Prothonotary warbler (Photo by Bill Hubick)
When it comes to nature conservation, a little goes a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy precious natural spaces. This Earth Day, April 22, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the nation’s leading land conservation organization, challenges you to partake in at least one small act of conservation.
Be for the birds
Sadly, many of our nation’s bird populations are decreasing because of threats in their summer and winter ranges. To help counter this trend, NCC has protected habitat for more than 375 bird species, both common and endangered. You can help reduce their decline by providing safe resting areas and habitat in your backyard. To do this, plant native shrubs where birds can rest, nest and feed.
Honey bee (Photo by Bees Matter)
Hear the buzz
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths are critical to several native plant species and crops. These pollinators visit flowers to feed on their nectar, moving pollen from one plant to another in the process. This fertilizes flowers and allows them to produce seeds. Unfortunately, several pollinator species are at risk of extinction. NCC helps conserve crucial pollinator habitat by protecting and restoring natural areas. You can help by creating pollinator habitat in your own yard. By planting milkweed, you’re providing food for monarch butterflies, and growing various native flowers that bloom can help attract pollinators to your garden.
Soak it all in
Rain and melted snow from our yards ultimately reach local bodies of freshwater. By reducing water runoff from your yard, you can help decrease pollutants that flow into lakes, rivers and streams.
Holding more water in your yard can assist in conserving aquatic ecosystems. Consider establishing a pond, rain garden or wetland …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada