A Call to Conservation: Fostering Wildlife Preservation in Berwyn

  • mallard duck at proksa park

As we step into the warmer months, our parks come alive with the vibrant energy of nature. It's a time when we can bask in the beauty of flourishing wildlife and embrace the serenity of our green spaces. However, it's essential that we also recognize our responsibility in preserving and respecting the delicate balance of these ecosystems.

Recently, you may have noticed signs in Proksa Park urging us to refrain from disturbing wildlife nests. This is a crucial reminder, as it is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to destroy eggs or to disturb a mother duck that has laid eggs without a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These nests are not only homes to our feathered friends but also vital sanctuaries for the continuation of their species.

It's imperative that we all play our part in ensuring the well-being of our wildlife. Here are a few simple yet impactful ways we can do so:

  1. Respect Wildlife Nests: Let's admire the beauty of nature from a distance and refrain from disturbing or destroying nests. By allowing wildlife to thrive undisturbed, we contribute to the preservation of biodiversity in our parks.
  2. Follow Signage: Near our ponds, you'll find signs encouraging us to refrain from feeding bread to turtles, fish, and waterfowl. While it may be tempting to offer them snacks, it's important to remember that our wildlife has specific dietary needs and feeding them certain types of human food can disrupt their natural behaviors and harm their health.
  3. Dispose of Trash Responsibly: Help keep our parks clean by picking up after yourself and disposing of trash in designated receptacles. This not only prevents pollution but also ensures the safety of our wildlife, who may mistake litter for food or become entangled in it.
  4. Respect Plant Life: Just as we admire the beauty of flowers and foliage in our parks, let's also respect their importance to the ecosystem by refraining from picking or damaging them. Every plant plays a role in supporting the diverse array of wildlife that call our parks home.
  5. Protect Sports Structures and Facilities: Our parks are also home to various sports structures and facilities that provide opportunities for recreation and enjoyment. Let's take care to use these amenities responsibly and avoid any actions that may cause damage or disruption.

By coming together as a community and embracing these principles of stewardship, we can ensure that our parks remain havens of natural beauty and biodiversity for generations to come. Let's treasure and protect the wildlife that enriches our lives and make a commitment to leave nature undisturbed in our parks.

Thank you for your cooperation and dedication to preserving our natural heritage.

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