We will update you on this posting as various parts of our outdoor wildlife maintenance programs begin or continue here at the Homestead.
As seen below, native wildflowers, the white and yellow trout-lilly are prominently featured in the Historic Shupe Homestead Wildlife Preserve woods, along the Beaver Creek in Amherst.
Spring is here, and that means numerous outdoor projects are planned, and some are already underway, here at the New Indian Ridge Museum’s Wildlife Preserve at the Historic Shupe Homestead.
Vernal Pool information and Headwaters of Shupe Creek: IMG_1023
April 29, 2014 A relatively small infestation of the non-native and invasive lesser celandine plant has been found in the floodplain of the Beaver Creek here at the Wildlife Preserve. We have been actively working to eradicate the non-native invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), and while doing that, we noticed the lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria). This plant will grow into large mats and not allow any native plants to grow in that area. The mat growth pattern of this invasive plant can become enormous. Complicating the plant’s removal, it has tubers and reproduces through these structures. Therefore, in order to successfully eradicate the plant, it must be dug out, including surrounding soil, and all components completely discarded.
April 13, 2014 We took a tour of the preserve today in order to assess the initial situation with regard to the invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) plant. Some plants were removed, and we will continue to work to work on this project. Invasive rose bushes, Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), and grape vines (Vitis spp.) will also be part of the continuing removal project. It was noted that trout-lily (Erythronium spp.), spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), trillium (Trillium spp.) – Ohio’s state wildflower, and even may apple (Podophyllum peltatum) wildflowers are popping up all over the rich woods. The vernal pools are full, and more rain is expected.
March 17, 2014 We have already begun pruning fruit trees in the Orchard section of the property. Care will also soon be given to our native trees collection in the property’s Arboretum.
Soon we will also embark on our non-native, invasive species program in order to inhibit growth of those species while promoting growth of native plants, wildflowers, trees, &c. This program is designed to promote spring wildflowers, which are especially vulnerable. By doing this, we are aiding in maintaining biodiversity and species richness.