Wild for wildflowers!

New York City Audubon was happy to participate in NYC Wildflower Week this year, which will wrap up on Sunday May 20th. We hosted a bird walk last weekend in Central Park and on Wednesday of this week we took a crew to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens to pull invasive plants, which will give native plants and wildflowers a better opportunity there. After the recent rains the invasive plants were having a field day and our crew removed large amounts of Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Honeysuckle and Porcelainberry – all while avoiding the native Poison Ivy, which is an important food source for birds in the fall. We thank the Jamaica Bay Unit of the National Park Service for hosting our group and helping to make the event a success.

- John Rowden

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