Doing Our Part
by Amy Lignor
There are books being published as of late – wonderful books telling the stories of amazing wildlife rescues, as well as neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. that have taken on projects to save the wildlife in their own surrounding areas.
We always talk about these “success stories,” yet never actually give information on exactly how these “problems” turned into “victories.” Wildlife projects always become successes because of one thing and one thing only: people who give their time to help these species survive and thrive.
So how do the rest of us help in our own little way? Is there a “must-do” list when it comes to saving wildlife and keeping habitats healthy? Is there a “problem” in your own area that you would like to get the neighbors involved with in order to save a creature? Actually, it’s not overly difficult to do our own small part to make this world a better place for both humans and animals. It’s not overly difficult to understand that humans and animals can live together in peace; no one has to get out a gun and take an animal down for acting like…an animal.
First, take the time to educate yourself on the variety of species that may be living in your area. Learning about all the wonderful wildlife and even plants that make a home near you is not only interesting but can also help you better protect these species by understanding them more. Most of us already know the important services the natural world provides – from clean air to clean water to recreation, but learning more about the problems that are harming these services can help you to fix them.
Secondly, visit a national wildlife refuge, park or other “protected land” that provides safe habitats. Roaming these stunning areas will put that spark in you that will make you want to volunteer at your local nature center or refuge. Wildlife related centers, such as these, not only save animals and plant life, but also provide millions of jobs and support local businesses.
You can also make your very own home wildlife friendly in very simple ways. Storing your garbage in sheds, cans or some other sort of “locked” shelter monumentally reduces the chance that a wild animal could come calling. You can reduce the amount of water you use in both your home and garden, as well. That way, you give the animals in your area a better chance of survival because water will remain plentiful. By disinfecting bird baths, diseases can be avoided. And by picking out decals you love and putting them on your large glass doors and windows, you can automatically stop those bird collisions that cause them pain, trauma and death.
When it comes to keeping your yard beautiful, check those herbicides and pesticides you’re using. On the market now there are organic choices that help nature, whereas some are nothing more than hazardous pollutants that cause negative effects to both you and your animal friends.
One thing that many people don’t remember happens when an overseas trip is taken. Vacations are fun and seeing other unfamiliar countries and landscapes is amazing. But overseas there are actual products being made from threatened or endangered species – gifts that they have literally killed for in order to make money from nothing more than souvenirs. The market for illegal wildlife goods includes everything from tortoise-shell to ivory to coral. And when it comes to furs, many species on the verge of absolute extinction are being killed to create them.
In the end, make sure to really educate yourself about the horrors happening to wildlife and habitats across America. By getting involved and doing your part, you can help protect your entire neighborhood and the community can live happier and far more peaceful lives. Bring hope and health to your town or city, and always remember: animals and plants need to survive in order for this country to be that “perfect nation” all of us can be proud of.
Source: Baret News