COVID Visitation Bump

COVID Visitation Bump

We compared trail entrance numbers recorded at several trailheads from fall 2019 (Pre-COVID) vs. 2020 (Post-COVID) and found a 25+% increase in 2020 (i.e., during COVID).  These statistics are especially interesting in that the increase in usage occurred without having students resident on campus.  Throughout New Jersey, our parks and preserves received record attendance as people sought the outdoors.  

The Tickbot comes to the EcoPreserve

The Tickbot comes to the EcoPreserve

Dr. Dina Fonseca, Director of the RU Center for Vector Biology, has been surveying the tick population in the EcoPreserve for several years. Surveying here has demonstrated that sections of the EcoPreserve hold a large population of Asian long-horned, lone star and black-legged  ticks, both larval stages and adults. So remember to always take precautions about ticks whenever visiting the EcoPreserve or any nature reserve in NJ.  To learn more http://vectorbio.rutgers.edu/outreach/tickavoid.php This past week, Dr Holly Gaff of Old Dominion…

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Monitoring for Spotted Lanternflies

Monitoring for Spotted Lanternflies

Spotted Lanternfly trap monitored by USDA APHIS The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) (Lycorma delicatula) is an introduced leaf hopper insect that is rapidly spreading across the MidAtlantic states. As it is a serious pest of agricultural crops and selected woody plants, the USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has an active monitoring and control program. APHIS has set up a trapping station in the EcoPreserve –  so if you come across it please let it alone as it is…

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Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Planting American Strawberry (Euonymus americanus) bushes Bluebells (Mertensia virgininca) and Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) Several years ago a RUtgers Ecology & Evolution student  (& EcoPreserve land steward) Josh Echols and NJ Conservation Foundation ecologist Emile DeVito found American Strawberry (Euonymus americanus)  growing in a patch of woods near the Edison Monument in Menlo Park. Emile collected seeds and grew them out with the help of Duke Farms staff at their greenhouses. This spring we planted ten of the native shrubs…

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