This Past Summer
By A. Basil
Hi, everyone! I hope you are well, and I apologize for being somewhat lax in sharing the incredible summer we've had at Westmoreland.
Being a part of this summer's group of interns and volunteers, I can tell you that the ever-necessary conservation work kept us both constantly immersed in nature and open to learning more about it, from each other and from Westmoreland staff. Here's a brief run-through of our work through June, July, and August. Enjoy!
- Blue jay
- Downy woodpecker
- Red-bellied woodpecker
- House finch
- Wood sparrow
- Rufous-winged sparrow
- Rose-breasted grosbeak
- Mourning dove
Interns and volunteers participated in land management efforts by clearing invasive species, including Japanese Angelica, multiflora rose, and Oriental bittersweet. Some of the habitats included the riparian area (we catch the invasive rusty crayfish here, too), Wheeler Field, and along the trails. Major trails had significant storm damage, which we took care of. A couple of our trees had fallen, but they were no match for Steve and his chainsaw. We revitalized land by planting native species as well.
|Our natives are armed with protection from deer...|
Wheeler Field is doing really well, by the way! We've seen a number of pollinators, some of them quite uncommon. You can also see native species, including jewelweed, goldenrod, and Black-eyed Susans, beginning to really flourish:
|Very fascinating pond...stuff.|
A sunny and a tadpole in conversation.
Trail Maintenance/Land Surveillance
Westmoreland's approximately 7 miles of trails are monitored and maintained on a fairly regular basis. On hikes, we cleared invasive species and broken branches, used loppers to cut any stray brush, and learned about the forest's staggeringly diverse array of life.