2024 Environmental Days

International Day of Forests

March 21, 2024, is the #International Day of Forests, set aside in 2013 to celebrate and raise awareness of forests' importance. Approximately 80% of all terrestrial biodiversity is linked to forests, and healthy forests are one of the world's primary carbon sinks. #FEIS invites you to observe this special day and enjoy Elk Island National Park's forests and the animals they support.

#InternationalDayOfForests #Biodiversity #Trees #Animals #CarbonSink

March 20th is World Frog Day, an environmental day observed to help save our amphibian friends and provide them with a safer environment. This day has been celebrated since 2012 to create awareness of the nearly 6,000 known frog species and their habitat.

#FEIS participates annually in the Elk Island National Park Amphibian Monitoring Project, launched in the spring of 2016. During this project, approximately 65 sites are monitored three times every spring. Since amphibian populations fluctuate widely yearly, depending on habitat and weather, long-term monitoring is necessary for trend detection.

The program engages volunteers as citizen scientists in amphibian monitoring to estimate the rate of breeding site occupancy changes over time in Elk Island National Park. It monitors two native amphibian species - the Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) and the Boreal Chorus Frog (Pseudacris maculata). The actual dates for the survey are weather-dependent but typically occur around the beginning of May.

#WorldFrogDay #EnvironmentalDay #Amphibians #Volunteers #CitizenScience #ElkIslandNationalPark #WoodFrog #BorealChorusFrog #NativeAmphibians

World Wildllife Day

March 3rd is World Wildlife Day. The 2024 theme is Connecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation. The United Nations aims to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants and the urgent need to protect them. Join the Friends of Elk Island Society in encouraging all people to take concrete actions to conserve wildlife and their habitats. 

World Wetlands Day

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day (https://www.worldwetlandsday.org). Wetlands are small water bodies that support a diverse range of aquatic and semi-aquatic organisms, ranging in size from tiny zooplankton to the mighty moose. These environments provide important ecological services across the landscape we share with other species, and provide cultural and recreational opportunities that enhance our lives. The 2024 World Wetland Day theme is “Wetlands and Human Wellbeing,” highlighting how wetlands help to sustain life on this planet and so it is of the utmost importance that we protect these important habitats. FEIS is joining the international community to raise wetlands awareness and encourage conservation and restoration actions. #GenerationRestoration #ForWetlands #WorldWetlandsDay

World Snow Day

World Snow Day 2024, observed annually on the third Sunday of January, will be celebrated on January 21st. This event was created in 2012 by the International Ski Federation to “Bring Children to the Snow.” The purpose is to increase children’s participation in snow-related sports and bring families together in snowy regions. Elk Island National Park has trails suitable for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing: https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/ab/elkisland/activ/experiences/randonee-hiking/etat-sentiers-trail-conditions. You can rent snowshoes for adults and children at Astotin Lake, if you do not have your own; see https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/ab/elkisland/activ/experiences/hivernales-winter/raquette-snowshoeing.