Earth Day 50th anniversary!, spring wildflowers, comet watch, flourless brownies

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 19, 2020


April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

–Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Almanac Sponsor


Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Earth Day 2020
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The connection that we have to nature, plants, and the land is integral to our health and all that we are. Earth Day reminds us to take care of our planet—whether it’s cleaning up litter, planting more trees, recycling and repurposing, or going on a walk in a green space amidst the wildflowers. See ideas to celebrate!


Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Saving the bees isn’t an easy job, but there are a few things we can all do to help! It’s easy to create a perfect bee-friendly garden – large or small – just about anywhere, if you know where to start. Learn how.
Listening to Chickadees

Bird Sounds: Black-Capped Chickadee
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the black-capped chickadee. You may recognize their “chick-a-dee-dee-ee” or the whistled “fee-bee.”
Tick Removal Tool

The best tick remover is the one that is easy to carry and always with you! This safe tick removal tool attaches to key chains, leashes, and backpacks. Made in the USA from high-strength aluminum that won’t break or bend. Sold as 3-pack for spares and sharing.
The Great Comet Watch

As Comet ATLAS Fizzles, Comet SWAN Arrives
What’s the most spectacular sky object? A bright comet is certainly on my top-five list. A few weeks ago, you may have heard about Comet ATLAS. If not, no matter. It fizzled. And you’ll probably hear about new comets in the skies, like Comet SWAN. But how often do bright comets truly appear? 
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 8

Stuck at home? Keep youngsters entertained for hours with fun facts, fascinating stories, and educational activities!
8 Spring Ephemerals

Spring Ephemerals: The First Wildflowers
Spring ephemerals are the first wildflowers to appear in early spring. If you have a chance for a quiet walk in the woods, keep an eye out for diminutive, delightfully delicate flowers. Let’s take a look at bloodroot, trout lilies, and other ephemeral varieties. Their beauty is fleeting! 
Large Wooden Matchboxes

Choose from many different bold designs! Each matchbox is about the size of a deck of playing cards and contains 50 wooden matches with color-coordinated tips.
Moist Flourless Brownies

Peg's Black Bean Brownies

Need brownies? No flour? No problem! We have a substitution. If you don’t tell anyone, they won’t know! These brownies are moist and oh-so-chocolatey!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years!