History of National Wildlife Day
Not many nationally recognized observances get two days each year. National Wildlife Day is celebrated on both September 4 and February each year. This day was founded in 2005 by animal behaviorist and philanthropist Colleen Paige as a way to bring awareness to our world’s wildlife and as an opportunity to learn how to protect the flora and the fauna that keeps our ecosystem healthy. This day also brings attention to the endangered animals that come closer to extinction every day through overhunting and poor environmental management.
While it’s a time to recognize the dangers facing our wildlife, it’s also a time to celebrate the work done by outstanding wildlife sanctuaries and protection agencies. In fact, while September 4 was the first date recognized, February 22 was added in honor of Steve Irwin’s birthday, his work to protect and preserve wildlife.
How You Can Celebrate National Wildlife Day
- Partner with a local animal sanctuary to host a fun and educational event.
- Help to promote an event at your local zoo or library by handing out flyers and posting info on your website if you have one.
- Partner to host an event at a local zoo or sanctuary.
- Help support our work by promoting zoo or sanctuary social media pages to your friends.
- Draw or paint your favorite wild animal and share it.
- Suggest to your local zoo, school, library, nonprofit organization or animal sanctuary about hosting a National Wildlife Day event.
How CSWR Helps Wildlife
Central States Water Resources is committed to not only delivering safe and clean water to communities we serve, but also in sustaining the environment. We focus on reducing the strain on the environment that water systems introduce, and ultimately creating healthier communities overall. We work hard to reduce chemical use by encouraging natural processes that speed up organic breakdown.
Without clean, natural waterways, animal habitats suffer, and it gradually leads to a decline in the wild population of dozens of species. Initiatives like National Wildlife Day keep animals alive and can even bring them back from the brink of extinction. Some good news is that we have 10 animals that, because of these efforts, are no longer considered endangered.
- Southern White Rhinoceros
- Panda Bear
- Chatham Petral
- Yellowstone Grizzly Bear
- Arabian Oryx
- Gray Wolf
- Stellar Sea Lion
- Gray Whale
- Snow Leopard
- Northern Brown Kiwi
This National Wildlife Day, you can get involved by taking a walk through a nearby park, and in a small way, do your part by picking up any trash you find along the way and putting it in the proper waste bin. You can also make a commitment to follow the three R’s: reducing your use, reusing what you can, and recycling what is available.