2013 May Notes

  • Still some garlic mustard but not as much.
  • Some trees have fallen since April and many roots of trees are visible along the banks.
  • The banks are still very steep and show more erosion from recent storms.
  • Cleared 5 tires from the stream – four from cars and 1 from a truck.
  • We also cleared two bike tires.
  • There was not much other litter, compared to the last several clean ups.  There were only 3 bags collected.
  • Cleared lots of bamboo in two sections.  Bamboo is an aggressive invasive plant and one of the fastest growing plants in the world.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo  There were a lot of young bamboo shoots in a section that the team cleared in May and June of 2012 at the foot of Charles Rd.
  • We also continued to stress more mature bamboo along the bank of Winding Creek between the creek and Edgebrook Road near the intersection with Middle Rd.
  • We saw 7 squirrels and 3 rabbits, 5 ducks and many other birds
  • Water was very clear, and the current is fast
  • Clover is in bloom and ferns are up.
  • There is gypsy moth on the sycamore trees, and it is an invasive species.
  • We saw phytoplankton in several spots http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoplankton
  • There was still some garlic mustard, but not nearly as much as in April, when we cleared out a lot of this invasive plant.