Helping Fish and Wildlife

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"Take care of the land and the land will take care of you."
-H. Bennett

 


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. They don’t cost very much money and can be a lot of fun.
String popcorn and dried fruit on thread (Careful with the needle!) to make garland for a bush or tree. This can be a new Christmas tradition.
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 fill their belly.
Make a milk jug bird feeder

Plant a Garden for Pollinators

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

Clean 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! No matter how big or small, every piece of litter picked-up is one less in the environment.

Learn to Leave Them Alone

It's natural to want to help cute baby animals 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 that might make them sick! 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 are 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.