10 ways to help migratory wildlife

By Carolyn Kosheluk

By Carolyn Kosheluk | October 3, 2016

What if fall passed without the sound of honking geese? If spring ceased to welcome fuzzy ducklings and bug-bombing dragonflies? If butterflies and hummingbirds came to be like unicorns – living only in our imaginations?

Migratory creatures help create the magic of the great outdoors. As long as enough people care about protecting our natural places – like wetlands and the boreal forest – migration will bring us the wonders of nature for countless generations to come.

It can be easy to make a meaningful difference for Canada’s wildlife and habitat. Here are 10 simple ways you can help:

#1: Introduce someone to the outdoors. When people understand, appreciate and connect with nature, they are more apt to care about keeping it around. It can be as simple as taking someone fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, birding, berry picking or just plain exploring.

#2: Make giving part of your personal routine. Donations don’t even need to be big; monthly donations start as low at $10 per month, and over time add up to make a big difference.

#3: Redecorate! Liven up your home, cabin or office by purchasing art from the National Art Portfolio. Professional artists provide beautiful pieces to help raise funds for conservation work. Find them at DUC fundraising events, in supporting retail stores as sealed-bid auctions and in our online auctions.

#4: Pledge your time to a local wetland. Programs like MarshKeepers in Alberta work with volunteers who help monitor and improve wetlands in their own communities. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors while making a difference for wildlife and people in your own backyard.

#5: Plan a fun night out. DUC grassroots fundraiser events are always a good time, and chances are there’s one near you. It might be the classic dinner event, a clay shoot, a gala, a fishing derby or even a fun run.

#6: Take an interest in science. Outdoor classrooms, interpretive centers, citizen science programs and post-secondary programs are inspiring the next generation of conservation experts. If nature is your passion, participate or volunteer in the science that’s driving conservation.

#7: Give gifts that make a difference. When you need to buy something for someone special, consider a donation in their name, or purchasing an item that raises money for conservation – like Rescue Our Wetlands merchandise or licensed products.

#8: Spread the word. In our social word, sharing special stories, photos and videos about nature and conservation is an easy way for one person to influence change. Make sure you’re connected to your favourite conservation groups on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and introduce them to your networks.

#9: Clean up habitat. Protecting wetlands is the first step for healthy habitat. But you can also help by cleaning up junk and addressing sources of pollution. Grab your gloves, recycling bins and garbage bags and help make sure your local wetland is an inviting place for wildlife and people alike.

#10: Be an advocate. Contact decision makers in your area to learn about their conservation policies. Ask them to be informed, involved and committed to conservation. Tell them that you care about protecting habitat and the well-being of our wildlife species.

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