 60 is Sunday, May 29th.

Send in your tree-related submissions to Brenda of the Rubies in Crystal blog. Read the call for submissions for details and inspiration.

Remember: you can send more than just your own links. We invite you to share your May tree discoveries too.

Got a blog? Love trees? Volunteers are needed for future editions of the Festival of the Trees — contact us to host.

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