Out in the Bashakill the other day. It was so nice out. And that's my favorite human. #hunting#bashakill#wetlands#newyork#nature . Also, the Juno filter really helps bring colors back that my phone kills lmao..
Restoration takes time and there are several ways to plant, protect and maintain re-vegetation sites.
The maintenance method we find most appropriate with our resources and capacity is to 'mulch' our plantings.
Weeds make magnificent mulch! Before planting we mulch down the current plants occupying the space we intend to plant (usually gorse, broom or grasses) - once the site is clear we carry out the bulk of our plantings in the cooler/wetter months using volunteers from schools, clubs, businesses, community groups, cultural groups, wwoofers etc.
In the spring these weeds have re-established and begin to put pressure on the young seedlings, to use this pressure to our advantage we use a combination of volunteers (being the eyes and brains) to locate and 'weed release' each plant, a scrub cutter is then used (being the brawn) to clear everything between each plant, this provides another supply of mulch (food and moisture retention)
Each plant needs around 5years maintenance until they are fully established and capable of out-competing those weeds!
Last year 4029 volunteer hours were contributed to restoration work and 5433 native trees, sedges and shrubs were planted.
Got up this morning at 5:30 to go to the Suncheon Wetlands to hopefully see some cranes. Professor Yon who also performs crane dancing took us. First it was still dark and we could hear them from the mountains across. I said I couldn't make a crane come over since I don't have a spiritual bond with them like I have with the spoonbill. Then we climbed a mountain and hundreds of cranes flew by. It was amazing and guess what, there were also two spoonbills <3
Today is #WetlandsWednesday ! Did you know? wetlands help to minimize environmental problems. They absorb and filter sediments, pollutants, and excess nutrients; recharge groundwater; maintain stream flows; control runoff; store flood waters; reduce erosion; stabilize shorelines; and help regulate atmospheric gases and climate cycles. To learn more about #Wetlands visit the BCWF Wetlands Education Programs page under the blog tab on our website.