Refuge team versus the invasives
Recently, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge biologist Jeremy Conrad led six interns out into the field to help remove invasive plant species found around the refuge. The main focus of the day were rosary pea, cathedral bell and Madagascar periwinkle. The refuge team works to remove the invasive plants by hand, without chemicals, because they are prolific and outcompete native flora and alter native soil nutrient balances. Those who helped were biology interns Avery Renshaw and Haley Miller, education interns Alfredo Carbajal, Taína Milán and Partick Carney, and visitor services intern Katy Hosokawa.