Share Images Of Local Native Plants & Animals at the Old Creamery in Cummington


Wild native plants, animals and insects in the hilltowns. Pictured here: Golden Orb Weaver Spider, Tiny Toad, Coltsfoot, Fox Den, Trillium, Ringneck Pheasants, Skunk Cabbage, Luna Moth and Virginian Tiger Moth (caterpillar). (Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield)

Rosemary Wessel of Cummington, MA writes:

350 Neighbors : A Project to Support

All over the world, on October 24 2009, thousands of communities will add their unique voices to the global chorus calling for legislators to act swiftly and boldly to reduce Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels back to or below 350 ppm. The organization,, has put out a call for everyone on the planet to express their concern about climate change by creating or participating in a local, community-based, media engaging, and beautiful action which can be documented and sent via internet to our legislators.

For all of human history until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275ppm of CO2. Today, CO2 levels are at 389 ppm and rising by about 2 ppm per year.  Recent research by James Hansen of NASA indicates that 350 ppm is probably the upper limit of safe CO2 levels for human life ” if we wish to maintain a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted”.

In December of 2009, world leaders from every nation will meet in Copenhagen to finalize a new climate change agreement. is a global effort to convince our leaders to make 350 ppm the “north star” guiding us back out of the danger zone.


350 Neighbors is a local project to express how precious the bountiful diversity of life is to us here in the hilltowns. We are lucky to live in a place where wild plants and animals still enrich our daily lives. 350 Neighbors is a project to appreciate and celebrate our wildlife neighbors and express our concern for the future of our lives and theirs by creating a local action.

We’re organizing a day of events on October 24, the International Day of Climate Action. Have ideas? Want to help? Contact Amy at 634-5659

Now for the fun part! How YOU can participate!

The Old Creamery in Cummington, MA will be collecting 8 ½” x 11″ photos or drawings of our wild plant and animal neighbors. We are displaying them at the Old Creamery until a date in October when we will create a big display and slide show of all the photos we collect. Come watch the store come alive with beautiful images!  Bring in pictures that you have taken locally of your wild neighbors.  (Preferably not the guy next door in his loin cloth.) We will try to get at least 350 different local species, but all duplicates will be included in the show. We would love to have the 350 be native plants and animals, but if you are in love with that hybrid rose by your back door, we will include it in a non-native section of the show. Please fill out a form with each picture you submit to help us all learn about our neighbors. Let’s remind our legislators what is at stake in Copenhagen.


    The form is available at the Creamery, where the photos are currently being displayed. Bring in your 8-1/2 x 11 print, fill out the form and we’ll gladly display it!
    If possible, please also email any digital originals or scanned photos to Rosemary Wessel ( to be used in the slide show. If you don’t have a digital original or a scanner, please email to let us know, so we can scan it for the show.

Don’t forget to let us know your name, where the photo was taken, the approximate date it was taken, the species name if you know it and any comments or story connected with the image.


One Comment on “Share Images Of Local Native Plants & Animals at the Old Creamery in Cummington

  1. This sounds like such a fun and exciting project to be a part of. So great. I’ll be sure to try and add to it.

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