The weather is nice and warm this week in the Midland Odessa area, which means with temperatures hovering in the high 70s/low 80s by Friday most of us will be out and about enjoying a warm early March. If you're planning on walking at Wadley Baron Park-here's your friendly reminder to first---NOT feed the ducks and geese bread as that is bad for them. Stop in at Tractor Supply and get some feed for wild ducks--they sell it in small bags and it's not expensive--they love the pellets and they are good for them! Second--DON'T LITTER. PERIOD. There are trash cans around the water-put your bottles and trash in the cans, not in the water.

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Third-and this is the BIG ONE:

IT IS ILLEGAL IN TEXAS TO HARM OR KILL DUCKS OR GEESE.

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Not that anyone sets out to do something of the sort-especially since the park setting is a far cry from forest or wilderness where there may be hunting. But in Texas--you can't hunt duck or geese. Regardless of setting. It's important to teach children respect for all creatures on this earth and especially wildlife protected by law. If you are unsure, you can click this link to read the Texas Parks And Wildlife Code Chapter 43.021.

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So bring your manners with you when you come to walk, respect the surroundings and the creatures who inhabit the area and we can all enjoy the beauty and warm weather we're experiencing right now. Be Safe, Be Kind, And Like Crosby, Stills and Nash sing--"Teach Your Children Well".

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