It has been just about three months since the prescribed burn took place at the preserve. The grasses are now regenerated and well on their way to maturity. Our goal was to reduce the numbers of invasive plants in the meadows. The fire did a wonderful job at that. We did have a small outbreak of Canada Thistle which was controlled by a light application of broad-leaf herbicide. Here in this picture, Stewardship Assistant, Rebecca Shields-Moose stands in the grass that are now almost two feet in length. The grasses will reach a height of six feet by august.
On June 22nd Michele Goodmann from Webbed Foot Wildlife contacted me about a few Killdeer she would like to re-release onto the preserve. Webbed Foot Wildlife rehabilitates native waterfowl, raptors, shore birds, game birds and wading birds. She brought along two young Killdeer to release. So we took them down to the preserves wetlands and opened the door and off the two birds went. They circled the wetlands a few times and then were off to explore the rest of the preserve. Hopefully they will make the preserve their home for good. Please contact preserve manager Tom Kershner before any wildlife is re-released onto the preserve. Thanks