50 Ways to Love Wildlife (Wherever You Are) This Earth Day
Today, the country celebrates 50 years of Earth Day from home. If you, like many others, are a sheltered-in-place environmentalist looking for ways to appreciate the magnitude of this monumental holiday—look no further.
Here are 50 ways you can experience, enjoy, learn about or help wildlife from your couch, backyard, or balcony.
This month is Citizen Science Month! From tracking tweets to counting penguin populations, take a look through the below projects to see how you can help from the comfort of your couch.
Think camera trapping is only done in vast wilderness? Think again! Check to see if there is an active eMammal project in your area.
Want to help scientists better understand the lives of penguins? Try counting penguin populations on time-lapse cameras.
#7 Whale Alert
#10 Floating Forests
Help kelp by identifying floating forests from space.
#11 Picture Post
#12 Frog Watch USA
Trying to increase your productivity? Start by staring out your window! Monitoring the birds visiting your bird feeder can help scientists learn more about the distribution and abundance of birds across the country.
Entertain your eyes and ears with these nature-based lessons and activities.
Now through June, young naturalists can enjoy free access to the digital editions, activities, and resources of Ranger Rick, to stay entertained and engaged in the natural world.
#17 P-22 Presents!
Tune in to a series of Facebook Live events with #SaveLACougars to stay connected to cougars and wildlife crossings, including interviews with scientists and other experts, live concerts, story hours, art lessons, and much more!
#19 Acoustic Atlas
Browse natural sound recordings of habitats and species from throughout the Western United States.
Just because you’re home, doesn’t mean you can’t visit a national park! Find your virtual park to enjoy ranger-led programs like Exploring Yellowstone’s Birds via Facebook Live.
Or check out the virtual options for visiting these 62 national parks.
Support Wildlife Habitat
From your couch, backyard, or balcony!
Help give wildlife room to roam by adopting an acre for wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation’s Adopt-A-Wildlife Acre program addresses the conflicts between livestock and wildlife with a voluntary, market-based approach, by offering ranchers a fair price in exchange for their agreement to retire their public land grazing leases.
Turn a small space into a big attraction for wildlife, even if you only have an apartment balcony or small porch.
#36 Native Plants
#38 Small Mammals
Test Your Knowledge
“Great list, but I really just feel like binge-watching something.” How about binge quizzing? Wind down while working on these critter questions.
As we admire wildlife inside these days, we’re inviting you to discover which amazing wildlife species channels your inner self!
From great white sharks to Baby Shark (doo doo doo doo), test your knowledge of elasmobranchs.
Do you have what it takes to match the native tree with its perfect wildlife species?
#50 Wildlife Bingo
Last but not least, see how many BINGOs you’ve earned!