With the goal of providing habitat for a greater diversity of species, in 2013 ANS began restoring a large section of its meadow adjacent to the Woodend Sanctuary entrance drive off Jones Mill Road. Larry Weaner, a horticulturalist specializing in native plant gardens and meadows, identified plants appropriate to the upland, lowland, and shaded areas of the meadow, mixing in a large proportion of deer-resistant species. (See the plant list
). From late summer to early fall, staff and volunteers prepared the site: moving fauna to safety, raking, mowing, removing existing plants (many alien), and sowing a temporary grass cover. In October, a team of some 50 volunteers set out and dug in 3,000 plants and reseeded with native sedges and forbs.
The restored meadow is to be a study site for naturalists young and old: Master Naturalist Volunteers, summer nature campers, and wildlife biology students from the University of Maryland, whose field study will compare species diversity in the different zones of the restored meadow, including a portion protected by a deer exclosure, separated from the unrestored section by a mowed buffer.
For more information about helping restore the meadow, contact email@example.com.
Meadow team leader: Yoli Du Buono
Staff contact: Lisa Alexander