However, in order for these salamanders to reach their destination, they must cross at least one road. This is why we put up gates and barricades around the park loop. Without these barricades, HUNDREDS of salamanders would be killed due to human interference.
Just this season, we have recorded over 400 salamanders traveling between Wesselman Park and Wesselman Woods. As a State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark, it is our duty to protect all local flora and fauna. This week, we have seen increased vandalism to our wooden barricades and salamander signs.
Torn down vinyl sign
Without these conservation methods, the salamanders would be easily killed. We have witnessed many dead salamanders due to traffic. Although closing down the park loop may be an inconvenience to some, we do it to protect our amphibian kin who do not have a voice or a choice.
We are disheartened to see our neighbors vandalize our attempts at saving precious wildlife. Want to make a difference? Help us raise money to benefit Wesselman Woods in creating better barriers to protect our local wildlife. We are asking for your support to help us purchase new metal gates and new metal signs to protect these special creatures.
Our lowest estimates for these items is already over $3000 so know that any donation will help make an impact. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us and all of Evansville's nature lovers.
Find out more about Wesselman Woods and how you can get involved with us on our website .
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