Protecting Habitats

It is important to protect habitats. The lost of a habitat could be tragic. This threatens species diversity. Human activity, on the most part, can destroy, fragment or degrade a habitat. The main causes for habitat loss are:

  1. logging forests,
  2. oil and gas exploration and development,
  3. draining swamps and coastal habitats for development,
  4. road construction,
  5. cattle ranching,
  6. mining,
  7. pipelines,
  8. damming rivers and draining them for irrigation, and
  9. urban sprawl,

When a habitat is affected in such a way, it cannot provide the protection and needs that a species need to survive, live and raise their young. Affected habitats also threaten the future of humanity.

Urban sprawl refers to developments that spreads out over larges amounts of land. There is long distances between homes, stores, and work. Residential areas are separated from commercial areas. This type of development is burdensome on the ecosystem and encourages the displacement of much of wildlife.
Poaching is the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of any wildlife, in violation of local, state, federal or international conservation and wildlife management laws.
Bees are among the most important pollinators of wild plants and agricultural crops . However, they are in major decline largely due to the increased use of pesticides, changing and shrinking habitats and new diseases. Bee populations have been dropping 29%-36% every year since 2006. We depend on bees as they are vital to the agriculture.
Invasive alien species can be plants, animals, disease, fungi, parasites, insects, weeds, marine pests or other invertebrates and organisms. They threaten the biodiversity.

Humans threaten the ecosystem by being wasteful.

Wasteful, unsustainable, costly purchases put a strain on society. A throwaway society can be seen all around us: degraded lands, destroyed forest, filled landfills, and toxic dumps.

Protecting Habitats

One way of protecting habitats is by being frugal. We can hold on to somethings a little longer. To this, effort must be place on everyone being resourceful, producing and using products that last a lot longer.

Some more ways are:

Participate in a local trash clean-up to help protect the habitats of endangered species and wildlife.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Don’t throw it away if it still has a use! If you have unwanted books, toys, or clothes in good condition, consider giving them to charity instead of throwing them in the trash.
Find out what’s recyclable in your area. Recycle everyday items such as aluminum cans, glass and plastic containers, and cardboard and paper products. Dispose of electronics and other potentially hazardous materials at collection centers that will handle them properly.

Plant native flowers, trees and bushes in your backyard.

Avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

Leave wildlife animals alone! Do not remove them from their environment. These animals survive best in their own habitat.

Be an educated Consumer

Don’t buy products that cause harm to animals and habitats. Use products made from recycle paper, products that contain plastic micro-beads.

Never buy exotic animals, especially caught in the wild.

Support genuine effort for ecotourism, photo safaris, or community-based humane education programs.

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