Tuesday afternoons in the woods

by Sandy Garland When our ash trees were taken down last spring, not only did they leave enormous "holes" in the Old Woodlot, but they also caused damage to other trees and plants when they fell and were dragged out of the area. Increased light means the ground vegetation is likely to change. All this [...]

2018-01-02T19:08:39-05:00May 29th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Christine’s walks: birds and insects in the rain

by Christine Hanrahan Dodging the rain showers and gusty winds, I spent several hours walking around the garden looking for birds, plants, insects... Naturally, the latter were scarce and had to be looked for under leaves, huddled against stems and branches, seeking shelter from the rainy weather. I did see a pretty common spring moth [...]

2018-02-19T03:24:54-05:00May 23rd, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Garlic Mustard – ecology and control methods

by Christine Hanrahan Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is recognized as a serious invasive plant species in North America. Native to Europe, the plant was brought here by settlers for food and medicinal purposes. It has been present in North America for over 140 years, apparently first recorded in 1868 on Long Island in New York [...]

2018-01-26T18:11:28-05:00April 17th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|