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NATIONAL WILDLIFE WEEK

Every year, National Wildlife Week in the middle of March brings events to young conservationists as part of the longest-running program of the National Wildlife Federation. The broad range of educational activities increase awareness and promote conservation of some of North America’s most at-risk wildlife and habitats.

The week is a chance to learn more about the animals native to North America, their habitats, and how to help them thrive.  There are numerous ways to participate. Whether it’s through your school or our national parks system, no matter your interests, this is the week to get involved! From conservation to endangered species, there’s a topic to explore. Discover species native to your state or investigate disappearing habitats.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Browse the National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Guide.
Research threatened and endangered species in your state. Start your search online with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, then develop an action plan that will support the species’ habitat needs.
Volunteer to remove invasive species from local parks. Invasive species can decimate wildlife habitat.

Use #NationalWildlifeWeek to share your adventures on social media. 

HISTORY

The National Wildlife Federation has sponsored National Wildlife Week since 1938. It’s their longest running program. Take a look at the inspiration and history behind the program:

  • 1934 – Cartoonist Ding Darling appointed to head of the U.S. Biological Survey (predecessor of the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service) and began the Duck Stamp program using art to promote conservation.
  • 1938 – National Wildlife Week begins.
  • 1959 -the National Wildlife Federation’s friendly cartoon character Ranger Rick was born
  • 1963 – the Conservation Hall of Fame was started with Theodore Roosevelt the first inductee

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