OTTAWA, April 9, 2015 – The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is hosting its sixth annual Walk for Wildlife. Kicking off on April 10 during National Wildlife Week, the Walk for Wildlife campaign runs until May 31 and gives people across the country an opportunity to show their support for conservation while making time to connect with nature themselves.
The Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside for a walk and experience the wildlife and natural spaces in their backyards. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for at-risk migratory species, like the burrowing owl, monarch butterfly, North Atlantic Right Whale.
Becoming part of the Walk for Wildlife is easy. Participants can visit WalkforWildlife.ca to register, start collecting pledges, then head out to a local park, nature trail or conservation area and spend some in the wild. People can take part informally with family and friends or head out with a local organization by joining in one of the #Walk for Wildlife events listed on the website. For those who just want to head outdoors for some quality time in nature, they can log their Walk for Wildlife on the interactive on-line map.
“As Canadians, we are very fortunate to be surrounded by a rich diversity of wildlife. Sadly, many of the species that make up this diversity are either rare or at risk of becoming extinct because of human and environmental pressures,” says Wade Luzny, CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. “Walk for Wildlife is an opportunity to inspire and connect thousands of Canadians to nature and wildlife. And this year, we’re dedicating Walk for Wildlife to at-risk migratory species.”
About Walk for Wildlife
Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces in their backyards. From the beginning of National Wildlife Week on April 6 until the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, help CWF raise awareness and funds for species at-risk, like the burrowing owl. These species have found themselves on the endangered species list and under the protection of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and need our help.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
Canadian Wildlife Federation
613-599-9594 Ext. 219