National Wildlife Week is all about YOU— the supporters working for wildlife across the country. Whether it is turning artistic talents into wildlife messages, or exploring the great outdoors for personal enjoyment, people who care for wildlife can show their support in everyday life. Some plant a garden or send a letter to local representatives to support wildlife-friendly policies, others make wildlife a career.
Regardless of how you interact with wildlife, all contributions are important. Celebrate the stories of some members in all corners of the country who are making a difference today.
California Conservation Corps Supervisor John Griffith
A longtime crew supervisor for the California Conservation Corps, John Griffith realized his love for wildlife many years ago reading through a story in Ranger Rick magazine. For over a decade, John has supervised hundreds of young people that perform natural resource work in the Corps, creating new wildlife heroes to carry on the conservation tradition. Learn more about John, his viral-video worthy dance moves, and how he feels young people can get involved in conservation.
Photographer Cindy Goeddel
Cindy Goeddel, a photographer who lives near some of the West’s most beautiful natural resources, is able to share her love for wildlife with others through her images. As she describes, “It is hard to explain how intoxicating it is to witness and discover first-hand how a wild animal goes about its life, whether it be searching for food, finding a mate, raising young or just frolicking. Find more of the story behind her work.
Montana activist and sportsman Jim Posewitz
A Montana activist, hunter, author and promoter of hunting ethics, Jim Posewitz tirelessly advocates on behalf of sportsmen for the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife and wild places. He has worked closely with the National Wildlife Federation to have bison restored to the 1.1-million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana. See more about Jim’s lifelong dedication to wildlife in this video from the 2015 Conservation Achievement Awards.
Butterfly Heroes Families
Our Butterfly Heroes program sought to bring awareness to the declining population of monarchs and other pollinators and connect gardeners, kids, and families alike to protect these important species. More than 42,000 Butterfly Heroes answered the call in 2015, and the family that won the program’s sweepstakes created a butterfly garden that allowed them to spend some time outside learning and connecting with nature and one another. See more inspirational stories from Butterfly Heroes across the country.
PS 179 Kensington School Community
PS 179 The Kensington School in Brooklyn, NY, is the “school on Avenue C, where the ‘C’ stands for children, community and caring." Through a school-based action team of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, students in this Eco-School learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and help this declining species at the same time. See a news story highlighting their impact.
Baltimore Community Members
Baltimore, MD is one of the communities across the country coming together to create space for wildlife by becoming a Community Wildlife Habitat. NWF staff and community partners arrived in McElderry Park earlier this year to work on a pollinator garden, but almost immediately attracted local children who joined in to help create wildlife habitat in their neighborhood.
Filmmaker Spencer Chumbley
In late 2015 and earlier this year, members of NWF’s Great Lakes office toured breweries across the area with filmmaker Spencer Chumbley for an eye-opening look at Line 5: the hidden threat beneath the Great Lakes. Each day, up to 540,000 barrels of crude oil and natural gas liquids flow beneath the Straits of Mackinac, threatening wildlife and communities. Spencer’s short film “Oil and Water,” illustrates why we need to act for the Great Lakes.