All posts tagged: invasive pest plant

Weeds of Wednesday: Once There Was One in Every Yard

Queensland umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla), once upon a time, seemed to be planted in every new local Florida landscape for the exotic, tropical appearance of its large, shiny palmately compound leaves. Most frequently, this easy-to-grow tree that reaches more 25’+ tall was planted beneath the […]

Weeds of Wednesday: A Tale of 2 Leaves

The nightshade family, Solanaceae, is quite diverse and includes many economically important plants — that we love or hate — such as tomatoes, eggplants, tobacco, bell peppers, chili peppers, potatoes, and petunias. Members of this plant family are found on every continent except Antartica. The […]

Throwback to 2005

                                Sister storms — Hurricane Frances (9-5-2004) and Hurricane Jeanne (9-26-2004) — devastated the canopy at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, shown above and below at the beginning of 2005. […]

Karen Schuster gets proclamation!

Karen Schuster, on behalf of the volunteers trained by the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and the Pelican Island Audubon Society, poses with Sebastian Mayor Richard Gilmour after receiving a proclamation in support of national invasive species awareness week, February 22 – 28, 2015. Council member […]

Inevitable Invader …

It was inevitable, unfortunately … Ken Gonyo, Diane LaRue, Jean ‘JJ’ Romano, and Susan Warmer – the core Wednesday work team – found coral ardisia (Ardisia crenata) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area for the first time on Wednesday, 2/18/2015. A photo from Diane LaRue […]

(Brazilian) pepper ‘wrangler’

Jean ‘JJ’ Romano (Class of 2013) shown above in a photo taken by Diane LaRue vanquishes a 15-foot tall Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. When some members of the 2015 class expressed skepticism that a Brazilian pepper about 3-feet tall […]

Queen of Irony

On February 17, Steve Goff (Class of 2006) received a proclamation from the Vero Beach City Council on behalf of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory – Pelican Island Audubon Society volunteers who work hard to control invasive pest plants at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. […]

Steve Goff gets proclamation!

Steve Goff (Class of 2006) is pictured above accepting a proclamation in support of national invasive species awareness week, February 22 through February 28. Steve Goff has a tax preparation and accounting business nearly across the street from Vero Beach City Hall. Since 2006, Steve […]

Ken Gonyo gets Proclamation!

Ken Gonyo (Class of 2012) poses with the Indian River County Board of Commissioners after receiving a proclamation – on behalf of the volunteers trained by the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and the Pelican Island Audubon Society – in support of national invasive species awareness […]

New Grass brings New Pest Plant

The newly installed bahiagrass sod at the Audubon House adjacent to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area has brought with it many species of weeds and at least one very invasive pest plant new to the area. Tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum) was extracted from the […]

Evil elliptica

The Wednesday invasive plant control work team — Ken Gonyo, Diane Larue, Jean ‘JJ’ Romano and Susan Warmer — was very displeased to see a tall shoebutton aridisia (Ardisia elliptica) with fruit along Oslo Road as they walked with 2015 volunteer nature stewardship class, despite […]

Clowning Around

Bob Bruce, <strong>Ken Gonyo, and Jean ‘JJ’ Romano are pictured above “clowning around” at the soon-to-be-ready Audubon House, after working on invasive pest plants there. The Audubon House property includes a swath of hammock with many of the same invaders as found at the Oslo […]