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Ways You Can Help Endangered Species

 

Endangered Species Need Your Help!  
Here Are Some Ways That You Can Get Involved:

Conserve Habitats

  • One of the most important ways to help threatened plants and animals survive is to protect their habitats permanently in national parks, nature reserves or wilderness areas. There they can live without too much interference from humans. It is also important to protect habitats outside reserves such as on farms and along roadsides.
  • You can visit a nearby national park or nature reserve. Some national parks have special guided tours and walks for kids. Talk to the rangers to find out whether there are any threatened species and how they are being protected. You and your friends might be able to help the rangers in their conservation work.
  • When you visit a national park, make sure you obey the wildlife code: follow fire regulations; leave your pets at home; leave flowers, birdsí eggs, logs and bush rocks where you find them; put your rubbish in a bin or, better still, take it home.
  • If you have friends who live on farms, encourage them to keep patches of bush as wildlife habitats and to leave old trees standing, especially those with hollows suitable for nesting animals.
  • Some areas have groups which look after local lands and nature reserves. They do this by removing weeds and planting local native species in their place. You could join one of these groups, or even start a new one with your parents and friends. Ask your local parks authority or council for information.
  • By removing rubbish and weeds and replanting with natives you will allow the native bush to gradually regenerate. This will also encourage native animals to return.

 

Make Space For Our Wildlife

  • Build a birdfeeder and establish a birdbath for the neighborhood birds.
  • Plant a tree and build a birdhouse in your backyard.
  • Start composting in your backyard garden or on your balcony. It eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers which are harmful to animals and humans, and it benefits your plants!
  • Ask your parents not to use harmful chemicals in your garden or home.

 

Recycle, Reduce, And Reuse

  • Encourage your family to take public transportation. Walk or ride bicycles rather than using the car.
  • Save energy by turning off lights, radios and the TV when you are not using them.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth and use water-saving devices on your toilet, taps and showerhead.
  • Ask your parents to buy products and food without packaging whenever possible. Take your own bag to the store. It will reduce the amount of garbage and waste your family produces.
  • Recycle your toys, books and games by donating them to a hospital, daycare, nursery school or children's charity.
  • Encourage your family to shop for organic fruits and vegetables.
Plant Native Plants That Are Local To The Area 
  • If you can, plant native plants instead of non-native or introduced ones in your garden. You donít want seeds from introduced plants escaping into the bush. Native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees are more likely to attract native birds, butterflies and other insects, and maybe even some threatened species.
 

Control Introduced Plants And Animals

  • Non-native plants and animals are ones that come from outside your local area.

  • Some parks and reserves, beaches, bush-land and rivers are now infested with invasive plants, and native species often cannot compete with these plants. 

  • Many environmental weeds come from peopleís gardens. 

  • Sometimes, the seeds are taken into the bush by the wind or by birds.

  • Controlling these foreign species is an important step in protecting wildlife

Join An Organization
  • There are many community groups working on conservation activities. Join an organization in your area and start helping today!

 

Make Your Voice Heard

  • State and territory government conservation agencies are responsible for the management of national parks and the protection of wildlife. They are sometimes supported by public foundations.
  • Tell your family, friends and work mates about threatened species and how they can help them.
  • Start a group dedicated to protecting a threatened plant or animal in your area or perhaps to help care for a national park.
  • Write articles or letters about threatened species to newspapers.
  • Ring up talk-back radio programs to air your concerns, or arrange to talk on your community radio station.

 

Sources of Information: Greenpeace Canada, WWF Canada, Geocites, and Environment Australia 

 

What Kids Can Do To Help Protect Endangered Species And Their Habitats

Here Are Eight Ways That Kids Can Get Involved Too!

  Draw Pictures - You can find out which species on the endangered species list live in your area    and why they are endangered. Then draw a picture of the animal and the biggest threats to its survival.  If you need a picture of the species, you can probably find one at your public library. Send the picture, along with a short letter explaining why you drew it, to your Senator or Representative. Be sure and tell them how you feel about endangered species.

  Write A Letter - You can write a short letter to your U.S. Senators and Representative, the people who are in charge of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. law that protects endangered species. Write in your own words how you feel about endangered species and when you think it is important to protect them. You can use information on our endangered species web pages for ideas. In your letter, you might select a species that is of particular interest to you and discuss why you feel so strongly about that species. Letters like yours help senators and representatives know how people in the districts they represent feel about endangered species protections.

  Addresses:

To a Representative:

To a Senator:

The Honorable (name)

The Honorable (name)

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

Washington, DC 20515

Washington, DC 20510

If your parents do not know the name of your U.S. Senators or Representative, you can call your local library to find out.

  Make Masks And Costumes - Based on a picture of an endangered species, make a mask or a costume using paper mache, paper bags, construction paper, or whatever you can find around the house or in the art room at school. You can even make it a group project or a game at a party. When you finish, maybe you and your friends can wear your costumes and march in a parade. Be sure to take photographs.

  Make Puppets - Find photographs from magazines or books of endangered species. From these images, create a puppet that looks like your favorite endangered animal. You can use socks, buttons, glitter, felt, orange juice cans, small bowls, plastic and aluminum wrap, glue, thread and needle, magic markers, pipe cleaners, and other odds and ends to make your puppets. Once you have made your puppet, you can create a story explaining why the species has become endangered. Use your local library and the internet to research why the species is endangered. Using your puppet, tell your story to an audience.

  Make A Storybook - Select a single, or many, endangered species that interest you. Do research in your local library and on the internet to learn more about the species. Determine where they live and why, what they eat, what eats them, who shares their home, and why they are endangered. Draw pictures to illustrate your story. Share your storybook with others.

  Personal Reading - Read and learn as much about endangered species as you can. Your local library is probably the best place to begin. You could look in encyclopedias, reference books, picture books, storybooks, magazines, and even cd-roms using a computer.

  Local Species Research - Research to determine if there are any endangered species in your hometown. Try to find out what other people in your community are doing for these species. Perhaps you can interview them and ask why they are interested, and what they are doing.

  Tell Others! - Share your new knowledge with others. Tell them about endangered species and explain why they are endangered. Encourage others to learn more about endangered species. Let them know that together, we can all make a difference.

Source Of Information - © . 1997 National Wildlife Federation. All rights reserved.

 

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