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“Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?”

                                                                              - Walt Disney


You don't have to be a biologist to help fish and wildlife, there are all kinds of things you can do. You probably already have the stuff to do some of them in your house right now!


Make Bird Feeders

 
If you don't already have bird feeders at your house, no problem! You can make your own and there are several different ways.
  • String popcorn and dried fruit on thread (Careful with the needle!) to make garland for a bush or tree.
  • Use lard or peanut butter and smear it over a pine cone. Then roll the pine cone in bird seed, oats, chopped nuts, or dried fruit. Hang it from a tree and watch the birds.
  • Make a milk jug bird feeder.

Plant a Pollinator Garden

 
Find out what plants bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators in your area like. Then plant those in your yard, a community garden, or even at your school.

 

   

Pick it up!

 
Even if you weren't the one to drop a piece of litter, you can do the right thing by picking it up anyway! Even better work with your parents, teachers, scout leaders, 4-H leaders, and friends to organize a litter pick-up day! 
 

Leave Wild Things in the Wild

 
Baby animals are really cute, and it's natural to want to help them if you find them alone. However, their parents are probably close by and would be very sad if you moved their baby. They also wouldn't be happy if you fed their baby junk food! So, never give people food to wildlife. If you find injured or sick wildlife, tell an adult and they can help you contact a wildlife rehabilitator who is trained to take care of wildlife in those situations.
 

The Turtle Crossing the Road

 
So, you're riding down the road and you see a turtle trying to get across. The first thing most of us think of is asking the driver to stop the car so we can pick it up and take it home. While we think that would help the turtle because it got it out of danger, if we let that turtle go in our yard or in the woods somwhere he will try to make it back to his home. If he does that, think of how many more roads he might have to cross! Yikes! So what can we do?! Ask the adult to stop somewhere safe, and help you move it to the side of the road it was headed. 
Page Photo Credits — Red-eared Slider - jhandley/usfws
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2014
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