March 3, 2016
On March 3, 2016, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) will join in celebrating the United Nations (UN) World Wildlife Day 2016. The UN has declared this day as an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The SWF couldn’t agree more.
According to the UN, the 2016 theme of World Wildlife Day is The Future of Wildlife is in Our Hands, which reinforces the inextricable link between wildlife and people. It is the responsibility of each generation to safeguard wildlife for the following generation. “This ties in with what’s at the heart of the SWF,” says Executive Director Darrell Crabbe. “Our mission is to ensure the wildlife legacy we leave to our children surpasses that which we inherited. We do that through the promotion of wise management and use of our natural resources, developing conservation policies and educational programs, and by acquiring and enhancing wildlife habitat through our Habitat Trust.”
Yet it’s not just big game the SWF worries about. Crabbe reminds us that it doesn’t have to be a hunt-able species for the SWF to be concerned with it or fight for it’s protection. “We agree with the UN when they say there’s a need for the survival of both charismatic and lesser known species, both fauna and flora,” he says. This is evident even in the SWF logo, the majestic yet threatened species, the Whooping Crane. Our disappearing wetlands and ever changing prairie landscape challenges the survival of our most valuable plants and animals.
With World Wildlife Day upon us, the SWF reminds us that the wildlife of the province is a public resource belonging to all Saskatchewan residents, and it’s up to us to ensure it remains for future generations.
More information about Saskatchewan wildlife and wildlife habitat, visit www.swf.sk.ca.
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is a non-profit, non-government, charitable organization of more than 34,000 members in 124 branches across Saskatchewan representing every walk of life. Per capita, it is considered the largest wildlife conservation organization of its kind in the world. Established in 1929, the SWF has become an acknowledged leader in the conservation field.