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For Peats Sake: The Merry Month of May: Celebrate Wetlands & Species!

By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM

May is a very celebratory month for those of us working in the field of natural sciences and policy. To begin with, May is American Wetlands Month. It is also the month when we celebrate Endangered Species Day (held the third Friday in May every year) and Migratory Bird Day (held the second Saturday in May every year).

The Association of State Wetland Managers has been posting fun and interesting tidbits on our homepage and Facebook page every day this month to celebrate American Wetlands Month. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should. Tidbits cover everything from videos, facts, activities ideas, poetry and more.

Although Migratory Bird Day has already come and gone (it was held on May 10 this year) Endangered Species Day is coming up on Friday, May 16. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species as well as actions they can take to help protect them. Of course, many migratory birds are endangered species as well so you could simply celebrate both at the same time!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate. Here are some fun ideas I found while searching around on the internet.

  • Attend an Endangered Species Day event that is going on in your area. Call your local land trust, nature/wildlife preserve, zoo, aquarium or Audubon center to find out what they have planned already.  Or you can visit this calendar of events webpage from the Endangered Species Coalition
  • Watch a documentary with your family about endangered species and learn something new
  • Learn about endangered species in your state. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a Species Search webpage to help you do just that.
  • Learn more about the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have an informative webpage.
  • Send a free Endangered Species Day e-card to your family and friends or here
  • Read a book
  • Change your Facebook Timeline pic or avatar to a photo of your favorite endangered species
  • Help kids learn about biodiversity

Or start planning now for an Endangered Species Day 2015 event:

  • Hold a youth art contest in your local school or community. It’s a great way to educate children about endangered species and it’s a lot of fun.
  • Hold an Endangered Species Day parade and have participants dress up as their favorite endangered species.
  • Throw a fundraiser for your local nature/wildlife preserve or non-profit. When I first started out after college, I threw a Rave for All Species benefit at a local nightclub and the revenues were split between the local university’s green team and the environmental non-profit that I worked for. Other ideas include: art and craft sales, raffles, musical or theatrical performances.

Bottom line, May is a great month to celebrate nature and its denizens. So [for Peat’s Sake!], take some time to get outside, enjoy the spring weather and spend some time with your family and friends learning about why wetlands and endangered species are important. Enjoy!

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