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Meret,

This sounds like a great project for a boyscout troop or for people 
sentenced to do community service.

Wes Biggs
 Orlando




Meret Wilson wrote:
> After years of excellent control of the B. peppers at
> Tomoka State Park, it got hopeless and out of control
> following the hurricanes and the huge influx of robins
> last year.  And, there is no state money for putting
> anyone salaried to carry out the once effective
> project.  I do the same, pull them up when and where I
> can but they grow fast and are into areas that are
> impossible to get to.  Birds will continue to spread
> the peppers so I don't hold much hope for eradicating
> them any longer.  Good luck over there!!!
>
> Meret Wilson
> Ormond
> --- Lee Snyder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Hey y'all,
>>
>> With the arrival of our first trickle of spring
>> migrants, we can officially 
>> claim spring is in full swing.  That means the
>> frugivores have consumed the 
>> winter's Brazilian pepper crop and made their
>> appropriate seed deposits.
>>
>> The park-like manicure of the area we refer to as
>> "the mulberry tree" on 
>> Mullet Key has been left to go wild.  It may take a
>> little getting used to 
>> but already the birds seem to be enjoying it with a
>> good flock of Palms and 
>> Yellow-rumps I watched a couple of weeks ago
>> covering the out-of-control 
>> Bermuda grass.  I'm willing to bet the buntings and
>> grosbeaks will be thick 
>> there in a couple of weeks.
>>
>> I also noticed a scattered collection of young
>> Brazilian pepper saplings 
>> between three inches and three feet tall were
>> beginning to make themselves 
>> obvious.  The thought of an  impenetrable tangle of
>> mature bushes inside of 
>> a year made me shiver.  I began pulling them up by
>> the roots until I was 
>> satisfied I had reclaimed enough of the area to
>> continue birding.
>>
>> I was back there last weekend and believe I am not
>> the only one hoping to 
>> eliminate the trees before they become a problem. 
>> While a few new saplings 
>> had sprouted, for the most part there were few
>> peppers and lots of salt bush 
>> dotting the field.
>>
>> I stopped at the ranger station and spoke with the
>> two guys on duty who 
>> encouraged me to keep pulling the insidious devils
>> wherever I find them. 
>> With that endorsement I asked if I could post a note
>> to the other birders 
>> who enjoy the area and was told they would welcome
>> the assist.  It seems the 
>> park personnel are already working on controlling
>> several other 
>> things--tourists, racoons, Australian pines and a
>> lone coyote!
>>
>> On the way home I was going over what one of the
>> rangers said about how it 
>> might be impossible to keep the peppers out of the
>> area and then quickly 
>> added, "but if there are enough of you, I suppose
>> you can pull them up 
>> faster than they can grow."
>>
>> Let's hope so.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Lee Snyder
>> St Petersburg
>>
>>
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