We just happen to be surrounded by wildlife around here – sometimes more than I would like to be. Elk and bison are a daily part of our life. Bear, wolves, coyotes and other small animals make their homes nearby. We literally can’t “Get away from it all”. However, while my kids can make an elk call to put any hunter to shame (who needs Old MacDonald’s Farm!?!?) – they have almost no exposure to water-based wildlife. So, while we won’t be near the ocean any time soon, we are taking some time this week to do some online education about why it’s important to protect ALL wildlife.
Today also begins some celebrations leading up to World Animal Day on October 4th. It was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. With the aid of their website educating others since 2003, events celebrating the day have grown and expanded exponentially.
“We encourage everybody to use this special day to commemorate their love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world. It’s something that everyone can join in with whether they are part of an organisation, group, or an individual. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.”
Dawn (yep, the soap!) is helping celebrate at the International Bird Rescue Research Center today in San Pedro, CA. They are using hashtag #DawnDayintheWildlife – so check them out on Facebook and Twitter (also follow @IntBirdRescue) to see glimpses into the special event (and even get to see some rehabilitated birds released). Ah the amazing things the internet opens up for us to be able to learn from so far away.
More about The Dawn Wildlife Program
While this is a sponsored post, I have a strong interest in the program after growing up in Alaska and witnessing (through my much-younger) eyes, the destruction and clean-up after the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill back in 1989. I believe than an educated public (adults and children alike) is what makes the biggest difference in helping keep our natural world (mountains, trails AND wildlife) available for generations to come in its most natural state.
Dawn was there in 1989, and has been supporting wildlife rescue rehabilitation centers for almost 40 years. Over and over again, Dawn has proven to be the best agent for cleaning oil off of animals – “tough on grease, gentle on feathers and fur”. In fact, they have been an important part of rescuing and releasing more than 75,000 animals affected by oil pollution. It’s an extreme tragedy every time a spill happens – but good to know that measures CAN be taken for the clean-up of the animals especially.
The Marine Mammal Center based out of Sausalito, California boasts a veterinary hospital and a research center run by more than 1,000 volunteers. Not only do they rescue and rehabilitate seals, sea lions and dolphins, they also educate over 100,000 kids and adults yearly about what they do. Because knowledge is power and it helps keep them moving forward every year.
Last month, Ambassadors were invited to spend a day as a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center. They experienced what it is like to be a volunteer at the facility, and even joined in the rare opportunity to help with a release of rehabilitated sea lions. I wasn’t able to be there for this special event (as much as I wanted to be), but am pleased to take my roll as an Honoree Ambassador.
Because not all of us can make the trip to California to the Marine Mammal Center or the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn has put together a short video so you can be a “virtual volunteer”. It’s a great view into what an animal looks like both covered in oil and after a Dawn treatment and is a fun get-involved activity as World Animal Day is celebrated at the International Bird Rescue Research Center.
How you can help:
Again, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself, your children and the people you spend your time with. Share the video above and then join them on Facebook for more updates and information on how to be involved. Also, definitely check out all the happenings today by following #DawnDayintheWildlife and do what YOU can to celebrate World Animal Day!
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How will YOU Celebrate World Animal Day? Have you ever been able to experience being a part of the clean-up after a catastrophe like an oil spill or rehabilitation of animals? I’d love to hear your stories!
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