July ended with the coyotes serenading us with their multiple sounds. It is fun to hear their chorus after a siren goes off.
After close to 7″ of rain on July 22, the ponds are looking good. At this time of year, we see how much work we have ahead of us. As you’ll see in the photo gallery, the grapevines, purple loosestrife, and other non-natives are the dominant plants. We do have natives that are trying to do their best. The birds are enjoying the elderberries and we saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying some nectar on a non-native (video is on the ANP YouTube page).