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Twelve months of helping wildlife

January 22, 2018

With January drawing to a close, it’s not too late to work wildlife into your New Year’s resolutions! The BC SPCA has some creative suggestions to get you started. By celebrating these unconventional holidays, you can connect with nature and help wild animals year-round.

January

Photo credit: Corinne Mergaert

Pollinators such as bees provide us with an invaluable ecosystem service. Return the favour by observing Seed Swap Day on January 27. By exchanging seeds with your family, friends and neighbours, you can increase biodiversity in your garden — and attract more bees. For more ways to help pollinators, check out our other bee-friendly tips.

February

Help the BC SPCA help wildlife! Participate in the sixth annual National Cupcake Day for SPCAs and Humane Societies on February 26. Host a cupcake party at work by baking some wildlife-inspired goodies in exchange for donations. Be sure to share your wildest creations with us on Facebook!

March

Wild stellar jay bird hanging off a bird feeder eating seeds
Photo credit: Kelly Pape

As you clear out your cupboards and closets for National Spring Cleaning Week (March 5 to 11), keep an eye out for items like old towels and frozen fish to donate to your local wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Tidying up outdoors? Read our handy guide to keeping wildlife safe as you ready your yards and gardens for spring.

Don’t forget about the birds! Take a look at these helpful tips for keeping your feeders clean to prevent disease spread.

April

A wild tree frog out sitting on a plant stem
Photo credit: Geoffrey Shuen

It’s not easy being green! Around the world — and right here in our own backyard — frogs are disappearing. Commemorate National Frog Month by signing up as a Frogwatcher to help monitor local frog populations.

May

British Columbia is one of only two provinces in Canada with no endangered species legislation. Take action on Endangered Species Day — May 18 — to encourage the government to protect wildlife at risk.

June

Why not spend Nature Photography Day, June 15, taking pictures for the tenth annual Wildlife-In-Focus wildlife photography contest? All proceeds support a great cause: the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre on southern Vancouver Island.

July

Photo credit: Jutta Shulz

Mark your calendars, Lepidoptera lovers! Pay tribute to the humble moth during National Moth Week, July 21 to 29. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe and document moths in their backyards, parks and neighbourhoods. Find out more at nationalmothweek.org.

August

Share your passion for wildlife on August 12 — International Youth Day — by signing a child up for the BC SPCA Kids Club. For only $15.00 a year, kids receive four issues of Bark!, a magazine just for youth packed with stories, facts, posters and ways to help wildlife and other animals.

September

Let’s talk trash! Whether they eat it, get entangled in it or are poisoned by it, wild animals are injured or killed by garbage every day. Do your part for International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15 by finding a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup crew near you.

October

Photo credit: Tina Hurd

Did you know that humans are responsible for the spread of rats and mice around the world? Living alongside these determined rodents has become a fact of life. Sadly, though, millions suffer each year from inhumane pest control practices. If you believe, as the BC SPCA does, that even “pests” deserve to be treated humanely, spread the word for Rodent Awareness Week (October 21 to 27)! Learn more about humane rodent control.

November

Who said that data collection had to be boring? Sign up for a “citizen scientist” project such as the BC Butterfly Atlas and spend Take a Hike Day on November 17 as a volunteer conservationist.

December

Photo credit: Grayson Pettigrew

End the year with action by observing National Letter Writing Day on December 7. Whether you care about wolf culls or cetaceans in captivity, write to your elected officials about a wildlife issue important to you.

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