NatureWatching can include gazing at animals from a viewing site, searching for spring wildflowers, observing the changing seasons, or immersing oneself in the clear waters of a national forest stream, among other activities. Engaging in NatureWatching activities leads to greater personal connection to the environment and the natural resources we all share.
Participating in NatureWatch events across U.S. Forest Service National Forests and Grasslands is a good way to get started, and include celebrating special days such as: Earth Day, National Pollinator Week, National Fishing & Boating Week, International Migratory Bird Day, Endangered Species Day, National Get Outdoors Day, Water Awareness Day, and the many festivals, camps, bioblitzes and events hosted by the U.S. Forest Service on public lands.
BCI investigates, educates, advocates, and shares the fascinating world of bats from all corners of the earth. Bats need your help! Find out how you can participate in the fight to save these underappreciated species at BCI's website and at the Forest Service and partners' BatsLIVE distance learning site, and join us in celebrating global bat pollinators on Bat Pollinators Day (June 18th) during International Pollinator Week.
National Pollinator Week began in the offices of Celebrating Wildflowers at the USDA Forest Service back in 2007, and now it's celebrated internationally, every third week of June. For all things pollinator, including the Nature's Partners pollinator-themed curriculum for kids in grades 3-6, and ecoregional planting guides to help you build a pollinator-friendly garden or farm, visit our friends at the Pollinator Partnership. Pollinator Curriculum [pdf]
Twenty-five year wildlife conservation veterans, Wildlife Forever, collaborate with the Forest Service on topics from preventing the spread of invasive species in the wide-reaching Threat Campaign, to conservation of native pollinators, and the annual State Fish Art Contest (deadline is always March 31st!).
The production team at Prince William Network partners with the USDA Forest Service to create distance-learning opportunities online for students watching from any location. Check out BatsLIVE! PollinatorLIVE!, MonarchLIVE!, Migration Science and Mystery, Winging Northward: A Shorebird's Journey, and America's Rain Forests for cool links, videos, and other resources about these topics. There's still time to get involved with WetlandsLIVE! currently underway, and stay tuned for and ClimateChangeLIVE! and FreshwatersLIVE! in 2013-2014. FSNatureLIVE.org provides a direct link to all LIVE distance learning adventures.
Watchable Wildlife, Inc. publishes state wildlife viewing guides, Everyone's Nature manual for providing disabled-accessible viewing areas, and the annual watchable wildlife calendar. Their searchable Wildlife Viewing Areas can help you find a location to see your favorite animals, fish, and/or plants almost anywhere in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Environment for the Americas is a key partner in bird conservation outreach efforts across the Americas. Annual International Migratory Bird Day events are coordinated and promoted through bilingual posters, bookmarks, guides, activities, and presentations produced by EFTA in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Make every day bird conservation day and join a birding event near you!
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of several federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs working together to support and coordinate conservation of the monarch migration across the lower 48 states. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008).
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