Helping at-risk species

Supporting at-risk species conservation is critical to ensuring to sustaining all Nebraska’s plant and wildlife species.

Want to help? There are lots of simple things you can do to help!

Donate to a conservation organization.

These dedicated organizations help conduct much-needed research, help care for the land, and help educate people about our natural resources. Your help… helps! Consider donating to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Organize an At-risk Species festival.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day (the 3rd Friday in May) by organizing an event at your school, neighborhood, or community. Or, don’t wait for May, start a festival, party, or event anytime of the year.

Conserve natural resources.

By turning off the lights, recycling, and using less water, you are helping endangered species. The more energy we need to keep the lights on or the air conditioner running, the more impact we have on the land. The more resources we take from the land to make aluminum cans, glass bottles, or paper, the less resources there are in the ecosystem. And, the more water we use, the less there is in lakes, rivers, and aquifers. Every bit makes a difference!

Plant a pollinator garden.

Pollinators – butterflies, bees, birds, beetles – that help pollinate our wildflowers and food are critical. These species not only help pollinate our food (apples, coffee, and chocolate), but they also pollinate wildflowers which are an important food source for other animals. Plus, pollinators themselves are an important food source for many insect eating animals. So, plant a pollinator garden filled with native flowers. Echinacea, Black-eyes Susan, goldenrod, asters, penstemon, and liatris are all great choices! Nebraska’s at-risk insect species will be happy!

Create a Solitary Bee Hotel.

While food is a very important resource for pollinators, so is shelter. Many solitary bees nest in hollow stems or holes in wood. You can help these bees by creating a bee hotel. All you need is a block of wood and a drill. Drill holes of varying size part way into the block and set it facing south to catch the most sun. Be sure to replace the block each year to reduce disease. For more detailed instructions, check out this NebGuide.

Visit and Support local nature centers, state parks, and national parks.

These wild areas provided the needed habitat for many at-risk species. By visiting these places you not only get to see amazing sites, but you help support these areas. A true win-win!

Read… Investigate… Learn.

The more you know about Nebraska’s threatened, endangered and at-risk species, the more you will be able to share your knowledge.