Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company Festival
Naturalist Bryan Feylock shows off a great horned owl
SDCI president Laura Van Scoyoc and vice president Lynell Tobler, accompanied by board member Mark Jennys and Maryland state ecologist Wayne Tyndall, arrived at the Randallstown fire department and immediately began to deploy our special display: a table full of artifacts from the Soldiers Delight visitor center, a variety of highly invasive plants plucked from neighboring community spaces and plunged into buckets, and a few of the water bladders, Nomex fire suits and other gear used during controlled burns conducted yearly at Soldiers Delight to suppress invasive plants and promote germination of native flora along the serpentine barren.
Right next to our tableau, staff from Patapsco Valley State Park’s Scales & Tales program set up a wild animal exhibit featuring raptors and reptiles brought from the rehabilitation aviary at Soldiers Delight. In addition to a tiny eastern screech owl, the presentation included a bright orange corn snake, a great horned owl and a turkey vulture.
|Wayne Tyndall, of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, helps youngsters shoot water at faux flames in SDCI's "prescribed burn" activity.|
The animal exhibit was also a hit, as children and adults listened with rapt attention while naturalists Alison Bays and Bryan Feylock regaled them with interesting facts about raptor and reptile biology. Throughout the afternoon, we offered our message of conservation and did our best to promote enthusiasm for the ecosystem restoration efforts underway at Soldiers Delight.
|Members of various community fire departments work together to dismantle a vehicle in a safety demonstration using the "jaws of life"|
Another day, another wonderful opportunity to put forth our important message to the public: nurture nature and the wild things that live among us. Plant only native landscaping in your yard in order to prevent invasive seeds from spreading and taking over in our forests and wilderness areas. Honor and conserve for future generations the historical significance of fragile ecosystems like Soldiers Delight, where over 39 species of rare, threatened and endangered species of plant and animal life struggle to survive against the ravages of rapidly spreading invasive vegetation.