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Educate Your Community

Almost everyone is interested in wildlife, but most of us know very little about wild species, why many are at risk, or how we can help. You’ll provide a much-needed service by educating your community about imperilled wildlife.

Some species are in trouble simply because many people don’t like them. The timber rattlesnake is endangered in Ontario, and even the eastern garter snake has fallen in numbers. A good project idea is to design an advertising campaign explaining all the good things snakes do. For instance, they control rodents. And like all creatures, they’re part of an ecosystem that needs all its diverse parts to work in harmony.

Publicize the problem. Your group could highlight one or more local species listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).