October 4th: World Animal Day — Learn About/Join NWF’s Wildlife Watch!

Wildlife WatchIt is World Animal Day–a day to show appreciation for animals of all kinds. World Animal Day was established on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment.

For a fun way to celebrate, we hope you’ll take some time to learn about and maybe join in on our Wildlife Watch Program, where you can contribute fun and helpful wildlife observations.

Wildlife Watch is an easy-to-use online program for children and adults to make wildlife observations, even upload photos and post notes for others to see and compare. These observations help the National Wildlife Federation and members of the scientific community get the help of people across America whose observations add up to useful data on the health of wildlife in North America.

Helping is as easy as stepping into your backyard!

  1. Log your observations on our website – Find your state watch list and check off what mammals, birds, invertebrates, trees, amphibians, wildflowers and more you see outside.
  2. “Tweet” your observations – If you use Twitter, you can tell us what you saw by including “#nwf” in your 140 characters.
  3. Download the WildObs iPhone app – Keep a log of your wildlife observations on your iPhone, including photos and more!

However you celebrate World Animal Day–whether you pet your pet, bring your cat indoors for the sake of the birds and chipmunks, or go outside to view a little nature, we hope you have a good one!

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Published: October 4, 2009