Dear Patrons: As part of our on-going water quality efforts, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be inspecting and assessing it’s green infrastructure at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Specifically, the Metroparks as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must conduct regular inspections and maintenance of green storm water infrastructure. During this time, you will see work relating to maintaining, inspecting and assessing the condition of the stormwater system. When work is complete the vegetation along the bioswales will be allowed to regrow and swales will be returned to their pre-inspection condition. Thank you for your patience as we work through this project.
By Victoria Taylor Sluder, Western District Interpretive Services Supervisor
The Metroparks offers some unique opportunities to see wildlife! Viewing them up close can be a thrilling experience so you may be tempted to draw them as close as possible to yourself with food. But it is important to refrain from doing so. The top four reasons to resist that urge and keeping your distance are:
- Animals that get used to being fed by people will associate any person with easy meals. This can make them act aggressively. Even seemingly non-threatening animals like chipmunks can attack people that they believe to be a source of food.
- Wild animals may bite the hand that feeds them, and these bites could lead to infections or other serious medical problems.
- Unnatural food will make wild animals sick. Many human snacks can be toxic. People likely aren’t handing out these items to kill animals, but, unfortunately that is often the result.
- Teaching wildlife to panhandle for food also teaches them to be nuisances. Since nuisance animals don’t unlearn these habits easily, they may have to be euthanized.
So, is it ever possible to safely enjoy feeding wildlife? A visit to your Metroparks Nature Centers is a great option. Most offer viewing windows to watch very active bird and squirrel feeders and some offer food that you can use for specific animals like fish, turtles or chickadees.