Glenda Denniston is one of Friends Volunteers who have bee pulling Garlic mustard in the Preserve during the last two weeks. She reports: "This little guy (Gray tree frog, Hyla versicolor) was hiding on a garlic mustard plant in the Open Area of Upper Bills Woods. It changes color to match background." Glenda always has her camera on the ready. That's why we have this photo. Thank you!.
A day earlier, Glenda Denniston, witnessed a drama of sorts in the Open Area of Upper Bills Woods, while she was digging garlic mustard. She reports:
"I was carefully watching out for an American toad that kept one step ahead of my shovel as I moved along the patch. Didn't want to slice it. All of a sudden I was startled by a whoosh right by my ear and caught a glimpse of red-brown feathers. Then watched as this Red-tailed hawk flew up into a nearby tree. Walked closer and took this photo. Yes, it was my companion toad—lunch for a hungry hawk who no doubt had been as closely watching my toad as had I."
When we spent some time in the same spot in nature, we begin to notice things that would escape our eyes and ears, if just walking through. That is certainly one benefit of pulling Garlic mustard, in addition to reducing the presence of this invasivs and helping our native plants thrive.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors