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September 4, 2022: Wildlife Watching Day
September 04, 2022
WHEREAS, September 4 is National Wildlife Day, founded in 2005 to bring awareness of endangered animals nationally as well as globally, and to acknowledge organizations that help preserve this planet's animals and educate the public, especially children; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan has approximately 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 4.6 million acres of public land that provide abundant wildlife habitat, providing diverse and rich opportunities to enjoy nature; and,
WHEREAS, more than 60% of Michigan's residents are actively involved in viewing and photographing wildlife, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, contributing at least $1.2 million annually to the state’s economy, according to the most recent data from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and,
WHEREAS, thoughtful and extensive legislative and conservation efforts by residents and policy makers have since resulted in Michigan populations of wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, Kirtland's warblers and many other species rebounding from near extirpation; and,
WHEREAS, we appreciate the important role wildlife plays in providing balance and stability to nature and improving our personal well-being through the enjoyment of it; and,
WHEREAS, experiencing wildlife helps people better appreciate and work to conserve the places where wildlife lives, including Michigan’s valued wetlands, premier forests and beautiful rivers and streams; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan constitution states: “The conservation and development of the natural resources of the state are hereby declared to be of paramount public concern in the interest of the health, safety and general welfare of the people. The legislature shall provide for the protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state from pollution, impairment and destruction”; and,
WHEREAS, Wildlife Watching Day will promote awareness of the outdoor activities and an appreciation of Michigan’s wildlife;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 4, 2022, as Wildlife Watching Day in Michigan.