National Wildlife Week Recap

April 13, 2022
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Celebrating Wildlife Conservation

We had an amazing week with our friends at the National Wildlife Federation, sharing success stories of wildlife conservation, testing our knowledge on some animal quizzes, gushing over our Florida panther kitten photos, and of course, daily videos from Peter Gros, host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and David Mizejewski with the National Wildlife Federation. Check out the recaps below to continue celebrating our wild neighbors.

In addition to the celebration online, Peter and David made appearances on many local TV news and radio programs across the country. Here are a couple of those interviews:

Cougar, Los Angeles

We learned 5 facts about the cougars (aka mountain lions) living in one of the biggest cities in North America. Learn more about cougars here.

Panther, Florida

First, we got up close and personal with some of the illusive panthers of the Florida wetlands. Our friends at the fStop Foundation shared some amazing shots from their trail cameras. Check it out.

Then, we caught up with Peter and David to learn how these big cats are fighting back against habitat destruction and dwindling species numbers. Watch the panther video here.

Sea Otter, Pacific Northwest

Who doesn’t love these cute, fluffy marine mammals? Take a quick quiz to see how well you know the sea otter.

When you’re finished with the quiz, head over to this video to learn why sea otters are so important to their ecosystem.

Black Bear, Colorado

Did you know that black bears aren’t always black? Learn more from Peter and David, including how we can safely coexist with these beautiful bears.

Bison, Wyoming & the Dakotas

Think you know this American icon of the plains? Take our short quiz to find out.

Then, did you know what bison used to roam over the entire continental US? That’s right! Learn more about bison from Peter and David.

Bald Eagle, Midwest

Don’t call it a comeback. The bald eagle is officially off the endangered species list, but there’s more we can continue to do to ensure this American bird is safe and healthy for years to come. See what Peter and David have to say here.

Monarch Butterfly, Texas

Pollinators are required to grow some 85% of flowering plants. So, if you like fruits, vegetables, nuts and much more, we need to work hard to give our pollinator friends a habitat where they can thrive! Check out how to create your own pollinator garden.

Then head over to the daily video to learn more about the great wonder that is the monarch butterfly migration.

Salamander, New England

Did you know the salamanders are an indicator species? Because of their semipermeable skin, they absorb gases and other toxins in the air, so if salamander numbers are dropping, you know it’s time for action. Learn more from Peter and David here.

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