Our national parks have been closed for several days now, and the wildlife that depends on these reserves are being increasingly exposed to danger. This shutdown prevents park staff from monitoring and maintaining resources in the park's system.
Biologists, ecologists, and other staff that are tasked with keeping in check and removing invasive plants and animals are stalled from doing so. This is a major concern, because the reserves need constant defending from invasive species. Feral pigs are running rampant in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Burmese pythons are going unchecked in the Everglades, and the yellow star thistle is taking over Yosemite.
Arguably, the largest concern with the shutdown is that work related to enforcing the Endangered Species Act and protecting endangered species is suspended. This means that these animals are in danger of being hunted while the shutdown continues, as there is not enough security to keep hunters away.
While some of the staff are still working at the parks, it is not nearly enough to keep the wildlife that reside there safe.
You can help try to restore funding to our national parks by simply calling your state representatives in Congress. Tell them that you care about our national parks and the animals that live there. Let them know how this is affecting you and the animals. It's our land, we should continue having access and the resources to protect our wildlife.