Three painted turtles on piece of wood in water

Protect Critters Living Near Streams

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Don’t trash it! Keep the water clean.

There’s a lot of wildlife that call streams – and the area around it – their home. So, it’s important to keep this habitat clean. Animals and organisms need clean water to survive. Streams also cannot support a healthy ecosystem with polluted water.  

Water pollution happens when stormwater picks up plastics, chemicals, oil, dirt, paint, and other litter as it flows to nearby streams. If you don’t litter, you’ll protect wildlife in and around the stream. 

Wildlife in the Stream

Dragonfly resting on pink flower
  • Aquatic insects - mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies live under rocks and logs. They spend much of their life in the same area of a stream.
  • Worms
  • Snails
  • Clams
  • Crayfish
  • Fish, like darter fish

Wildlife Around the Stream

Beaver wading in stream water
  • Mammals, like raccoons, grey foxes, beavers, and deer
  • Turtles 
  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Salamanders 
  • Birds, like Blue Herons
  • Insects 

Show Us What You Find

Raccoon in the woods looking at camera

Send us photos of what you see in nature! While appreciating our streams, snap a photo of the critters you're protecting by not trashing the habitat.

Submit your image at this link until August 17. Then, share the link with your friends and family on social media to vote. The photos with the most votes will be featured on @RaleighParks social media!


Do Your Part

Black and yellow spotted salamander on green moss

Visiting a park or greenway? Take your garbage with you or throw it in a nearby trash can. You can also volunteer to clean up a stream

Ever wonder how much trash ends up in streams? Check out this sculpture that’s made of trash from Walnut Creek and surrounding areas.

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