How To Help Wildlife Every Day
By: Sarah Kulas
Keep cats and dogs inside. Roaming pets are a major cause of injury to baby wildlife.
Attracting large numbers of animals to a common place can result in the spread of diseases.
Wash all bird feeders once a week with a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water to prevent the spread of diseases.
An example of a mammalian disease that is easily spread is rabies.
Leave nests and eggs alone.
Check the lawn for rabbit nests before mowing and adjust mower blades to their highest level.
Put strips on windows to reduce reflections and prevent birds from flying into the windows.
Place bird feeders away from shrubs where cats can hide.
Dispose of garbage properly
Plastic bags pose a risk for suffocation – tie your plastic bags into a big knot before throwing them away
Wildlife can get entangled in plastic from a six pack – cut it into pieces before throwing it away
String, rope, and wire can get tangled around an animal – tie them into a knot before throwing them away
Small items can look like food and wildlife can choke on them
Remove fishing line from ponds and streams. Abandoned hooks, line, and lures are deadly to waterfowl.
Avoid the use of pesticides or other chemicals outside your home.
Be alert when driving, especially in rural areas.
Leave baby animals alone unless there is a true emergency.
Provide habitat for wildlife by planting gardens and naturalizing your property.
Support the Rehabilitation Program at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.