Friday, September 4, 2015

National Wildlife Day and Smart Conservation

Each year on September 4 we observe National Wildlife Day, this is a day to raise awareness about the diverse array of endangered animals that inhabit our world. National Wildlife Day was started by Colleen Paige, author and founder of the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network. The day is also about appreciating U.S. zoos, sanctuaries, farms, etc. for helping to preserve our wildlife.

We need to understand the importance of the animals that are part of the web of life on Earth. Even more importantly we need to do everything we can to arrest climate change, habitat destruction, poaching and pollution that are decimating vast swaths of the animal world.

There are currently 7124 species that are listed as endangered. As the climate continues to warm we can expect that a much greater number of animal species will become endangered. Thousands of animal species that are at risk,

As explained by the EDF, one of the animals at risk is the greater sage-grouse, an iconic rangeland bird that has declined in number over the past century. Booming oil, gas, and other development has encroached on its sagebrush habitat, putting the bird on a collision course with two large economic drivers: agriculture and energy.

The sage-grouse is what we call an "umbrella species," meaning that protecting them safeguards more than 350 other species that rely on the same sagebrush habitat, including the Pygmy Rabbit, the pronghorn, and the Brewers sparrow.

"With adequate USFWS funding, we can get ahead of the extinction curve—employing better tools to quantify habitat loss, minimize impacts on wildlife and maximize conservation benefits. We need to make sure that the science is right, hold impacting industries accountable, and direct funds quickly and effectively to impacted habitats. One critical element of this strategy is an innovative conservation program called habitat exchanges that gives landowners and industry financial incentives to conserve wildlife habitat—fast."

Click here to support the EDF and tell the US Fish and Wildlife Service and President Obama to stand strong for smart conservation.


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