Support Conservation Efforts

Losing Altitude Book — Red-Tailed Parrot

There are many organizations helping to protect endangered species around the world. BirdLife International is a wonderful resource that can help you to find programs aimed at helping species in your area and around the world.

You may even be able to volunteer! One way you can volunteer is to help scientists out. You do not have to be a scientist yourself to help with research projects aimed at helping wildlife and the environment.

If you don’t have time to volunteer, a donation can be a big help to conservation programs and organizations. (A caveat: always do your research before you donate money to any organization! You want to be sure your money will be put to good use.) 

You can make a big difference in small ways every day.

Excerpt from Losing Altitude, by Arras Wiedorn.

Artwork by Kitty Harvill, AFC.

Spread the Word

Losing Altitude Book — Stellar's Sea Eagle

Don’t keep all your newfound knowledge to yourself! Tell others about the many wonderful animals and places around the world. Share what you are doing to help protect them and encourage others to join in. Every little bit helps.

Excerpt from Losing Altitude, by Arras Wiedorn.

Artwork by Amanda Drage.

Enjoy Nature Responsibly

Losing Altitude Book — Cerulean Warbler

The best way to learn about nature is to get out there and experience it for yourself, but be sure to cause no harm while doing so.

Watching wildlife in their natural habitats can be a lot of fun and very educational. Be sure, however, to watch from a safe distance and do not try to interact with wildlife.

Stay on marked paths and be sure not to disturb habitats, especially breeding grounds or fragile habitats. When watching sensitive or dangerous animals, you should always be extra careful.

You would not want to cause harm to the animals or come to any harm yourself. If wildlife seems disturbed by your presence, give them more space or leave the area. When bringing pets, be sure to keep them close so that they don’t inadvertently harm any wildlife or habitats.

When enjoying the outdoors, be sure to leave everything as you found it. Do not disturb habitat when hiking or camping, and be especially careful in pristine habitats. Avoid lighting fires or light fires in pre-existing fire rings or pits and put them out thoroughly when finished.

Be careful what chemicals you use and dispose of any trash or other waste properly. Keep food and trash safely away from wildlife.

For more information, you can check out the Leave No Trace program (, which promotes and educates about environmentally friendly practices for enjoying the outdoors.

Excerpt from Losing Altitude, by Arras Wiedorn.

Artwork by Briana Mercedes Weidner.

Creating Wildlife-Friendly Spaces

Losing Altitude Gray — Headed Albatross

Choose native plants for your garden, especially those which will provide food and shelter for native species of birds and other wildlife.

You can also provide:

  • food
  • shelter
  • water
  • bird feeders
  • bird houses
  • bird baths
  • fountains

Different birds have different needs, so be sure to find out what species are in your area and what kinds of houses are best for them. (You can also put up bat houses!)

If you are going to be providing food, do your research first and be sure that you are choosing safe and healthy options. A local birding shop should be able to help you choose. Also make sure that the water you provide stays clean and fresh.

You might also consider reducing your lawn, because close-cropped grass lawns are inefficient and not very wildlife friendly. When it comes to watering and fertilizing your lawn and garden, choose environmentally friendly solutions such as collecting rainwater and creating compost.

Avoid using chemicals such as fertilizers and insecticides, as these chemicals can be detrimental to wildlife. They can even harm species that they are not intended to affect; don’t forget, many birds and other animals eat plants and insects and may ingest any chemicals you put in your lawn or garden.

Excerpt from Losing Altitude, by Arras Wiedorn.

Artwork by SEM.