Community can help Brake
For Ducks effort and duck braking tips
noise making time again. A few months of winter are left and
soon it will be spring - a time of birth and renewal and the
worst time for duck deaths on our roadways.
Anyone who respects the wonderful wildlife
that we are able to experience every day is also aware of the
tragedy of how many duck and ducklings are killed crossing our
Maybe the readers have noticed duck crossing signs and bumper
stickers recently. In the past year I have started a BRAKE FOR
DUCKS campaign which has collected donations for road signs to
place at high risk duck crossing areas in the Bethany-Fenwick
area. With many thanks to the contributions and collection spots,
we wre able to place six road signs last year.
Some people do believe you should BRAKE
FOR DUCKS. Hopefully, with some more noise, more suport and more
awareness, a difference can be made in 1995, too.
Some may feel that road signs area resultless
effort. But if enough ar posted and enough noise is made, each
person who sees or hears about "our ducs" just might
thiink our community actually cares and will heed the warnings.
From listening to all of you who he approached me about BRAKE
FOR DUCKS, a lot of people feel the same way.
Here are some duck braking tips to know:
- Ducks to most of their walking
during mating season in the spring. They will not fly across
the road at all during this time, so don't expect them to get
out of the way.
- Rainy days bring the ducks
out, inviting them to wade in the warm waters on the road side.
- Keep you eyes open and be
a little more awae in the High Duck Crossing Areas. That's the
best advice to anyone who wants to avoid an accident. The high
risk areas are Route 54 in the vicinity of Mallard Lakes and
Keenwick West; Route One from Bethany to Fenwick Island; and
Kent Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Jefferson Bridge Road in
- When you see a duck crossing
don't blow your horn or chase them; that just startles them.
Try to brake or drive around and flash your lights as a warning
to other drivers.
- Don't feed the ducks, as
hard as that may be. This only serves to draw them to people-infested
areas and poses a greater risk of them being hit in traffic.
And junk food is not a good diet for these creatures of the wild.