Bring Back the Wild (BBtW) is an education and fundraising program that teaches children about the importance of protecting animals by preserving their natural habitats, while raising funds to support conservation projects and the acquisition and restoration of habitats across Canada.
Earth Rangers delivers this program in schools across the country using the power of live animals to connect with children. Our School Outreach Program, Classroom Visit Program and Community Events are developed to educate, inspire and empower children to take action to help Bring Back the Wild.
Each year we focus on four unique Canadian species that need our help, as well as the Woodland Caribou as a special project during the holiday season. Four new projects are introduced in conjunction with each new school year. To participate, children visit us online where they learn about the different conservation projects and select the specific animal they would like to help protect through a Bring Back the Wild online fundraising campaign.
The funds raised are distributed as follows:
- 50% supports conservation projects and the acquisition and restoration of habitats across Canada
- 50% supports Earth Rangers education programs like Bring Back the Wild and Classroom Visit Program
Click the map to see the locations of our conservation projects.
This year Earth Rangers is partnering with kids to help protect the beluga whale, Blanding’s turtle, Western bumble bee and the barn swallow. Get involved by inspiring the children in your life to start a Bring Back the Wild campaign or donating in supporting of environmental education.
The early melting of arctic sea ice means more ships are travelling through the arctic than ever before. Scientists believe that noise pollution from these ships may be affecting the beluga’s ability to communicate with one another, find food, raise their young and detect predators. Earth Rangers, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the University of Manitoba and Churchill Northern Studies Centre are helping protect the beluga whale by purchasing special underwater recorders to measure the effects of boat noise on their natural behaviours. This project will also support conservation research and help scientists study how environmental changes, like contaminants, affect beluga whale health.
Blanding’s turtles are losing the wild spaces they need to make their homes and what habitat remains is being divided by land and road development. To make matters worse, Blanding`s turtles are also in danger from poachers who are removing them from their homes in the wild and illegally selling them as pets. Earth Rangers and the Toronto Zoo are helping to protect the Blanding’s turtle. This Bring Back the Wild project will support a head-starting program at the Toronto Zoo, which raises young turtles indoors and releases them into the wild as soon as they are able to survive.
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The destruction of old barns, use of pesticides and climate change are all threats affecting barn swallows. With fewer places to call home, barn swallows are slowly disappearing from our forests and woodlands. Earth Rangers, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Bird Studies Canada are helping protect the barn swallow by supporting the rebuilding of five barn swallow habitats in Covey Hill and Île de Grâce, Quebec. This project will also help purchase 12.4 acres of land for barn swallow habitat as well as support Bird Studies Canada’s research to see if barn swallows will adapt to artificial nests.
Bees are disappearing fast and we need more scientific research to figure out how we can help them. Habitat loss, disease and pests, pesticides, invasive species and climate change are all making it difficult for these important pollinators to thrive. Earth Rangers and Dr. Cory Sheffield, from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, are helping to protect the Western bumble bee by funding research to better understand bees as well as the number and variety of bees in western Canada. This conservation project will also create awareness about the vital role bees play as pollinators as well as study which pests are hurting bees.
Earth Rangers, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and researcher Josh Sayers helped protect the American badger in Southern Ontario by removing invasive plant species and rehabilitating grassland habitat. Through field restoration and the creation of sand ridges the project helped improve the American badgers' ability to find food and build dens. This project also funded the placement of radio transmitters on several American badgers to better understand their movements, habitat preferences and behaviours. Over eight thousand campaigns were started by children passionate about protecting the American badger and together they supported conservation work while increasing awareness about the need for environmental protection.
Find out more about the American badger
Oregon spotted frogs are the most endangered amphibian in Canada, within its limited range in southwestern British Columbia fewer then 300 breeding adult females remain. This drastic population decline is caused by such threats as habitat loss and the presence of invasive species, like bull frogs. To help protect the Oregon spotted frog Earth Rangers and the Vancouver Aquarium worked together to reintroduce this species into protected habitat and raise awareness about amphibians at risk. Over 5,000 kids started fundraising campaigns to help protect the Oregon spotted frog. The donations they raised helped build a new breeding facility on the roof of the Vancouver Aquarium and supported the breeding and release of Oregon spotted frogs into the wild. This project also restored wetland habitat in eastern Fraser Valley in Aldergrove National Park, British Columbia, which will provide protected habitat for tadpoles to be released into.
