April 10 marks National Wildlife Week

National Wildlife Week has historically been held the week of April 10th. The birthdate of Jack Miner, one of Canada’s first conservationists, has been the anchor behind the meaning of the week.

The theme for this year has also just been announced-- One Person One Promise.

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“Everyone can do something for wildlife,” said Jordan Ignatiuk, executive director of Nature Saskatchewan.

“Protecting habitat on our land, planting gardens and shrubs in our yards, building nest boxes, cleaning up garbage.”

The Canadian Wildlife Federation, the main sponsor of National Wildlife Week, will be featuring a Canadian species every day of the week with a background on history and challenges.

Sunday April 7th will be North Atlantic Right Whale, followed by Caribou, Monarch Butterfly, Barn Swallow, Chinook Salmon, Freshwater turtles, followed by humans on the last day of April 13th.

“Saskatchewan has more species at risk than any other region in Canada,” said Ignatiuk.

“Collectively we must work towards protecting habitat not only for species in trouble but more common species living in our communities. Remember, we can all do more for wildlife.”

For more information, visit nationalwildlifeweek.org

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