- Habitat loss is the single biggest factor contributing to species
becoming at risk and endangered. Wetlands are continually degraded,
and forests,meadows, and other such habitats are destroyed through
construction and over development. There are things though that we
can all do to help conserve our valuable natural areas. Join or
volunteer at local conservation societies and clubs. Most of these
groups run on very limited funds and cannot hire a lot of staff.
Your joining or volunteering will not only keep you networked with
others who care about snakes, but it will also allow you to help by
just giving your time.
Because of habitat loss many small animals such as
snakes,salamanders,squirrels,and other such creatures now need to
live among humans, often in urban areas. There are a number of
things we can do as people to be good `'neighbors'' with the
animals. People can leave or put out cover for small reptiles and
animals on their properties and gardens like rock piles and flat
boards. Hedges and other vegetated borders along gardens also
provide cover for small animals. If you do own land or a large
property you can help by leaving portions of this `'natural'', these
areas would be ideal for placing flat boards and rocks for shelter.
Leaving south-facing rock slopes and rock outcrops is very important
as these areas may be used as dens for hibernation and birth sites.
You can also help snakes by not using chemical pesticides and other
chemicals which may harm them.
If you are going out to natural areas where snakes are or may be
present please be respectful. This includes keeping an eye out for
basking reptiles and foraging animals on paths when biking as to not
run them over, and keeping dogs on leashes which may go over and
disturb or injure basking animals. You can also Protect your town's
natural habitats. Learn where the natural habitats are in your
community and then try and work with the town conservation
commission, conservation area, or department of parks and recreation
to promote the use and understanding of these parks, ponds, and
wetlands in your town. You can help preserve snake habitat by
donating money to the Center for Ecosystem Survival. This is a group
that raises money to buy areas of habitat from all over the world.
This land is set aside for wildlife. The CES has purchased over 11
million acres of habitat! Their website is
http://www.savenature.org/ Another option is to visit the Nature
Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the
plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity
of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to
Nature Conservancy - http://www.nature.org/
Note: I am not affiliated with the CES or the Nature Conservancy, I
am merely suggesting these places as possible outlets to help.