This year we invite you to make "big change" for wildlife, as our walk focuses on the iconic Canadian species found on our currency -- the loon, polar bear, caribou and beaver. These distinctly Canadian species remind us even the smallest steps and contributions can make a difference for Canadian wildlife.
Donations received throughout activities in this campaign will be directed towards critical CWF programs designed to help in species recovery.
There are currently 700 species of plants and animals at risk of being lost forever from Canada. They're disappearing from our oceans, lakes, skies and landscape due to habitat loss, disease, climate change and unintentional mortality (such as collisions with windows and cars, fisheries bycatch, and more).
By walking, you're giving voice to the animals you love while helping to maintain Canada's wildlife diversity for future generations. Which of the four animals will you choose to walk for? Thanks in advance for taking a walk on the wild side!
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I Am Walking For…the Polar Bear
Conservation of polar bears requires international cooperation, as several populations are shared between countries and as problems such as contaminants and climatic change are affecting the whole Arctic. Since 1965, an international group of scientists specializing in studying polar bears has been coordinating research and management of polar bears throughout the Arctic under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), also known as the World Conservation Union.
I Am Walking For…the Loon
Loons are water birds like ducks, geese, and grebes, but they are classified separately by scientists. The five species are Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata), Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica), Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica), Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii), and Common Loon (Gavia immer). The Common Loon is the species best known to most of us, as its breeding range lies across most of Canada.
I Am Walking For…the Caribou
Four subspecies of caribou occur in Canada: woodland (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Peary (Rangifer tarandus pearyi), barren-ground west of the Mackenzie River (Rangifer tarandus granti), also known as Grant’s caribou, and barren-ground east of the Mackenzie River (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus). A fifth subspecies, Dawson’s or the Queen Charlotte Islands population of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus dawsoni), died out in the 1930s and was declared extinct in 1984.
I Am Walking For…the Beaver
The beaver (Castor canadensis) is the largest rodent in North America and the largest rodent in the world except for the capybara of South America. An adult weighs from 16 to 32 kg and, including its 30-cm tail, a large beaver may measure 1.3 m long.The beaver’s body is adapted in many ways to the animal’s watery habitat. The beady eyes see as well in the water as out of it thanks to a specialized transparent membrane that can be drawn over the eyes for protection while diving. The nostrils are small and can be closed for underwater swimming, as can the ears.