Ten Ways to Help Your Wildlife!
Do you ever wonder about things
YOU can do in your daily life to
help maintain the health and safety
of birds and animals in your world?
Do you want to know more about
how to animal-proof your house?
Have you ever found an injured
bird or animal and wished you
knew how to get help?
Here are ten ways you can help, as
compiled by the Wildlife Rescue
League, a non-profit group of
licensed wildlife rehabilitators who
take care of injured and orphaned
animals and return them to the
- Don't become a food source
for wild animals. Animal
populations need to be
naturally balanced to the
environment. Do not
encourage wildlife who do
their foraging at night by
leaving garbage or pet food
outside or leaving shed or
garage doors open. Don't
encourage wildlife to eat from
- Do not kidnap baby animals.
Most young animals are not
orphaned but are being cared
for by nearby parents. If you
aren't sure if it should be
rescued, call the wildlife
- Obey speed limits! Watch for
animals crossing the road and
take responsibility for an
animal if you hit it with your
car. If you see a dead
opossum in the spring, check
to see if it is a female with
babies clinging to her who
need to be rescued.
- Dispose of your garbage
properly and pick up garbage
you see outside. Waste can
be hazardous to wildlife.
Some of the worst are can
lids, yogurt containers,
bottles with sweet sticky
things inside, and plastic
- Use non-toxic alternatives to
pesticides, rodenticides, and
herbicides. Toxic chemicals can
affect the whole food
songbirds, and birds of prey--as
well as domestic animals and
- Place bird feeders a safe distance
from windows and neighborhood
cats. Disinfect seed feeders at
least once a month and
hummingbird feeders every few
days (especially when it is hot).
Dispose of moldy seed. Keep
ground under feeders clean of
debris and move your feeders a
few feet every year.
- Animal-proof your home before
critters move in. Close off openings
to attics, seal holes around the
basement, screen vents and
gutters, and install chimney caps.
Keep branches pruned on any trees
near the sides or roof of your
home so wildlife will not have a
ladder onto your property.
- Check carefully for nests before
cutting down trees or cleaning your
chimney in the spring and summer!
If an animal does enter your
house, don't trap it. Call the wildlife
hotline for advice.
- Keep domestic pets inside or on a
leash. It only takes seconds for a
cat or dog to injure wildlife. (Not
only is that very bad for the
wildlife, it may mean that your pet
will have to be quarantined.)
- Before mowing in the spring and
summer, check for grassy mounds
or disturbed areas that are the
sign of a rabbit nest. Be careful not
to mow over the nest, and keep
dogs and cats away from baby
rabbits. Mother rabbits only feed
their babies at dawn and dusk, so
don't assume the babies are
The Wildlife Rescue League's Hotline is