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Mild Winter and an Early Spring A Recipe for Weeds
Winter is normally a matter of life and death for wildlife. A harsh winter with unrelenting snow and cold temperatures can mean starvation for many animals. A warm winter allows animals to conserve energy and get a head start on reproducing. This winter has certainly been mild and a boom for wildlife, all wildlife; including ticks and other parasites.

The mild winter also prevented a natural phenomenon called winterkill, which often affects smaller ponds. This occurs when water that is rich in nutrients, algae, and other aquatic plants are covered with ice and snow for long periods of time. This build up prevents sunlight from entering the pond and prevents the aquatic plants from producing oxygen; literally suffocating the fish.

Bright green grass has kept homeowners busy mowing and with the warm weather landscaping and gardening has begun as well. Trees and plants are budding and blooming, aquatic plants are thriving. Aquatic plants are thriving? Thick patches of salvinia and dense mats of hydrilla verticillata, are already present in southern parts of the United States and there is definitely aquatic weed growth being reported in the midwest too. Not sure what the summer will bring, but I’m guessing lots of bugs and weeds. 


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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Plague Freshwater - Algal blooms have closed lake beaches or led to swimming advisories from Vermont's Lake Champlain to Dorena Reservoir in Oregon and from Florida’s Caloosahatchee River to Wisconsin's Lake Menomin. In addition to the health risks, the blooms take an economic toll. An estimate by Walter Dodds of Kansas State University conservatively puts the annual cost of freshwater algal blooms at more than $1 billion from lost recreation and depressed property values.

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