Phoenix Mayor Gallego issued a proclamation declaring October 9th Urban Wildlife Conservation Day. The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project is a part of the newly designated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Phoenix Urban Wildlife Partnership. A morning celebration and virtual walk for wildlife included planting milkweed for pollinators. Audubon Southwest native plant sale was the same day. Two Audubon chapters, Desert Rivers and Maricopa, participated with information booths and a mobile nature bookstore. Local conservation partners joined the celebration with booths, live wildlife, and a lot of great information about restoration of the Salt River corridor and recreation opportunities. We all expect this to be the first of an annual event celebrating wildlife and wildlife habitats in the urban environment of the Phoenix metro area.