Helping bring awareness to the animals of the world

Burrowing Badgers

Image by Ed Bierman

Image by Ed Bierman

One year ago, I had no idea what an American badger was, let alone that it was endangered. One year later, I’ve raised $1000 for Earth Rangers helping them. American badgers are small animals about the size of a small dog and are mostly white and grey, except for one black stripe that runs from the top of their nose to the tip of their tail. American badgers live in burrows that they dig in fields, their natural habitat.

American badgers are endangered for three reasons. One is habitat loss. Developers are destroying their fields and building houses on them. The second reason is roads. With all the roads that are being constructed, American badgers are forced to cross them to get to the other side and they can easily get run over by a passing car. The third reason is isolation. American badgers are being isolated from each other so they can’t mate and reproduce.

Last October, I signed up for Earth Rangers again. This year I decided to raise money for none other then our striped, furry friends. I told my family and friends not to give me gifts for my birthday or Christmas and to instead donate to my campaign. Later in the year, I made refrigerator magnets and sold them to my classmates at school. Then, I decided to have yard sale in my backyard and invited everyone I could. Finally last week, I sold my iPod and reached my original goal of $1000.

Despite their name, American badgers can be found across Canada as stated in their full name, American badgers of the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, Ontario. You can learn more about American badgers and sign up for your own campaign at Earth Rangers.

That’s all for now, but be on the lookout for more posts!

Have you ever seen a muskrat?  Well, they are incredibly cute as a baby and can get up to 24 inches long as an adult. They can also weigh up to 2.5 lbs.

Muskrats are not endangered in Canada, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about them! Muskrats live by water in marshy areas and can swim. It is really important to not destroy the habitat of the muskrat so they can breed and live a long, healthy life. If you ever see a muskrat it is best not to disturb it.

While my family and I were canoeing through the river at Bonnechere Provincial Park a little while back, a man (who was kayaking) told us that a muskrat had just swam right into his kayak. We decided to investigate so we slowly canoed up to the bank and we saw a baby muskrat. We spent 20 minutes there taking pictures of it and then we continued on. When we were heading back down the river we saw the muskrat yet again. We took even more pictures and then it swam away. It was so adorable!  We even got a video of him munching on plants (see  video below)

This is the creature helper signing out

 

P.S. You can  go to www.earthrangers.com to learn more on habitats and the video can be found on youtube.

Whales of blue skin

Photo by Mike Baird

Blue whales. The beautiful and majestic mammals that are endangered. They are hunted for meat, skin, and other things.  Want to hear a crazy fact about whales? A blue whale’s tongue can weigh up to 6,720 pounds. They use that heavy tongue to eat  rather light krill. When they migrate they can be spotted off the coasts of California and Mexico. They can also be spotted in the polar regions in the summer.

Even though they swim in water they breathe air.The hole on top of their backs, known as the spout, can spray water.  Their spray can reach nearly 30 feet into the air.  They also do not lay eggs like real fish, they give birth to the animal itself right away. They are therefore mammals, like us.

Did you know that the blue whale is the biggest animal on Earth? They are also pretty loud and their call can reach up to 140 decibels. If you want to know how you can help them, here is your answer. You can go to www.savethewhales.org. Now let me talk a bit about www.savethewhales.org. On their website you can adopt a whale and they have lots of info on whales of all kinds, including the blue whale. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Until next time, here’s a little music video about the ocean1

A ladybug’s dinner

Aphids on milkweed. The black ones are the one that have been eaten.

If you don’t know what a ladybug is, it’s a tiny red or orange insect with black dots on its back. Ladybugs, also known as lady beetle or ladybird beetle have wings and the ability to fly.. There are over 5000 species of ladybugs.

So what do they eat?  Aphids which are  small, yellow insects that liv on milkweed.  Ever wanted to get rid of aphids?  Aphids are usually considered pests because they eat plants in gardens. That’s why some people are temptd to use pesticides but they are not he answer. They hurt the plant that the bug you’re spraying is on. If you have ladybugs on the plant they will eat the aphids for you. So be eco friendly and let the ladybugs do the work.

A ladybug eating aphids.