On the morning of Friday, June 16th, park-goers may have spotted a giant Blanding’s Turtle walking around Humboldt Park’s lagoon in Chicago. Though, what they really were seeing was someone holding up a painted sign of the turtle, with the words “Save America’s Wildlife” on a wildlife walk around the park. Despite winter-like weather, we spotted lots of different wildlife including wood ducks, a black-crowned night heron, bees, barn swallows, squirrels and sparrows.
We also talked to park-goers about ways that we can make a difference for wildlife not just here in Illinois, but across the country through the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is a bold vision for funding wildlife conservation and a game changer for America’s wildlife. If passed, the bill will allow the states, territories, and tribes to invest up to $1.4 billion annually in proactive, on-the-ground efforts to help species at risk by restoring habitat, controlling invasive species, reconnecting landscapes, addressing emerging diseases, and more.
And Illinois needs this bill now more than ever. Over 424 species in Illinois are listed by the state as endangered or threatened, and habitats are declining rapidly.
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Outreach & Engagement Manager, Environment Illinois
Emily manages the marketing and public engagement strategy for Environment Illinois's campaigns, including our campaign to protect the Great Lakes from plastic pollution. Emily lives in Chicago where she enjoys knitting and biking.
Environment Illinois Conservation Intern