Last Friday after the we returned from our mini impromptu Colorado vacation, we rested up for a few hours, then headed out to Joslyn Art Museum to see Jeff Corwin present for the Nebraska Science Festival. I told you about those tickets back in March, and I’m so glad we got them!
Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the presentation and Jeff wasn’t doing any pictures with people, but we were inspired by his talk. All of the animals he brought with him were rescues of some sort. Many were pets the owners couldn’t take care of anymore and released into the wild (sometimes the urban wild).
Jeff Corwin spoke to the crowd, many of them were kids, and he addressed the importance of these animals and what they contribute to the Earth, as well as the harm it causes if they were to become extinct. He brought the animals on stage and invited volunteers up to help hold and demonstrate the awesome abilities of these reptiles and amphibians. Don’t think these were small either. He brought an adult 6 foot long alligator, a 100 pound alligator snapping turtle and a huge boa constrictor. We even got to see him pull out a venomous snake (don’t worry, no volunteers were brought on stage to help with that one).
I’m telling you, if you ever get the chance to attend an event where Jeff Corwin is speaking, go. Get there somehow. You will be entertained and educated. His presentation is fantastic, great for the whole family, and it’s no wonder he’s gained so much well deserved respect in both the television world and the world of conservation.
In honor of our entertaining and educational night a week ago courtesy of Jeff Corwin, as well as the influx of question from the kids about conservation, I thought I’d do a list of five things you can do at home to support conservation.
- Create a backyard habitat. Learn about the native species of animals. Create places of shelter with shrubs, flowers for butterflies and bees to gather nectar, water and food sources that are all natural to the area. The animals with thank you, and you’ll have plenty to observe and study when you’re done!
- Pick up litter. Find an organized litter pick up group and join in when they do an adopt a highway or other clean up event. Always make sure you are disposing of all trash in the appropriate way, especially when you are out in nature. If you are a huge fan of geocaching like we are, do a cache in trash out where you clean up while you’re out searching for caches.
- Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. You know the 3 R’s. Look online and you can find ton’s of uses for everyday items we might normally toss out, like toilet paper rolls, shoe boxes or even furniture.
- Educate yourself about pets. Don’t take in a pet if you don’t intend to keep it forever. Releasing these pets into the wild will mean almost certain death for them and if they’re not native to our area it could cause problems in the ecosystem. Learn about the animal you intend to adopt, what the care will be like for it now as well as a few years to 10 years down the line. Be responsible in your adoption and it will be a huge help to conservation.
- Learn about conservation efforts in your area. Find out if there are any volunteer opportunities out there. I know recently a couple of our local lakes were drained and cleaned to help with both health and safety. In our area you can ask about opportunities at the Omaha zoo or other local, state or federal agencies. You may also find community groups dedicated to conservation and other environmental concerns.
What have you done to help support conservation? Tell me in the comments.