Many animal and plant species face the threat of habitat destruction and pollution. Although wildlife conservation includes large and complex activities, we all can do our part to protect nature and the environment. Even by doing a few simple things at home, we can help preserve our planet’s resources.
Here are some activities to do at home and in our neighborhoods to help protect wildlife, courtesy of the Endangered Species Coalition and the National Parks Conservation Association:
- Learn about endangered species in your area
Learn about the wildlife, birds, fish, and plants that live near you and how important they are. Share what you learn with neighbors.
- Make your home wildlife friendly
Secure garbage can lids, place decals on windows to deter bird collisions, and feed pets indoors and lock pet doors to avoid attracting wild animals to your home.
Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. By starting a native garden in your own backyard, you can help prevent the loss of native biodiversity and reduce pollution. Also, identify invasive species and remove them from your yard.
- Minimize use of herbicides and pesticides
Herbicides and pesticides are designed to kill weeds, insects, rodents, and mold, which mean they can be highly toxic. They pose a danger to humans and some animals can suffer greatly if high levels of herbicides and pesticides in their habitat. The organization Beyond Pesticides offers information on nontoxic alternatives to pesticides.
- Recycle and reduce energy and goods consumption
Recycling and reusing reduces our impact on the environment. Buy recycled and sustainable products. Additionally, by decreasing the energy we consume we take some of the burden off our natural resources.
There are easy ways to conserve water: turning the faucet off while scrubbing dishes and brushing your teeth, fixing faucets that drip, taking shorter showers, and watering your lawn only in the early morning. Conserving water helps protect lakes, rivers, and wetlands; relieve stress on wastewater treatment facilities; and lower household utilities costs.
Author: Darice Britt