There are small steps each of us can take to protect natural resources and special places in the Capital Region. Use the list of suggestions and external resources below to create wildlife habitat, combat climate change, contribute to scientific research, and more - all within your backyard!
Trees naturally combat climate change, so keeping as many as you can and/or plant more trees to help sequester carbon and fight climate change.
Hang bird feeders for seed and nectar eaters to support birds living in suburban landscapes where food can be scarce.
Create a water source for birds and pollinators by putting out a bird bath. Include rocks in the bottom so pollinators can land and drink from the rock.
Provide cover in your backyard by planting native trees and shrubs. Native species support various wildlife with the most nutritious foods.
Create a strip of trees and shrubs along the back of your yard to create safe passage for animals.
Reduce your lawn by leaving some areas natural and uncut, mow less often, and avoid chemical fertilizers and insecticides.
Leave perennials uncut at the end of the season to provide wintering habitat for beneficial insects and seed for birds throughout the winter months.
Planting trees next to streams is a great way to improve water quality.
Manage your property carefully, big or small, to ensure you are not impacting nearby waterways with your land use.
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Trees for Tribs program may be available in your area and can provide free trees, shrubs, and guidance for streamside planting.