They live right beside us…. really!

Mark Fraser is the host and executive producer of "Nature Walks with Mark Fraser"

I have always been amazed by nature, I mean the closer you look the more you see! Ironically, so few of us in our busy lives actually take the time to see whats out there.  It’s like anything I suppose, when you get to know something you are far more likely to understand it, even care about it.  I think far to often when it comes to conservation we think more about the messenger then the message itself.  I bet right in your own yard you could find a ton of jaw dropping species, from insects to birds.

It’s all about just taking a moment and “Looking”.

You see once we recognize that we have these “wild neighbors” then protecting them does start to make allot of sense. It’s not some distant land far from us or our families they live “with” us.  I’m sure you wouldn’t like it if someone started destroying your yard or home, well its the same thing, isn’t it?  Like us they simply just want to live their lives. So taking a few moments now and then to learn about them makes us better stewards of our own backyard habitats. Now that is real conservation.

Deciding not to use chemicals on your lawn, will literally save the lives of baby birds that end up digesting insects that have been treated with yard chemicals. The parent birds have no idea when they are feeding their chic’s that they are being poisoned.  I know I wouldn’t drink a bottle of yard chemicals because I would be instantly rushed to the hospital or some emergency poison control outfit. So why do we think that spraying our yards wouldn’t harm wildlife? One of those things that make ya go hmmmm….

The simple steps we take everyday make all the difference! Like the simple choice between the following;

Plastic shopping bags (bad) and canvas bags (Good)

Throw-away coffee mugs (Bad) and Stainless steel mugs (Good)  :-)

Plastic water bottles (Bad) Tap water (Good).

Yes I said “tap water”, did you know the bottled water industry invested millions to make us think that tap water was unsafe, and then sold us tap water in plastic bottles. Ahem…  Please research that a bit and you’ll see what I mean. Business has no business over ethics and certainly no business  deciding to make money rather then protect our oceans from the billions of tons of plastics each year which increased dramatically since the on set of bottled water.  The economy does “not” depend on destroying our planet that logic is flawed.  My dog knows better then to soil where he sleeps,  so why can’t businesses know that they should not manufacture products that cause a direct environmental impact? I’m just saying… Each of these steps to help out are all easy, simple day to day common sense decisions that bring about a truly positive and measurable result. That’s what real conservation is all about. The health of ourselves, our families and our wild neighbors depends on these choices so choose well.

Thanks for listening and we’ll talk again soon,

Mark Fraser

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  1. These are good tips that we can all use every day to do our small part in saving the planet. It’s true that just a small adjustment in our everyday lives can make such a big difference.

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