BETHEL — You’ve heard about the eclipse, but did you know that International Dark Sky Week is April 2-8. This week, Mahoosuc Land Trust launched a new book on its Storybook Walk at Valentine Farm. 

If You Can See the Dark is a beautiful children’s book, gorgeously illustrated by Bethel’s own Mattie Rose Templeton, about the value of dark skies and natural starry environments. The first edition of this book, funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, has already sold out, so this is a great chance to enjoy it.

A dark sky allows us to view the stars, but it also helps wildlife. Moose, bats, fireflies, and all kinds of animals need the dark. From migration to finding each other to sleeping soundly, dark skies improve the lives of creatures great and small. Find out why dark skies are important for people, plants, and animals, and how to conserve them where you live. If You Can See the Dark, you can see so many amazing things.

Continue along the Storybook Walk to learn more about some constellations that you can find in the night sky–if it’s dark, and clear, enough. Over time, cultures around the world have had different names and constellations depending on what people thought they saw. Today, there are 88 officially recognized constellations.

DarkSky advocates work to reduce light pollution that disrupts wildlife, impacts human health, wastes money and energy, contributes to climate change, and blocks our view of the universe.

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