Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Birders helping Birds: Dead Creek WMA Volunteers needed July 7, 2022

 BIRDERS HELPING BIRDS – Invasive shrub honeysuckle is bad for birds. They eat the berries but the fruit doesn’t provide the high-fat, high-nutrient food they need before starting their fall migration. And nest predation is higher with shrub honeysuckle than with many other shrubs. In addition, invasive honeysuckle outcompetes just about everything, quickly becomes the dominant species in the forest understory, and reduces biological diversity by killing off native wildflowers, ferns, etc.

 We all can help! On July 7, join us for a honeysuckle cutting party at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison. Amy Alfieri and her colleagues at VT Fish and Wildlife have chosen two sites, one along the entrance drive to Brilyea and the other in the woods at the parking area at the end of that drive. Bring loppers, saws, gloves, etc. If you don’t have these tools, come anyway and help by dragging away the cut plants. Stay for an hour, two, three, or all morning. Information about the exact time on 7/7 will be coming soon. Please let me know if you plan to help out – for the birds we all love!    Maeve Kim

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Pollinator Plant Sale 2022 Community Center in Jericho

Photos from the conclusion of the 2022 plant sale to benefit 
the Community Center in Jericho.

Special thanks go out to Jen Greenwood for meticulous administration and communications. Kudos to Jane Sorensen for growing great native plants. 

Thank You to all who purchased plants. We wish you a happy growing season!

The sale contributed $279.00 to the Community Center. 


* We can recycle (reuse) the planting trays from the plant sale if you care to drop them off at 320 Browns Trace anytime. 

Thank You for Supporting the CCJ at Our Plant Sale!
From Jen Greenwood • Community Center Manager

The Community Center in Jericho Operating Committee would like to thank Bernie Paquette for organizing, Jane Sorenson (River Berry Farm) for growing, and our friends and neighbors for supporting the CCJ through our Pollinator Plant Sale. As Bernie says, "planting a mixture of perennials, shrubs, and trees that support pollinators and the overall web of life of our community."

Your purchases also helped contribute $279 to the Community Center to help us continue to provide a setting for a variety of activities such as parties, meetings, and classes and to host events that strengthen a sense of belonging to, caring about, and enjoying where we live.

There are a few Oak saplings (grown by Bernie) still available. Contact Bernie if you would like one.  A donation of your chosen amount to the Community Center in Jericho is appreciated.


The Community Center in Jericho and Bernie Paquette bring you the 2022 Community Plant Sale.


Five plant collections for different sun/soil conditions, utilizing mostly Vermont native plants, each offered in two tray sizes, 9 plants or 21 plants. All grown in Fairfax at River Berry Farm.

See full Details at Community Pollinator Plant Sale. Click the text after "at".

Mail checks to Community Center in Jericho, P.O. Box 1018, Jericho, VT 05465

Includes a new Soft Landings* offering (See definition of Soft Landings below).

This is a benefit sale for the Community Center in Jericho, Vermont. The sale is open to everyone in Vermont.  

River Berry Farm is an organic vegetable and small-fruit family farm located on the Lamoille River in Fairfax, Franklin County, VT.  We are about 1/2 hour from Burlington, 20 minutes from Saint Albans, and Cambridge, VT. We sell plants for pollinators at the farm in Fairfax, VT, from May 1st to early September. Visit our website at River Berry Farm or read our Guideline for Selecting Plants and Planting a Pollinator Garden at Northeast Pollinator Plants.

The Community Center located at 329 Browns Trace, Jericho, VT. provides a setting for a variety of activities such as parties, meetings, and classes and hosts fun events that strengthen a sense of belonging to and caring about our community. 

Bernie Paquette is an advocate of habitat biodiversity, planting a mixture of perennials, shrubs, and trees that support pollinators and the overall web of life of our community. Biodiversity enhances ecosystem function. Planting native plants help ensure the plants will do well on their own requiring less care such as watering and fertilizing. Native plants are more likely to support our local pollinators than would non-native plants. Habitat restoration is an action we all can take on to help the soil, plants, insects, and other life restores themselves.

