Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Brazilian Pepper Work Ahead

When I was checking on the Lupine seedlings recently, I noticed a new Brazilian Pepper tree had sprouted near one entrance.
Fortunately it is not fruiting yet so I have time to remove it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Lupine season has a slow start

I checked the lupine patches over the weekend, but found  very few seedlings so far.
I don't know how much the weather has influenced this.
I will check later to see if there are any changes.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Quiet in winter, but work to do

This is the time of year to look for trees with red berries that aren't holly trees.
I recently removed a fair-sized Brazilian pepper  tree that became visible near the western fire lane after a pine tree fell and opened the area.
I had removed some smaller trees on the north side while I was removing Ceasar weed  last year.
The troubling problem is the existence of Brazilian peppers along the periphery on county right of way or private property where they are difficult to remove.
The good news as I understand it is that few of the berries result in new trees, but my goal is the continue to check around the edges when time and daylight during the early sunset period of the year permit.
I found some cogon grass earlier, but reported it to FWC for attention.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Lost Orchids

I've been perplexed by the absence of the main stand of P. escritata orchids I discovered several years ago in the north tract.
I finally learned what apparently happened.
The preparation work for the prescribed fire that involved mechanical clearing apparently damaged the corms to the point they will not produce additional plants.
Another spot was damaged  by  the widening of the fire lane  north of this site.
That means the only extant site for this species on the preserve may be in the south tract, which has not been disturbed.
I'll have to dig up by old GPS data and see if I can relocate that site.
Pity.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Removing Remodeling Trash

Today I removed a truckload of construction debris from the north fire lane woods.
There was a door, some cabinet doors and miscellaneous material.
The gate combo has been changed, so I couldn't use a wheelbarrow to haul the material out. so I had to carry it out.
It was windy and so it was more difficult to move the larger items.
Anyway, it's out now. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Colors of Fall's Second Half


You have to look harder for color at this time of year, but it's there.
Over the weekend I checked on the Tooth reined orchis in the bayhead.  They're up. I passed Cinnamon Fern on the way and elsewhere found Blue Curls and Sand Lace.

The most common butterfly at the time is Little Yellow,.

Clearing Natal grass

I finally finished some of the major removal of Natal grass along a main path and around the two Scrub Lupine beds.
 I found some additional dumping of residential construction debris in in the woods along the northern fire lane.-
Very few flowers are blooming except Blue Curls and Pittyopsis.
Winter is coming.
Palm warblers are flitting around the edges.