Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Break

Salem No Ivy Coalition will re-start doing ivy removal again late summer/early fall. Meanwhile, reach out to your neighbors and help educate them about ivy and other invasive plants! Here is a flier the No Ivy Coalition created for educational purposes:

The Problem with English Ivy and What You Can Do About It

Note: if you would like to work on your own in City of Salem Parks before our next group ivy event please contact the Volunteer Coordinator first and note the information below about nesting birds!

Be aware that April 15 - July 31 is the primary nesting season for birds, so:

--- For ground ivy removal during this primary nesting season, avoid pulling (and foliar spraying) if possible. Pulling ivy can disturb native vegetation, and the presence of people for an extended period of time can cause nearby nests to be abandoned. Hand pulling OK with caution. Watch for birds. If an active nest is found, do not work in that area. Look and listen for winter wrens. (No native birds are known to exclusively use ground ivy, but typical and ground and low shrub nesters are spotted towhees and song sparrows.)

--- For tree ivy removal during this primary nesting season: Air gapping – OK. Leave ivy in trees. Watch for nearby active ground and shrub nests and avoid if present. (There are no native birds known to exclusively use tree ivy, though many use branches on infested trees, such as American robins and vireos.)

If you would like to read more about the best times to remove invasive plants to minimize impacts to birds, see Nesting Bird Guidance.