National Wildlife Week

March 9, 2011, 9:18 pm

This March is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and connect with wildlife that fly, hop, climb, swim and dig during National Wildlife Week.

First observed back in 1938, National Wildlife Week is a week of fun and exciting activities meant to raise awareness and give a voice to those that don’t have one. This year, the theme of National Wildlife Week is ‘Wildlife that Move Us’ with a weeklong celebration taking place from March 14 through March 20.

Whether you’re looking for a simple way to help out or a place to celebrate, the National Wildlife Federation has something for everyone. The following is a list of ways to enjoy National Wildlife Week:

Go on a Wildlife Watch
One of the best ways to celebrate wildlife is to get out and observe them. Before going on your watch be sure to check out the wildlife watch web page for a list of all the species you might observe in your area. Click here to download a PDF of a Wildlife Observation Checklist.

Plant Trees or other Native Plants
With spring on its way, there is no better time than to plant trees or native plants. Just one single tree can provide a habitat for several animals.

Learn about Wildlife
Often times, simply taking a walk through the area you live in can give you a new appreciation for the animals that call your area home.  The first step to protecting animals is to know their habitats and how you can help. Start by reading a book or magazine or simply studying your backyard.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate National Wildlife Week several national parks and forests offer wildlife programming. Simply pick up a park newspaper or visit the park online. The following are some ranger-led programs to check out.

Wee Wild Ones, Yosemite National Park
The Wee Wild Ones program is held weekdays at Yosemite Lodge Garden and is the perfect place for children to hear stories and participate in activities that highlight the park’s wildlife.

Wild about Bears, Shenandoah National Park
Learn about Shenandoah’s largest mammal during this ranger-led talk.

Bird Watching, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Join park volunteers on weekly birdwatching expeditions. Be sure to look for the park’s newest resident, the bald eagle.

Image: courtesy NPS.