Friday, February 19, 2021

Digging Into Another Trash Pile

 The winter rains have exposed more half-buried trash near the preserve's entrance and one of the Scrub Lupine planting sites.

I spent a few hours the other day digging and hauling  out debris. Most of it seemed to have involved a buried mattress and assorted household debris.

The non-metal debris filled a large trash bag. 

I also removed more pieces of concrete that I will move to the entrance along with the other similar debris.

Once the weather clears, I'll get back to resume work.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Hog Arrives Again; No Major Damage Seen Yet

 I confirmed the earlier report from a neighbor that there was at least on feral hog in the area.

I found tracks in the fire lane of the south tract earlier this week and a place where the hog may have settled in to rest.

I have not seen any sign of major damage. There may not be much here that the animal finds edible since no palmetto berries are available now.

I will have to continue monitoring the area.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Another Lupine Season Begins Slowly; Old Lupines Protected This Time

 A few Scrub Lupines have begun to poke their light green pubescent leaves above the white sand here on the Winter Haven Ridge.

There were only a few visible today, which is the time of year when they begin to emerge.

The fire lane near the planting areas were recently disced. This time the more mature lupines were protected by a marked enclosure. One appears to be mature enough to bloom this year if it survives until spring. I don't know how the mechanical work will affect the seed bank in the fire lane. It will be something to watch.

There is little color in mid-winter here other than scrub holly fruit and Carolina jessamine.

One of the neighbors told me about a recent wild hog sighting. I did a walk through and didn't see any evidence so far of rooting. This would be the first hog sighting in several years.

The cool, sunny day did produce three Black Racers warming themselves. Some didn't  seem inclined to flee as long as I maintained a respectful. distance. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Another Rock Pile Uncovered

 It is a mystery why so much concrete debris was dumped here, but gradually it is being unearthed as part of  the management work to clear land for other work here.

In addition to the concrete, I've uncovered a buried cache of household garbage. Most of it is broken glass, though there is also a mixture of shoes, old plastic bags, metal and green board debris and clothing. 

I'm just beginning to mine this windrow, so there may be more discoveries to come.

With cooler weather coming, more work will occur as time permits.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Hawk Briefly Welcomes Visitors To Site


As I was completing some roadside trash cleanup today, I returned  to see that a Red-shouldered Hawk was perched on the entrance sign. I see them here occasionally, but this is the first time I've been able to photo document this species here for iNaturalist.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Cooler weather makes management more practical


Although October temperatures are  higher than they have been in the past, the weather has moderated enough to attack some invasive exotic plants that have been a chronic problem here that have been unaddressed by anyone else.

The main problems, as I see it, are Brazilian pepper and Cogon grass.

I spent a couple of hours or so Saturday morning in the south tract to attack one of the hot spots. I'll get to the three spots in the north tract in coming weeks.

I have modified my work practices. I'm bringing a chair to sit in to take a break in recognition of the fact that I'm a little older now and don't have the energy I had when I took on this project nearly 20 years ago;. I also brought lots of water.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October arrives; it is colorful

 I'll let the flowers speak for themselves.