How we can help endangered animals
Editor’s note: Frisco Elementary fifth-graders Haedyn Drabik, Ashlee Goode, Kaden Holdaas, Grant Payne and Kevin Reddell wrote the following article with the help of parent volunteer Joanna Snyder.
Did you ever wonder why animals are endangered? Humans are the main reason. We are going to tell you why we care about endangered animals and how you can help them locally and globally. We are a group of fifth-graders from Frisco Elementary School who studied endangered animals for five weeks for our Exhibition project. The animals we studied are the Amur leopard, black rhino, poison dart frog, and locally, the Canadian lynx and bald eagle.
We care about endangered animals because if one animal goes extinct it could affect our ecosystem, which is a community of organisms living together and interacting. All life on Earth is interconnected, so if a lot of animals go extinct it could jeopardize our biodiversity. Biodiversity is the diversity of life which protects our ecosystems. This in turn can affect our own survival, so it is important to save animals as much as we can. We are harming animals many times without even knowing our actions are harmful.
Some reasons animals are endangered are poaching, smuggling, logging and pollution. Logging affects them because they lose their home. They either live in trees being cut down or logging breaks apart their home, which is fragmentation. People are poaching for the animals’ fur, ivory or anything they can sell.
As a community we can help by doing a lot of things. Our Endangered Species Exhibition Group at Frisco Elementary School has done many things to help, and you can do them too! We are adopting a fishing line bin through http://www.troutunlimited.com. It is a small, candy cane shaped bin made of PVC pipe where you put fishing line. We need these bins because people are leaving their fishing line on the shore, and then bald eagles and ospreys pick it up. They use it in their nests, and it hurts them. Other small things you can do include recycling, participating in clean up days, turning off electricity, using less paper and driving carefully at dawn and dusk especially on Interstate 70 near Copper Mountain Resort to protect the lynx that cross.
Now that you know that humans cause animal endangerment and why we care about them, we hope you will help animals by doing simple things or going above and beyond.
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