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Light Pollution

Many of us use artificial lights to accent our gardens and find our way at night. But the same lights that help us can lead to light pollution that adversely affects wildlife.

Light pollution threatens wildlife by disrupting biological rhythms and otherwise interfering with the behavior of nocturnal animals. Animals that navigate using the moon or stars can be disoriented and drawn to bright artificial lights, including baby sea turtles and certain migratory birds. Artificial light can also affect the feeding and calling behaviors of amphibians like salamanders and frogs.

To help prevent lighting from harming animals, use as few lights as possible in your landscape. Opt for fixtures that have shades that shield light and direct it down toward the ground.

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