Giving Wings To Wildlife Conservation

The year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Birds Convention between Canada and the United States, which was the first international treaty to conserve wildlife. With a focus on the skies, and all the wild winged creatures that inhabit that domain – from birds and bees to bats and butterflies – the 2016 theme for NWW is GIVING WINGS TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION.

Donations received throughout activities in this campaign will be directed toward the Canadian Wildlife Foundation’s “Wild By Nature” initiative, a campaign designed to secure funding for critical CWF programs.

Join CWF in celebrating National Wildlife Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.

  • April 12 | B.I.R.D. Initiative: Learn more as we ask office buildings and corporate towers to turn off their lights for one evening in a show of support for the safety and wellbeing of our migratory birds.
  • April 14 | CWF Goose Gala: Join us for an evening dedicated to Canada’s species in our skies as we “give wings to wildlife conservation”. Be entertained by Canadian icon and funnyman Martin Short, be dazzled by our host Brian Williams and learn more about National Wildlife Week from our ambassador and Canadian supermodel Yasmin Warsame.
  • April 15 | School Walk for Wildlife: Register your school or class today as we walk for all the at-risk wild winged creatures that inhabit the skies.
  • April 16| Public Walk for Wildlife: Get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces that define Canada while fundraising for at-risk wild winged creatures that inhabit the skies.
  • April 10-16 | "WILD" Photo Exhibit: View stunning wildlife photography coupled by unique and inspired illustrations by renowned Canadian artist Olivia Mew.
  • April 11-14 | Pan Canadian Parks Summit: This first event of its kind, The 2016 Canadian Parks Summit will bring together representatives of Canada’s three levels of government responsible for national, provincial/ territorial and municipal/regional parks.


Join us for one of the following events or plan your own activity to mark the occasion.


National Wildlife Week is a major Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative designed to celebrate our country’s natural heritage and promote the cause of conservation in Canada. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1947, National Wildlife Week falls every year during the week of April 10 – the birthdate of the late Jack Miner, one of the founders of Canada’s conservation movement. “Wild Goose Jack”, as he was known, is credited with saving the Canada Goose from extinction.

Get Social!

Share how you are celebrating National Wildlife Week or share photos of wildlife in your area on CWF and your own social media. Use hashtag #WildlifeWeek and don’t forget to include @CWF_FCF in your tweets.

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