While Canada monitors most of the wildlife species carefully, we can’t help but notice that our efforts have not always been met with the success we expected. Half of our wildlife species have registered worrying declines in their population as a result of the constant expansion of urban areas, the dramatic climate change and the pollution burden on the environment. Needless to say, the latest analysis of the wildlife in Canada by WWF Canada shows that we still have a lot of work to do to get things right.
However, Canada is often described as a huge nation with large areas of wilderness. How could we be doing things wrong in such an environment? The reason is simple: Because there’s a considerable wilderness region in the country, most people tend to assume that wildlife is doing ok on its own. But everybody, including you and me, can help to improve the situation and create a positive and safe space for wildlife to grow. You don’t need to do much; all you need is a garden and a pair of green thumbs!
Find the best plants for the local bugs
The best way homeowners have to protect the local wildlife is to make sure their garden is a friendly and safe environment for the bugs, insects, birds and small mammals around. And the most surprising but effective way to do so is to hire a landscaping company. What can a landscaping company do for you? Ultimately, when you work with an expert who understands the diversity of soils, plants, and local wildlife, you can find a happy compromise between a natural ecosystem and a home-managed ecosystem. Landscapers can ensure your garden remains elegant and appealing to you, but also nourishing and welcoming to wildlife, without compromising on comfort.
Grow your food
Growing your own vegetables is highly popular, especially in families where the kids can get involved in planting and harvesting their favourite greens. You can keep a small area in your garden for a modular vegetable bed that stays self-contained, and, therefore, manageable. You may not be able to replace your grocery shopping, but you can certainly get a few meals out of your micro vegetable garden. More importantly, not only do the greens help to diversify the wildlife population – as they attract other insects and bugs – but they can also become a major part in building your own compost bin.
Feed the soil and the wildlife
Compost bins ultimately let you create your own organic compact, which can use to nourish the soil and the plants. Vegetable peels, fruit, and other organic waste such as eggshells are ideal for your DIY bin. It’s a good idea to keep a baseless container directly on the soil as it provides worms and insects with an entry point. The presence of a compost heap in the garden also attracts birds, as they seek small insects and worms. More importantly, you can use your compost to fertilise the soil and nourish your plant.
It’s fair to say that helping the worms might not seem to have a direct link to protecting larger mammals. However, building a safe ecosystem is the best way to create healthy food for large species. Your green thumbs might well help to drive wildlife population in Canada!