Celebrate National Wildlife Week
Does your municipality declare National Wildlife Week (NWW) each year? If it doesn’t, it should! NWW is a great way to increase community awareness of wildlife and habitat conservation.
There are all kinds of things you can do to celebrate NWW — like arranging a wildlife movie night or inviting a wildlife expert to give a talk. You can even organize an entire NWW festival for your community. For more information, call the toll-free, Canada-wide NWW hot line at 1-800-563-WlLD.
Here are just a few ideas from some of the hundreds of Canadian communities that celebrate NWW:
- Organize a planting party. A local nursery may be willing to donate trees, shrubs, or plants for the event.
Spruce up the grounds of your municipal offices by planting trees, shrubs, or flowers. Put up bird feeders too.
- Plan a community nature walk through a nearby forest. Your local naturalist club or provincial or territorial wildlife agency may be able to provide a guide.
- Adopt a nature trail. Put up bird feeders and nesting boxes and pick up garbage along the trail.
- Hold a community cleanup day.
- Organize a stream-cleaning day: remove all the garbage from a stream or river-bank in your area.
- Encourage local conservation officers to speak to schoolchildren, community groups, or any organization you may be involved with.
- Prepare wildlife displays for shopping malls and other public places. Local nature clubs may be able to assist you.
- Ask your public library to display NWW posters — they’re available from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
- Also encourage the library to offer wildlife-related storytelling sessions for children.
- Organize a photo or poster contest on wildlife and environmental themes.
- Plan a wildlife film festival at your local community centre, school, or library.
- Hold a wildlife art show, contest, or auction featuring the work of local artists.
- Encourage your local newspaper to publish wildlife articles. Perhaps it could profile a school, community association, or business that has improved wildlife habitat in your area.