Wildlife Information

How Humans Affect Wildlife

  • All species affect and are affected by other living organisms such as plants and animals
  • All species affect and are affected by non-living elements like water, air and soil that surround them
  • Together, these interactions create an ecosystem
  • Humans, like all other species, alter ecosystem by actions; however, humans do it at a much faster rate than the planet can keep up with
  • Everything from foods we eat, to machines we use, to the way we choose to garden and landscape has direct and indirect effects on wildlife

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

  • NWF believes wildlife is an indispensable part of our world and survival -- that quality of life of all people and wildlife inextricably linked to health of earth’s environment and natural resources
  • Conservation of wildlife and other natural resources benefits human species now and into future, ensuring not just survival, but ability to use and enjoy all nature’s gifts
  • NWF’s mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for children’s future
  • Join thousands of wildlife enthusiasts across the country that have been recognized for creating havens for neighborhood wildlife in their own yards
  • These individuals have provided essential elements for healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats and have earned distinction of being part of NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program
  • Any space that provides basic requirements of habitat can be certified with NWF