Protecting Wildlife

According to the National Wildlife Federation, the conversion of natural areas for homes, offices and shopping centers has become one of the most serious threats to America’s animals.

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When land is needlessly clear-cut, bulldozed and graded flat, what happens to the animals that live underground? We know the animals above ground (think of all the animals that require mature, tall tress for survival and security) lose their homes and are left to fend for themselves. Have you ever thought about all those thousands of animals below ground?

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Underground homes keep animals warm and dry, and safe from enemies. Most animals who live underground come to the surface often-to hunt for food, find a mate, or just travel to new places. But some animals spend their whole lives in tunnels and burrows. For example, did you know that box turtles burrow as far as two-feet deep into loose earth or mammal burrows?

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1. Kildeers
2. Turtles
3. Salamanders
4. Voles
5. Ground squirrels
6. Garter snakes
7. Foxes

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  1. Wasps
  2. Ants
  3. Worms, slugs, snails, and grubs
  4. Skunks
  5. Deer mice
  6. Moles
  7. Rabbits
  8. Woodchucks

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Where is this owl going to go when her home is clear-cut? What happens to her nest and babies?

INVERNESS, IL - MARCH 24: A home stands in the later stages of construction March 24, 2006 in Inverness, Illinois. Nationwide new home sales plummeted more than 10 percent in February to their lowest levels in nine years. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

With this type of poorly planned development, the animals above ground and below ground don’t stand much of a chance.

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A properly planned conservation neighborhood leaves plenty of land for wildlife and provides land for families to enjoy along with high home values and a more profitable development for the developer and landowner. Jackson Meadow in MN.