National and Mukilteo Wildlife Week is March 18-24

By Janet Carroll | Mar 13, 2013

The Mukilteo Wildlife Habitat Project, an organization dedicated to increasing and enhancing wildlife habitat and connecting residents with nature, invites kids to participate in National and Mukilteo Wildlife Week, March 18-24.

This year “Branching Out for Wildlife” is the theme, and children will be educated on the importance of tree from roots to leaves, the benefit of trees to ecosystems, and how people and wildlife depend on trees.

On March 23, Mukilteo kids will plant more than 100 trees provided by the National Wildlife Federation and the Snohomish Conservation District with support from the city.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at 92nd Street Park, along with a Nature Scavenger Hunt in the park, where kids can learn about and explore the forest.

These events support National Wildlife Federation’s goal for youth to plant 75,000 trees across the United States – creating wildlife habitat and contributing toward NWF’s goal of reconnecting 10 million kids with nature in the next three years.

As part of Mukilteo Wildlife Week, a display has been created in the Lighthouse Park kiosk celebrating Mukilteo’s wildlife species. The kiosk is located near the Mother Earth totem pole and was created jointly by the Mukilteo Wildlife Habitat Team and Beach Watcher Bernie Busch.

This is the second year that Mayor Joe Marine has proclaimed Mukilteo Wildlife Week to coincide the national event.

The following are some interesting facts about trees:

• Trees clean the air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone). In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

• Trees save water: Shade from trees slows water evaporation. Most newly planted trees need only 15 gallons of water a week.

• Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays: Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, which is why they can benefit schoolyards and playgrounds. Trees also provide shade for wildlife to escape the sun’s hot rays while protecting them from wild and other harsh weather conditions.

• Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife: Big leaf maple and western red cedar are among the many urban species that provide excellent homes for birds, bees, raccoons and squirrels.

The posters developed for National Wildlife Week display the different parts of a tree from roots to leaves, and the wildlife that frequent those parts. Download the poster as a PDF for free from the Wildlife Week website.

Kids are encouraged to learn about wildlife and the forest plant community by participating in the scavenger hunt where they can check out the trees where they live and the wildlife that call those trees home.

NWF’s Wildlife Watch can help identify different tree and wildlife species so children can share what they have observed on the Wildlife Watch website.

Celebrating its 75th year, National Wildlife Week is NWF’s longest running education program designed to teach kids about the wonders of nature and inspire their interest in spending more time outside.

As today’s indoor childhood becomes more of a reality, National Wildlife Week also plays a key role in NWF’s three year goal of getting 10 million more kids outdoors on a more regular basis.

For more information, contact the Mukilteo Wildlife Habitat Team at mukilteowildlife@gmail.com or call 425-267-0448.

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