We truly live in a beautiful world, a fact that is reinforced by the wildlife that surrounds us. It is easy to admire the wonders of the natural world. However, because the flora and fauna in our area share a home with us, it is sometimes difficult for them to remain healthy. Fortunately, we can all do our part to help them out.
By partaking in activities both large and small, you can all make the world a better place for everyone in your local ecosystem. Here are just a few simple ways you can help the wildlife in your area.
Add a pond to your yard
One of the richest environments in terms of attracting biodiversity is a pond. Therefore, if you want wildlife to visit your backyard, consider adding a pond. A pond doesn’t just add to the aesthetic appeal of your yard. According to BBC Wildlife Magazine, it can also serve as a safe haven for tadpoles and other creatures that tend to congregate around the water.
Keep your cat indoors
If you are planning on adding a feline member to your family, you may be wondering whether to have them be an inside cat or an outside cat. It is strongly advised by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that you keep your cat indoors. Cats that stay outside often kill birds, lizards and small rodents, all of which play an important part in the local ecosystem. By keeping your cat indoors, you not only remove an outside predator from a natural environment, but you also keep your new pet closer to you.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Excess litter and waste always poses a threat to wildlife. Many animals can hurt themselves by trying to consume garbage, while others can be affected when the trash is caught up in rain runoff, which deposits it right into lakes and streams. Therefore, one of the best things you can do for wildlife in your area is to recycle. Reusing items instead of throwing them away will help reduce the waste that your household produces. Just remember to always reduce, reuse and recycle!
Reduce your chemical use
Growing a garden is tricky business, especially with insects in the area. Therefore, it might be tempting to use pesticides and insecticides to keep the bugs from bugging your plants. However, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, chemical pesticides and insecticides are some of the most harmful substances that can be introduced into the environment. The organization suggests seeking out natural substances that will keep insects away without harming any other wildlife.
Volunteer at local parks
Perhaps the single best thing you can do to help out the natural world around you is to volunteer. Local parks and nature reserves are always on the lookout for individuals willing to donate some of their time and energy to assist the environment.
Whether it means organizing a group of volunteers to help plant new trees or picking up litter, there are so many ways that we can all do our part. Reach out to your local parks and reserves to learn more about how you can best help the wonderful wildlife that surrounds you.