Wildlife Conservation Day

The Celebration on December 4

Written By: Aisha Aamir

World Wildlife Conservation Day raises awareness and encourages conversations on endangered species worldwide. Many species are under threat of extinction because of the illegal killings, trafficking of wildlife, and other environmental factors. The conservation of wildlife is the act of protecting endangered and close to extinct species by preserving their natural habitat. 

Forests and woodlands cover almost one-third of the planet’s land. They are home to more than 80% of Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity. The forests and woodland areas are important for the livelihoods and well-being of humanity. Billions of people and animals depend on them for the resources they provide such as food, clean water, and clean air. Even though these ecosystems are a necessity to every being, they are still threatened with extinction.

Wildlife Preservation Canada has identified dozens of species that are endangered. These include, but are not limited to: a small migratory shorebird in the Atlantic region called the Piping Plover and the Vancouver Island Marmot. These are considered Canada’s most endangered mammals. 

Conservation work has led to the revival of many species around the world. Canada specifically has achieved a lot in terms of reviving wildlife.  An example of Canada’s role in the revival of species is the Burrowing Owl, which had a record of 50 owls returning to breeding grounds in 2015. This was possible due to the reintroduction efforts made by the Burrowing Owl Recovery Team and Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of B.C. in 1992. 

Roughly 28% of the world’s land surface is currently managed by Indigenous people, including some of the most ecologically intact forests in the world. These spaces that they manage are not only central to their economic and personal wellbeing but also their cultural identities. 

Forests, forest species, and forest dependent organisms are currently finding themselves at the crossroads of multiple planetary crises. From climate change to an alarming loss of biodiversity, not to mention the countless health, social, and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, these animals face grave challenges to live on.

December 4 is when we celebrate forest-based livelihoods to promote forest wildlife management practices that accommodate both human well-being and long-term conservation of forests. It is important to promote the values of traditional practices that help establish sustainable relationships between  natural systems. 

This might get you wondering, how can we help? To take action, it is virtual to use your voice. Speaking up for wildlife to your government officials can make a difference because they will bring pressing concerns to the parliament’s attention. Something you can do at home is to make your yard wildlife-friendly. In Milton, there are not huge animals in the wildlife, but there are smaller animals that are just as important to the environment. You can plant trees and bushes in your yard to attract animals and give them a place to call home. Putting out bird feeders can also help feed many animals. Lastly, you can help protect the environment by participating in clean-ups around your area. Always remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle. 

References:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-wildlife-day
https://awionline.org/content/what-you-can-do-wildlife
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