Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society
Kingman and Heritage islands are located in the Anacostia river. They are unusual for a nature walk, as both islands are human-made, built from dredged material from the Anacostia. Despite this history of disturbance, the islands provide great habitat opportunities, and have even become a home for a rare and endangered Mallow (Sida hermaphrodita). This walk will show the progress of invasive plant removal, and attempt to set a baseline for plant sightings, to aid in communicating the value of these islands, and to track improvements over time. Aside from plants, we will stop at some great birdwatching spots, as well.
Leader: Vincent Verweij, Urban Forester, Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Notes: We will begin our trip on Kingman Island, stop briefly for lunch around noon, and finish up by walking around the adjacent Heritage Island. Soil conditions can be wet, especially after a heavy rain. We will walk quite a distance, but given a significant amount of the island still consists of non-native invasive species, this will not likely be an issue.
Cancellation Policy: Extreme weather and heavy rain will cancel this event. Call the above number around 9 AM of the day if in doubt.
Contact: (for additional information; not to register) Vincent Verweij. 240-354-9280
Directions: included in registration confirmation.
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