Darling Founds the National Wildlife Federation (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: Jay N. Darling founded the National Wildlife Federation, an organization that united local and state wildlife concerns into one association.
Summary of Event
On February 3, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed the opening of a conference dedicated to organizing all public and private institutions involved with conservation. The conference was the brainchild of nationally acclaimed cartoonist Jay N. Darling, whose hope was to establish not only a national federation of conservation clubs but also strong state conservation organizations where they did not exist or where they were weak. He also encouraged the participation of organizations that already had been working toward conservation of natural resources. Darling hoped that Canada and Mexico would also participate in the new federation and that a spirit of ecological cooperation among the two countries and the United States would be fostered.
Jay Darling was born in 1876 in Norwood, Michigan, where his father was a minister. His father’s profession took the family to a number of different areas of the Midwest. This opportunity for travel allowed Jay to see the diversity of landscapes that exist and to observe the variety of changes that occur on these terrains. As a child, Darling took a great interest in his environment and was a fan of James Audubon, Gifford Pinchot, and other conservationists. He also enjoyed...
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