What can you do?

What Can You Do?

Supporting at-risk species conservation is critical to ensuring to sustaining all Nebraska’s plant and wildlife species. Want to help? There are lots of simple things you can do to help!

Donate to a conservation organization.

These dedicated organizations help conduct much-needed research, help care for the land, and help educate people about our natural resources. Your help… helps! Consider donating to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund.

 

Organize an At-risk Species festival.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day (the 3rd Friday in May) by organizing an event at your school, neighborhood, or community. Or, don’t wait for May, start a festival, party, or event anytime of the year. For festival activities, visit the Educator Activities page.

 

Conserve natural resources.

By turning off the lights, recycling, and using less water, you are helping endangered species. The more energy we need to keep the lights on or the air conditioner running, the more impact we have on the land. The more resources we take from the land to make aluminum cans, glass bottles, or paper, the less resources there are in the ecosystem. And, the more water we use, the less there is in lakes, rivers, and aquifers. Every bit makes a difference! So, start recycling. Turn off the lights when you leave. Purchase local products and products with less packaging. Take a quick shower and only water your lawn once a week (if at all!).

 

Plant a pollinator garden.

Pollinators – butterflies, bees, birds, beetles – that help pollinate our wildflowers and food are critical. These species not only help pollinate our food (apples, coffee, and chocolate), but they also pollinate wildflowers which are an important food source for other animals. Plus, pollinators themselves are an important food source for many insect eating animals. So, plant a pollinator garden filled with native flowers. Echinacea, Black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, asters, penstemon, and liatris are all great choices! Nebraska’s at-risk insect species will be happy! For more information about pollinators & pollinator gardening, visit the Pollinator Partnership website.

 

Visit and Support local nature centers, state parks, and national parks.

These wild areas provide the needed habitat for many at-risk species. By visiting these places you not only get to see amazing sites, but you help support these areas. A true win-win!

 

Get outside!

The best way to learn about Nebraska’s habitats, wildlife and natural resources is to GET OUTSIDE and explore! Whether you are going for a walk through your neighborhood, fishing at a local pond, exploring around the farm, or turning over logs in a vacant lot, exploring is a fantastic way to learn about (and develop appreciation for) Nebraska’s natural resources!

 

Read… Investigate… Learn.

The more you know about Nebraska’s threatened, endangered and at-risk species, the more you will be able to share your knowledge.