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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CALLS ON A MILLION KIDS TO BECOME 'HABITAT HEROES'

      Preserving animal habitats is the focus of National Geographic's
annual conservation public-awareness campaign this year. "Geography Action
2003! Habitats: Home Sweet Home" hopes to persuade a million kids to become
"Habitat Heroes" by taking action to preserve the wild places that birds,
animals and plants call home.Today as many as a third of all plant and
animals species in the United States are at risk of becoming extinct, but
simple actions, such as recycling just one aluminum can a day, can help
save their habitats ? and their lives. Students, teachers and parents will
find a wide range of habitat-related information and activities, including
in-depth discussion of what habitat loss means, how it can be prevented and
what individuals can do to help, at the program's Web site
http://nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction.
      The site encourages students tolearn about habitats firsthand by
visiting one of the 540 National WildlifeRefuges in the United States, a 95
million-acre network of protected lands.Also included on the Web site are
hands-on habitat-conservation activities,contests, games and links to other
conservation Web sites. A comprehensive calendar lists habitat-conservation
activities nationwide.
      Actor Leonardo DiCaprio started the call to habitat-conservation
action in the April 2003 issue of National Geographic Kids magazine,
inviting readers to join the Society's million-kid movement to protect the
Earth by pledging online to become a "Habitat Hero."  This Web site
suggests ways kids can protect the environment, such as recycling magazines
or cans, planting a butterfly garden, pulling up invasive species or
carpooling to school ? preferably in a hybrid car.
      The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service are partners in this year's Geography Action! program. The
FWSmanages the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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"Celebrating a Century of Conservation"
National Wildlife Refuge System
1903-2003
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