CIR heads deep into the backcountry in search of invasive tamarisk

Five days riding on the backs of mules left us sore but happy, as we scouted the Sisquoc River and Manzana Creek for Tamarisk trees (an invasive species that takes over riparian zones and eliminates nesting habitat for native songbirds). Elihu, Kevin and Daniel investigated the river and creek looking for the invasive Tamarisk. The river had flooded just weeks before. The water must have been 6 feet higher than it was when we were there. We could see snags and branches that were high overhead having been washed downstream now resting against the trunks of standing trees. We did indeed find some Tamarisk, and more was probably there but unseen as it may have been buried in sediment transported by the floodwaters.

We went during the first week in March, and already there were lots of flowers blooming. We were delighted to see a condor, California toads mating and their egg strings, both California treefrogs and Baja California treefrogs, some pond turtles exploring, and were content to view a rattler from a safe distance. It was a great trip and we hope to return with some of you intrepid hikers in mid to late October 2017 to scout and treat Tamarisk. Let us know if you want to be a part of it! -Elihu Gevirtz, Senior Ecologist