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September 2023 Newsletter
Hi Green Kids!

Welcome to the Green Kids Club Newsletter where you can keep up with the Green Kids Club happenings each month, learn some new things, and challenge yourself as a true Green Kid ambassador for the planet! 

Photo to commemorate Elephant Appreciation Day this month! 
Environmental Hero
Rick McIntyre

We proudly honor Rick McIntyre as our Environmental Hero for this quarter! Rick's dedication to observing and documenting wolves in the wild spans more than four decades. 

Click here to listen to our interview with Rick! 
Wild Green Kids Club
Upcoming Books
We are just about ready to release our new book Learning About Grizzlies! Facts about bear characteristics, habits, and behaviors are illustrated by the talented Morgan Spicer of Bark Point Studios. Stay tuned for the announcement of our release date! 
Our books are now on Kindle and Amazon!
Upcoming Events
Guardian Lane is an organization that works with children to help them cope with grief. They put children in touch with grief counselors and provide instant access to fun healing projects. We are excited to be working with them to highlight stories of children dealing with grief, and we will be doing readings of our books, Princess and Molelo, The Fire Elephant, both of which deal with loss. Stay tuned for more information about our work with this organization. 
Stories We Have Been Following
Death of Lolita

Lolita, also known as Toki, the famous orca who resided at the Miami Seaquarium, recently passed away, leaving behind a legacy that touched the hearts of many. She had spent decades captivating audiences with her graceful presence, showcasing the beauty and majesty of these magnificent creatures. Sadly, she lived almost 50 years in captivity, spending most of her time alone. Plans had just been released to move her to a sanctuary. 

LISTEN to hear the song she used to sing in her enclosure. Researchers believe she learned it from her mother before she was captured at the age of 4. 

Lolita's life sparked important conversations about the ethics of keeping marine animals in captivity and the need for improved conservation efforts. While her passing marks the end of an era, it also serves as a reminder of the urgent importance of protecting and preserving the natural habitats of these incredible beings in the wild. We are honored to be working with producer Phil Fairclough in writing a book about her.

Photo by Sylvia Medina
Grizzly 399 and Cub
Grizzly 399, the legendary and beloved grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park, recently made headlines when she left the park's boundaries. Grizzly 399 is known for being one of the most famous and well-studied grizzlies in the world. Her departure from the park's protected confines raised concerns among wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists, as it placed her in potential contact with human settlements and roads. This event highlighted the ongoing challenges of managing wildlife in a landscape increasingly influenced by human activities. It's a reminder of the importance of maintaining habitat corridors and respecting the wild animals that call these areas home while ensuring both their safety and the safety of people living in the region.

Here's a list of things you can do to help avoid bear encounters and promote bear safety:

  1. Carry Bear Spray: Always have bear spray readily accessible when hiking or camping in bear country. Learn how to use it effectively.
  2. Make Noise: Bears are more likely to avoid you if they know you're coming. Talk, sing, clap your hands, or use bear bells to make noise while hiking.
  3. Travel in Groups: Bears are less likely to approach larger groups, so hike and camp with others whenever possible.
  4. Stay on Designated Trails: Stick to established trails and avoid venturing off the path where you might surprise a bear.
  5. Be Aware of Bear Sign: Look for fresh tracks, scat, and claw marks on trees; these are signs that bears are in the area.
  6. Secure Food and Trash: Use bear-resistant containers or hang food and trash out of a bear's reach. Bears have an excellent sense of smell and can be attracted by food odors.
  7. Keep Pets Leashed: If you bring pets, keep them on a leash. Unleashed pets can provoke defensive behavior in bears.
  8. Stay Calm if You Encounter a Bear: If you do come across a bear, remain calm and try to slowly back away without turning your back. Do not run, as this may trigger a chase response.
  9. Report Bear Sightings: If you encounter a bear, report the sighting to park authorities or local wildlife agencies.

Remember, these guidelines can vary depending on the specific recommendations of the area you're visiting. It's crucial to check with local park or wildlife authorities for region-specific advice on bear safety.

September Animal & Environment Observances

Photo in honor of National Save a Tiger Month!

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • National Save a Tiger Month
  • Save the Koala Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month

2023 Weeks: 

  • Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week - September 17-23, 2023
  • National Farm Animals Awareness Week - September 16-22, 2023
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week - September 24-30, 2023 

2023 Days: (Date Order)

  • Save Japan's Dolphins Day - September 1
  • National Hummingbird Day - September 2 (First Saturday in September)
  • National Wildlife Day - September 4
  • National Threatened Species Day - September 7
  • International Red Panda Day - September 16 (Third Saturday of September)
  • Elephant Appreciation Day - September 22
  • World Rhino Day - September 22
  • National Wildlife Ecology Day - September 23 (Fourth Saturday in September)
  • Save the Koala Day - September 29 (Last Friday in September
Featured Environmental

Trap Free Montana is a grass roots organization formed to educate people and advocate for legislation to stop trapping of animals. Trapping is an indiscriminate and inhumane way to kill animals. Rarely does the trapped animal die immediately or even with a few minutes of being trapped. They suffer needlessly. Also, many any animals end up in traps when they are not the intended target. Mountain lions, raptors, and dogs rank among the highest of these.

 Check out their website HERE to learn more!
September Book Giveaway
Rhinoceroses, or rhinos for short, are pretty cool animals. There are five kinds: White Rhino and Black Rhino in Africa, Greater One-Horned Rhino in India, Sumatran Rhino in Asia, and Javan Rhino also in Asia. They look different and live in different places. White Rhinos like grassy areas, while Black Rhinos can live in lots of places like forests and deserts. Greater One-Horned Rhinos like tall grass and wetlands, and Sumatran and Javan Rhinos like rainforests and swamps. Sadly, all these rhinos are in danger because people hunt them for their horns and because places where they live are getting smaller. We work with great people and organizations trying to save them.

In honor of this month's celebration of World Rhino Day, we are giving away 3 copies of our book Kabelo, A Silly Little Rhino. Email us at contactus@greenkids
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