Notes from the Field by Stewardship Staff:
Tyler Pellegrini, Restoration Ecologist
‘Notes from the Field’ for Friday. While out setting up wildlife monitoring boards at a couple NLI preserves today, I got a good look at what’s sprouting in some recently burned areas. Many awesome native plants are up and becoming recognizable, and it’s great to see them after a long winter. While you’re out ID’ing plants though, don’t forget to look for invasives! Now is an important time to start spotting any of the many non-native species that we commonly find in Illinois. Identify any problem areas early, decide on a management strategy, and eradicate them before the plants mature and add more seed to the seedbank. Managing invasive plants is a continuous struggle in natural areas and it frequently requires aggressive efforts to gain ground back from them. Check out the photos of invasives spotted today.