Six easy ways your pack, troop, team, or crew can protect endangered species

The bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007 after a successful recovery.

A Scout is Kind, and that shouldn’t just apply to other humans. Animals are in need of Scouts’ compassion, too.

So, in recognition of last Friday’s Endangered Species Day, here are six ways your pack, troop, team, or crew can help protect endangered species:

  1. Teach your Scouts about endangered species in your area. Show your Scouts exactly which species are at risk in your state or county with this helpful tool from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  2. Volunteer at a national wildlife refuge, park or other open space. This is something your unit does anyway, probably. Good thing, because helping protect the outdoors is the best way to protect the animals that live there.
  3. Send the lesson home with your Scouts. Teach them about protecting endangered species on the homefront. A few tips: Don’t put hazardous substances down the drain, secure garbage with locking lids, and reduce water waste. More tips here.
  4. Slow down when driving. Be Prepared to see wildlife while driving to your next Scouting adventure. Vigilance will protect you, your Scouts, and any endangered animals that might try to cross your path.
  5. Recycle and use sustainable products. Does your troop, team, or crew recycle on campouts? If not, suggest to your youth leaders that they start a recycling program. Conserving and reusing natural resources can help protect forest species.
  6. Report any harassment or shooting of threatened and endangered species. Scout groups are bigtime users of our country’s public spaces, meaning millions of pairs of eyes available to catch people who harass or hunt endangered wildlife. If you see something suspicious, contact your local state or federal wildlife enforcement office.
The list comes from the Endangered Species Coalition. You can check out their Web site for more great resources. Have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.

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