What is a natural habitat? And what is a habitat
naturalist? Ask several different people and you may receive
different answers, however, once you become more familiar with
how nature works, how we as humans affect habitat and how you can
better the local habitat, you will soon develop a definition that
will best describe your goals.
Most habitat in this
country is lost to residential development. In addition to the
loss of habitat, our residential habits have caused more destruction
to nature than most people realize. Many people take up causes
to save land from development but do little to create and protect
habitat in their own backyard. We need to concentrate more on
our own backyards first. Take a close look at how you live,
your landscape, your neighborhood. It might become too clear
that you have fallen into the trap that so many people have
fallen into. Your lifestyle, your property and your
neighborhood is the same as everyone around you.
Biodeversity is very
important to creating and protecting nature. If you and
eventually a few neighbors create a diverse landscape, it will
improve the habitat in your area and start to attract a wide range
This study guide is
designed as a general outline for developing a nature habitat.
It will lay the foundation for developing a sound design for
developing a nature habitat. Addition reading is
recommended. You may also take the home study course to become
a Certified Wildlife Habitat Naturalist through the
Winstar Wildlife Institute.
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