Summer is upon us and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is buzzing with life! On the morning of June 1st we hosted a much anticipated event, the dedication of our new pond. About midway through the festivities I greeted the crowd and shared the history behind the creation of this new feature. A steady refrain of bullfrogs accompanied my speech and helped to prove me right: “If you make it, they will come.” In the eight months since the pond was first filled with water we’ve spotted many new residents including green frogs, wood frogs, and American toads. Earlier in spring, tadpoles could be seen by the hundreds all along the water’s edge. Now dragonflies and countless other critters are populating this evolving new habitat, using the native plants for shelter and food. I look forward to watching it grow and change through the coming seasons and years.
We are particularly pleased to unveil this special new feature now, having spent the past few years struggling, along with the rest of the community, through the challenges of economic recession. Our non-profit organization operates on land owned by the Commonwealth of PA, yet we receive no operational support from the state. We rely solely on the generosity of our members, donors and visitors to keep our doors open and our educational programs running.
Much of the ongoing success of the Preserve is due to our focus on serving the local community as an environmental educational resource. We are not run by administrators in Harrisburg, nor are we subject to the fickle winds of state budget deliberations. Our staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers and members are local folks – people who have a vested interest in improving the quality of life where we all live work and play. Sometimes the financial challenges we face as a non-profit are daunting, but the reward of being relevant and making a difference in people’s lives far outweighs any negatives. Believe in your mission and pursue it with passion and the support will follow!
Executive Director, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve