March 3 is World Wildlife Day.  How will you celebrate it?

This winter, while many of Canada’s animals lay safely tucked away in their favorite hibernation retreat, temperatures in the Arctic were as much as 30 degrees above normal.   2016 was the hottest year on record – for the the third year in a row.   We never used to have to worry about our hibernating animals – but now we do.

What happens to insects trying to overwinter in leaf litter and hollow plant stems when the temperature climbs into double digits, then freezes up again?   What happens to underground hibernators if the soil around them thaws when it’s supposed to be frozen?  How can animals survive if warm weather wakes them up too soon, long before any food will be available?

There have always been some risks to hibernation, but as our weather becomes ever more erratic,  it’s possible that fewer animals are living to see the spring.

What can you do about it?  Support vital species recovery work. 

We’re keeping an eye on the health of at-risk snakes as they hibernate this winter.

We’re breeding, releasing, and studying the migratory life cycle of endangered eastern loggerhead shrike.

We’re saving endangered freshwater turtle eggs from destruction and releasing the hatchlings.

We’re also providing hands-on care for endangered bees, frogs, and more.  This is the only way many of Canada’s endangered species can be saved.  It’s their day – let’s make it a great one!

 

What will you do for an endangered animal today?