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When most people think of conservation, they tend to think of faraway animals like tigers, elephants, and jaguars, or faraway places like the Amazon rainforest, Serengeti plains, or Yellowstone National Park. But conservation can start in your own backyard!
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Historically, we tend to think of protecting animals in parks and other protected areas, putting animals in a separate space than humans. But the truth is that animals are all around us and they need us.
While protected areas are critical to maintaining healthy populations of wildlife species, they alone cannot support biodiversity. This is especially true for larger animals, like the tigers, elephants, and jaguars mentioned above. Most protected areas are not big enough for large populations and animals often go outside of park boundaries.
Animals use green spaces in between protected areas to make up their home range. Or they may completely live on these green spaces. These spaces include places like undeveloped land, office parks, schoolyards, and your own backyard.
Backyards are especially important for species that migrate, as they need safe places to rest and forage for food.
In this podcast, you’ll learn how to make your backyard more wildlife friendly. Even if your yard is small, there is still a lot you can do to help out animals. Listen to this podcast for all of the tips and let me know what you do to help wildlife.
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Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.