Earth Rangers Inspires Children to Help Save Four Native Species in Decline
TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - What do the Blanding's turtle, beluga whale,
Western bumble bee and barn swallow have in common? They are all animals
native to Canada with populations in decline. They are also the four animals
that Earth Rangers across Canada will help protect through the Earth Rangers
Bring Back the Wild program.
Earth Rangers is the kid's conservation organization dedicated to educating
children and families about biodiversity and empowering them to take action
through a unique program called Bring Back the Wild. This national education
and fundraising initiative teaches children about the importance of protecting
animals by preserving their natural habitats and raises funds for research and
the acquisition and restoration of wild spaces.
Now in its fourth year, this kid-powered conservation program is launching
four new conservation projects:
Threats facing Blanding's turtles include habitat loss and fragmentation,
illegal pet trade and predation. Our conservation project in partnership with
the Toronto Zoo will help increase the Blanding's turtle population in Ontario
through a head-starting program that involves raising young turtles indoors
and releasing them when they are able to survive in the wild.
Threats facing beluga whales include climate change, sea ice loss, pollution,
predation and noise from boats. Our conservation project in partnership with
the Churchill Northern Studies Centre will help purchase special underwater
recorders to measure the effects of boat noise on belugas' ability to
communicate, find food, raise their young and detect predators and support
research on how environmental changes, like contaminants, affect beluga health.
WESTERN BUMBLE BEE
Threats facing Western bumble bees include habitat loss, disease and pests,
pesticides, invasive species and climate change. Our conservation project in
partnership with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum will fund research to better
understand how we can help bees, study the number and variety of bees in
Western Canada and create awareness about the importance of bees.
Threats facing barn swallows include habitat loss, climate change and
pesticides. Our conservation project in partnership with the Nature
Conservancy of Canada and Bird Studies Canada will help rebuild five nesting
habitats, help purchase 12.4 acres of land where barn swallows can make their
nests and support research to see if barn swallows will adapt to artificial
In conjunction with the launch of these new conservation projects, Earth
Rangers is introducing a membership program to encourage children to engage in
actions that directly contribute to the protection of wildlife.
When a child signs up to become an Earth Ranger, they will be invited to
participate in a variety of animal saving missions. Their first mission will
be to complete a Bring Back the Wild fundraising campaign to help save an
animal. Along with this action, kids will receive their own personalized Earth
Rangers membership card as a symbol of being an important part of the Earth
Rangers community. Once their campaign is complete, members will receive
additional missions that encourage environmentally responsible behaviours.
Our goal is to remind kids and their families that even small actions, when
adopted by many, can have a huge impact.
About Earth Rangers: Earth Rangers is the kids' conservation organization
dedicated to educating children and families about biodiversity loss and
empowering them to Bring Back the Wild™. Building on children's natural
connection to wildlife, Earth Rangers' focus is to communicate to children a
positive science-based message on the importance of protecting biodiversity
and adopting more sustainable behaviours. Through programs including a
children's website, www.earthrangers.com, a permanent studio at the Royal
Ontario Museum and a School Outreach Program featuring live Animal
Ambassadors, Earth Rangers is able to reach, inspire and enable millions of
children each year to take action to help ensure the lasting survival of
species in Canada.
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SOURCE Earth Rangers
Lori Marier Media Relations, Earth Rangers 905-417-3447 ext. 2281
Video with caption: "When kids sign up to become Earth Rangers they can help
save animals, like the beluga whale. With help from Earth Rangers across
Canada, we're supporting research in Hudson Bay that studies the effects of
boat noise on belugas' ability to communicate, find food, raise their young
and detect predators.". Video available at:
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