Saving Our Planet
Southwest Florida is teeming with mammals, birds, and reptiles of all sizes from small creatures like squirrels and rabbits, to large animals like alligators and black bears. Even down to the smallest insect, each creature has a role to play in this incredible ecosystem that creates the beautiful world as we know it. You could say we owe our earth to them!
WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO
With the growth of our world comes the destruction of wildlife. Roads and subdivisions are two of the biggest damaging factors, but we continue to disregard the balance of our environment in the name of progress. If we continue along the current path we are on, by 2060 we will see a serious problem within the ecosystem in Florida.
If the population of the state doubles in size by then, we will have lost about 7 million acres of land to development, in addition to almost 3 million acres of agricultural lands and 2.7 million acres of native habitat for the sake of furthering the progress of urban landscape at dangerous rates.
Animals native to specific areas of Florida are most at risk because of their already small area of habitation, as it will shrink even more quickly to unlivable conditions.
Unless we change our direction of development and lifestyle, in around five decades almost all the woodland and wetland habitats in Florida will disappear. We can make a difference and save the animals of our planet by supporting initiatives that set aside land for conservation and the protection of native wildlife.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
As our rehabilitation rescue, the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida grows, so does the obvious need for our help in caring for animals that are unable to fend for themselves. Humans can adapt and adjust to their surroundings much easier than animals and often don’t consider this when creating new problems that will harm a local ecosystem. However, we can still actively begin taking steps to minimize our footprint, even in the small ways we daily contribute to this issue.
Stop feeding the animals
We know how cute the ducks and geese are at the park or in your backyard, but please be careful what you feed them! While sharing bread and crackers seems like a good idea, overfeeding them carbohydrates causes weight gain and inhibits their flying abilities. Many can become sick and die of disease, so it’s best to limit interaction and allow them to forage for food on their own.
Donate to a wildlife rescue
One of the biggest ways to help the rescue and care of wildlife is by donating to a local rehabilitation center such as our Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida. These rescues provide the necessary care to animals in need so they can return to their natural habitats as soon as possible. Your donation to our organization will help with food, supplies, and medical care for mammals, birds, and reptiles while they recover in our hospital.
Keep chemicals to a minimum
Pesticides and insect sprays are some of the most dangerous products to wildlife. They disrupt the hormones in animals, affecting behavior and reproduction. We have to keep in mind the ingredients in some of our most popular cleaning and outdoor products and how toxic they are.
Recycle and reuse
Recycling is an easily accessible and simple way we can contribute to the betterment of our environment. Educate yourself on what items can be recycled and in the process, save more animals’ precious homes.
Dispose of trash properly
You’ve heard it for years, don’t litter! Discarding trash carelessly in nature disrupts the natural habitats of mammals, fish, and birds. Six-pack rings, cigarette butts, and plastic bags need to be disposed of properly to protect the animals around us.
OUR COMMITMENT AND CARE
The Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida is dedicated to caring for wild birds, mammals, and reptiles native to Florida. We encourage everyone who is able to donate in whatever way they can to create better lives for these animals. There are so many who come to us wounded and orphaned by the destruction of humans who don’t fully understand the damage they are leaving to our earthly home. If we are not able to find new solutions to build and create that don’t involve destroying the habitats of hundreds of animals in the process, then we risk losing entire species.
Responsibilities of wildlife conservation
Our rescue and rehabilitation serve as a sort of halfway house between sickness or injury and a new life back in their original home. It is our responsibility to rehab and release as many animals in need so we can slowly begin to restore our earth to its former haven of life.
Our center also takes the time to educate the public on how we can live together in harmony with wildlife and the importance of it while advancing as a society. We hope as we share and raise awareness, more and more people begin to see the dangers animals face daily from our actions. We want to see the continuation of some of our most beautiful and incredible creatures and with the help of you and others, we will be able to make that happen and keep our wildlife safe.