Skip to Content

Awareness Days: Horses & Livestock, Wildlife, Marine Life, Birds, Insects

Just like our pets, the birdlife and wildlife we encounter along our dog walks need a helping hand to remain safe in our ever-changing world. This collection of awareness days focuses not only on wildlife, and bird life, but also on horses, livestock, insects and marine life, helping to shed a light on the challenges they face and the important role they each play in our world.


DogTipper Awareness Calendars

January

  • Humpback Whale Awareness Month
  • Jan. 5: National Bird Day
  • Jan. 8: Eagle Day (2nd Saturday in January)
  • Jan. 10: Save the Eagles Day
  • Jan. 14: Feast of the Ass (Donkey) (honoring the donkeys of the Bible)
  • Jan. 18: Winnie the Pooh Day
  • Jan. 20: Penguin Awareness Day
  • Jan. 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • Jan. 25-28, 2022: International Hoof Care Week
  • Jan. 27-29, 2023: Big Garden Birdwatch (UK). This annual event, founded by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, has been called the world’s largest bird count.
  • Jan. 31: International Zebra Day

February

  • International Hoof Care Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • National Goat Yoga Month
  • National Wild Bird-Feeding Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Responsible Pet Owner Month
  • Feb. 1: Serpent Day
  • Feb. 2: Groundhog Day
  • Feb. 2: World Wetlands Day
  • Feb. 2: Marmot Day (Alaska)
  • Feb. 3: Feed the Birds Day
  • Feb. 5: Western Monarch Day
  • Feb. 5: World Animal Reiki Day
  • Feb.13-19, 2022: Homes for Birds Week (2nd Full Week of February)
  • Feb. 14: World Bonobo Day
  • Feb.14-21: National Nestbox Week
  • Feb. 15: National Hippo Day, World Hippopotamus Day
  • Feb. 18-21, 2022: Great Backyard Bird Count
  • Feb. 19: World Pangolin Day (3rd  Saturday in February)
  • Feb. 19: World Whale Day (3rd Saturday in February)
  • Feb. 20-26, 2022: Bird Health Awareness Week (Last Full Week of February)
  • Feb. 20-26: National Justice for Animals Week (Begins on the 4th Week in February)
  • Feb. 22: National Wildlife Day
  • Feb. 27: International Polar Bear Day and National Polar Bear Day
  • Feb.28 – March 4, 2022: National Invasive Species Awareness Week (For 5 Days Starting the Last Monday in February)

March

  • Dolphin Awareness Month
  • March 1: National Pig Day
  • March 1: World Seagrass Day
  • March 1: National Horse Protection Day
  • March 3: World Wildlife Day
  • March 6-12, 2022- Termite Awareness Week
  • 2nd Week of March: National Aardvark Week
  • March 11: Key Deer Awareness Day
  • March 14: Learn About Butterflies Day
  • March 11-17: Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign
  • March 14: Save a Spider Day
  • March 15: Buzzards Day
  • March 15: International Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter
  • March 16: National Panda Day
  • March 17, 2022: National Farm Rescuer Day (3rd Thursday in March)
  • March 19: National Poultry Day
  • March 19: Save the Panther Day (3rd Saturday in March)
  • March 19: Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day
  • March 20: World Frog Day
  • March 20: World Rewilding Day
  • March 20: World Sparrow Day
  • March 20-26, 2022: National Animal Poison Prevention Week (3rd Full Week of March)
  • March 22: National Ag Day
  • March 22: International Day of the Seal
  • March 23: World Bear Day
  • March 30, 2022: Manatee Appreciation Day (Last Wednesday in March)

