Habitat loss is undeniably one of the greatest threats to species globally.
Everything needs a place to live and thrive. But with increasing habitat degradation due to pollution and urbanization, and a climate that is warming up at an alarming rate, it is becoming much harder for animals to find suitable land to live in.
When people think of habitat loss, they imagine clear cut rain forests or disappearing coral reefs. What most people don’t realize is that habitat loss can occur on a much smaller and local scale. Cities growing to accommodate larger populations means less land available for local wildlife. Not only are local species losing habitable land, they are also losing the resources needed to feed and reproduce.
Growing up in an urban environment, I know firsthand that it is very easy to forget that we share our own backyards with a variety of wildlife, some of which are at risk or endangered. Animals have a very special place close to my heart, which is why I decided to pursue a degree in Zoology, with hopes that in the future, I can be a part of the efforts to help conserve our native wildlife for generations to come.
By participating in the Canadian Conservation Corps and Canadian Wildlife Federation, I will gain more insight into current issues affecting Canada’s wildlife and ecological landscape at large. Hopefully, I will become involved with the efforts to conserve our country’s wildlife and ensure their survival.
Through fieldwork and public outreach with the CCC, I’m hoping to learn a lot about wildlife, ecosystem management and conservation. I plan to take what I’ve learned and turn it into something that I can share with others back in my home community.
By doing so, I’ll be able to show people how easy it is to be “nature smart” and to inspire others to change their lives. Even small changes can help make a difference to our local habitats. Humans need to come to a compromise on how to live and accommodate an ever-growing population without putting the lives of wildlife at risk.
Without a set plan, Canada will continue to lose habitats and the animals that call these places home.