How to be the next ‘wildlife whisperer’
With so much information on the effects of habitat destruction, it can be tough to know which species you can help or harm.
So how do you choose which species to target?
How to be a ‘wildlifters’ guide?
The most successful wildlifters are those who work collaboratively with others to make a difference.
The Nature Conservancy’s conservation biologist, Dr Mark Blyth, says the answer is to work collaborativly and make the best of what is already available.
“We need to be aware that habitat is a resource,” he says.
“It’s a very complex resource.
We need to make sure that we are using it in a way that maximises its value.”
Blyth says the key is to understand how much and what kind of habitat is needed and to be prepared to work together to get the job done.
He recommends that if you are planning to use habitat, look at what it is being used for and how it is used.
You may need to apply for planning permission and, if you do, consider what type of conservation you would like to do.
Read more about conservation: What is the problem with habitat destruction?
If you are not aware of the threats to your local environment, there is no excuse for not taking action.
Conservation organisations like the Nature Conservancies Wildlife Conservation Society and Wildlife Australia are working together to protect Australia’s natural landscapes.
In some cases, the impacts are already being felt.
Wildlife Australia’s director, David Gillett, says there is a need for more people to get involved.
“[Wildlife] is the best thing about Australia,” he said.
“I think that it is really important that we all get behind it.”
He says a lot of conservation is about working with people, not against them.
Gillett says there are still some areas of the country where conservation work is being done but it needs more people involved.
“There are a lot more people that have the expertise, the knowledge and the expertise to do that work,” he explained.
We know we have an obligation to protect our natural landscapes for the future.
So what can we do to protect the environment for the next generation?
To be a conservation whiz, you have to be good at communication and understanding.
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