NWF Wildlife Watch

February 11, 2010

Become a Wildlife Watch treasure hunter!

National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Watch is a national, nature-watching program created for people of all ages. The National Wildlife Federation can use your help to track the health and behavior of wildlife and plant species nationwide. You can also learn interesting tidbits on the Wildlife Watch website – wildlife news and facts, new ideas for attracting wildlife to your backyard and community. Check it out now on www.nwf.org/wildlifewatch and see what all is available to do!

Once you are finished with exploring your own back yard, you can get more ideas from NatureFind. It is an online destination database you can use to easily find a perfect spot for watching nature close to home. It also helps you discover what parks and trails are near you.

All you do is enter your zip code and check what activities you are interested in at http://www.nwf.org/naturefind to learn what is available around you!

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Get Outside With Your Kids This Year!

January 14, 2010

Get Outside!! From the National Wildlife Federation website: Did you know that by the time most children go to kindergarten, they have spent more than 5,000 hours in front of a TV – and that is enough time to earn a college degree?

Be Out There™ is National Wildlife Federation’s initiative to inspire families across America to open the door and get outside! Wild Birds Unlimited and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are proud sponsors of Green Hour.

Check out this survey and get some tips to get your family outdoors! Don’t hibernate, stay warm!

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NWF Photo Winners

November 20, 2009

Just totally awesome photos in the new issue of National Wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation by this year’s Photo Contest Winners! Check them out!

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Struggling To Adapt To Global Changes

November 19, 2009

I was all set to write my blog tonight based on my reading of the new issue of National Wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation when I got drawn in to watch tonight’s PBS Television NOVA Episode Becoming Human Part 3. It was too fascinating. I had to watch. This link is good until 12/31/09 to watch it right on-line. So, tonight’s blog will be short to write but long for you to explore if you want to!

What is so fascinating is how it compares and contrasts with the National Wildlife article I was planning to tell you about – only it is about wildlife instead of humans. The article is called Desperate Measures: Struggling to adapt to global warming, wildlife species are changing their diets, behaviors and, in a few cases, even their genetic makeup by Jessica Snyder Sachs. The photos are great – especially the baby birds, baby squirrels, red and arctic foxes, and polar bears – actually they are all super! And… the article is very much worth reading!

This theme really is the same one that is in the NOVA program! Enjoy!

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Be Out There!

October 13, 2009

From an email I received today , here are some good words to get our kids playing ouside:

For many of us, childhood memories are synonymous with outdoor moments like climbing trees, skipping stones, or gardening. But today’s kids spend twice as much time indoors as their parents and grandparents did, missing out on the simple pleasures and lasting mental and physical health benefits of daily outdoor time.

Studies show that children who spend time in nature are healthier, happier, and become better stewards of the environment. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is launching
Be Out There, a national movement to return to the nation’s children a connection to the natural world around us and the joy and sustenance it brings.

– Want to play “Wild Things Bingo”? Check out our Activity Guide for Kids — adults can play too!

– Get ideas for planning your own Wild Rumpus Day.

– Start your Be Out There adventure by heading outside to watch for animals near you with help from Wildlife Watch.

Outdoor Volunteer Events

August 4, 2009

Letter I received from the National Wildlife Federation last week:

Join NWF and millions nationwide for the federal government’s United We Serve initiative dedicated to showcasing volunteer opportunities through September 11, 2009. One positive outcome of the economic downturn is a dramatic increase in volunteerism. During the week of August 3rd, United We Serve is highlighting projects related to Energy and the Environment.

Here’s how you can make a difference:

Pass on a love of nature – Support the Department of Interior’s United We Serve initiative to mentor a youth outdoors and pass on a love of nature. NWF offers several resources including:

NatureFind – Search by city, state, or zip code to access outdoor adventures nationwide, including activities and events, trails, regional parks, and more.

Wildlife Watch– Watch for animals and plants in your neighborhood and share sightings online to track the health of species. A fun and educational nature-watching program created for people of all ages.

Find a volunteer project near you – Visit United We Serve’s website to discover short and long-term volunteer opportunities in your community. Enter your zip code to get started.
Be part of the national volunteering movement for positive change!


Eliza Russell
Director of Education
National Wildlife Federation

P.S. Remember, you can make a difference by mentoring a child outdoors. Join NWF’s Be Out There campaign to encourage increased outdoor time for kids and families.

Green Hour

June 12, 2009

Lots of my past blog posts support this concept – the Green Hour. Here is the Green Hour website encouraging parents to get their children playing outdoors for at least an hour a day. It is a program sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.

Other posts with the Green Hour tag.

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