In honor of World Wildlife Day on March 3rd, let’s take a look at the steps The National Humane Education Society (NHES) has taken to help endangered wildlife, as well as simple steps you can take to make a positive impact on the wildlife in your community.
The monarch butterfly is one of the most magnificent insects in North America, being the only migrating butterfly which travels nearly 3,000 miles per year from Canada to Mexico. Although a hardy species, the monarch butterfly has been in trouble for the past several decades as its population has been declining due to deforestation and the increased use of harmful pesticides.
NHES is committed to helping preserve the monarch butterfly population by dedicating a portion of its 24-acre property as a monarch butterfly sanctuary. By planting a variety of nectar-producing plants as well as milkweed (the only plant on which monarch butterflies lay eggs), NHES has ensured a bountiful harvest for monarch butterflies for years to come.
NHES is also devoted to bolstering the habitats of native grassland birds (pictured above). Unlike many birds who nest in trees, grassland birds build their nests on the ground in brush and tall grass. With urban development and industrialization encroaching on their habitats, many of these species’ populations are shrinking. Over the past four years, NHES has transformed its landscape into an unencumbered haven for grassland birds and other wildlife.Click here to read more about NHES’ wildlife projects.
It is by the unwavering generosity of its supporters that NHES is able to help native wildlife in the community. However, you can make a positive impact in your own community, as well! As spring draws near, be sure to remember the monarch butterflies by planting milkweedaround your home. Be mindful of grassland birds and other wildlife when making any landscaping decisions on your property. Most importantly, never forget that even the smallest action of planting one seed can have a positive impact on the plants and animals with which we share the world.