Written by: on August 3, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Understanding the behavior of animals, controlling pollution, managing and understand wildlife populations, and advocating for our environment all falls under the umbrella of environmental science. There are limitless education and career opportunities for anyone who is passionate about protecting our environment, wildlife, and our planet for future generations. Our environment and its biodiversity are being constantly threatened by human actions; environmental scientists are climate heroes!

Access to clean air and water is becoming more and more limited to the ever-growing human population; these resources are even scarcer to wildlife. Ecology works to understand how animals and plants species interact with each other, how they use these resources within the environment, and how they are affected when these resources are of short supply. Ecologists can identify the cause of declining populations of animals and planets, such as declining dolphin populations due to overfishing of their food sources. By beginning to understand the cause and effect relationship within the environment, we can take the necessary steps to restore these ecosystems. By understanding the balance within the ecosystem, ecologists revitalize our environment to its natural order.

Biologists study organisms: wildlife biologists study the impact of wildlife on the environment and human impact on the animal’s habitat. Spending their work life outdoors, wildlife biologists observe animals in their natural habitat to identify physical characteristics, unique behaviors, how they use environmental resources, and identify animal travel patterns. By understanding the needs and behaviors of wildlife, wildlife biologists make recommendations to ecologists and other environmental scientists on how best to protect animal species.

While these are two examples of  two jobs within the vast field of environmental science, they heavily overlap in their roles to understand the environment, creatures, and plants within, and helping to protect the environment. If research does not interest you but you love being in nature, you could become a park ranger! Plants and botany may be your specialty, so you could choose the career of horticulture, specializing in plants and their growth! There is a career in environmental science for anyone who is passionate about wildlife, plants, and creating a healthier planet. By having a career in environmental management and sustainability, you can fight for the environment every day.

Get close to nature today! Spending time in the environment builds an appreciation for it and shows you the importance of protecting it firsthand. While you’re in the woods today, you can treat yourself with a yummy s’mores treat. Reuse that pizza box and make Solar Oven S’mores! https://sciencemadefun.net/downloads/solar_oven_smores.pdf

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