Wildlife faces threats from habitat destruction, pollution and other human actions. Although protecting wildlife can seem overwhelming at times, even small actions in your own neighborhood can help protect many different animals. As the saying goes, think globally and act locally. You can protect wildlife for future generations.
Create wildlife friendly areas in your backyard. When choosing your lawn and landscaping, chose native plants that can provide food and shelter to native wildlife. This will also help cut down on pollution. Add bird or bat houses to your yard or garden to attract and shelter these species.
Avoid disrupting the natural ecosystem in your area. Non-native plants or animals can wreck havoc on habitats, particularly if there is no natural predator to keep the species in check. Invasive plants can kill or disrupt native plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Practice a greener lifestyle. By conserving water and fossil fuels, you will be helping to protect the wildlife around you. Take public transportation when you can, turn off electric devices when you're not using them, take shorter showers and keep your heat at or below 68 degrees during the winter. Become knowledgeable about what contributes to global warming, which disrupts migration patterns and habitats.
Buy products that are wildlife friendly. Avoid products that are made from threatened or endangered animals. Keep in mind that some endangered animals are killed by traps, snares or hunters who are after other wildlife within the same habitat. Use biodegradable products whenever possible.
Donate money or time to organizations that protect wildlife and their habitats. Join a community group that reestablishes native habitats for wildlife or that tackles local pollution. You can give money to wildlife sanctuaries or other groups that protect wildlife species.
Talk to or write policymakers about protecting wildlife. Write letters to a local newspaper. Discuss ways to help animals with friends and family members.
Limit family size. Population growth is one of the major factors in habitat destruction. By living in established city limits and limiting family size to around two children per family, the earth's population will stabilize and native habitats can be protected.