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October 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 Bat Appreciation month in October!
Environmental Hero
Mireya Mayor
Mireya Mayor is an incredible scientist! Her deep passion for animals and nature has led her on remarkable adventures, ranging from the study of enigmatic primates in lush rainforests to the quest for hidden creatures in remote jungles. During one of her research expeditions, she played a pivotal role in discovering a new species of lemur, the smallest primate on Earth.

Dr. Mayor's talents and unwavering dedication played a vital role in convincing the leader of Madagascar to safeguard the habitat of this newfound species by establishing it as a national park. She stands as an inspiring role model for young individuals aspiring to follow in her remarkable footsteps. We had the privilege of asking her a series of questions. Be sure to check out our exclusive interview
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Summer Photo Contest
Upcoming Books
We have been hard at work on our book Lek, The Elephant Whisperer!  It's based on the true story of the amazing and wonderful Lek Chaillart, who founded Save Elephant Foundation, and features illustrations from former Disney animator, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn. Stay tuned for the announcement of our release date! 
Our books are now on Kindle and Amazon!
Stories We Have Been Following

This month we celebrate World Lemur Day. In honor of that and all the work done by our Environmental Hero, Dr. Mireya Mayor, on lemurs, we wanted to share a bit about this amazing species. 

Lemurs are fascinating primates known for their unique and charming qualities. They are native to the island of Madagascar, which is their one and only home in the wild. Lemurs are incredibly adaptable and can be found in various habitats on the island, from dense rainforests to dry and spiky forests called "spiny forests." These agile creatures have distinctive features like big, round eyes and long, bushy tails. Lemurs are social animals, often living in groups called "troops" that help protect and care for one another.

Lemurs are herbivores, which means they eat plants, fruits, leaves, and even flowers. Some lemurs are primarily active during the day, while others prefer the cover of night. They communicate with each other through a range of vocalizations, from loud calls to softer chirps. A particularly famous lemur is the ring-tailed lemur, recognized by its long, banded tail and black and white ring pattern. Sadly, many lemur species are endangered due to habitat loss and hunting, so conservation efforts are essential to ensure the survival of these remarkable creatures and protect their unique habitats in Madagascar.

Photo courtesy of CBS Colorado
Colorado to Receive Wolves

Oregon will be the source of the first gray wolves for Colorado's effort to reintroduce these animals, as announced by wildlife officials. Up to 10 wolves will be provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife over the winter. Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff will capture these wolves in northeastern Oregon using helicopters and planes from December to March and transport them to western Colorado for release. Colorado Governor Jared Polis expressed gratitude for Oregon's partnership. Colorado voters approved the reintroduction of wolves in 2020, and while detailed plans were in place, finding wolves proved challenging until Oregon stepped in. Oregon has a history of aiding other states in conservation efforts, and their resilient wolf population will not suffer long-term impacts from the captures.

Colorado plans to release the wolves on its wildlife lands between Glenwood Springs, Vail, and the Roaring Fork Valley. However, ranchers have concerns about wolf reintroduction, fearing threats to livestock. Colorado Parks and Wildlife aims to transplant wolves with no history of repeated depredations. This effort is historic, marking the first state government-led reintroduction of gray wolves, with the goal of releasing 30 to 50 wolves over the next five years. Multiple sources of wolves are needed since Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming declined to share their wolves. Oregon and Washington serve as backup options, with Washington considering providing wolves in the future. The process is seen as a significant wildlife and ecological recovery effort.
October Animal & Environment Observances

Photo in honor of Squirrel Awareness Month!

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • World Animal Month

2023 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • National Veterinary Technician Week - October 15-21, 2023
  • National Wolf Awareness Week - October 15-21, 2023 (Third Full Week in October)

2023 Days: (Date Order)

  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day - October 1
  • World Farm Animals Day - October 2
  • World Animal Day - October 4
  • National Badger Day - October 6
  • International Sawfish Day - October 17
  • World Okapi Day - October 18
  • International Sloth Day - October 20
  • International Reptile Awareness Day - October 21
  • International Wombat Day - October 22
  • International Snow Leopard Day - October 23
  • Freshwater Dolphin Day - October 24
  • International Gibbon Day - October 24
  • World Lemur Day - last Friday of October
According to Katmai National Park ranger Naomi Boak, Grazer is an assertive and dominant female, especially when caring for her cubs in the past. However, this year was different as Grazer was single with no cubs to look after. This unique situation allowed her to focus on herself and her primary task of bulking up, which she did really well! This propelled her to victory in the final round, where she triumphed over previous Fat Bear Week champions. Click here to check out some amazing live streaming webcams that let you watch these bears!
Featured Environmental
We are privileged tor be working with Wolves of the Rockies. Their mission is to safeguard the wolves of Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains through education and advocacy. Many people have misconceptions about wolves and their impact on an ecosystem. By sharing facts with business and individuals who could come in contact with wolves, and by introducing legislation in various states, Wolves of the Rockies strives to protect this amazing species. 

 Go to their website to learn how you can support their efforts or you can listen to their informational podcast called All Things Wolf and Wild, by clicking here. 
October Book Giveaway
It's that time of year when bears are preparing for hibernation! During the cold winter months, bears do something really interesting called hibernation. Hibernation is like a long, deep sleep that helps them survive when food is scarce and it's freezing outside. Bears find a cozy den, which can be a cave, a hollow tree, or even a big pile of leaves, and they snuggle up inside. While they're hibernating, their heartbeats slow down, and they hardly move at all. They live off the extra fat they stored up during the summer, kind of like having a big winter snack. When spring arrives, they wake up from their long nap, hungry and ready to explore the world again!

We are giving away copies of our book Grizzly 399's Hibernation Pandemonium.  We will send books to the first 3 people we hear from at with the subject line: HIBERNATION.
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