Babies are poking their heads out of nests, dens, and burrows, and that means many may be in need of help! Feeding and getting directly involved with animals can be hazardous, but there are ways you can have a positive influence on wildlife in your community.
- Get to know your local rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabilitators are licensed and qualified with extensive training and specialized education to take care of specific types of animals who are injured, ill, or orphaned. But the majority run entirely on donations and need a lot of help. Consider volunteering as a driver, a phone operator, or even a hands-on assistant. Just Google for wildlife rehabilitators near you and give them a call!
- Plant native species. This can have an enormous impact on your local ecosystem, whether you’re in a rural region or right in the middle of a city. Planting native wild flowers, shrubs, and other greenery helps create habitat and natural food sources for critters small and large. It also happens to look pretty great!
- Educate! Share this blog. Listen to our podcasts. Repost information on what to do if you find a baby bird. Talk to your neighbours about who to call if they find animals. Education can happen in so many ways – and taking even a few moments a day to talk about how we can co-exist with wildlife (particularly as babies are exploring) will make a huge difference.
You may not see the immediate results of your actions – but please know that every day that you take time to help the animals, it will make a difference in the world around you.
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