Around the world, we (humans) continue to use our resources at an alarming rate. Everything from food from our oceans to our rain forests to our wildlife is under constant threat due to the changing environment.
Not only is the climate changing (you choose the reason – natural or manmade or both), but the loss of habitat and resources for our wildlife is real. I
nvasive species, pesticides, herbicides, and other factors continue to threaten our native species.
Given all the threats to our wildlife, how do we keep up with the change and attempt to live in harmony with the other species we share the earth with?
One easy way is to focus on your piece of the puzzle: your home, and the surrounding area.
While it would be awesome to own 10,000 acres, you don’t need to in order to make a difference for the local wildlife and enhance their environment.
How Can I Help
First, start small and determine what species are you going to try to assist.
Next, research the species to determine their needs and see if your property supports the practice. If it does, determine the time and funding you have available.
With your family on-board and a plan developed, it is time to get started.
Resources and Assistance
Many state conservation agencies have resources to assist homeowners in their search for species to assist and how to assist them.
Here are few resources from states in the Appalachian region which provides a great starting point and covers many options for any size property.
For example, West Virginia has produced a 45-page booklet that covers everything from native plants, invasive species to types of trees and wildlife that need assistance.
- West Virginia’s Resource Page https://www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/Wildyards.shtm
- Maryland’s Resource Page –https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/habitat/warefguide.aspx
- Virginia’s Resource Page – https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/habitat/
- North Carolina’s Resource Page – https://www.ncwildlife.org/Conserving/Land-Management/Residential-Backyard
Several of the states offer homeowner certifications and programs to assist the homeowners with their practices.
They are really working hard to make it easy for the homeowner to help our wildlife.
Doing Your Part To Help Vanishing Species
As you can see, it can be as easy as potting some flowering plants to support the local pollinators or setting out a few White Pines to provide food and shelter for the local bird population to building wetlands or shelterbelts.
You have the power to make a difference and you can see the impact you are making while doing it.
This process can be a source of family fun and provide learning and lessons for the entire family, not to mention hours of quality family time.
Let’s Do it Together
While we focus a lot on big game habitat, we also keep bees, do some birding and enjoy all forms of wildlife.
Our Land and Home will be putting these plans into action in the coming years.
We have already started if you read our past blogs, but in addition to building our home, we are building homes for our native species as well and plan to have a mountainside full of habitat for them and us for years to come!
So take this journey with us and stay tuned as we share our successes and failures.