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Things I'll do to to make a difference for wildlife
Take a friend or family member with me when I go outside to connect with wildlife—and share the enjoyment of appreciating birds, reptiles, mammals and even insects.
Drive attentively so I can look out for and brake to avoid animals in the road.
Recycle, especially cellphones and electronics. Reduce the need for mining metals, producing plastics and logging old growth forests that lead to the destruction of habitat.
Be mindful about trash and litter. Plastic bags, plastic rings, fishing nets and lines are just a few items that can be mistaken for food, ingested, or trap and suffocate wildlife.
Reduce my carbon footprint by being conscientious about energy use: limit driving when I can and heat and cool my home with conservation in mind. Reducing carbon pollution helps combat climate change that impacts vulnerable species.
Skip the plastic straws! Plastic straws harm marine wildlife. I'll opt for a reusable straw or none at all.
Choose “reef-safe” sunscreen. Studies have found that chemicals in traditional sunscreens can harm wildlife in the ocean when washed off.
Consume responsibly – avoid products made from illegally-sourced wildlife and try to buy sustainably sourced products that protect wildlife habitat.
Avoid using pesticides or any chemicals on my property – and encourage my neighbors to do the same.
Turn my yard and garden into a wildlife haven by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise young while using sustainable practices.
Remove invasive plants – and plant native plants, shrubs and trees in their place to welcome local birds, butterflies and bees.
Mow less. Or better yet, replace part of my grass lawn with native grasses or plants.
Leave some leaves on the ground in fall. Many wildlife species live in or rely on the leaf layer to find food and other habitat, including butterflies and moths.
Volunteer for a local project to benefit wildlife – help with an ocean beach cleanup, tree planting, park or stream cleanup, restoration or creation of habitat.
Become a citizen scientist or naturalist! Support professional researchers, do wildlife monitoring, bird counts or collect needed habitat and wildlife data.
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