April

  • Children and Nature Awareness Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • National Frog Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • March 28 – April 3, 2022: Mule Week
  • April 2: National Ferret Day
  • April 2, 2022: National Birding Day (1st Saturday of April)
  • April 3: Jane Goodall’s Birthday
  • April 3: World Aquatic Animal Day
  • April 3-9, 2022: Be Kind to Spiders Week (1st Full Week of April)
  • April 4: World Stray Animal Day
  • April 5-9, 2022: National Wildlife Week
  • April 7: International Beaver Day
  • April 8: Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • April 8: Zoo Lovers Day
  • April 8: National All is Ours Day
  • April 9: National Catch and Release Day
  • April 10: ASPCA Day
  • April 10: National Farm Animals Day
  • April 10–16, 2022: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (2nd full week in April)
  • April 14: National Dolphin Day
  • April 16: Save the Elephant Day
  • April 16-24: National Park Week
  • April 17: National Bat Appreciation Day, Bat Appreciation Day and International Bat Appreciation Day
  • April 17–23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (3rd week in April)
  • April 21: John Muir Day
  • April 21: Fish Migration Day
  • April 21: Tuna Rights Day
  • April 21: World Curlew Day
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 23: International Pallas’s Cat Day
  • April 23-30, 2022: International Wildlife Film Week
  • April 24: World Day for Animals in Laboratories
  • April 24-30, 2022: World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (Week surrounding April 24)
  • April 25: World Penguin Day
  • April 26: Audubon Day
  • April 26: National Help a Horse Day
  • April 27: World Tapir Day
  • April 27: International Hyena Day
  • April 27: Mantanzas Mule Day
  • April 27: Marine Mammal Rescue Day
  • April 27: International Crow and Raven Appreciation Day
  • April 30: Eeyore’s Birthday Day (Last Saturday of April)
  • April 30: National Animal Advocacy Day
  • April 30: National Go Birding Day (Last Saturday of April)
  • April 30: Save the Frogs Day
  • April 30: World Veterinary Day (Last Saturday in April)

May

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Be Kind to Animals Month
  • Gardening for Wildlife Month
  • National Duckling Month
  • May 1: Save the Rhino Day
  • May 1-7, 2022: Be Kind to Animals Week® (First Full Week in May)
  • May 2: World Tuna Day
  • May 3: International Wild Koala Day
  • May 4: Bird Day
  • May 6-15, 2022: The Biggest Week in American Birding
  • May 7: Start Seeing Monarchs Day (First Saturday in May)
  • May 8: World Donkey Day
  • May 13: Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice (2nd Friday in May)
  • May 13: Frog Jumping Day
  • May 14: World Migratory Bird Day (2nd Saturday in May in U.S. & Canada)
  • May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 15: International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • May 15-21, 2022: National Heritage Breeds Week (3rd Full Week in May)
  • May 20: Endangered Species Day (3rd Friday in May)
  • May 20: National River Cleanup Day
  • May 20: World Bee Day
  • May 21: National Heritage Breeds Day (Saturday of 3rd Full Week in May)
  • May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity 
  • May 22: World Fish Migration Day (variable days)
  • May 23: International Turtle Day and World Turtle Day
  • May 25: World Otter Day (Last Wednesday in May)
  • May 28: Slugs Return to Capistrano Day
  • May 28: Whooping Crane Day
  • May 29:  Pink Flamingo Day
  • May 31: World Parrot Day

June

  • Aquarium Month
  • National Oceans Month
  • National Pollinators Month
  • National Zoo and Aquarium Month
  • June 1: World Reef Awareness Day
  • June 2: Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day
  • June 2: World Peatlands Day
  • June 3: National Trails Day
  • June 3: National Prairie Day
  • June 4: National Black Bear Day (1st Saturday in June)
  • June 4: Turtle Races Day (1st Saturday in June)
  • June 5: National Animal Rights Day (1st Sunday in June)
  • June 5: International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
  • June 5: World Environment Day 
  • June 5: World Day Against Speciesism
  • June 5-11, 2023: Canadian Environment Week
  • June 7: June Bug Day
  • June 8: International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos
  • June 8: World Oceans Day
  • June 9: Coral Triangle Day
  • June 10: National Black Cow Day
  • June 11: International Lynx Day
  • June 12: National Cougar Day
  • June 15: Nature Photography Day
  • June 16: World Sea Turtle Day
  • June 17: World Croc Day
  • June 19-25, 2022: Animal Rights Awareness Week (3rd week in June)
  • June 19-25, 2022: Carpenter Ant Awareness Week (Last Full Week of June)
  • June 19-25, 2022: Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! (Last Week of June)
  • June 19-25, 2022: National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (Last Full Week in June)
  • June 20-26, 2022: National Insect Week
  • June 20-26, 2022: National Pollinator Week
  • June 20: American Eagle Day
  • June 21: World Giraffe Day
  • June 22: World Rainforest Day
  • June 22: World Camel Day
  • June 25: National Catfish Day
  • June 29: World Day Against the Abandonment of Domestic Animals

