Join us for a 24-Hour BioBlitz at Pine Valley Park.
Welcome to our Park:
Pine Valley is an 80 acre park owned by the Town of Manchester. Though relatively small in area, this Northern Carroll County park boasts a large variety of microhabitats including:
- mixed hardwood and pine forests
- large and small streams
- a pond
- natural springs and seepage zones
- mowed fields
This area has never been biologically surveyed; we need you to share your expertise and help us catalogue our flora and
- The event begins Friday, August 10th at 5:00 pm and continues until 5:00 pm Saturday, August 11th.
- Tent camping and other accommodations available for those specialists who require an overnight stay.
- Volunteers and naturalists will host nature walks, open to the public, Saturday afternoon between roughly 12:00pm and 4:00pm.
- We plan to close our event with a public celebration to begin at 5:00 pm Saturday, which you are welcome to join.
We require all participants to register. This allows us to plan accordingly and communicate relevant and timely event information to be sure we are all prepared for a successful BioBlitz. You can find the link to register below.
Charlotte’s Quest looks forward to a successful BioBlitz. Please contact Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Coming straight from the Carroll County Forestry Board by way of Bethany Slaughter, here are some great tips on how to identify and control Japanese Barberry in Maryland, as well as the ways in which it threatens our local ecology.
Barberry is native to China and Japan, then was introduced as an ornamental plant. The seeds are eaten by mammals and birds, spreading it throughout the eastern U.S. The berries of this plant are also edible with a bitter taste and a hint of sweetness. You could try using them with other fruits in pies or jelly preserves to add a tart flavor.
How to Identify the Japanese Barberry:
The Ecological Threat:
Japanese Barberry produces a large number of seeds as well as rhizomes to form new plants that shade out and displace native species. The thorns and dense foliage also provide refuge for small mammals that host the deer tick, the carrier of Lyme and other diseases. That makes this species a human health hazard.
Japanese Barberry can tolerate a range of conditions but grows best in sunny, fertile, moist, and well-drained soil. It spreads from gardens to natural areas that are suitable for its growth and establishment.
How to Control:
Do not plant or encourage the planting of this species. Some garden supply dealers and landscapers have agreed to stop selling Japanese Barberry. When removing this species, pull out the entire plant including the roots to prevent regrowth.
Join us next week when we explore Oriental Bittersweet.