SAVE THE DATE!
WEEDS, WILDFLOWERS, AND WILDLIFE IN WINTER
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2 to 4 PM
This walk in the Mapleton Preserve will be in the old Princeton Nurseries fields, which are full of grasses, wildflowers and wildlife. Join Karen Linder to learn to identify plants in the “off-season” and look for evidence of the wildlife that lives here.Although it is winter, there will still be lots of signs of life. Most of the area is flat, but it will likely be wet underfoot, so dress accordingly.
The walk is free and all are welcome, but preregistration is requested at 609-608-6455.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE WORK SESSION
Monday, January 15, 2018
Two dozen volunteers of all ages took part in a cleanup session in the Mapleton Preserve. Crews collected many bags of trash, tires and other big debris within the Preserve and along Mapleton Road.
A vigorous team took down vines, shrubs and small trees around the Propagation House, which will be the first building to be rehabilitated. Asbestos remediation is expected to begin soon, and then the restoration process can at last commence. We thank all who proved that energetic stewardship is important, fun, and a good way to keep warm on a sub-freezing day!
Propagation House Team
Photos by BreeAnneLemmerling & Tari Pantaleo
FIRST DAY HIKE
Monday, January 1, 2018
Over forty hardy souls and three dogs took a brisk loop walk through the Mapleton Preserve on the first day of the new year. Participants enjoyed the subtle colors of winter vegetation, tree silhouettes, animal tracks, birds in flight, and the sun shining brilliantly on the snow.
THANKSGIVING DAY WALK IN THE MAPLETON PRESERVE
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Our thanks to Laura Hawkins for providing these fine photos she took on our annual Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER SESSION
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Three cheers for the vine-cutting and trash collecting crews! Much was accomplished, and a wonderful time was had by all. Photos courtesy of Poonam Abbi.
ANNUAL MEETING AND TALK ON BLUEBIRDS
Photo by Susan Liddle
Allen Jackson, president of the NJ Bluebird Society, gave a presentation on bluebirds, highlighting biology, bluebird boxes that meet design standards (and ones that don’t!), and best management practices with the goal of fostering a healthy and productive bluebird population in our state.
Bluebirds subsist mainly on insects, but will eat berries during the winter months. The male does the “house-hunting,” then sings to attract a mate (and ward off other males). The female does most of the nest building, and lays three to six eggs which will hatch within a couple of weeks. Both parents share the feeding and housekeeping duties. Fledging occurs about two and a half weeks later.
To learn more about bluebird boxes, their placement, care and monitoring, and for information about predators of bluebirds and how to minimize their impact, please visit NJ Bluebird Society
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AND LICHEN WALK WITH DR. JAMES LENDEMER
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Dr. James Lendemer, a lichenologist from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, gave a slide presentation on lichens and then a lichen walk in the Mapleton Preserve. He identified and taught us about these unique and fascinating organisms. For those who could not join us, you can get a sense of the experience participants had by watching this short video: Science Friday Video–“Hunting the Wild Lichen”
SIGNS OF LIFE IN THE WINTER LANDSCAPE
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Mugwort, broom sedge, grease grass. Field cress, plantain, sphagnum moss. Autumn olive, witch hazel, and white pine. Scarlet oak, dogwood, dawn redwood, juniper, and weeping cherry. Scat of deer, fox, and perhaps coyote. Red-tailed hawk, cardinals, and turkey vultures. These were some of the signs of life in the Preserve explored by a dozen people and two dogs. All five senses came into play–taste, only for the cress!
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, January 16th, 2017
Over forty volunteers attacked intrusive small trees, brush, and vines, and picked up trash in the Preserve on a fair January day. Trails were cleared between some of the old tree rows, and leaves piled up along the fence were amassed for later collection. We extend our hearty thanks to our cutters, rakers, litter collectors, bushwhackers, registrars, photographers, and two people who took on special tasks–the poison ivy ambassador and the hose king! Photos by Laura Hawkins.