|Lia McKinnon MSc. holding a sizable Burdock specimen at the Mountain Springs Nature Retreat|
|Kieran McIntosh of OSSS standing alongside Phyllis Jmaeff on the front porch of her home, the Mountain Springs Nature Retreat|
The historic highway cut is still maintained by Phyllis to allow access to the lower portions of her property. It is along this disturbed corridor that the Burdock has managed to establish. Likely, transported here on the backs of animals that use the old highway as a convenient migration corridor. Believe me when I tell you, if you're going to be pulling or clipping Burdock seeds, gloves and long sleeves are required. Each seed head has hundreds of near microscopic hairs that don't hurt when they stab you but will be a constant irritation for days to follow. Lia and I both had hundreds of these cursed hairs embedded, in some places that, frankly, should not have been physically possible. The two shots below show some of the progress that we made along the way. In total, 5 contractor garbage bags full of seed heads were removed and taken to the landfill.
The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society is looking to welcome new habitat stewards. If you, or someone you know, are interested in conserving wildlife habitat on your property, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alyson Skinner at 250-809-1980.
Posted by Kieran McIntosh, OSSS Field Technician