|View of island from gazebo. Dead trees make great perches
for eagles in search of prey.|
|View of restored area from north side of east bridge|
The problem with Buckthorn: (http://www.outbacknursery.com/buckthorn.htm)
Why is Buckthorn so invasive?
*They have a growing season 58 days longer than our native plant species.
*Their seeds can lay dormant in the soil for six years.
*Their seeds can germinate in full sun or shady locations.
*Buckthorn seeds can float on water for a week and remain viable.
*They have no natural predators.
*Buckthorn re-sprouts vigorously after basal pruning.
Reasons to remove buckthorn:
|A Buckthorn (center) that hasn't been destroyed yet.|
Buckthorn kills songbirds! When native plants disappear from an area where Buckthorn is dense, birds eat the berries of Buckthorn. However, the fruit of Buckthorn causes a severe, laxative reaction in the birds. If Buckthorn berries are the only source of berries in an area, the birds will eat the berries and excrete repeatedly until they become dehydrated and weak.
Jim shared these lists of the exotic plants that are here and potential native replacements.(to be updated soon)
Buckthorn, crabapple, honeysuckle, multirose, privet, phragmites
American elm, American Chokecherry, Arrowwood Viburnum, Bayberry, Black Chokeberry, Bush Honeysuckle, Elderberry, Joe Pye weed, covers root, boneset, Spice bush, Winterberry,
|Brush left to compost|
|Most of the surviving native species are along the trail's edge where sunlight was able to reach them.|
|The group continues on past the restoration sites to see what more needs to be done.|
|Steve and Jim at the bridge - center park|
I found this on facebook: THANKS to Mark Skipworth
Here's a short video from our walk thanks to Scott Pukos of Messenger Post News: