Dec 05 , 2019
Critter Boutique recently attended the Saving Wildlife One Pint at a Time event held at Brewery 85 in Greenville, SC. It was a family-friendly and fun event, but more importantly it was eye-opening. If you have ever wondered what some of the basic things you can do to help save wildlife, here’s an easy list to follow:
Learn about the endangered species in your area. Teach your friends and family about the wonderful wildlife, birds, fish, and plants that live near you. The first step to protecting endangered species is learning about how interesting and important they are. For more information about endangered species, visit fws.gov.
Make your home wildlife-friendly. Secure garbage in shelters or cans with locking lids, feed pets indoors and lock pet doors at night to avoid attracting wild animals into your home. Disinfect bird baths often to avoid disease transmission. Place decals on windows to deter bird collisions.
Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. Attracting native insects like bees and butterflies can help pollinate your plants. For more information about native plants, visit plantsocieties.org.
Herbicides and pesticides may keep yards looking nice but they are in fact hazardous pollutants that affect wildlife at many levels. Many herbicides and pesticides take a long time to degrade and build up in the soils or throughout the food chain. Predators such as hawks, owls, and coyotes can be harmed if they eat poisoned animals. Some groups of animals such as amphibians are particularly vulnerable to these chemical pollutants and suffer greatly as a result of the high levels of herbicides and pesticides in their habitat. For alternatives to pesticides, visit beyondpesticides.org.
Slow down when driving. Many animals live in developed areas and this means they must navigate a landscape full of human hazards. One of the biggest obstacles to wildlife living in developed areas is roads. Roads divide habitat and present a constant hazard to any animal attempting to cross from one side to the other. So when you’re out and about, slow down and keep an eye out for wildlife.
Recycle and buy sustainable products. Buy recycled paper and sustainable products like bamboo. Avoid furniture made from wood from rainforests. Recycle your cell phones because a mineral used in cell phones and other electronics is mined in gorilla habitats. Minimize your use of palm oil because forests where tigers live are being cut down to plant palm plantations.
Never purchase products made from threatened or endangered species. Overseas trips can be exciting and fun, and everyone wants a souvenir, but sometimes the souvenirs are made from species nearing extinction. Avoid supporting the market in illegal wildlife—tortoise-shell, ivory, coral, fur from tigers, polar bears, sea otters and other endangered wildlife, crocodile skin, live monkeys or apes, most live birds including parrots, macaws, cockatoos and finches, some live snakes, turtles and lizards, some orchids, cacti and cycads, medicinal products made from rhinos, tiger or Asiatic black bear.
Harassing wildlife is cruel and illegal. Shooting, trapping, or forcing a threatened or endangered animal into captivity is also illegal and can lead to their extinction. Don’t participate in this activity and report it as soon as you see it to your local state or federal wildlife enforcement office.
Protect wildlife habitat. Perhaps the greatest threat that faces many species is the widespread destruction of habitat. Scientists tell us the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special places where they live. Wildlife must have places to find food, shelter and raise their young. Logging, oil and gas drilling, over-grazing and development all result in habitat destruction. Endangered species habitat should be protected and these impacts minimized. By protecting habitats, entire communities of animals and plants can be protected together. Parks, wildlife refuges, and other open spaces should be protected near your community.