by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
On Saturday, April 27 (RESCHEDULED TO MAY 4) we will be pulling garlic mustard along the trails. We have had good luck controlling this invasive plant at Mariton. For the most part it has been concentrated along trails. This spring, I am concerned that it could spread into the forest interior due to all the storm damage. If it gets a foothold there, it will be much more difficult to control. I am really hoping for a good turn out to help head off this forest pest that affects the health of the forest. The event runs from 1 – 4 p.m., but people can contact me and work on garlic mustard at their own schedules.
On Tuesday, April 30, we begin the weekly bird walks. The first Tuesday will be held at Mariton, and we will start at 8:00 a.m. On following weeks we will be meeting here at 7:30 a.m., and then carpooling to other natural areas to sample a diversity of habitats and thus a diversity of bird species.
Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. – noon will be a Wildflower Walk. Judging by what is poking up right now, there should be a good diversity of flowers in bloom for the walk.
Saturday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. – noon will be the Migratory Bird Census. This is near the peak of spring bird migration. We hold the count as a chance to see several species of interesting new-tropical birds that pass through our area for a short time each spring. Because a lot of these migrants like the tops of trees, we rely on our ears to help locate and identify them.
All of these programs are free, but please contact me if you plan to attend. That way if weather changes our plans, I can let everyone know.