Find out more about Oregon spotted frogs
A conservation project with the Vancouver Aquarium
Since the early 1980’s, the conditions for polar bears in their arctic habitat has declined, largely due to climate change. The sea ice is breaking up earlier than normal and decreasing in coverage, which forces polar bears inland sooner in the year. Earth Rangers, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and researcher Dr. Nick Lunn worked together to protect the polar bear by supporting scientists conducting research in western Hudson Bay. This project also purchased satellite collars that allowed researchers to track polar bears and learn more about how early melting sea ice impacts their offshore movement and survival. 22,000 kids, like Earth Ranger Elijah, started Bring Back the Wild campaigns to help protect polar bears; their efforts raised awareness about species at risk while providing support for critical polar bear research.
Find out more about the polar bear
Dozens of species of long distance migratory songbirds in Canada have experienced chronic, long-term, population declines. To help protect songbirds Earth Rangers, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Bridget Stutchbury and her research team worked together to protect the wood thrush by conserving habitat and supporting migratory studies. 10,000 kids, including Earth Ranger Vanessa, signed up to protect the wood thrush. The funds they raised went to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada purchase approximately 25 acres of mature deciduous forest, providing critical habitat for many species including the wood thrush. Donations to this project also purchased 60 geolocators, which were used by Bridget Stutchbury and her team to study and track wood thrush migration paths to help us learn more about how to protect their breeding and wintering grounds.
Find out more about the wood thrush
The plains bison once roamed the western prairies in the millions but by the late 1800s they had been hunted to near extinction. Today their populations continue to recover, that’s why Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada helped care for plains bison at Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area in Saskatchewan. Tons of Earth Ranger kids started Bring Back the Wild Campaigns to protect the plains bison. Their campaigns purchased hay to feed the bison during the winter months when snow cover prevents them from grazing. Donations also funded site maintenance, such as fixing fences. Take a look at the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area with Earth Ranger Veronica who not only started a club to raise awareness about the bison but also took a field trip to visit them.
Find out more about the plains bison
Monarch butterflies are beautiful insects, known for their incredible migratory journey that takes them almost 5,000 kilometers. Sadly, environmental conditions and loss of breeding habitat pose serious threats to the Monarch. Widespread use of herbicide in North America kills Milkweed, a plant, which provides food for the Monarch caterpillars and nectar for the butterflies. To help protect the Monarch butterfly Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada preserved critical habitat in the Tall Grass Prairie in Manitoba. This area is filled with Milkweed and tons of wildflowers, providing a large open habitat for Monarchs and other at-risk species. Earth Ranger kids, like the Friends for Wildlife team, started Bring Back the Wild campaigns to help protect the Monarch butterfly. Their fundraising helped ensure Monarch butterflies have more protected habitat to call home while raising awareness about species at risk.
Find out more about the Monarch butterfly
Spotted turtles are losing their habitat, wetlands are disappearing as they are drained for development and degraded by the introduction of invasive species. These small reptiles with distinctive yellow spots are also put at risk by the pet trade as poachers take them out of the wild to sell in pet stores. To help protect the spotted turtle Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada launched a Bring Back the Wild project to raise support for removing invasive species from wetlands as well as getting habitat designated as Provincially Significant to keep it from being developed. The location of this work has to remain secret, to protect the spotted turtles from poachers. Earth Rangers kids, like Ethan, started campaigns to help support this conservation work, thanks to their fundraising efforts the spotted turtle has more protected habitat in Ontario.
