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Old 06-30-2010, 08:17 PM   #11
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Well done, Amelanchier. Thanks.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:28 PM   #12
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Great tour, Amelanchier! I didn't notice any aliens in your pictures. They've not made inroads??
I just didn't take any pics of them, but they're there. Japanese and common barberry are the biggest problems, and coltsfoot is also invasive - really the only place I've seen where it's this abundant. There's also some Rosa multiflora, of course - it's everywhere in WNY.

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Also, is there a hunting season there? Seems culling the herd would benefit all...
Hunting is banned in the preserve. I understand the motivation, but it seems to me that a planned cull would be a great idea. Right now it's a refuge for the deer.
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I just didn't take any pics of them, but they're there. Japanese and common barberry are the biggest problems, and coltsfoot is also invasive - really the only place I've seen where it's this abundant. There's also some Rosa multiflora, of course - it's everywhere in WNY.



Hunting is banned in the preserve. I understand the motivation, but it seems to me that a planned cull would be a great idea. Right now it's a refuge for the deer.
If you understand the motivation, please explain it to me. I don't.
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Excellent tour of a beautiful swamp! I love big, old hemlocks. We used to play in a huge hemlock forest (home in NE PA) as kids. Unfortunately, the developers decided that old growth forest was best used for hundreds of McMansions. Now I know why my father would cry when he'd talk about the woods of his youth.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:36 AM   #15
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If you understand the motivation, please explain it to me. I don't.
heh, heh Yeah... it's this outdated idea that a nature preserve should be free from all human interference - never mind what humans are doing all around it.

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Excellent tour of a beautiful swamp! I love big, old hemlocks. We used to play in a huge hemlock forest (home in NE PA) as kids. Unfortunately, the developers decided that old growth forest was best used for hundreds of McMansions. Now I know why my father would cry when he'd talk about the woods of his youth.
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They allow deer and goose hunting on the refuge where we volunteer. I have mixed feelings about it, but my feelings are slowly changing. I used to get upset when I heard they addled the eggs of the Canada geese and swans, but now I have a clearer understanding.
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Terrific walk though the swamps, amelanchier! Reminds me of my youth in the Boston Hills.
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Very nice.... Looks like you really enjoyed yourself.
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Now for some views of the interior of the forest. Unfortunately, the deer damage is significant and evident - indeed, this may be the reason that the native orchids are now missing. I saw two small enclosed areas where forbs flourished, but otherwise the forest floor is virtually bare apart from ferns. (And this trip was two weeks ago, when most of the woodland forbs should still have been evident.)

First, some shots of wood lilies (Lilium philadelphicum), which I had never seen before:
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Two contrasting shots of the light levels within the forest:
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The third picture of the woodlilies is especially beautiful. I have only seen picture of them in my field guide and have always liked them. Lucky you to have seen them. Thank you for sharing the photos.

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Old 07-05-2010, 07:35 PM   #20
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I agree, what a great place. I've never seen that lily either.

It's hard to see but the plant in post #6 looks like Juniperus communis, not Taxus canadensis.
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