Cape May County Explorations

bobpbx

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Oct 25, 2002
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Pines; Bamber area
Does Cypress appear dark red on IR satellite images like cedar?
I've not heard that before in regards to the cedar. I'd like to see an example. Does one of Boyds IR maps show that?

Edit, I found it on Boyd's. Yes, it does work. I suppose I never pay attention do it because I can tell by the darker green and habitat on most normal aerials. But, yes, that is possibly a very reliable way to pinpoint cedar. I'll bet it shows red cedar as red too though.
 
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bobpbx

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Oct 25, 2002
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The most shocking thing I found in Cape May Township was noted on my first visit. There is a parking lot for people off Bayshore road. This lot goes all the way back to the bay, but I could go no further than 80 feet before I hit a 4 acre wall of Blackberry 6 to 7 feet tall. This is no ordinary blackberry, oh no. This is what most people call Himalayan Blackberry; Rubus armeniacus. The only friends of this blackberry are multiflora rose and virginia creeper.

It is impenatrable, and ending up on the serious invasive list very quickly. I could not even try to wack through it, simply cannot be done. The Feds cut some out this winter as part of their standard practice of opening things up every 10 or 15 years (my guess). Whoever did the work bulldozed a road through the right side of it, but the primocanes are popping up like weeds and I'm betting the road will be completely blocked by September. Here are som photos.

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In this photo, the camera is at eye level. I will not challenge this bramble.
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bobpbx

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Pines; Bamber area
Here's a couple serious-minded trees along a freshwater creek just 300 yards from the salt marsh. I'll let you give them an ID.


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The other side of the one above.
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This tree was even larger. That trunk in the rear belongs to it too.
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smoke_jumper

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Mar 5, 2012
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Atco, NJ
These black caterpillars are all dead on the trees, but the swamp chestnut oak always had them on, whereas few other trees did not have any on them.
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Several years ago my neighbor discovered catapillars all dead just like that. They were only on his oak trees. I had all pine so I didn’t have any. We assumed they sprayed for Gypsy moths and that’s what got them.
 

Boyd

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Ben's Branch, Stephen Creek
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Boyd

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Ben's Branch, Stephen Creek
I was trying to reconcile that small parcel with the website that said the preserve was over 800 acres and just got more confused by the map on their site. Then I looked at the compass on the map... East is at the top! Why would they do that? Just to confuse people? The map is basically square and would fit on the page either way. :ninja:

So it looks like the main part of the preserve is south of the map I posted above. I was also confused by the WMA label for a Nature Conservancy property and wondered if that was a mistake in my data. However, if you look on the NJDEP website, it says "Fish and Wildlife co-owners of property with The Nature Conservancy". This is just a small screenshot, if you look at the full page you'll see that this is a Natural Heritage Priority Site as well.

Lizard Tail Swamp Site
The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula Goshen Road (Rt. 615). Communities include dry oak-pine forest oak forest The primary boundary includes all wetlands and the most proximal watershed tree species present at low densities. Secondary bounds include cleared or developed portions of the watershed An excellent example of a globally rare Cape May lowland swamp community. Good to excellent quality state and globally significant plant and animal occurrences are documented on site.


https://boydsmaps.com/pines/#14/39.120566/-74.814371/darkstreets/0/0/

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manumuskin

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I've been there, although many years ago. Always thought that name was curious, never even considered that "Lizard's Tail" was a plant! :cool:


https://boydsmaps.com/pines/#15/39.137078/-74.820894/parcels07/0/0/

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I"ve also been there and same as you did not realize it was a plant either.I figured someone tried to catch a Fence Lizard and wound up with a tail and named the area that.
 
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