Find out more about the spotted turtle
Newfoundland pine martens were historically trapped for their fur; a practice that was banned in 1934. Today Newfoundland pine martens are still being accidently caught in traps and snares, set to catch other animals. Threats from the fur trade combined with habitat loss, caused by large-scale logging, has caused Newfoundland pine marten populations to decline to 300-600. To help protect this curious and excitable mammal Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada funded expeditions into the Grassy Place in Newfoundland and Labrador. This conservation project assessed the area to develop a plan to protect the pine marten while also working to restrict trappers from accessing the Grassy Place. Earth Ranger kids, like Nasim, started Bring Back the Wild campaigns to help the pine marten. Their support raised critical funds that made this conservation project possible.
Find out more about the Newfoundland pine marten
The beautiful Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is targeted for development, which would destroy the homes for many species including the grizzly bear. That’s why Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada teamed up to protect this habitat. Earth Ranger kids, like this group of friends, started Bring Back the Wild campaigns to protect the grizzly bear. The funds they raised went to buy private land to protect this habitat and keep air traffic and other disturbances away. By protecting land in Ellerslie Creek in the Great Bear Rainforest, we helped provide critical habitat for grizzly bears and tons of other species like black bears, mountain goats, cougars and gray wolves.
Find out more about the grizzly bear
Peregrine falcons live all across the world, including coastal areas where they can hunt for their favourite meal, shorebirds. As beaches, like those found in the Upper Bay of Fundy, are increasingly disturbed by human activities, birds like the peregrine falcon face serious threats to their population. To help protect the peregrine falcon Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada hired Beach Rangers to parole the beach and educate visitors coming to the shorelines at New Brunswick's Chignecto Bay. Tons of Earth Ranger kids started campaigns to protect the peregrine falcon, their efforts helped ensure shore birds were better protected at Chignecto Bay.
Find out more about the peregrine falcon
Jefferson salamander habitat is threatened by reckless off-roading and urban development. That’s why Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada built barriers and warning signs in Happy Valley Forest to prevent habitat destruction from off-roading and protect the forest. This habitat in Southern Ontario is a headwater region, meaning its creeks feed into both Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe. The forest also provides habitat for over 100 species of birds, reptiles and mammals including the Jefferson salamander. Thousands of Earth Ranger kids, like Breanna, started campaigns to protect the Jefferson salamander. Their support raised funds to help take care of this critical habitat, providing undisturbed wooded areas and tree debris for the Jefferson salamander to build its home.
Find out more about the Jefferson salamander
This Bring Back the Wild project is generously supported by Waste Management.
In Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased land to help protect wolverines and other local animals. Wolverines are wide-ranging carnivores that need space to roam. Increasingly major roads are cutting off their migratory routes; their populations are also susceptible to fur-trappers. Through purchasing land Earth Rangers and the Nature Conservancy of Canada helped expand the protected habitat that provides safe spaces for such species as the wolverine, grizzly bear, grey wolf and elk. From September 2010 to August 2011 tons of Earth Ranger kids started Bring Back the Wild campaigns for the wolverine. Their contributions provided support for this conservation project while raising awareness about species at risk.
Find out more about the wolverine
Earth Rangers celebrates December by helping to protect one of the most iconic animals of the holiday season, the woodland caribou. You may know this species better by their European name, reindeer. In northern Ontario this species is called the woodland caribou and since 1880 they’ve lost 50% of their historic range. The wild spaces caribou need to survive are disappearing fast as industrial development and roads are built. Today there are about 5,000 boreal forest-dwelling woodland caribou left in Ontario. Earth Ranger kids, like Alex, have taken up the call to protect the woodland caribou, their Bring Back the Wild campaigns have supported the following projects.
Earth Rangers, Ontario Nature and the Conservation Boreal Forest Agreement worked together to support woodland caribou research. Bring Back the Wild campaigns for the caribou helped researchers conduct aerial surveys of caribou populations. These surveys assessed land usage of the woodland caribou, information that helped us better understand what areas of habitat are key to protect to best help the woodland caribou.
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Earth Rangers and the Wildlife Conservation Society helped protect the woodland caribou with the support of tons of kids who started Bring Back the Wild campaigns to raise support. Their fundraising efforts helped fund important research, allowing scientists to radio collar and track herds of caribou to better understand their movements. It is through critical research efforts like this that we can better understand animal behaviour and better protect species like the woodland caribou.
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