April Monthly Is Here! OFA 2015 March 30, 2015 | The Old Farmer's Almanac

April Monthly Is Here!

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The April issue of The Old Farmer's Almanac MONTHLY magazine is here! It is loaded with lots of articles that will help you to start spring with a bang! We've got recipes, gardening tips, history, folklore and facts—plus the monthly weather update! To get insight into this month's issue, check out this preview.

April Monthly Is Here!

A Heap of Comfort
The good country sounds that come year after year.

Do you work on a farm each day? Do you savor the sounds that surround you? See if this short story by Benjamin Rice relates to you. Spring is here and the sounds that have likely become ingrained into your memory are back!

This Month’s Full Moon

This month’s full moon, the FULL PINK MOON, occurs on April 4 at 8:06 A.M. EDT. In the western states and provinces, a total lunar eclipse will be visible before dawn, entering the umbra at 3:15 A.M. PDT (6:15 A.M. EDT); elsewhere in North America, only its beginning phase can be glimpsed before the Moon sets.

Peek into Pecans

In case you don’t know, it’s National Pecan Month. What’s more, the United States (primarily the southern states) produces about 80percent of the world’s pecan crop—both good reasons to go nuts!

And that’s not all. Not only do most pecans have a buttery texture and delicious taste, but also they have nutritional benefits. These nuts are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep you energized all day. They can help to lower your cholesterol. Plus, almost 90 percent of the fats in pecans are of the heart-healthy, unsaturated variety.

We’ve included a few of our favorite recipes in the April Monthly to help you to celebrate these beneficial nuts all month long.

Jack Miner’s Major Influence on Canada Geese

Miner’s bird sanctuary changed the migratory pattern of Canada geese. His bird banding and tracking helped to map North America's major flyways and showed the importance of cross-border cooperation in protecting migratory wildlife. Plus, as the sanctuary grew, Miner spread his knowledge about bird and wildlife conservation across the continent.

>His achievements are a testament to the rewards of hard work, trust in firsthand observation, and—as he would say—strong faith. So we have included 10 little-known facts about his life in this month’s edition.

The Worst Day in Weather History

In eastern Indonesia lies an archipelago called the Banda Islands, which are part of the Moluccas, or Spice Islands. The tiny and isolated Banda Islands are famous for two things: first, for being the only naturally occurring source of the Myristica fragrans tree that produces nutmeg and mace, and second, for a series of disastrous events that took place there 237 years ago.


The April MONTHLY issue it’s packed with tons of wit and wisdom—plus, our famous weather forecasts and a weather update.

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