Tips on protecting the wildlife of Australia

Tips on protecting the wildlife of Australia

Around the world, Australia is known for its beautiful and unusual wildlife. Unfortunately, not all of these animals are living in comfortable or sustainable conditions.

Did you know that there are over 60 different creatures that are on the critically endangered list in Australia alone? If we are not careful, many of these living things will soon become extinct. It is unfortunate but humans are often a large part of the problem. Climate change and eating habits are the main threats to these critters.

We may not realize it but many of our daily habits can often harm the lives and existence of these delicate creatures. It is important to understand just how your daily activities are affecting the lives and wellbeing of these animals. It is only then that you can begin to protect them better.

Here are some of the things that you can do:

Manage Waste

During 2006 and 2007, it was shown that the average Australian produced 2100 kilograms of waste a year! This is an incredible amount of trash being produced by a single person. Now, some of this trash can be avoided and one of the ways that you can do this is by utilizing appropriate waste management solutions.

This means recycling many of the items that you purchase. This will greatly lessen the garbage that is thrown out each year. You can recycle cardboard, paper, glass items, metal tins and cans, plastic bottles and pots, and even cartons.

This is why you shouldn’t simply lump all of your garbage together. Instead, take the time to separate these items into separate bins. It will not take you a lot of time but may save a lot of lives.

Make Smart Choices

You may not realize it but some of the choices that you make can actually be hurting the wildlife. This is why you need to be properly informed. For instance, there are different types of fish that are now slowly going extinct due to over-fishing.

It is important to do some research and find out what these are. This will help you to avoid them when you go grocery shopping or order food from a restaurant. At the very least, you can stop contributing to a major threat to the ecosystem.

Make Your Home Wildlife-Friendly

There are many different wildlife visitors that may be frequenting your garden without you even knowing it. Can you just imagine the dozens of different butterflies and birds alone that must fly around your property?

Many of these flying creatures are probably looking to your flowers and trees for sustenance. This is why it is important that you do not use harsh or toxic pesticides when you spray your plants. You may be directly affecting these critters’ food source.

Do you have a cat or a dog? Well, your furry buddies may actually be considered predators to some of the creatures visiting your garden. This is why it is a good idea to keep them inside during the nighttime or when you are not at home. This will help to keep the population levels of the surrounding wildlife at an optimal level.

In addition to having proper waste controlling methods, and keeping the area safe, you can also encourage more wildlife to settle near your home. You can do this by setting up bird baths, feeders, and other little habitats that will make their lives a great deal easier.

The most important thing to remember is that every little bit counts. As long as you are trying to make Australia a better place for wildlife, you are doing the right thing.

Australian Times

Australian Times

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