Every creation of the world exists to support each other, and that includes wildlife.
For more than 50 years, people around the world have devoted Earth Day to raising awareness about conservation, sustainability, and the health of the planet. From large, volunteer service projects to small deeds, there are many ways to make a difference in reducing harm to our environment so wildlife can thrive.
How can you show care?
Garden for Wildlife:
Add birdbaths, feeders, bee houses, nest boxes, or bat houses to your balcony, yard, or property to provide shelter, food, and water for migrating or residential wildlife. Planting native trees, bushes and flowers can also provide natural sources for nesting, perching, and protection. Remember to avoid using pesticides. You’ll be amazed by who stops by for a visit.
Become More Wildlife Aware:
There’s lots of information online about what species could be living near you or may be migrating through your area this time of year. When you’re traveling, you may come across animals attempting to cross the road. The best way to help wildlife cross safely is to observe the speed limit and stay vigilant about wildlife on the side of the road.
Stand Up For Wildlife:
Your voice matters! Write to your federal and state elected officials encouraging them to support policies that protect wildlife.
Sign up for blogs that can keep you informed about urgent animal protection issues and provide quick and easy ways to get in touch with policymakers.
Protect The Environment:
- One of the easiest and most effective ways to help wildlife is to preserve the environment in which the animals live.
- You can volunteer with organizations in your area to restore native forests, grasslands, and coastal ecosystems by planting native species, manually removing invasive plant species, and taking out old fences.
- Participating in or holding your own local trash clean-up can help protect the habitats of imperiled species and other wildlife.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Be An Educated Consumer:
- Think before you buy: Choose products that are energy efficient, durable, made from sustainable sources, and sustainably packaged. Avoid products that harm animals and habitats, such as gas-guzzling vehicles, disposable plastics, and plastic microbeads, paper products not made from recycled paper, products grown with pesticides, and products made with palm oil. Also, avoid products that test on animals and contain animal parts or derivatives.
- Never buy exotic animals, particularly those that were wild-caught, and never purchase parts and products made from wildlife, including souvenirs.
- Do not buy clothing or other products that use fur or feathers.
You too can help make habitats for wildlife a better place.
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