In honor of World Environment Day, we are highlighting the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Are they in your Givolio?
First things first–what is World Environment day?
Beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has become a global platform for public outreach and is celebrated every year on June 5. It is the most important event for the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action for protecting the environment. It is now widely celebrated in more than 100 countries.
Hosted by Canada this year, the theme for World Environment Day is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. Each host country chooses the annual theme to focus attention on what they feel is a particularly pressing environmental concern.
The holiday is a way for people to do something to benefit the planet. It can be local, national, or global; it can be through the actions of one or many–it’s the people’s choice!
For more information about World Environment Day, click HERE.
Now that we know what World Environment Day is all about–what is the South Carolina Wildlife Federation?
Based out of Columbia, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation uses educational and public awareness programs, in addition to unique partnerships, to establish policies that sustain, protect, and enhance the Earth’s natural environments from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the broad coastal marshes.
Some of these programs include: Gardening for Wildlife, Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT), Naturalist Training Programs, the Palmetto Pro Birder program, and the Palmetto Outdoors Women Retreat (#POWR).
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation has a series of events planned all the way through September. The next event, June 13, is the Day of the Dragon at Goodale State Park in the heart of the South Carolina Sandhills.
Participants will explore the natural history of dragonflies and damselflies. During the event, people will analyze the different aspects of the insects–eyes, tail, wings, and all–assess the aquatic habitats, and investigate different species of the dragons and damsels. By the end of the day, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the connections between form and function of dragonfly anatomy
- Successfully identify several species of dragonflies and damselflies
- Understand the variety of ecological requirements needed to support dragonfly life
- Predict species assemblages associated with particular aquatic habitats
In addition to the Day of the Dragon, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation will hold other events each month including the Wild Summer’s Night Auction & Wild Game Feast in July, the 15th Annual Wildlife Photography Contest in August, and the annual Women’s Outdoor Retreat in September. It seems like there is always a way to get involved with this organization!
Play a part in this year’s World Environment Day and connect #WithNature by checking out the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and donating through Givolio today!