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Appreciating Wild Species

Appreciating Wild Species

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment

                  Pacific Atoll and Fringing Coral Reefs seen from Space (credit: NASA)

International Day for Biodiversity comes in May. Considering the new report on the losses in biodiversity, the event takes on a special meaning now.
The designation of a specific day is intended to increase appreciation of wildlife with projects to encourage conservation.

Many island nations are working to preserve their marine biodiversity that provide sustainable livelihoods from their surrounding seas. These nations are especially appropriate as their economies are so closely tied to the health of their ocean ecosystems. Such “bright spots" should point towards more sustainable practices being replicated elsewhere. Another example of appreciating wild species is World Turtle Day that brings attention to turtles and tortoises. Turtle Day encourages efforts to help these ancient reptiles survive with so many threats to them. Turtle Day can be celebrated in diverse ways, from dressing school kids as turtles for a parade, wearing green-patterned dresses on a stroll, rescuing stranded turtles on highways, to research activities on turtle nesting and their protection. Classroom lesson plans and craft projects about are available from the organization, American Tortoise Rescue.
  Eastern Box Turtle  (credit: Wikicommons)

Likewise, the College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) at SUNY released their latest report on the Top-10 species recently discovered. Among the 10 newest species include a new tropical tree, a fish, and an orangutan.

Species appreciation days are designed for people to be mindful of wildlife conservation. Biodiversity conservation goals are big but there are opportunities for anyone to become involved. Everyday should be a 'species appreciation day'.



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