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February 2024
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 courtesy of World Wildlife Fund for Humpback Whale Awareness Month
Environmental Hero
Dr. Mireya Mayor

Driven by her passion for wildlife and the natural world, Dr. Mireya Mayor has embarked on remarkable expeditions that have led her from the depths of lush rainforests to the remote corners of dense jungles in search of unknown creatures.

Her remarkable journeys have notably included the discovery of a new species of lemur, the smallest known primate, during one of her research expeditions. Dr. Mayor's dedication and thorough research played a crucial role in persuading the President of Madagascar to designate the habitat of this tiny new lemur as a national park, safeguarding its future. Her accomplishments stand as a beacon of inspiration for young aspiring scientists and conservationists, motivating them to pursue their own adventures in the realms of discovery and environmental protection.

We were fortunate enough to pose several questions to Dr. Mayor about her extraordinary adventures and contributions. 
Be sure to check out our exclusive interview

Wild Green Kids Club
New Books

New Releases!

Danger in the Arctic teaches about the impact of global warming! Join the Green Kids in a great adventure!  The book features illustrations from former Disney animator, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn.
Check out our books on Kindle and Amazon!
Stories We Have Been Following
Hottest Year on Record - 2023

In 2023, scientists at NOAA announced that it was the hottest year ever since they started keeping track in 1850. The Earth's temperature was more than 2 degrees warmer than what it used to be a long time ago. This wasn't just a one-time thing; the last ten years have had some of the hottest years ever, which shows our planet is getting warmer over time. Also, the ice at the bottom of the world, near Antarctica, melted more than ever before, showing that climate change is affecting the whole Earth. It's a big reminder that we need to take care of our planet.

Protection for Wolves

Federal wildlife officials recently declined to restore protections for gray wolves in the northern U.S. Rocky Mountains, citing the species' stable population and high genetic diversity. Despite state efforts to reduce wolf numbers through hunting, officials emphasized the lack of extinction risk and announced plans for a national recovery strategy by December 2025. Critics, including Susan Holmes of the Endangered Species Coalition, expressed disappointment, highlighting aggressive wolf management tactics in states like Idaho and Montana. The ongoing debate reflects deep-rooted tensions over wolf conservation and management responsibilities. Click here to read more.

Humpback Whale Awareness Month

Humpback whales, known for their friendliness and unique vocalizations, have made a remarkable comeback thanks to conservation efforts that began in 1985, increasing their population significantly. February in Hawaii is special for whale watching, and to honor this, it's celebrated as Humpback Whale Awareness Month, encouraging everyone to protect marine life. This month highlights the importance of caring for our oceans and the creatures that call them home, especially at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Click here to see how to watch more about these incredible animals!

February Animal & Environment Observances


  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • Humpback Whale Awareness Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • Responsible Pet Owner Month

2024 Weeks:

  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count - February 16-19, 2024
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week - February 26 - March 1, 2024 
  • Whooping Crane Festival - February 22-25 2024

2024 Days:

  • Groundhog Day - February 2
  • Hedgehog Day - February 2
  • Feed the Birds Day - February 3
  • Western Monarch Day - February 5
  • National Hippo Day - February 15
  • World Pangolin Day - February 17, 2024
  • World Whale Day - February 17, 2024
  • National Wildlife Day - February 22 (In 2018 this date was permanently changed from September 4 in honor of Steve Irving's Birthday)
  • International Polar Bear Day - February 27

Photo Courtesy the LA Times

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a special tradition that happens every year on February 2nd. Why that day? Because it is the middle of winter, halfway between the shortest day of the year and the start of spring! According to the tradition, if the groundhog comes out of his burrow and sees its shadow, it means we will have six more weeks of winter. But, if it doesn't see its shadow spring will come early. This year there was no shadow to see! This tradition is captured in a hilarious movie by the same name. Click here to see that trailer!

Featured Environmental

We are pleased to partner with Red(P), a compassionate and innovative nonprofit organization, recognized as a 501(c)(3) in the state of Washington, USA, that extends its impactful work across the USA and Kenya. Thanks to donors' generous contributions, and backing from Microsoft and Techno Brain, Red(P) is making a real difference. The organization's current focus is on providing micro-scholarships to students in need, ensuring they have access to educational opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. We are excited to work with them on scholarships for students in a village we support. Tune in next month for more details on this adventure and for an opportunity to contribute to this great cause.
February Book Giveaway
Get ready for an exciting opportunity to dive into the world of majestic grizzly bears with our book giveaway! Learning about Grizzlies is a fascinating book that takes you on a journey through the forests and mountains where these powerful creatures roam. Whether you're a young explorer eager to learn about wildlife or someone who loves nature, this book is packed with interesting facts and stunning photographs. To celebrate our love for wildlife, we're giving away three free copies. Email and tell us one thing you want to know about grizzlies! Don't miss your chance to learn all about grizzly bears, their habits, and their environment!
In Case You Missed It...

We want kids to join our Wild Green Kids Club!  Children learn about animals and their environment and they can win books and toys through fun contests! Click on the link to find out more!

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