Bernardsville: NJ Audubon Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary - June 10

Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Club of Central New Jersey
Co-sponsor(s): 
Yale BlueGreen
When: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: 
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary See map
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

The Hoffman Sanctuary is easily accessible via Rte. 287 N or S, Exit 30B.

Description: 
NJ Audubon is delighted to offer Yale alumni, friends, and family opportunities to volunteer at its headquarters site, the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary located in Bernardsville in central New Jersey.  
 
We have several projects planned for the morning; volunteers may choose to participate in any combination of these. In addition, after lunch, an optional hiking tour of the Sanctuary will be offered. (Birders won’t want to miss this!)

The Projects

  1. Invasive species removal: 
    *  Cutting Japanese Barberry, a 3’ to 4’ tall thorny shrub that is symptomatic of too many deer. At high density, this invasive plant changes the pH of the soil, which in turn, inhibits the germination of native plant species. Our goal is to cut back Barberry in areas not easily accessible to machines or where we do not have fire breaks which are other means to remove invasive plants. These prioritized areas are close to our property line with Morristown National Historic Park.
    *  Cutting and bagging Japanese knotweed along the river corridor.
  2. Planting native plants:
    *   Transplanting New York Fern plugs from a field site and planting them next to road and parking lot borders. This is a relatively fast-spreading fern that deer do not eat. The ferns will replace lawns that need to be mowed with beds of native plants.
    *  Planting those unsold potted plants from the prior weekend’s Native Plant Sale.
  3. Spreading wood chips on trails. In this activity, two people load the gator, two ride, and two spread wood chips after the dump. The hard part is the loading by hand with pitch forks. On the bright side, the loaders get a 10 minute break during the dumping.  (Eric Stiles, the NJ Audubon CEO, has volunteered for the loading job.
  4. Painting the front and rear porch at the onsite HQ building.

These outdoor projects are suitable for adults and children age 12 and older.  No special skills are necessary. Wear a hat, long pants, sturdy shoes, and socks. Bring work gloves if you have a favorite pair (we do have a couple dozen of un-matched work gloves). Apply sunscreen and bug spray – we will have extra of both.  
 

We will be at work until noon and then break for lunch. Snacks, drinks and a light lunch will be offered or you are welcome to bring your own. Eat lunch on-site while enjoying the view or watching the birds at the feeders before the optional hiking tour of the Sanctuary at 1:00 pm. Birders, bring your binoculars!  

After the morning’s work, reward yourself by viewing the current art exhibit in the Wayrick Gallery. And don’t forget Dad! Stop by the Nature Store to find him a gift perfect for Father’s Day!
Site Coordinator: 
Diane Louie ‘82, ‘87 MD