Awareness is one of the ways that people can help in the conservation of wolves
and other wildlife. For wolves, finding wolf centers online, going to the wolf
centers, buying merchandise, or adopting wolves are easy ways people can
participate in the support of wolves and to help provide for the education on
them and their care. This is true for big cat reserves and other such places
like bear reserves, or even facilities that care for injured birds: owls,
falcons, eagles. Teaching our children, taking them to facilities like this,
helps to educate future generations.
I read an article about a man who was paid to kill foxes. At some point in his
life, he began to study them, taking pictures and documenting them instead.
Foxes, their kits—what a treasure to share with the world. And yet if he hadn't
changed his occupation, he would have continued to eliminate foxes for a living.
He now has been featured many times in National Geographic. Awareness, a change
of attitude, a willingness to get along.
I was reading where certain shells are used for making jewelry. People collect
sand dollars that are living creatures, and shells that house crabs. Oftentimes
we don't even think of the way we help to add to the problem, by collecting
wildlife or buying items that are made into jewelry or decorations that can
endanger wildlife. I was reading about sharks and how they are being wiped out
in some areas. We think some creatures just don't have any use in our world, but
they help to clean up the oceans. Like turtles that clean up the choking plants
in a pond or lake. By eliminating a species, we have no idea the impact this
will really have on our world. Ours—the animals that share this world with
us—not just a human world. Can you imagine how life would be if only we existed?
Monarch butterflies are becoming endangered because they eat only from the
milkweed plant. Between the removal of the plants in many areas and the use of
pesticides, their numbers are becoming fewer at an alarming rate. So for a
couple of years, I've planted milkweed to see if I can help the monarchs in a
small way. I had maybe fifty and a number of other butterflies visiting the
garden. I had a fight with aphids and milkweed bugs that threatened to destroy
the milkweed, but the reward was seeing the caterpillars from tiny specks to
growing larger, and the cocoons, then butterflies that were born.
In the same vein, honeybees and bumblebees are facing a similar danger with
pesticides. I grow tons of plants that flower, and I love seeing the bees
gathering nectar. They also help to pollinate the flowers on my tomato plants,
so we work together.
Education and awareness is what will help the most. And then doing something
about it. I love monarch butterflies when I'd visit arboretums, but I didn't
know that they only ate milkweed plants and their habitats are being destroyed.
When I found out, I didn't know if I could even grow milkweed where I live, but
after researching garden shops, I learned that I can. I armed myself with
fifteen plants, determined to make it happen.
I knew about the plight of the honeybees and bumblebees, but I wasn't sure how
to help them. But planting shrubs and flowers and not using pesticides can
really help to save them. I love taking photos of the wolves, bears, jaguars,
butterflies, bees, flowers, living sand dollars that make their way back to the
sea, and sharing how beautiful they all are, which helps to educate too.
What small steps do you take to help preserve wildlife?
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7 comments posted.
Thanks for sharing your post... I love seeing nature's creatures come around... the butterflies, the preying mantis, the birds, etc... I guess there is a lot more to learn out there to keep nature's beauty and creatures alive.
(Colleen Conklin 1:14pm May 4)
Thank you for the chance! I love to plant flowers that are ones that the butterflies and other birds and bees enjoy. Spring of the year is my favorite time as the world around us begins a rebirth as things begin to blossom and bloom.
(Margaret Yelton 9:22pm May 4)