*NEW Soft Landings offering (Option #4): Soft landings are diverse native plantings under keystone trees or any other regionally appropriate native tree. These plantings provide critical shelter and habitat for one or more life cycle stages of moths, butterflies, and beneficial insects such as bumble bees, fireflies, lacewings, and beetles. In addition to plants, soft landings also include leaf litter, duff, and plant debris. 

Planting tip for any potted plants: Break up the bottom third of the plant plugs to help ensure the roots grow out and do not continue in the shape of the container they were in.

Spacing of plants, guidance from Jane Sorensen. 

I recommend 4 s.f. per plant, 2’ apart, so 21 plants would need 84 s.f.  

You can certainly plant closer, as close as 1 s.f. per plant, which would give a more meadow effect and then only need 21 s.f.  So a big range.  

Again, my preference is 2’ apart to allow the plants fully express their form.  

BUT, the plants will grow just fine much closer, and the pollinators really won’t mind either spacing or anywhere in between!

Go Botany to determine if a plant is native to Vermont 

See a full list of links to Bernie's gardening posts

Also, Announcing a series of free presentations titled "Observing Life in Your Backyard - Meet your neighbors, a backyard photo insect tour".  Each presentation will be presented via Zoom by Bernie Paquette.

"Observing Life in Your Backyard - Meet your neighbors, a backyard insect photo tour" Series Listing

1. Mr. & Mrs. Butterfly, Moth, and Caterpillar 

2. Bee in your Backyard - Bee Specialist, Generalist, Solitary, Social...

3. Bumble Bees - The Buzz Pollinators of Vermont

4. Dragonflies and Damselflies - Catch me if you can

5. Romantic interludes of Insects

6. Beneficial and Garden Pests - Insects

7. Eat or be eaten - Predator and Prey of the insect world

8. You BUG - Me Human. True Bugs

9. Wasps - Jackets required

10. Flower Flies and Mimicry

11. Native Plants for pollinators and for You - Gardening Presentation. *Email plant/planting questions to me before the presentation.

12. Four Actions to help Pollinators (View with #2, 3, and 9)

13. Pollinator Myths (View with #2, 3, and 9)

14. Bees or Wannabees? (View after #2 Bee in your Backyard)

15. Rare Bees (Not constructed yet)

16. Pollinator plate (What food requires pollinators)

17. Pollinator Diversity (Detailed description of a few bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and moths)

18. A bee nest round the year 

19. How are the pollinators doing? (Partially included in #11)

20. Pollinator Trivia

21. How Bees See Color (partially incorporated in #2)

22. iNaturalist / brief introduction on using iNaturalist

Monday, June 13, 2022

Invasive Honeysuckle - Informational and Motivational articles


   Things are happening in the Tillotson Homeowners Association ~25-acre site in Jericho, Vermont.  After receiving permission from the H.O.A., one of the residents (Barbara) and I started cutting down invasive honeysuckle on the site. After a couple of sessions of cuttings, we had a volunteer from Underhill (Russ) join us. Then recently Amber, a wonderful young woman who lives in Jericho Center, volunteered and we did more cutting, this time freeing up an apple tree. In the past cuttings, we have freed up American Cranberry bushes, nannyberry, and other native shrubs, oak, cherry, and other native trees. 

   As a reminder, Bernie will purchase creemees at the Jericho Country Store for anyone who comes out to work with us on any one of our Invasive Honeysuckle Cutting meetups. 

   With the ten to twelve-foot thickets of Invasive Honeysuckle removed, the areas of the woods are now looking like they should and the view of the pond is improved.

   Now Barbara is pursuing a possible purchase of some native shrubs from the Intervale Conservation Nursery in Burlington for planting to help replace the invasive honeysuckle. 

   This effort by a band of a few people joining together in solidarity of land stewardship through a small bit of sweat, no chemicals, and a willingness to do continued management is encouraging. And the work is rewarding in meeting up with like-minded folks and getting instant gratification from seeing the native plants we give freedom to. 

