Vermont conservation efforts paying off
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Friday is Earth Day, and there have been some wins in Vermont’s efforts to take care of critical and endangered animals.
Recently, Vermont Fish & Wildlife did a survey of bat populations in the state’s caves. In the last survey, The Nature Conservancy says there was an increase in bat populations, especially in one specific species that had previously decreased by 90%. And in one species that hadn’t been observed since 2011.
The conservancy’s Murray McHugh says teams create conservation successes in a variety of ways. “Monitoring, partnering to monitor them. I also engage in habitat improvement, control invasive species, and engage with communities surrounding, especially when they can help with conservation efforts. Say with timber rattlesnakes, where we engage with community, so when they encounter one, they actually have a phone number to call to come and have it removed, rather than deal with it themselves,” said McHugh.
We asked McHugh what is one thing he wishes people would do to celebrate Earth Day on Friday. “Take a moment to think about your relationship to the natural world, to the Earth. Try to appreciate what nature does for us,” he said.
The Nature Conservancy will be holding a webinar next Wednesday.
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