Monday, October 17, 2016

More dumping followup

I went out again this week and moved more of the dumped tree debris to the pile next to the fence.

I have heard nothing further from FWC about any enforcement or debris removal.

I also cut some tree limbs to reopen some paths in the north tract.

I plan to come in and gradually conduct some trash removal along the fire lanes. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Followup on dumping issue

Today I contacted FWC law enforcement staff about the dumping. I was told they will look into it.
I also got a response from Bill Parken,  Ridge Rangers coordinator,  acknowledging my report and passing it on to management staff.
They can take it from here. I've done my part.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall Color Arrives

The arrival of fall here is a colorful event. The most noticeable  patches are the Balduinia and October Flower.

Some Liatris and Carphepherous are beginning to bloom.
Lopsided Indian Grass is blooming, too.
It's a great time to walk around and enjoy the season.  

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tree clearing and tree piles

If you want to get an idea of how much tree work occurred in the adjacent lot, compare this 2014 aerial of the lot with what  it looked like this week.
Blue line denotes adjacent lots boundary.
I spent some time yesterday hauling all of the tree limbs consisting primarily of Cherry Laurel and Brazilian Pepper from inside the wooded area south of the fire lane to a spot near the fence where some of the neighbor's tree removal occurred.
I plan to pursue this issue with FWC next week.  This is obviously criminal dumping. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

More dumping from the neighbors

While I was out today GPSing a couple of Blue-tailed Mole Skink records and
checking on the survival  of this year's Scrub Lupine seedlings (0 percent), I noticed a large amount of Cherry Laurel and Brazilian Pepper  tree removal debris spread over a good portion of the edge area.

I talked to a couple of neighbors, who claimed to have seen the dumping and would ask the property owner to go in and remove the trash.

We'll see. I reported the incident to FWC. There was also some dumping of household garbage, but it was relatively minor compared to the tree debris. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fire: the sequel

I learned this week that a prescribed burn is being planned sometime in the future.
I don't have any information on the details, but it seems it will be somewhere in the South Tract.

I will meet with FWC staff  to assist with whatever information I have that will help in the planning.

One goal may be taking care not to kill the rest of the Giant Orchids recorded here.

Stuff that flies in the night and day

I set up a monitoring station site the other day
to set up a light to resume moth surveys,
In late afternoon when I was bringing in materials
 I saw a group of about 10 migrating Chimney
 Swifts feeding overhead.
After dark the  traffic is still a little slow. I had
a few moths and beetles, several leafhoppers
 and a couple of species of roaches.
There were also mosquitoes.
One of the leafhoppers was unusually colorful
 with an interesting design and the exotic roach
 was more colorful than native species. Interestingly
, no sand cockroaches showed up that evening
though they regularly appear.