   The management of the re-growth will be much easier as hand pulling or light cutting is all that is necessary. At some point, we might have the time and energy to uproot the stumps and roots.

   My partner Maeve has initiated a similar project (with Amy the F&W representative) on Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area land with a July volunteer date set. 

   Help me to convince the legislature to declare the third Saturday in May as VT Invasives Management Day. *Currently seeking support letters from any organization. Contact me (Bernie) for more details

   I think land stewardship starts with knowledge, and awareness followed by persistence and patience. In addition, caring plus contribution equals community. It makes me happy to be part of that mix.

Jericho Invasive Honeysuckle 

Volunteers' Action Hours

April: 15, May: 3.5, June 17.5 

2022 running total: 36 hours (Tillotson H.O.A.)

2021 total: 6 hours (Town right of way)

A demonstration of commitment, 

land stewardship, and community caring.


Connecting community with nature

More articles on Invasive Honeysuckle

Jericho's Kudzu: Combatting Invasive Honeysuckle


Invasive Honeysuckle for VT State Flower


Join the Jericho Invasive Plant Posse


Invasive Honeysuckle Removal Jericho Vt


Slow the Spread Invasive Honeysuckle, Jericho VT


Paul Revere rides again, this time in Jericho, VT.

Seeking volunteers for invasive Honeysuckle cutting along Jericho roadside.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Jericho, Vermont Mailbox Art II


Mailbox Improvement Week, May 21-27 USPS

Rural mailboxes must meet USPS regulations, including design, size, placement, and addressing. However, some amount of customization, personification, artwork, and quirky statements apparently are in the realm of acceptability if measured by the rural mailboxes seen in Jericho, Vermont.

Jericho, Vermont Mailbox Art II

Captions by Bernie
   Every day is Valentine's day when your mailbox is dressed in its very best.

                                           THE Gold Standard


                                                               Everyday Garden Variety

                         Duplex (Special zoning permit)

                                        Shadow Box Design 

                                           Patent pending

            Plain Jane

Who knows 

what strange and ominous 

mail lurks in the shadows.

Built like a rock

Covered Mail

                                   Linkedon Mail

Just Over the Line Scenic Mail 

                                                 Deere John....

First-floor mailbox,

 second-floor chicken coop.

                                        Color of the Month Club 

Unfinished paint job.

                                              Looking like Ninety-eight

                       but only Sixty-three years old.

Lichen we are missing one, ma!


32 Stallion Road

Steep four-degree incline; 

 Heavy mail - please use the alternate lane.

Do not remove the tag

 under penalty of law

                 The bigger the sign 

                  the bigger the number

You don't know your town until you walk its dirt roads and view its diverse mailboxes!

Faded Glory

                                Tree Mail - Watch for falling limbs

Ninety-eight litter of leaves on the tree; ninety-eight litter of leaves, one falls down, watch it fly around; ninety-seven litter of leaves on the tree, one falls down, watch it fly around…    Come on sing along, you know you want to.

   Norman Rockwell and Robert Frost bring home the family                     Christmas Tree.

She dared him to cross the red line.

                    The blush of  Bloom

                  She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me…

Butterflies and other insects deliver pollen 

                                      Planted, potted, 

                                                   awaiting Post Card from Sunny California.

Hot Mail

                                     Eighteen Twenty was a very good year.

                                                          Copy Cat

                                                      Starry-eyed mail 

                                          Two thirds correct 

                                  Big Brother, Little Brother

These folks do not have to worry about mice in their mailbox ever again.

   I just wanna feel Purple, Red, Yellow, and VT Green. 

A bit worn, a bit tattered, 

will she recover?

In the darkest of hours

 there is always light. 


     Moooorever, though the milkman no longer delivers,

        you can still count on the mailwoman or mailman!

    Presumably Queen Victoria of Osborne House

After I have tea with the Queen, I will be out and about Jericho, and perhaps Underhill seeking more unique, unusual, artsy, and divine mailboxes. 

Which is your favorite

Laugh, Dream, Try, and Do Good