I have a request for my friends who are going to the Tiki Bar opening or know someone who is.
You may or may not know, but ducks and their nests are federally protected. Moving the nest, harassing the birds, and/or harming the nest, birds, or eggs is a federal offense. There is an excellent reason they are protected as they are essential members of the local ecosystems and we have a bad habit of damaging said ecosystems.
That being said, there is a mallard nesting directly across from the Tiki Bar. I have no idea when she laid her eggs and it might be a few weeks before they hatch. If you are going, please be conscientious of the wildlife that lives on the island year round and encourage others to do the same. I'm sure at the time she built the nest, it seemed like a great place with very little human traffic.
I know this is an exciting time of year for a lot of people and there are few things people in southern Maryland love doing more than partying at their favorite bars, but I would really love to see the nest survive and the babies hatch. Pass this along to anyone you know who is or might attend the opening.
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