Wildlife Week

Celebrate our Nature: Alberta Special Weeks - Wildlife Week April 9-15, 2017; birds on water

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 students.

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.

Additional Resources

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".


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Updated: Apr 5, 2017