Wildlife Week in Canada is a week-long celebration of wildlife and habitat, honouring the work of the late Jack Miner and celebrated every year during the first
full week of April.
Jack was instrumental in founding Canada’s conservation movement and is credited with saving Canada Geese from extinction. Visit the Jack Miner Migratory Bird
Foundation website at:
Alberta’s Wildlife Diversity
Alberta's wildlife diversity consists of 587 species that are traditionally considered wildlife, including:
- 411 birds
- 93 mammals
- 65 fish
- 10 amphibians
- 8 reptiles
British Columbia is the only province in Canada with a greater number of mammals.
Modern wildlife management includes the conservation of plants and invertebrates as well. There are about 3,500 species of plants and fungi, and many thousands
of invertebrates that occur in Alberta.
We encourage you to use Wildlife Week as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of our wildlife and their needs.
Wildlife Week Events
Check out some of the events and activities you can try to celebrate wildlife during Wildlife Week.
Activity Ideas for Families and Schools
Celebrate the week with friends and family by participating in some fun and informative activities.
Check out this page for ideas on getting students involved in celebrating wildlife. There are also links to other interesting web and resources to share with your
During Wildlife Week, Albertans can join the pledge to walk with Canadian Wildlife Week’s Walk for Wildlife. From backyard discoveries to remote wetlands, there
is always something to explore.
Learn about Alberta’s species at risk, and provincial wildlife conservation efforts.
Print Alberta’s Watchable Wildlife Calendar or the wildlife week poster for your home, office or classroom.
Other Wildlife Celebrations
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22. The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
One thing that all wildlife need, whatever they are and wherever they live, is WATER. In 2014, the theme of National Wildlife Week is "Wildlife and Water: From
the mountains to the rivers to the oceans".
Updated: Apr 5, 2017