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Death Knell Sounds for Snag Row Blackberries

On a hot day in Redmond in September, the Eastside Audubon team powered through a big habitat restoration to-do list at Marymoor Park.

Kudos to the seven Marymoor regulars and one future regular who turned out.

Among the day’s accomplishments reported by leader Glenn Eades, the volunteers:

    • Freshened up the trail on the Audubon BirdLoop
    • Patched some of the larger holes in the asphalt section
    • Nearly finished eradicating invasive blackberries from Snag Row, a strip of prime habitat between Lot G and the soccer fields

Blackberries Be Gone

Red-breasted Sapsucker, by Ollie OliverAt the October 4 work party, we aim to knock out the last of the blackberries on Snag Row, making room for new, native plants that will preempt future blackberries and produce a more hospitable habitat for birds and wildlife.

Also in October, volunteers will use sand to patch more cracks in the asphalt.

Put On Your Gloves!

When you step back from a patch that was choked with blackberries three hours earlier and you can actually see the shrubs and trees that belong there, it feels pretty darn good.

See for yourself! You are welcome at the monthly first-Saturday work party from 9 a.m. until noon at the Audubon BirdLoop at Marymoor Park.

Bring water and work gloves and come to parking lot G. We’ll give you a parking pass and the tools you need. Students can get community service credit.

Learn more about the work party

Photo: Red-breasted Sapsucker at Marymoor Park, by Ollie Oliver

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