Threat Could Make Land Preservation Irrelevant

It might not surprise you to hear that the number one threat to plant and animal species is habitat loss. But did you know the second most significant threat is invasive species?

You see, each acre of natural, wild land is filled with unique ecosystems defined by the relationships between the animals and plants who live there. If an invasive species moves in, the balance of that ecosystem can be disrupted and the native species who live there can die out.

Preserving wild lands is certainly important — animals and plants need habitat space and we have an obligation as earth-dwellers to protect nature — but without proper upkeep and supervision, invasive species can disrupt natural land’s native inhabitants and make preservation almost irrelevant. That’s why organization like the Nature Conservancy of Canada are working hard to preserve land and protect it from invasive species, thereby maintaining the balance between that protected ecosystem’s animal and plant relationships and allowing the natural species to thrive on that land. They get their hands dirty working in the soil, building fences and even tracking butterfly counts!

You can learn more about the importance of maintaining an ecosystem’s natural balance by signing our pledge to support the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s species-saving work.

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pete M.
peter m.4 years ago

One thing we must do is stop the importation of species from out of our country people dump them in our river lakes and they affect our ecological system and native species.

colleen prinssen
colleen p.4 years ago

I dobut that purple thingy in Americas are good for it.

Melanie Clark
Melanie Clark4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman4 years ago

thanx for sharing

Ethan Brady
Ethan B.4 years ago

Thanks so much for the article

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B.4 years ago

With carp making their way up to the Great Lakes as a result of having escaped fish farms down in the South, there is a very strong concern that, if they manage to get into Lake Michigan, these parasite fish could easily wipe out the native fish supply in all the lakes.

I watched a History Channel series called "Life After People" that had an espisode about non-native plants and animals overtaking habitats and even cities inthe even that people diappeared suddenly. The example fo kudzu overtaking Atlanta, choking off all the native grasses and trees and drying out to where it would be a potential fire hazard for Atlanta was both disturbing and enlightening. One is better off NEVER introducing these non-native plants into the foreign system in the first place as a "quick fix".

Emily S.
Emily S.4 years ago

Thank you

Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson4 years ago

Thank you.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago

thanks for the post

Wanda Cucinotta
Wanda Cucinotta4 years ago

When will we realize we are all connected?