Still on vacation

Some light summer reading
I’ll be gone again, this time teaching at a camp in Northern Michigan. Some time in August the challenges will resume. In the meantime, this link should actually work. Apologies to those who tried to access my last post and found a broken link. I was having technical difficulties. Remember to get outside.


Late Entry in the Immigration Debate

Normally I try to have my follow up post right at the end of the month, but I was in the invasive capitol of the contiguous U.S. for the last two weeks: Florida. That state is dealing with Brazilian pepper, meleluca, reticulated pythons, monitor lizards, and iguanas, to name only a few.
Anyway, have you been able to ID any plants or animals that don’t belong in your neighborhood? We won’t talk about that stray pit bull that makes you nervous. Again, if you know what belongs in your neighborhood, you’ll be much more successful in spotting what shouldn’t be there.
Yesterday I was able to go to my second backyard and do some permanent deporting. Garlic mustard season is over, but spotted knapweed season is ripening.

Spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)

Spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)

Additionally, I took out the largest honeysuckle shrub on my property, and eliminated a couple more buckthorn trees images.
There are plenty of creatures who thrive in your neighborhood, get to know them, but also be vigilant and heartless in your attempts to find illegal aliens and get them out!