Wildlife That Move Us: A Week-Long Celebration

from Wildlife Promise

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt points to sheet of conservation stamps created for NWF's first National Wildlife Restoration Week in 1938.

IN 1938, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT helped National Wildlife Federation launch its first National Wildlife Restoration Week. Held annually ever since, National Wildlife Week (as it is now known) is the Federation’s longest-running education program. Though its topic of focus regularly changes, the event’s original purpose remains true: “For uniting the efforts of all friends of outdoor America to the end that future generations shall have their rightful heritage of wildlife.”

National Wildlife Week: March 14–20, 2011

This year’s theme is “Wildlife That Move Us,” a celebration of the animals in our communities and the ways they get around. Related resources for kids, teens, parents and educators are available online. Outdoor activities, games, lesson plans and community-service ideas are among the offerings.

Wildlife That Fly

Different types of animal locomotion will be featured each weekday, beginning with a look at wildlife that fly. Here are a few photos of fliers observed in backyard gardens:

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly in flight

Lesser Long-Nosed Bat

Lesser long-nosed bat feeding on agave bloom

Rufous hummingbird

Rufous hummingbird at fountain

Bee and coneflower

Bee and coneflower

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

If you have an image of an animal on the move to share, add it to our Wildlife Watch album on Flickr and tag it WildlifeWeek.