Happy National Wildlife Day!

Today is a day that helps raise national awareness and education concerning the wild animals with which we share the world. Wild animals look drastically different around the globe, so let’s take the time to appreciate the wildlife we have right here in the Bluegrass State! Opossums, raccoons, rabbits, and birds are just a handful of the types we encounter in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s important to remember to share our environment with them and be respectful of their space. 

Here are just a handful of things we can do to better protect and appreciate the wildlife in our communities:

1.Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Thousands of animals are affected by what humans pollute in the environment. By making the effort to be eco-friendly and properly dispose of waste, we can all make a positive impact on wildlife. No one has to be perfect at a green lifestyle; we simply have to try. 

2. Use Caution While Driving 
Drive safely, allowing time for animals to make it safely across the road. Be courteous of other drivers who may be driving slower or stopping for animals. 

3. Do Not Disturb Nests or Babies
Wildlife nests or babies that appear alone are often NOT alone. Mom is somewhere nearby, so you should wait to intervene until you’re confident that mom isn’t coming back for her babies. If you feel an animal is in need of human intervention, contact Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control for assistance. 

4. Plant a Bee-Friendly Garden
Bees are an integral part of healthy ecosystems! By planting bee-friendly plants around our homes and in our communities, we can keep our local ecosystem happy and healthy. 

5. Observe Wildlife from a Distance
Many wild animals will feel uncomfortable when approached by humans, so allowing them to have their space keeps everyone safe while still enabling us to observe how wildlife is truly amazing.

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