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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