Gypsy Moth Caterpillars
This seems to be a banner year for Gypsy Moths.
A mature Gypsy Moth caterpillar is approximately 6 cm long, and can be identified by the pairs of dots along its back – five pairs of blue dots, followed by six pairs of red dots. The caterpillars feed mainly on deciduous trees and shrubs. Their favourite foods include oak, maple, birch and serviceberry. The young caterpillars will hang from trees on silk threads and be blown long distances by the wind.
Young caterpillars feed throughout the day, but as they mature they come down from the crown of the tree during the heat of the day to seek shade. At this stage, homeowners can trap the caterpillars on the tree trunk. To make a trap, wrap a strip of burlap, approximately 45 cm (17″) wide, around the tree trunk at chest height. Tie a string around the centre of the burlap and fold the upper portion down to form a skirt, with the string acting as a belt. The caterpillars will crawl under the burlap to escape the sun and become trapped. Later in the day, lift the burlap, pick off the caterpillars, and dispose of them.
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A coyote was sighted chasing a deer through Rollingwood Park this week. It did not catch the deer. The coyote then passed between houses at 90 and 94 Rollingwood onto the street and went on its way. You should be cautious about having family pets outdoors unsupervised or unleashed. Although coyotes are usually about at dawn and dusk, they are also about at other times.
Here is a resource on Coyotes in the City of London. http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Pages/coyotes.aspx
Members of Council are holding a number of ward meetings over the next few days to hear from you about the City’s budget before the budget is passed. See London.ca/budget for more details
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Today is GIVING TUESDAY. Consider joining a number of residents who have already made a contribution to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority for projects in the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA). This opportunity comes with the City committing to improve access to the Valley by building a new boardwalk and swale (to reduce the effects of runoff) from the entrance to the ESA at Longbow and Wychwood this spring. And a reminder… a resident has pledged to match all donations made in 2019 up to $10,000. Money raised will be used for projects such as invasive species management.
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Neighbourhood Decision Making 2019
Neighbourhood Decision Making (NDM) is an opportunity for London residents to democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on neighbourhood projects. The project ideas that you come up with and vote for can transform the culture, pulse, and even the physical appearance of our neighbourhood. To learn how NDM works and submit an idea online click here
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