Add 'Helping Wildlife' to Your 2016 Calendar
You might have made some New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the month, but taking action to support and celebrate our wild neighbours can happen all year long. By participating in some of these unconventional holidays, you can connect with nature and help wild animals from January through December!
January. While Apple Tree Day on January 6 might have passed you by, it’s not too late to appreciate those little buzzy pollinators who help make sure we have apples to enjoy! Bees provide us with an invaluable ecosystem service – check out ways to become bee-friendly this year.
February. Celebrating Chinese New Year on February 8 will welcome in the Year of the Monkey. Let this be your inspiration to boost your knowledge about the problems with exotic pets, and help keep these beautiful wild creatures where they belong – in the wild!
March. British Columbia is one of only two provinces in Canada with no endangered species legislation. Take action on World Wildlife Day – March 3 – to encourage the government to protect wildlife at risk.
April. This year National Volunteer Week and National Wildlife Week coincide. A coincidence? We think not! Make April 10-16 your time to check out opportunities to volunteer with organizations that promote wildlife welfare – it’s a great time to think about volunteering at your local wildlife rehabilitation centre!
May. Get your binoculars and favourite bird identification guide ready, May 9-10 is World Migratory Bird Day! Check out events scheduled around the world, and share your local sightings with the wildlife aficionados on BC SPCA Wild ARC’s Facebook page.
June. Why not spend Nature Photography Day, June 15, taking pictures for the annual Wildlife-In-Focus wildlife photography contest? All proceeds support a great cause: the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre on southern Vancouver Island.
July. Spread your passion for wildlife to the younger generation on July 15 – Youth Skills Day – by signing a child up for the BC SPCA Kids Club. For only $15.00, kids receive four issues of Bark!, a magazine just for youth packed with stories, facts, posters and ways to help wildlife and other animals.
August. Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to spot bats flitting through the night sky, making things more comfortable for the humans in the area by gobbling up mosquitos and other bugs! Celebrate these amazing flying mammals on International Bat Night – August 27-28 – and check out BC SPCA’s great bat fact sheet to learn how to safely help an injured bat.
September. Let’s talk trash! Whether they eat it, get entangled in it or are poisoned by it, wild animals are injured or killed by garbage every day. Do your part for International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17 by finding a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup crew near you.
October. As we head into autumn, October 22 is designated as Make a Difference Day. What better time to use your voice (and pen!) to advocate for our wild neighbours. Whether you care about fur farming or urban deer or wolf management, write to your local officials about a wildlife issue important to you.
November. As a feel-good kickoff to the holiday season, don’t forget to celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 29th. Helping to raise much-needed funds to help sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in care at BC SPCA Wild ARC is a great way to get into the holiday season, and there are many ways you can help.
December. All drivers in favour of helping wildlife, raise your right foot! The first week of December is National Safe Driving Week, and that includes safe for wildlife. As the days get shorter, it becomes even more critical to slow down and watch for wild animals on the roads. But just in case you come across a wildlife casualty, be prepared with information on how to rescue injured animals.
Photo credits: Darlene Willment, Victor Jacinto, Britt Swoveland, and Elle Ambrosi
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.