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Wildlife Conservation Volunteer: Attracting and Caring for Native Wildlife


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Wildlife Conservation Volunteer: Attracting and Caring for Native Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer - Caring For Native Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer: Attracting and Caring for Native Wildlife

The wonders of nature are overwhelming. However, the number of natural habitats and ecosystems are slowly decreasing and because of this, seldom can you see wild animals and other native wildlife. But did you know that it is still possible to see these beautiful creatures? Yes, you will only have to do some ways of attracting and caring for native wildlife.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer - Caring For Native Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer – Caring For Native Wildlife – Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) on a tree at forest

This task is easy and you will need are the following: wildlife guide, a variety of seeds and feeders, cracked corn, sunflower seeds, and landscaping plants. You will have to carefully plan the whole project so that nothing will go wrong.

With the use of the internet, try to search for the native wildlife in your locality. You can’t just attract any native wildlife you like. For instance, if you live in New York, you can’t possibly attract a moose found in Alabama, right? Search the internet and find out what animals are likely found in your area. That way, the whole ‘attracting plan’ will be a success because you know what you’re targeting.

You must know that not all native wildlife species are ‘good guys’. You see, there are also ‘bad’ ones. You must never attract the bad ones because you will only have trouble with them. Individuals who are interested in attracting and caring for native animals are already aware that some native wildlife comes out at night and the rest at daytime. You can go night viewing so that you will discover what animals are lurking in the dark.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer: Plan of Action

Once you’ve carefully devised your plan of action, it will be easier to carry it out. If you have a wide lawn space, you can use that to attract native wildlife. Just make sure that you see most of the space from your house so that you can monitor the animals lurking in your area. If your spaces don’t have any plants, make sure that you plant trees or even shrubs.

You should also provide food and water. If space is much larger, it is a good idea to put a fish pond. The trees and shrubs will serve as the animals’ cover and somehow they will feel protected and so they will not hesitate to go to your lawn area.

Aside from the landscaping, you will also need to put watering holes or a bath. You can even use throwing disks and then put some little stones in it. Smaller creatures will surely visit your yard. Put the different feeders in the area and put food in it too. During summer, you can toss hummingbird seeds in the yard or place it in bird feeders. Try to use high quality feeds.

Oftentimes, squirrels will go to your yard and the feeders can’t hold them out. Give the squirrels cracked corns or even sunflower seeds. Place their food away from feeders and give them their very own source of water.

You can’t attract native wildlife very fast. You have to learn to be patient and soon, your efforts will be rewarded. Once an animal visits your place, others will surely follow. So just wait for them to come one by one. Don’t forget to put food every day and keep the source of water clean all the time. Attracting and caring for native wildlife has never been this easy.

If this is your very first time to care for native wildlife, it is highly advised that you seek proper help from the right authorities. There are volunteer groups or associations all over the world that exist for the sole purpose of native wildlife care. Try to check your regional centres because you will likely find the associations there.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer: Seeking Help

Inexperienced individuals can’t possibly take good care of native wildlife. Native wildlife is very much different from dogs and cats. You have to give proper attention to their dietary requirements and you can’t just feed them anything. There should be a nearby vet who you can run to whenever there is a problem and most especially, as the animal’s owner, you should have a strong commitment to wildlife rehabilitation.

By seeking help from volunteer associations, you can be provided with non-financial support. Aside from that, the experts can also give you advice on proper wildlife care. You will be given a chance to talk with other people who are also interested in native wildlife care.

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Here are a few examples of native wildlife:

1. Koalas

2. Echidna

3. Platypus

4. Raptors

5. Reptiles

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer - Caring For Native Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer – Caring For Native Wildlife – Koala Baby is sitting on the tree.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer: Caring Skill

Caring for these animals require expertise and specialization. Since these animals are threatened or rare, it is significant that they survive. You will only be able to secure a permit if you know experienced individuals who can give you a permit, allowing you to take care of such animals. But remember that just in case you see an orphaned, injured, or sick native wildlife, you can immediately rescue it without securing first a permit or license.

If you see an injured or sick native wildlife, catch and try to calm it. Always keep in mind that this native wildlife is not used to humans and if you get near them, they can be in terrible shock. When animals are shocked, they could die instantly. Native wildlife will usually scratch or bite when humans get near them and so you need to have the right equipment or skill before you touch them. You can’t place native wildlife in direct sunlight and it is highly advised that you put them in a dark and warm place, like in the cardboard box.

After rescuing the animal, take it to a wildlife volunteer group or to a good vet surgeon. They can help in determining the right action to take. Usually, when the animals are severely injured and disfigured, the vet may decide to euthanize it. But if the animal can survive the injury, these people can make special arrangements for you to care for the animal.

As you can see, there are some requirements that you need to comply with before you can take care of a
native wildlife. If there is a particular animal that you like to have as a special pet, you can get it but make sure that you make the necessary arrangements. Ask help with regards to caring for native wildlife because that’s the only way to properly care for them.

Good luck with your wildlife caring project.

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