Help ESLT This Tuesday as we Restore Mule Deer Habitat in Swall Meadows!

Planting Day at Swall Wildlife Preserve: Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

9am – 1pm

Bitterbrush is a key food source for the mule deer: they rely on its nutrients during the harsh winter months. Photo © Stephen Ingram.

Bitterbrush is a key food source for the mule deer: they rely on its nutrients during the harsh winter months.

Located squarely within the Round Valley Mule Deer’s migration corridor and winter range, ESLT’s Swall Wildlife Preserve plays an important role in the herd’s long-term survival. However, this prime deer habitat is at risk of permanent disruption, following the clearing of native bitterbrush – an important, year-round source of food.

When native plants are disturbed, invasive species can take over, choking out the flora that wildlife has depended on for centuries. This Tuesday, we’re taking action to prevent invasive plants – such as cheatgrass – from gaining a foothold in this important habitat. We encourage you to help us as we restore native shrubs to the Preserve’s disturbed areas, and create an enduring winter haven for the Round Valley Mule Deer.

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Deer have depended on bitterbrush for centuries, but – if given a foothold – invasive species may wipe out this vital source of sustenance.

For additional information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Aaron at the ESLT office, (760) 873-4554Visit our website to learn more about this unique deer herd. We hope you’ll join us!

Please note: this event will be moderately labor intensive. Be sure to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, layered clothing for a range of temperatures, closed-toe shoes, and gloves if you have them. All work supplies and extra water will be provided.

Photos © Stephen Ingram.

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