You can be a steward of the shore and its wildlife by following these simple steps:
1. Leave no trace. Be sure to take all garbage and items with you when you leave the beach.
2. Dispose of fishing line properly. Improperly discarded fishing line can injure and kill a variety of animals, including sea turtles, sharks, and birds.
3. Keep dogs on leashes. Playful pooches can wreak havoc on shore-nesting animals in a matter of seconds. Protect baby animals by keeping your pets properly leashed.
4. Respect protected areas and signs. Give animals the space they need and stay out off protected areas.
With support from Toyota through our Toyota TogetherGreen program, Audubon is working across the country to help make shores safe places for people and wildlife.
For example, in New York City, Tara Mei Smith is working to engage people in beach-based conservation activities. The 8.5 million city-dwellers who call New York home share their shores with 330 species of birds, including the threatened Piping Plover. Through Tara’s efforts and other Toyota TogetherGreen projects nationwide, beachgoers across the country are learning how they can help protect the wildlife that depends on the same beaches that people love.
Toyota TogetherGreen by Audubon is a program fostering innovative solutions to the conservation challenges that affect us all. Learn more about our work at www.togethergreen.org.
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