World Wildlife Day is a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The theme for 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet."To get in on the celebration, we encourage you to choose one of the following activities for yourself or your family to do this week:
- Explore a forest ecosystem near your home, whether it’s an official park node or just a stand of trees down the block.
- Do a bark rubbing craft—all you need are crayons, paper, and a willing tree.
- Research Alberta’s Species at Risk and pay special attention to those that depend on forests for their survival (I’m looking at you, barred owls, black-throated green warblers, grizzly bears, long-toed salamanders, and whitebark pine trees).
- Decide what native flowers, shrubs, and trees you’d like to plant in your garden this spring.
- Host your own “lunch and learn” by watching a TED Talk on how trees talk to each other or how to grow a forest in your backyard.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtags #ForestPeoplePlanet, #WorldWildlifeDay, and #WWD2021.
- Find more ways to get involved on the official World Wildlife Day website.
Or, if you don’t like the sound of any of those ideas, of course you are always welcome to visit the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and enjoy a peaceful walk along one of our forested trails (like this moose from March 2019).