BY ALEXANDRA KLARER
A recent report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) indicates our Canadian wildlife is in decline. According to the Living Planet Report Canada, from birds to caribou, homeland species are disappearing and we must do something about it.
Wildlife populations have been decreasing for many years. Mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians and reptiles are all in danger. More than half of the species in these categories are in decline.
— WWF-Canada (@WWFCanada) September 14, 2017
Habitat loss, climate change, pollution, unsustainable harvesting, and invasive species are some of the ways that wildlife is disappearing. WWF is one organization that is reaching out to people to try and make a change. “Dramatic human changes to natural systems…are jeopardizing diversity and abundance of species,” mentions the WWF report.
Different species are responsible for helping to create a healthy environment. Bees are an example of a species that is disappearing, yet helps with our agriculture system.
Here are some of the species in decline:
There are many ways to help save our wildlife population. The WWF report encourages people to:
- Collect and share data on ecosystem health and species habitat
- Increase research on the impacts of, and response to, climate change
- To make a commitment to nature
Sheridan College has created gardens, such as the Medicine Wheel Garden, to help attract and feed our insects for a growth in their population.
“Pollinator populations are declining globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and urban development,” says Oakvillegreen in their Support Pollinators in Oakville report.
Oakvillegreen sells Pollinator Garden Kits every spring to help pollinators and Monarch butterfly populations.
It is important to be self-aware of our daily activities and how they impact our environment and the things living in it. Change starts with someone making a difference. Our wildlife friends will be thankful.