Showing posts with label Earth Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earth Day. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Celebrate Endangered Species Day this Friday!

Endangered Species Day is this Friday, May 15th! Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. This year, millions of people will celebrate Endangered Species Day on Friday and throughout the month of May.

America is blessed with amazing wildlife: bald eagles and peregrine falcons flying in our skies, gray wolves and grizzly bears roaming the wilderness, Canada lynx and spotted owls in ancient forests, salmon and steelhead spawning in wild rivers, and whales and sea turtles in our coastal waters.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day and our nation's amazing wildlife and wild places.
To learn about Endangered Species Day, visit www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org

For Endangered Species Day, parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, museums, libraries, schools, agencies, businesses, conservation organizations, religious organizations and community groups hold events to highlight the everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife heritage. Events are happening this Friday and throughout the month of May. For an event near you, check out the list of Endangered Species Day events.

Plan your own event or activity with our Endangered Species Day toolkit. You can get downloadable brochures, flyers, stickers and more!

For teachers and other educators, we have developed educational materials including lesson plans and handouts. Check out the Endangered Species Day educational materials.

Children can submit artwork, posters and pictures to the Endangered Species Day Artwork Contest.

If your children are in the Girl Scouts, they can earn an Endangered Species Day Girl Scout badge!

Find out things you can do at home to protect endangered species. Start by picking one to do on Endangered Species Day and do the rest throughout the year.

Endangered Species Day is a great opportunity for people young and old to learn about wildlife, birds, fish and plants in your area and the everyday actions that you can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild lands.

In addition to the Endangered Species Coalition, the many organizations supporting Endangered Species Day include: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Girl Scouts of the U.S., the National Association of Biology Teachers, National Wildlife Federation, and the Native Plant Conservation Campaign.

Get involved at www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

America is blessed with amazing wildlife and wild places: bald eagles and peregrine falcons flying in our skies, gray wolves and grizzly bears roaming the wilderness, Canada lynx and spotted owls in ancient forests, salmon and steelhead spawning in wild rivers, and whales and sea turtles in our coastal waters.

While you celebrate Earth Day today, here are some easy things you can do every day to protect our environment.

10 Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Endangered Species.

1) Learn about endangered species in your area
Teach your friends and family about the wonderful wildlife, birds, fish and plants that live near you.

2) Visit a national wildlife refuge, park or other open space
These protected lands provide habitat to many native wildlife, birds, fish and plants.

3) Make your home wildlife friendly
Secure garbage in shelters or cans with locking lids, feed pets indoors and lock pet doors at night to avoid attracting wild animals into your home.

4) Provide habitat for wildlife by planting native vegetation in your yard
Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. Attracting native insects like bees and butterflies can help pollinate your plants.

5) Minimize use of herbicides and pesticides
Herbicides and pesticides may keep yards looking nice but they are in fact hazardous pollutants that affect wildlife at many levels.

6) Slow down when driving
Many animals live in developed areas and this means they must navigate a landscape full of human hazards.

7) Recycle and buy sustainable products
Buy recycled paper, sustainable products like bamboo and Forest Stewardship Council wood products to protect forest species.

8) Never purchase products made from threatened or endangered species
Overseas trips can be exciting and fun, and everyone wants a souvenir. But sometimes the souvenirs are made from species nearing extinction.

9) Report any harassment or shooting of threatened and endangered species
Harassing wildlife is cruel and illegal. Shooting, trapping, or forcing a threatened or endangered animal into captivity is also illegal and can lead to their extinction.

10) Protect wildlife habitat
Perhaps the greatest threat that faces many species is the widespread destruction of habitat. Scientists tell us the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special places where they live.

For more information, visit our 10 Easy Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Endangered Species at www.stopextinction.org

Thanks for caring about our nation's wildlife and wild places!