We live in a world of increasing concrete and steel. Cities around the world are increasing in population and towns and villages are spreading out further and further, encroaching upon woodlands and forests, creating a real challenge for the surrounding wildlife. The ecosystem suffers greatly when entire animal species begin to dwindle, and the more people that can help to save and look after our flora and fauna, the better for all our lives. This is why getting the whole family involved in wildlife conservation is a wonderful idea.
Getting The Whole Family Involved In Wildlife Conservation
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Believe it or not, frogs play a crucial role in the small ecosystems around ponds, lakes, and rivers. As tadpoles, these amphibians eat algae, helping regulate blooms and reducing the chances of algal contamination. They are also a good source of food for birds, fish and snakes (hello, food chain). Most frogs found in the United States are harmless, so with supervision children can pick them up and study them up close. You and your family can learn more about frog conservation by checking out frogs-friends.org as well as National Wildlife Foundation.
Build Your Own Pond
If it's not possible to participate in a wildlife conservation program, there are other ways you can help support local wildlife, such as creating a wildlife garden of your own, or by building a pond in your backyard. Building a pond is a wonderful family activity that will allow your children to appreciate the variety of fish that native to your area, especially if you use a fish stocking service, to stock your pond. A fish stocking service provides healthy fish which have been carefully bred and raised. Adding various swamp plants and tall grass is going to give the critters attracted to your pond (such as frogs and turtles) food and sustenance, as well as cover from hungry birds and other predators. Fun fact: adding snails to your pond can help with its own ecosystem, by eating slime, leftover fish food and other waste. YUM!
Join A Falconry Club
Birds of prey are incredible creatures. They’re skills and physical feats are wondrous to behold up close and personal. Going to a falconry club with your family is going to help the local birds of prey more than you know. These kinds of clubs help children learn about fast flight hunting birds and also rehabilitate birds that have been found wounded or poisoned. Your membership will help feed these majestic creatures and also help to train them for the next generation.
Wildlife conservation can begin at home from a simple back garden pond to a lush wildlife garden. But you should also consider supporting a conservation program with your family so you gain a unique perspective on the ecosystem. Who knows? Maybe you'll foster an interest in ecology!