With January drawing to a close, it’s not too late to work wildlife into your New Year’s resolutions. The BC SPCA has some creative suggestions to get you started! By celebrating the following unconventional holidays, you can connect with nature and help wild animals year-round.
January. What has a bushy tail and large eyes, lives in trees and can “fly”? You may have just missed Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, but it’s never too late to celebrate these nut-loving rodents. Brush up on your squirrel facts to quiz your family or work colleagues.
February. Help the BC SPCA help wildlife! Participate in the second annual National Cupcake Day for SPCAs and Humane Societies on February 24. Host a cupcake party at work by baking some wildlife-inspired goodies in exchange for donations. Be sure to share your wildest creations with us on Facebook!
March. Pollinators such as bees provide us with an invaluable ecosystem service. Return the favour by honouring Weed Appreciation Day on March 28. Leave some weeds like buttercups and dandelions in your garden to attract bees. For more ways to help pollinators, check out our other bee-friendly tips.
April. It’s not easy being green! Around the world, and right here in our own backyard, frogs are disappearing. Commemorate National Frog Month by signing up as a Frogwatcher to help monitor local frog populations.
May. British Columbia is one of only two provinces in Canada with no endangered species legislation. Take action on Endangered Species Day – May 16 – to encourage the government to protect wildlife at risk.
July. Mark your calendars, nature lovers! July 19 is Parks Day. Events are organized at parks across the country, including canoe tours, rafting trips, wildflower walks and eco-challenge hikes. Check out parksday.ca for details.
August. Share your passion for wildlife on August 12 – International Youth 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.
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 20 by finding a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup crew near you.
October. All drivers in favour of helping wildlife, raise your right foot! The last week of October has been designated Give Wildlife a Brake Week. 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.
November. Who said that data collection had to be boring? Sign up for a “citizen scientist” project such as the BC Butterfly Atlas and spend Take a Hike Day on November 17 as a volunteer conservationist.
December. End the year with action by observing Letter Writing Day on December 7. Whether you care about feral rabbits or urban deer, write to your local officials about a wildlife issue important to you.
Photo credits: Bee - Breanna Richards; Frog - Blair Cox; Black bear - Jeremy Leete; Waxwing - Dennis McLaren; Elk - Louise Oetting; Gull - Wildlife Rescue Association; Deer/car - Susan Worrall; Butterfly - Lorraine Noble; Deer/dog - Jeanette Ovens
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.