Wikipedia:Today's featured list/February 2018

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February 2
View from Blue House Farm bird hide
View from Blue House Farm bird hide

The Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) is one of 47 wildlife trusts which cover the United Kingdom. The EWT was founded in 1959, and it describes itself as Essex's leading conservation charity, which aims to protect wildlife for the future and the people of the county. As of January 2017, it has over 34,000 members and runs 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and 11 visitor centres. Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any English county, with saltmarshes, lagoons, mudflats, grazing marshes, reedbeds and shingle. Its ancient forests were formerly important to the local economy, with wood being used for fuel, construction and bark in the tanning industry. The EWT's first site was Fingringhoe Wick, which was established in 1961; its visitor centre has views over the Colne Estuary. The largest site is the 400-hectare (990-acre) Hanningfield Reservoir, which has nationally important numbers of gadwalls and a rare moss. The smallest is Horndon Meadow at 0.8 hectares (2.0 acres); it is an unimproved hay meadow which has 80 flower species. (Full list...)


February 5
2012 winner Adrian Peterson
2012 winner Adrian Peterson

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press (AP) to the offensive player in the National Football League (NFL) deemed to have had the most outstanding season. The winner is chosen by votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters who regularly follow the NFL. Multiple-time awardees include Marshall Faulk and Earl Campbell, both of whom won the award three times, each consecutively. Every winner of the award has been either a running back or a quarterback, with the exception of Jerry Rice, who won twice as a wide receiver. Running backs have been awarded 24 times, followed by quarterbacks, with 19 awards. Of the 45 winners, 27 were also named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player in the same season. Since 2011, both awards have been given out at the annual NFL Honors ceremony along with other AP awards, including the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and AP NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. (Full list...)


February 9
Publicity poster for the event
Publicity poster for the event

The 1924 Winter Olympics medal table was topped by Norway, which won seventeen medals in total, including four gold, three of which were won by Thorleif Haug in the nordic combined and cross-country skiing events. Finland placed second on the table, collecting four gold medals among a total of eleven. The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the I Olympic Winter Games, and known at the time as Semaine Internationale des Sports d'Hiver ("International Winter Sports Week"), was a winter multi-sport event held in Chamonix, France, from 25 January to 5 February 1924. When it was held, the games were not formally recognised as being the Olympics, but it was acknowledged that they were held under the "high patronage of the International Olympic Committee". Eight of the competing nations achieved at least one gold medal, with only Belgium and the hosts, France, medalling without winning a gold medal. (Full list...)


February 12
She & Him
She & Him

American musical duo She & Him has recorded more than 90 songs. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward formed the band after working on their rendition of "When I Get to the Border" from the soundtrack of The Go-Getter (2007). Their debut album, Volume One was released under indie label Merge Records in 2008. In 2010, Deschanel penned eleven tracks for their followed-up release Volume Two (2010), where her lyrics touch on themes of romance and self-appreciation. The duo's first Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas (2011) was recorded over the course of six days. Their fourth studio album, Volume 3 (2013) features more disco elements and string arrangements than their previous work. After signing with Columbia Records, She & Him started working on their major-label debut Classics (2014) with thirteen covers, recorded live and accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra. Their second Christmas release, Christmas Party was released in 2016. (Full list...)


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