Take action for vanishing species

The MSR Project—Educators and others can download the curricula and other material for introduction in their classroom. After discussing with students, they can create their Missing Species Reports and Posters. Posters can then be displayed at schools, community centers, school district offices, and elsewhere. See missingspeciesreports.org for more details and be sure to share your ideas teaching suggestions and questions on the Educator Exchange.

In addition to participating in the MSR Project, there are individual actions you and your friends and family can take to help vanishing species.

Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden

One of the leading threats to pollinators is the loss of habitat. You can encourage butterflies and bees to visit your garden by choosing plants that will attract them. Using a variety of plants–with blooming dates that occur throughout the season–is a way to beautify your garden while helping pollinators. Try not to plant hybrid plants, and avoid pesticides!

The U.S. Forest Service has a comprehensive guide to gardening for pollinators  and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has instructions and suggestions for avoiding pesticides.

Make Milkweed Seed Bombs

You can also make milkweed “seed bombs with these instructions. Make certain you use milkweed that is appropriate for your region. The Xerces Society has a seed finder to help you locate the correct seeds.

Endangered Species Day is in May

Participate in Endangered Species Day. Endangered Species Day is the third Friday in May annually. Last year, more than 300 events were held around the United States. You can get tips for planning an event, large or small, or find an event near you at www.endangeredspeciesday.org

You can find more steps you can take to save endangered species here.