Wildlife Sanctuary

Plant Conservation Singapore

Even apartment dwellers can help wildlife by creating small habitats on balconies or rooftops. A small space can have a few pots of colorful flowers which provide beneficial nesting sites, larval host plants and nectar next to a small saucer with moist mud to create a puddling area for butterflies. There is a great significance to landscaping with native plants. Native plants are specially designed for the area in which they grow. They are hardy to their native regions and provide low maintenance yet beautiful plants often under extreme conditions. Also, native plants need little water once established and thus reduce water usage and provide texture and color from the otherwise stale, thirsty, grass lawn. Non-natives, or plants that have been imported from another region, lack the natural predators that provide populations control. Birds eat and digest the seeds, dropping them in undeveloped areas where, left growing unchecked will choke out entire native populations of plant life that wildlife depends upon for food, nesting and shelter. A good example of this is an herbaceous weedy vine known as kudzu, imported from Japan and planted heavily in the 1930's and 1940's to prevent erosion in the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, in this warm, moist environment, kudzu can grow at the rate of 1 foot per day, quickly taking over and choking out native vegetation including trees, plants, vines and anything else in its path. Kudzu is a wildly respected plant in Japan where it is used as a food additive and for medicinal purposes.

Wildlife Artists

The Pennsylvania Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy will have an ongoing informal evaluation that focuses on needs and strategies. There will also be a 5 year audit that will hopefully answer the question as to if the program is progressing adequately. An extensive formal review is scheduled to occur every 10 years. These reviews and revisions are necessary for wildlife conservation as well as protection for key habitats in Pennsylvania. Throughout the nation there is an important struggle taking place. This struggle is the fight to save wildlife and the habitat they depend on for survival. There are many partners in this struggle, including the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and state wildlife agencies. These entities have come together to practice wildlife conservation by developing a wildlife action plan or the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy for each state. Funds are available for wildlife conservation and restoration of wildlife populations throughout America for each individual state. However, before any state can receive this funding they must have developed a "wildlife action plan" better known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, by October 1, 2005. A wildlife action plan assesses the wildlife and habitat health, identifies any problems the wildlife and habitat face and describes the actions needed to rectify the problems and conserve the wildlife and habitat in question.