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Volunteers needed

By Staff | Nov 18, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is seeking volunteers to help with maintenance work at the Yankauer Nature Preserve on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The work to be done will include clearing hiking trails, removing invasive Autumn Olive bushes and building brush piles to enhance winter habitat for wildlife. Anyone willing to pitch in will be welcomed. The work will start at 9 a.m. and last until noon.

All necessary tools, hot drinks, water, and some snacks will be provided. Participants should plan to bring gloves and a refillable water bottle or cup.

The removal of invasive bushes will be supervised by a certified herbicide applicator, and will offer a good learning experience for those interested in managing invasive plants on their own properties. Those who want to help with this should bring protective eyewear, waterproof gloves and shoes, and wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves.

If the weather is inclement on Dec. 1, the work day will be shifted to Monday, Dec. 5. If there is snow on the ground, the work day will be cancelled and rescheduled to some other time.

The Yankauer Preserve is located on Whiting’s Neck Road, just off Scrabble road about seven miles north of Shepherdstown. Detailed directions can be found at www.potomacaudubon.org.

For more information, contact Bridget Tinsley at 304-261-6016 or bridget@potomacaudubon.org.