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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. Here is some information that might help you get started.
 

  

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! Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge has an annual Litter Day during the month of February, we'd love to see you there.
 

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.
 

Why Did the Turtle Cross 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 somewhere 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.

Use Less.

Use less electricity by turning off lights when you leave the room, or turn off the TV when you're not watching it. When your phone or electronics are not charging, unplug the cord from the wall because it's still using electricity. Use less paper by turning it over and writing on the back, or don't print out emails if you don't really need to. Use less water by taking shorter showers or turning off the water while we brush our teeth. The less we mindlessly use, the less we effect the environment.

Learn More!

The more you know about wildlife in your area and around the world the more you can do, and the more you can teach others! When you teach people about wildlife, you give them an opportunity to start caring about it. Even if it's something they once thought was creepy, maybe you're the one to change their mind! 
Page Photo Credits — Red-eared Slider - jhandley/usfws
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014
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