When it comes to wildlife mathematics, it’s a simple equation: Food + water + shelter = habitat.
“Habitat and Wildlife” will be the subject of a one-hour presentation at 6 p.m. July 29 at the Kingman Mohave County Library, 3269 N. Burbank St., in Kingman. This will be the final installment of the popular Summer Wildlife Series, hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s regional office in Kingman.
The event is free, although seating capacity may be limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deanna Kephart, habitat evaluation and lands program manager in Kingman, said habitat is the most important factor when it comes to wildlife conservation efforts.
“If you take away enough of the habitat, you lose the species that live there,” Kephart said. “Habitat loss leads to fragmentation; roads, fences and development create small broken spaces, making it difficult for wildlife to thrive and survive in.”
Kephart will discuss conservation efforts, in regard to habitat, and efforts being made to protect wildlife populations.
“Humans can alter the environment to suit their needs,” Kephart said. “Think about air conditioning – would Phoenix and Las Vegas be the cities they are without it? Wildlife can’t alter their environment in such ways. It’s our job to make sure wildlife will be around for generations to come, and it all starts with habitat.”