July

  • National Bison Month
  • Wild About Wildlife Month
  • July 1: American Zoo Day
  • July 1-7: Clean Beaches Week
  • First Saturday in July: National Hop A Park Day
  • July 3-9, 2022: National Farriers Week
  • July 6: World Zoonoses Day
  • July 10: Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • July 11-18, 2022: Shark Week
  • July 11-17: Oxfam Water Week (UK)
  • July 12, 2022: Cow Appreciation Day (Second Tuesday in July)
  • July 14: Shark Awareness Day
  • July 14: World Chimpanzee Day
  • July 14: World Orca Day
  • July 15: I Love Horses Day
  • July 15-17, 2022: Celebration of the Horse Day (3rd Weekend)
  • July 15-21: Rabbit Week
  • July 17-23, 2022: National Zoo Keeper Week (3rd Week in July)
  • 3rd week in July: Coral Reef Awareness Week
  • July 16: World Snake Day
  • July 16: Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  • July 21: Take a Monkey to Lunch Day
  • July 23: Mosquito Day
  • July 23-31: National Moth Week (last week in July)
  • July 24-Aug. 8: National Marine Week (UK)
  • July 26: International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem 
  • July 28: World Nature Conservation Day
  • July 29: International Tiger Day
  • July 31: World Ranger Day

August

  • National Catfish Month
  • Aug. 4: International Clouded Leopard Day
  • Aug. 6: National Tree Day
  • Aug. 8: International Moon Bear Day
  • Aug. 8: Scottish Wildcat Day
  • Aug. 10: World Lion Day
  • Aug. 11: Mountain Day
  • Aug. 12: World Hirola Day
  • Aug. 12: World Elephant Day
  • Aug. 14: World Lizard Day
  • Aug. 15: National Honey Bee Day
  • Aug. 19: World Orangutan Day
  • Aug. 20, 2022: International Homeless Animals Day and National Homeless Animals Day (3rd Saturday of August) 
  • Aug. 20, 2022: National Honey Bee Day (3rd Saturday of August)
  • Aug. 20: World Honey Bee Day
  • Aug. 20: World Mosquito Day
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service Founders Day
  • Aug. 26: World African Wild Dog Day
  • August 26-28, 2022: International Bat Night (Last Full Weekend in August)
  • Aug. 30: International Whale Shark Day
  • Aug. 30: National Beach Day.

September

  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • Bear Necessities Month
  • National Organic Month
  • National Save a Tiger Month
  • Organic September (UK)
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • Save the Koala Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month
  • Sept. 1: Save Japan’s Dolphins Day
  • Sept. 1: International Primate Day
  • Sept. 3: International Vulture Awareness Day (First Saturday in September)
  • Sept. 3: National Hummingbird Day (First Saturday in September)
  • Sept. 4: National Wildlife Day
  • Sept. 5: Amazon Rainforest Day
  • Sept. 5: International Day of Charity
  • Sept. 6: World Shorebirds Day
  • Sept. 7: National Threatened Species Day
  • Sept. 8: National Iguana Awareness Day
  • Sept. 10: National Iguana Awareness Day (Second Saturday in September)
  • Sept. 11: International Red Panda Day (3rd Saturday of September)
  • Sept. 15: Greenpeace Day
  • Sept. 17: World Manta Day
  • Sept. 17: International Coastal Cleanup Day, National Clean Up Day (3rd Saturday of September)
  • Sept. 17-23, 2022: National Farm Animals Awareness Week (starting on 3rd Saturday in September)
  • Sept. 17-25: Great British Beach Clean 2022
  • Sept. 17- 25, 2022: International Hawk Migration Week (IHMW)
  • Sept. 22: Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 22: World Rhino Day
  • Sept. 22: International Tamarin Day
  • Sept. 24: World Gorilla Day
  • Sept. 24: Fish Amnesty Day (4th Saturday in September)
  • Sept. 24: International Rabbit Day (4th Saturday or Sunday in September)
  • Sept. 24: National Bluebird of Happiness Day
  • Sept. 24: National Wildlife Ecology Day (4th Saturday in September)
  • Sept.25 – October 1, 2022: Sea Otter Awareness Week (Last Week of September)
  • Sept. 26: World Cassowary Day
  • Sept. 28: World Rabies Day
  • Sept. 29: Happy Goose Day
  • September 29: World Rivers Day
  • Sept. 30: Save the Koala Day (Last Friday in September)

