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As a species, humans have been incredibly invasive, as we have spread our population throughout the world and destroyed habitat that is so very valuable to other species trying to live on this planet. Millions of acres of land have been cleared so that we can build homes and shopping malls. Our need for space has meant less space for so many others. Wildlife has suffered, and I think we have suffered too at the loss of so many other species. Even those that remain, struggle everyday to adapt to our latest and greatest needs.
Fortunately, some of us feel a need to give back. In my area of the country, local government has decided to begin a program of planting for wildlife. Not so they can be hunted, but so they can survive and perhaps even thrive. This spring the State of Tennessee and many local counties began seeding unused acreage with million of wildflowers. Not only has it made the state more beautiful, but it's providing pollen for the bees and hummingbirds, and food for so many other species. Our tax dollars are making a real difference for wildlife, and we all feel good about doing it.
You don't have to wait for government to start in your area. Begin with your own plot of flowers. Not only will you enjoy the beauty it brings, but you'll soon enjoy the wildlife that it attracts. I'm doing my part, and I hope you will join me in making a difference. All of us working together can truly make life better for our wildlife neighbors.