Monday, June 17, 2013

The Big Pull/Our World

Truckload of invasive weeds

When my husband and I visited Tiny Marsh about a week ago,  volunteers were pulling invasive weeds - garlic mustard to be exact.

Wheelbarrow in the path

Tiny Marsh is not tiny but in the township of Tiny, a rural community south of Lake Huron. We like to visit it to see the wildlife there.

Shallow water where pied-billed grebes among other waterfowl breed

I was hoping to see pied-billed grebes, but they were too shy to come out.

Boardwalk through part of the marsh

I was also hoping to see wood ducks but was told to return in another month.

Garden tools

The volunteers were replacing the invasive weeds with indigenous species such as mayapples, trillium and bloodroot that grow in shade and bloom in spring.

Native species grown from seeds

More photos from Our World can be seen by clicking HERE.

39 comments:

DawnTreader said...

Great set of photos telling a story. The nature looks a lot like Sweden! My fav pic here is the boardwalk. And also the spades leaned against the tree.

Kate said...

Interesting series of photos. Hat off to the volunteers; it must be an endless task/

Buttons said...

Beautiful photos our May apples cover the whole forest floor they are huge this year because of the rain. B

Jill said...

Love that boardwalk. Looks like a terrific place to go.

DeniseinVA said...

Great post! As well as all those lovely photographs it also shows how important our volunteers are to this world of ours.

Denise
An English Girl Rambles

see you there! said...

This looks like a great place to visit. I think it is wonderful that volunteers are willing to spend the time and clean it up.

Darla

Lowell said...

What a great place! And so nice to have volunteers pulling out the stuff that doesn't belong. It reminds me a little of the marshes down here although we have different types of vegetation.

Sandra said...

great job the volunteers are doing.. and that boardwalk view is fantastic.

TexWisGirl said...

a lot of work!

Terri said...

Kudos to those hard workers for caring enough to do that!

Judy said...

I think it's wonderful that they replace the plants that they remove instead of just leaving it bare. Great post!

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Lovely pictures from Tiny Marsh :)

ladyfi said...

What idyllic shots! So lovely.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Your shot of the grasses is so pretty. I like how the community gets involved in keeping the parks healthy. This happens in my world too.

Pamela Gordon said...

This looks like a lovely area to walk and take photos. I didn't know you could grow Trillium from seed. It's such a beautiful spring bloomer.

LONDONLULU said...

Gorgeous wild shots and somehow I'm drawn to that perfect little boardwalk!

Janie said...

That's an ambitious project, removing all the invasive species and replacing with natives. Environmental groups and school groups do such projects along our local streams occasionally. Tamarisk is one of our biggest invaders near a water source.
Hope you see the birds on your next trip.

Judy said...

I haven't seen mayapples in years....
If I could choose what they were planting, I would make sure there were lots of spring beauties, too!

cieldequimper said...

Hard but necessary work. The boardwalk looks divine!

Carver said...

That's a good project to replace invasives with native species. Looks like a beautiful place.

RedPat said...

I always like those boardwalks.

Stephanie said...

Love your walk through this special place, the boardwalk is neat.

eileeninmd said...

Thumbs up to the volunteers. It is also nice they are planting the native plants. Lovely photos, I would like to walk on the boardwalk. Have a great week!

Gary said...

Good on the volunteers for the job they're doing. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NatureFootstep said...

interesting post. It is sad they have to pull out the invasive weeds. But it will probably destroy the landscape it they don´t. Lovly shots.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is a huge job pulling out the invasive species and replacing with native.

Photo Cache said...

love the boardwalk.

Lowell said...

Hi EG. Re your comment on the anhinga: I've been called worse things! Heh, heh. Oh, were you talking about the anhinga?

Rebecca said...

I hope that invasive weed doesn't come back and squeeze out the new native plants.

Barb said...

I like your story and the beautiful green of the area. Looks like they pulled lots of weeds - that's been the story of my life the past few weeks, too!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

we too in New Zealand are into growing natives. They ned less care and water.

sylvia kirkwood said...

Great photos and a great post for the day!. That is a lot of weeds, but so worth it in the long run!!

Indrani said...

Nice captures. I like the atmosphere in these shots. :)

Luna Miranda said...

it's wonderful that people volunteer to keep this place beautiful. these are delightful photos.

llandudnopictures said...

Looks like lots of valuable and worthwile work going on, perfectly captured!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love how the boardwalk seems to go right into the heart of this beautiful area! Interesting changes happening there helping Nature stay beautiful!

Stewart M said...

I used to work as a nature reserve warden - I have spent more than a few hours pulling invasive weeds up by the roots. Its hard work!

Interesting post.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat Tillett said...

Very interesting post. We have a ton of invasive plants around here also. Some of them are very attractive, but they tend to choke out all the native plants.

Sue said...

I particularly like the third and fourth photos.
That third one makes me want to jump in and hang out a while!

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