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Why do animals need your help?

Our houses sit where forests and fields once provided shelter, food and water
for wildlife. Now, in many areas, there are too few natural habitats around
urban communities to support local animals. When we also take into
consideration the land "lost" to commercial developments, logging of
forests and farming, we begin to understand why animal populations are now in decline. For example, during the last several years, scientists have noticed a 40% drop in the numbers of migrating birds and they estimate that 30% of the frog species in the world are in trouble.

Wildlife Gaining
Ground guide 2MB

Why participate in the Wildlife Gaining Ground initiative?

The Earthvalues Institute (EVI) is promoting the naturalization of backyards!
Each simple action that benefits wildlife is a step towards conservation and
a healthy relationship between society and Nature. EVI wishes to record and
tally all actions taken to help wildlife. We are aiming for 500 or more actions!
So we welcome you and your family to the Wildlife Gaining Ground initiative!
Take action, invite wildlife into your backyard and register your action using
the form to register your actions.

What do animals need?

Animals have four basic needs - food, water, cover and a place to raise their
. This Wildlife Gaining Ground guide outlines 5 actions you and your family
can take to attract wildlife to your backyard. You could choose to plant a tree,
create homes for animals, make a pond, grow a meadow, or give life through dead
. The guide also offers a "Prepare for action" checklist to assist you
in getting started on the project of your choice, an action checklist to help
you quickly identify backyard projects that will attract the animals you are
interested in welcoming and a backyard safari to help you observe and record
animal activity. Start with one simple action and make a real difference!