National Wildlife Week will be celebrated March 18-24, 2013.
What do black bears, flying squirrels and cicadas all have in common? They all need trees! Some black bears den up in hollow trees and acorns are an important food source as they fatten up for their winter hibernation. The Baltimore Oriole builds a suspended nest of woven material that hangs far out at the end of tree branches while nest cavities left behind by the Red-cockaded Woodpecker are used by bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, flying squirrels and other woodpeckers.
National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. Celebrated every year in March, National Wildlife Week is a time we set aside to honor wildlife and ignite the minds of children and adults.
The theme of this year's National Wildlife Week is Branching Out, which puts a particular emphasis on the importance of trees to animals. Trees serve as protection, form habitats and provide food and other resources for animals and yet we don't always recognize just how significant a role they play for the creatures that live in and around them.
2013 also happens to be the 75th anniversary of National Wildlife Week and the NWF wanted to do something big to commemorate the occasion. So, in keeping with the theme, the organization is also hoping to plant 75,000 trees across the U.S. With that goal in mind, they've given us the tools to host a tree-planting event of our own or donate some cash to the cause. For every $10 that is given, the NWF will plant another tree near schools, parks or on other public lands across the country.
With spring just around the corner and much of the country on break this week, now is the perfect time to head outside and plant a tree.
NWF is a wonderful organization. They publish three magazines, Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick, Jr and National Wildlife. My children loved Ranger Rick and the National Wildlife magazine is filled with so much information.