As we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope you are taking every precaution to be safe during this challenging time. Here at Defenders we have transitioned to working remotely, but our work most certainly continues. Defenders will always be hard at work protecting the wildlife you love.
With our world and our environment out of balance, it has never been more important to connect to our natural heritage and the nature that we rely on to survive. We want to provide you with opportunities to defend wildlife while staying healthy.
Whether we are fighting a pandemic or fighting to stop extinction, we are all in this together. Join Defenders in staying home and staying wild.
Demand the DOI Halt Policy Changes
Even in the midst of a global crisis, the Trump administration continues to barrel forward with its anti-environmental agenda. We can’t let this administration exploit this disaster to further degrade our natural world!
Staying Wild While Staying Home
COVID-19 has ground the world to a halt. Schools are closed. Millions are working from home or out of work. If you're feeling cooped up and restless, Defenders has 12 suggestions to keep you wild while you're staying home.
As kids are home from school, it can be hard to fill the days with productive learning activities. Instead of giving in to the pull of screens, print out some of our educational workbooks to keep them occupied and learning about wildlife. Below are regional workbooks to help you explore the wild world outside your windows, a Junior Packtivist workbook all about wolves and worksheets and stories in Spanish all about parrots.
There are plenty of fun activities to do as a family that will keep you active, help you connect with the nature in your backyard and protect wildlife.
- Save water and protect your watershed by putting in a raingarden. In the Northwest, we install raingardens to help protect orcas.
- Birds of all kinds are migrating, finding nests and starting to lay eggs. Help them out by picking a species that lives in your area and building a birdhouse or bird feeder.
- If you're looking for ways to make your home more environmentally-friendly while everyone is indoors, check out some of our eco-resolutions from the beginning of the year.
- Explore the Bering Strait Response Teaching Tool, which we use in Alaska to simulate oil spills and response, to learn about threats to wildlife and GIS technology. For older kids, tackle our worksheets exploring data technology and simulations.
- Spend Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 24) planting some native flowers or trees in your yard that would provide habitat and food for native pollinators.
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