Wonder what all those weeds are in your favorite pond? Think that some of them just shouldn't be there?
Find out what should and shouldn't be in Brewster's ponds as the Brewster Pond's Coalition presents the fourth in its pond education program series entitled: Weed Watchers Workshop – taking place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10 AM at First Parish Brewster, 1969 Main Street, (RT 6A) Brewster, and presented in collaboration with the First Parish Brewster Environmental Action Committee.
“Citizens are the first line of defense in fighting exotic invasive plants,” said Karen Malkus-Benjamin, Brewster Ponds Coalition Board President. “If these plants are found early, there is a better chance they can be removed,” she said. “If they become established, they can be almost impossible to remove and very expensive. By monitoring our ponds, we take an active role in protecting them for the future,” she said.
The program will be presented by Tom Flannery, Aquatic Ecologist for the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation - Lakes and Ponds program. The 2 hour class will begin with an introduction to the invasive non-native species issue, how exotic species are introduced into our waterways, methods of dispersal, basic terminology, and guidance on monitoring and completing plant surveys. The remaining 3/4 of the class will entail hands-on identification. A variety of non-native and native plant species are provided. People are encouraged to bring plant samples from local ponds.