September 4th Saturday - National Wildlife Ecology Day
National Wildlife Ecology Day celebrates the diversity of species on earth and the ecosystems supporting their existence.
1991 marked the birth of this day, which falls annually on the fourth Saturday of September.
National Wildlife Ecology Day is dedicated to:
- The preservation of biological diversity, genetic integrity, and the ecology of wildlife.
- The establishment of democratic representation on councils of wildlife management for the protection of our wildlife heritage.
- Public safety relating to sport hunting activities.
September - Save The Tiger Month
If we want to save wild tigers, we will have to improve and expand on-the-ground conservation efforts that directly reduce threats to tigers and increase tiger and prey populations and improve their habitat. However, without controls on the demand for tiger parts, inordinate pressures are being placed on wild tigers. Even tiger reserves are not safe. That is sadly illustrated by the case of Sariska Tiger Reserve in India where, in 2005, poachers completely wiped out wild tigers. Thus, our tiger conservation strategy must both improve and strengthen on-the-ground conservation and reduce the trafficking of tiger parts. The Save the Tiger Fund is tackling the approach using a two-pronged strategy: the first is to strengthen landscape-level conservation and the second is to stop the illegal trade in tiger parts.
Visit the Save The Tiger Fund to find out how you can help.
September last week - National Dog Week
Captain Will Judy, editor and publisher of Dog World magazine started National Dog Week in 1928. It had growing pains over the years and its success was measured by the energy of those people volunteering to put it over.
The greatest publicity thrust was started in the late forties. World War II was over and America's economy was booming----and we started bringing the dogs from out in the yard into the house. At that time, National Dog Week had impressive offices in mid-town Manhattan. The executive director of NDW was Raymond J. Hanfield. At that time, there was an outstanding and well-known demonstration put on in Rockefeller Center. The people putting that together were Harry Miller and Evelyn Monté both of the Gaines Dog Research Center. The name of the main person putting on these demonstrations was Blanche Saunders.
The publicity and news coverage it generated was unbelievable. The venue was outstanding. Better than a free Broadway Show in the Big Apple.
In 1960, Capt. Judy turned over the reins of NDW to the Pet Food Institute, an organization in Chicago financed by the pet food industry. The Pet Food Institute continued running until the mid-seventies. Then interested parties celebrated on their own until the American Dog Owners Association took over. Interested parties still celebrate this holiday.
September last week- Sea Otter Awareness Week
Every year Defenders of Wildlife organizes and promotes Sea Otter Awareness Week, a week full of events hosted around the country, that focus on sea otters. The purpose of the week is to teach people about the integral role that sea otters play in the near shore marine ecosystem, the threats to their recovery, to promote research and conservation programs, and what can be done to save these playful and popular animals.