1. Respect the Environment: All facets of our environment:
soils, plants, animals, air, water: are interrelated in a complex system. The
quality of life is directly dependent upon this system, so we must all do our
part to protect our environment and keep it clean.
2. Conserve Water: Water is such an everyday part of our lives
that it's all too easy to take it for granted. Water is required for many home
and industrial uses, for agriculture, for generating power, and even for recreation;
yet our water resources are extremely susceptible to waste and abuse. Conserve
water, it's precious.
3. Don't Pollute or Litter: The poisoning of our environment
is one of the greatest threats facing mankind. Support all efforts to control
pollution, and don't litter under any circumstances.
4. Leave Baby Animals Alone: Many young wild animals die prematurely
because too many persons find them and think they've been abandoned. Such is rarely
the case. Baby animals should be left in the wild where their mothers can properly
care for them.
5. Build and Erect Bird Houses: Artificial nest boxes provide
many kinds of cavity nesting birds with places to raise their young. House wrens,
house finches, bluebirds and woodpeckers are just some of the bird species which
can be expected to nest in appropriately placed nest boxes.
6. Feed Birds in Winter: Bird feeders can entice countless
birds to within easy viewing distance. Cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches
and many others can be easily attracted to your yard where they can brighten up
a gloomy winter day.
7. Plant Seedlings: Food producing plants can fulfill the
food and cover needs of many kinds of animals, and beautify a lawn as well. For
an assortment of tree and shrub seedlings proven especially useful, buy the Game
Commission's "Plantings for Wildlife" packet at the next spring sale in your area.
8. Learn and Obey the Game Laws: Familiarity with the state
Game Laws will provide anyone with a general knowledge of the Game Commission's
responsibilities and operations. Hunters, however, must be thoroughly familiar
with the laws governing their sport. Sportsmen cannot afford the obnoxious actions
of the ignorant hunter.
9. Promote Scientific Wildlife Management: Only through science
can meaningful wildlife management occur. Programs governed by emotion or popularity
subject wildlife populations to dramatic swings and sometimes inescapable plunges.
Science minimizes the risks through continuous monitoring and data collection,
the keystones to any successful wildlife management program. There's no better
place to begin spreading the word than in our schools.
10. Support the Game Commission's "Working Together for Wildlife"
Program: This program provides everyone with an opportunity to support research
and management programs directly benefiting nongame. Ospreys, bald eagles, river
otters and bluebirds are just a few of the animals being helped through this program.
Show your support for this program by buying and displaying "Working Together
for Wildlife" patches, decals and fine art prints.
* From the Commonwealth of PA Web Site