to Help Animals in Your Neighborhood
Create space in your
yard for wildlife.
Ask your parents to help you plant shrubs and trees in your backyard that provide food and shelter
for birds and other critters.
Attract winged wildlife
to your yard.
Help your parents put a bird feeder and bird bath in your yard during the winter when
food and water are more scarce. Create a hummingbird or butterfly
garden to attract these winged creatures. Learn about the colors and
smells that attract these creatures to your yard.
Watch what happens to animals and their environment during the
changing seasons. Birds, for example, build nests in the spring, feed
and protect their young during the summer, and often migrate south in
the fall for the winter.
Save kitchen scraps for the compost pile. Put leftover vegetables,
coffee grinds, and eggshells on your compost pile to create rich soil that
plants and animals will want to live in. Make sure you have an
established compost pile in your yard before you do this. If you
don't, ask a parent to help you start one.
Ask your parents not to use harmful chemicals in your garden or home.
Ask your parents to use humane traps that donít kill unwanted
animals, like mice.
Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth and use water-saving
devices on your toilets, taps, and showerheads
Ask your parents to buy products and goods without extra packaging.
Extra packaging takes up more space in landfills and reduces habitat
areas for wildlife.
Donít throw things
away; give them away. Recycle your toys, books, and games by donating
them to a hospital, daycare nursery school, or childrenís charity.
Recycle everything ó
newspapers, cans, glass, aluminum foil and pans, motor oil, scrap
Be a responsible pet owner.
Spay or neuter your companion animals and keep an identification tag
on them so if they get lost they can be returned to you. Also, make
sure your pets get vaccinations each year.
Make your pet a part of the family. Make time
everyday to play with your pets.