October

  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Feral Hog Month, or Hog Out Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • World Animal Month
  • Oct. 1: International Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Oct. 2: World Farm Animals Day
  • Oct. 2-8: Animal Welfare Week (First Full Week of October)
  • Oct. 3: Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • Oct. 4: World Habitat Day (first Monday of October)
  • Oct. 4: World Animal Day
  • Oct. 6: National Badger Day (UK)
  • Oct. 7: World Habitat Day
  • Oct. 8: National Salmon Day
  • Oct. 8: World Octopus Day
  • Oct. 10: Animal Road Accident Awareness Day
  • Oct. 14: Vet Nurse Day (2nd Friday in October)
  • Oct. 8, 2022: World Migratory Bird Day (in Mexico, Central and South America & Caribbean). Always the second Saturday in October.
  • Oct. 15: International African Penguin Awareness Day
  • Oct. 16-22: National Veterinary Technician Week
  • Oct. 16-22: National Wolf Awareness Week (3rd Full Week of October Sunday to Saturday)
  • Oct. 17: International Sawfish Day
  • Oct. 18: World Okapi Day
  • Oct. 20: International Sloth Day
  • Oct. 21: American Frog Day
  • Oct. 21: National Reptile Awareness Day
  • Oct. 22: International Wombat Day
  • Oct. 23: International Snow Leopard Day
  • Oct. 23: International Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • Oct. 24: Freshwater Dolphin Day
  • Oct. 24: International Gibbon Day
  • Oct. 24-31: Bat Appreciation Week
  • Oct. 24: National Kangaroo Awareness Day (Australia)
  • Oct. 26: National Mule Day
  • Oct. 28: World Lemur Day (last Friday in October)
  • Oct. 29: Hug a Sheep Day (Last Saturday in October)

November

  • Adopt a Turkey Month
  • Manatee Awareness Month
  • Nov. 3: Jellyfish Day
  • Nov. 5: Bison Day (1st Saturday in November)
  • Nov. 5: World Numbat Day (1st Saturday of November)
  • Nov. 6-12, 2022: Polar Bear Week (1st full week of November)
  • Nov. 10: American Frog Day
  • Nov. 15: Steve Irwin Day
  • November 17: National Hiking Day
  • Nov. 19: National Camp Day
  • Nov. 21: World Fisheries Day
  • Nov. 25, 2022: Fur-Free Friday (always on Black Friday, day after Thanksgiving)
  • Nov. 27: Turtle Adoption Day
  • Nov. 29: International Jaguar Day
  • Nov. 30: Remembrance Day for Lost Species

December

  • Dec. 4: International Cheetah Day
  • Dec. 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
  • Dec. 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dec. 9: National Llama Day
  • Dec. 10: Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales
  • Dec. 10: International Animal Rights Day and National Day of Animal Rights
  • Dec. 11: Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day
  • Dec. 11: International Mountain Day 
  • Dec. 13: National Day of the Horse
  • Dec. 14: Monkey Day
  • Dec. 14 – Jan. 5 Christmas Bird Count Week (same dates every year)
  • Dec. 21: National Robin Day (UK)
  • Dec. 27: Visit the Zoo Day

Pin it to remember these wildlife awareness days!

Wildlife, Marine Life and Livestock Awareness Days