The #LHX2017 team is preparing for our five day and four night trip on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. It’s hard to believe we’re only five months away from hitting the trailhead in Seward heading south to Ohiopyle. Outdoor advocacy, Leave No Trace, Caring for wildlife is and will be a priority for the team, as it is on every adventure.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission provides ten things you can do for wildlife.
- Respect the Environment—All facets of our environment—soils, plants, animals, air, water—are interrelated in a complex system. The quality of life is directly dependent upon this system, so we must all do our part to protect our environment and keep it clean.
- Conserve Water—Water is such an everyday part of our lives that it’s all too easy to take it for granted. Water is required for many home and industrial uses, for agriculture, for generating power, and even for recreation; yet our water resources are extremely susceptible to waste and abuse. Conserve water, it’s precious.
- Don’t Pollute or Litter—The poisoning of our environment is one of the greatest threats facing mankind. Support all efforts to control pollution, and don’t litter under any circumstances.
- Leave Baby Animals Alone—Many young wild animals die prematurely because too many persons find them and think they’ve been abandoned. Such is rarely the case. Baby animals should be left in the wild where their mothers can properly care for them.
- Build and Erect Bird Houses—Artificial nest boxes provide many kinds of cavity nesting birds with places to raise their young. House wrens, house finches, bluebirds and woodpeckers are just some of the bird species which can be expected to nest in appropriately placed nest boxes.
- Feed Birds in Winter—Bird feeders can entice countless birds to within easy viewing distance. Cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches and many others can be easily attracted to your yard where they can brighten up a gloomy winter day.
- Plant Seedlings—Food producing plants can fulfill the food and cover needs of many kinds of animals, and beautify a lawn as well. For an assortment of tree and shrub seedlings proven especially useful, visit your local Home and Garden Center.
- Learn and Obey the Game Laws—Familiarity with the state Game Laws will provide anyone with a general knowledge of the Game Commission’s responsibilities and operations. Hunters, however, must be thoroughly familiar with the laws governing their sport. Sportsmen cannot afford the obnoxious actions of the ignorant hunter.
- Promote Scientific Wildlife Management—Only through science can meaningful wildlife management occur. Programs governed by emotion or popularity subject wildlife populations to dramatic swings and sometimes inescapable plunges. Science minimizes the risks through continuous monitoring and data collection, the keystones to any successful wildlife management program. There’s no better place to begin spreading the word than in our schools.
- Support the Game Commission’s “Working Together for Wildlife” Program— This program provides everyone with an opportunity to support research and management programs directly benefiting nongame. Ospreys, bald eagles, river otters and bluebirds are just a few of the animals being helped through this program. Show your support for this program by buying and displaying “Working Together for Wildlife” patches, decals and fine-art prints.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Game Commission visit their website.
For more than 100 years, the Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians. With the help of more than 700 full-time employees and thousands of part-timers and volunteers, the agency provides a host of benefits to wildlife, state residents and visitors.