National Wildlife Week (NWW) was established in Canada to commemorate the achievements and contributions of Jack Miner, a conservationist often called the “father of North American conservationism.” “Wild Goose Jack,” as he was often referred, was one of the first conservationists to determine the migratory paths of North American birds. In 1947, Canada’s National Wildlife Week Act passed unanimously in Parliament to be observed annually during the week of Jack Miner’s birth, April 10 each year. 2016 National Wildlife Week Theme: “Giving Wings to Wildlife Conservation” The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, first enacted in order to implement the convention for the protection of migratory birds between the United States and Great Britain on behalf of Canada. With a focus on the skies, and all the wild winged creatures that inhabit that domain – from birds and bees to butterflies and bats – our theme for NWW is “Giving Wings to Wildlife Conservation.”
Want to Participate? CWF invites all like-minded organizations and individuals wanting to conduct programs and activities in conjunction with our National Wildlife Week theme of “Giving Wings to Wildlife Conservation” to contact us with details. Working together with CWF will help elevate awareness of your planned program or event and align your group or organization with national activities. CWF will help promote your events via NationalWildlifeWeek.com and where possible work collaboratively with your organization to deliver programming. CWF also invites Canadians to take part in the 2016 WALK FOR WILDLIFE (walkforwildlife.ca), happening in schools April 15th and nationally April 16th. It’s another opportunity to celebrate and participate in National Wildlife Week.