October 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM
WESTFIELD, NJ — At the town council’s conference meeting Oct. 8, Boy Scout Jack Filipkowski of Troop 72 told the council of his plans to continue revitalizing the Duham Avenue Bird Sanctuary that a fellow Scout began work on in 2012. (Read that story here.)
A Westfield High School Senior, with the council's approval Filipkowski hopes to complete his project by May in order to become an Eagle Scout. With materials donated or bought from local businesses, he plans to lead a group of Scouts and volunteers in clearing paths obstructed by debris and fallen trees from Superstorm Sandy and fix areas damaged by dirt-biking, as well as plant native plants and add birdhouses intended to attract more wildlife.
“My plan is just to bring all the birds back and make it a pleasant place for people to go and … observe nature,” Filipkowski told the council.
In regard to bringing native species back to the sanctuary, Mayor Andy Skibitsky told Filipkowski, “It’s great that you’re doing that. Good job.”