Photos of the Week celebrating Raccoons!
It's International Raccoon Appreciation Day! Celebrated every October 1st, this unofficial holiday was started by a young student in California to celebrate raccoons that, "while being an important part of their ecosystem, are misunderstood and considered pests, or nuisance animals." The goal is to prevent habitat destruction and promote ecosystem diversity through education and word-of-mouth.
Though International Raccoon Appreciation Day may not yet be a widely recognized holiday, at the National Wildlife Federation, we love raccoons - especially our mascot Ranger Rick! Spread the word, and celebrate by taking a nature walk, donating to a local wildlife rescue, or volunteering to clean up at your local park.
Debra Milne shot this photograph of a curious baby raccoon watching from one of the blooming trees in her Pennsylvania backyard habitat using a Nikon D7000 DSLR.
Dick Vogel took this photo of a "Mama raccoon and her three babies" in their nest nearby their Colorado home using a Canon EOS 6D with a 500mm f/4 lens and a 1.4x teleconverter.
Animal Photographer Karen McDaniel writes, "I observed this raccoon digging in the mud eating things that it was digging up. He momentarily looked up at me." The Florida resident captured the moment using a Nikon D3000 DSLR.
Nature Photographer Laure Neish took this photo of a young raccoon yawning in a British Columbia backyard habitat. She writes, "This little guy emerged from a network of dark spaces under my neighbor's creeping juniper. He was trying to find a place to nap and after giving up on the top of the junipers he yawned and went back under again." The Canadian resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a 300mm f/2.8 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.
Edward Wolski writes, "My wife and I were just enjoying a walk through one of our local nature preserves, admiring the spring wildflowers, when I noticed this raccoon just enjoying a lazy afternoon in a tree." The Ohio resident captured the moment at Caesar Creek Nature Preserve using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a 100-400mm f/4-5.6 lens.
Cecil Calloway made this image of a young racoon out exploring in his backyard habitat. He writes, "Although the young raccoons had graduated from the den, I happened to catch this one by himself back in the den tree." The Tennessee resident used a Canon EOS 7D with a 300mm f/4 lens and 1.4x teleconverter.
Heidi Beaudoin made this image of a "family of coons" that took up residency in an old farmhouse on her New Hampshire property using a Canon T3i.
These raccoon photos were all entered in our 2015 Photo Contest. Sign up to receive notifications about the next National Wildlife Photo Contest.
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