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Celebrate Earth Day With #walkforwildlife

Celebrate Earth Day With #walkforwildlife

OTTAWA, ON - This Earth Day, take a walk on the wild side with the Canadian Wildlife Federation Walk for Wildlife. The national campaign runs until International Day of Biodiversity, May 22 and gives people across the country an opportunity to show their support for conservation while making time to connect with nature themselves. This year's goal is to raise awareness and funds for species at risk, like the burrowing owl.

As part of Earth Day Celebrations, there are lots of ways to get involved in CWF's Walk for Wildlife.

  • Register for free on-line at WalkforWildlife.ca. First 500 registrants will receive a free one-year subscription to Chatelaine, courtesy of JustGreen
  • Become part of the Fundraising Loyalty Program for great rewards including the chance to win a trip to for two Calgary for a special endangered species conservation experience with the Calgary zoo
  • Join in one of the many community organized walks taking place across the country or post individual or group walk on the interactive on-line map
  • Take a selfie in nature. Upload pictures to Instagram or Twitter and tag with #selfie and #giveahoot so CWF can find the wonderful nature photos. Don't forget to tag @CWF_FCF too
  • Get a workplace or team involved in the Team Challenge for a chance to win fabulous prizes
  • Involve schools in the Walk for Wildlife by signing up for the School Fundraising Program and accessing fun activities and lesson plans
  • Purchase a limited edition "Give a Hoot" burrowing owl t-shirt on CWF's on-line store. Proceeds from the sale will support CWF's endangered species program

Through Canadian Wildlife Federation's Endangered Species Program, CWF has been working to conserve species at risk like burrowing owls and their habitats for future generations through research and recovery support, advocacy and awareness. The mascot of this year's Walk for Wildlife, the burrowing owl is small, standing about nine inches tall and weighing approximately 150 g about the size of a Robin. Once a common sight in portions of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, burrowing owls are now much more rare. The Canadian population of this little bird of prey has declined over 95 per cent since 1987, and now occupies a mere 36 per cent of its original distribution in Canada. This alarming rate of decline has motivated scientists to list the species as endangered under the Species at Risk Act.

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