“On World Wildlife Day, we reflect on our responsibility to protect the magnificent diversity of life on our planet.” – António Guterres United Nations Secretary-General
World Wildlife Day is March 3rd. March 3rd was chosen because it’s the anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES, which was signed way back in 1973. Fifty years later, that cause is just as important—if not more so—as it was back then. As you may know, all of us here at Flamingo Pet Clinic are quite interested in helping protect our wildlife. A Las Vegas, NV vet lists some ways to help wild birds in this article.
Many insect populations have been dwindling, due to pesticides and chemical use, habitat loss, climate change, and other threats. This in turn affects birds, many of whom rely on bugs for food. Setting out birdfeeders can go a long way towards helping your feathered friends.
Every year, there are heartbreaking stories of wild birds that have been killed, entangled, or injured by trash. Plastic bags and rings are a particular threat. Be careful to dispose of trash properly. Limiting your use of chemicals and nonbiodegradable plastics is also beneficial.
Another way to help your local fauna? Plant native flowers, trees, and shrubs. Choose ones that feed and attract pollinators and the critters they feed on.
Want to go a bit further? Volunteer for a local clean-up day. This is a great way to help beautify and protect your local community!
A birdbath will help your wild buddies stay cool and hydrated on scorching days. These can also make attractive yard decorations!
World Wildlife Day isn’t just about birds, of course: it really encompasses all of the creatures we share this beautiful planet with. One option is to volunteer time helping out at a local charity or preserve. You can also visit a local zoo or park, or take part in local rewilding programs. As with any type of awareness day, one of the biggest things you can do is simply raise awareness. Spread the word on social media, using the official hashtags. #PartnershipsforConservation #WWD2023 #CITES50 #WorldWildlifeDay #WWD
Do you have questions about your bird’s health or care? As your Las Vegas, NV pet hospital, we’re always here to help!