Six hardworking volunteer “regulars” pulled privet (Ligustrum sinense), weeded the two butterfly gardens and tagged young saplings there for future removal, and tackled several large privet-trees down along the boardwalk. We found viburnum, spicebush, and ebony spleenwort growing at the back of the original butterfly garden. One of the workers met with a beautiful 3-foot rat snake, and we heard but did not see a pileated woodpecker. We noted that the area we cleared of privet last season is now filled with pokeweed, which is gratifying.
Future workdays will include more of the same!