[Tweeters] Strange Anna's note and 40 trumpeters

Diane W diane_weinstein at msn.com
Mon Feb 11 11:22:37 PST 2013

Vicki and others interested in removing ivy,

I am a member of my local natural areas association. We use the services of
EarthCorps, a local non-profit organization, to maintain our natural areas.
They have removed a couple of football fields worth of ivy here over the
years. My job has been primarily to oversee the work.

Your first priority should be getting rid of the ivy on the trees. Ivy
vines weigh a ton and can pull the trees down, especially in a windstorm.
Cut the vines about chest high or whatever height is comfortable for you to
work. Pry and pull the lower cut vines from the tree trunk and about 3 feet
away from the trees to create survival rings for the trees. The vines from
above where you made the cut can remain and the ivy will die back as it can
no longer get nutrients from the soil.

Next remove any ivy that is growing upward on anything. It is the ivy that
rises up off the ground that produces flowers and seeds. After that remove
any ivy growing on the ground. I like using a small mattock like tool with
a blade on one side and forked tines on the other to get up the roots.
Finally, you will need to do maintenance for several years to get rid of any
regrowth or ivy that you missed.

If you compost the ivy on site, put sheets of cardboard underneath it to
prevent it from re-growing where you have piled it up.

It is a lot of work, but well worth doing. You may be able to find a
landscape company with experience in removing ivy to help with the job.

Good luck in clearing the ivy.

Diane Weinstein

-----Original Message-----
From: vickibiltz
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 9:51 AM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Strange Anna's note and 40 trumpeters

I too, heard a male Anna's making a loud pop noise, and then his call, had
never heard that additional note before. It was definitely the same tone
range as their song, if that makes sense to anyone.
The number of Trumpeter Swans on the south end of Lake Tapps, has grown to
at least 40.

On another note, we have acquired a 1/2 acre lot in Yelm, sitting outside
the city limits, directly on the Nisqually River. My first bird for the
property list is a Solitary Sandpiper, then a nice flock of Common
Mergansers. I set up some feeders, and look forward to seeing what comes.
We do have all kinds of aggressive ivy that needs to be destroyed, so any
helpful ideas would be appreciated. Three quarters of the property is
covered, and most of the trees.
Vicki Biltz
Bonney Lake, WA
vickibiltz at gmail.com

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