Hey everyone! We hope you liked our last episode because today we are dealing further into the topic of endangered species by specifically highlighting some endangered insects.
Often insects are overlooked or even intentionally eradicated no matter the species because people have such a distaste for them. They are creepy crawlies but they also have important roles within habitats. In this episode we discuss the reasons why insects should be protected. Everything from beetles to butterflies play an important role in our ecosystems. They help to decompose leaf litter and pollinate our crops.
We also spend some time teasing apart the issues of conservation. Why should we conserve endangered species, which endangered species should be conserve, and how do we afford to conserve everything? it’s a tough dilemma that we are all going to have to face at some point. Where do you stand on this topic? We would love to know!
If you would like to help endangered insects consider planting more plants in your yard other than grass. The Audubon society has a great article about planting native plants in your garden.
Other than planting within your own garden you can also help to build and conserve habitat for plants and animals near your home. The Nature Conservancy or your local land conservancy or trust is a great place to start looking to help out. And if you’re a grad student looking to get into a career in conservation these places are great to get more experience for the job market.