Small actions can have big results! You can take action to help wildlife and speak up for birds and animals in your own community, and have a great time doing so. Here are just a few of the many ways you can help.
BUILD FOR WILDLIFE
Create a wildlife habitat at your own home. Dedicate an area for birds and animals (and insects too) in your backyard and you will also enjoy hours of fun watching them. It can be as simple as setting up a birdbath or bird feeder, or planting bushes that provide food and protection for birds and small mammals. Here are some other projects to consider:
- Create a Butterfly Garden
- Build a Backyard Pond
- Build a Rain Garden
SPEAK UP FOR WILDLIFE
Speak up for the animals! Take action when you see cruelty to animals, or pollution and destruction of wildlife habitats. Tell your local politicians to protect and preserve our natural resources and the birds and animals that live there. Here are some other ways to speak up for wildlife:
- Join an Animal Protection organization
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter
- Support your local parks
- Encourage your community to recycle
ORGANIZE FOR WILDLIFE
Organize an event or public service project in your community that benefits wildlife and improves your community's natural resources.
Here are a few ideas of projects you can organize:
- Beach or stream cleanup
- Community tree planting
- Create a Schoolyard Habitat or Community Garden
One of the simplest ways to protect wildlife is to protect and preserve our natural resources. As we go about our day-to-day activities remember to "reduce, reuse, and recycle".
CONSERVE FOR WILDLIFE
- Reduce home water use - Turn off faucets and check for drips and leaks. Only use dishwasher or cloths washers when they are full.
- Conserve water usage in your yard and garden- Use a rainbarrel to collect rain water and use drip irrigation. Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
- Reduce your watering for landscaping- 50-60% of residential water use is for landscaping. Cut down the size of your grass lawn and replace with native plants to reduce water usage.
- Reduce your use of plastics- Plastics are a leading pollutant in our waterways and eventually end up in the ocean where they persist, breaking down into smaller pieces, and sometimes releasing harmful chemicals. Switch to cloth shopping bags and glass containers, and recycle any plastic you do use.
- Avoid pesticides and chemicals- Limit or stop using pesticides and chemical fertilizers & cleaning products which can end up in our lakes and streams. Use nontoxic cleaning products and phosphate-free soaps. Garden with natural fertilizers and avoid using pesticides if you want to attract butterflies and bees. Remember birds, frogs, and other insect-eaters may ingest the pesticides too.