Conservation Corner - Here comes summer

Mark Randolph

The first day of summer for us was Saturday, June 20. That is the day the Earth’s north pole was most pointed toward the sun.

This orientation of the northern hemisphere gives us very intense sunlight because the angle of the sunlight striking the ground is quite direct. The sun’s radiation travels through less air on its way to the ground, and the days are longer, too. Long days and more intense sunlight give us hot days.

Sunlight provides all of the energy plants use to make food for themselves, and all of the animals that eat plants in turn get their energy from that original source. Every plant follows some pattern to make the most of the sunshine and warm weather.

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