Those goats are still at it, feasting on all the kudzu out on the Davidson College cross country trail. Resident Louise Mazur was biking on the trail Sunday afternoon and send this photo and the note below. Meanwhile, you can go visit the goats yourself on July 9, in a nature outing organized by the World of Wonder program of Davidson Lands Conservancy. Details below.
Two weeks ago, Davidson College sent a rented herd of goats out onto its back campus to help with an overgrowth of kudzu. The goats are expected to eradicate it all – right down to the dirt. (See June 14, 2011, “Davidson College’s new employees.”)
Mike and Louise Mazur stopped to see their progress Sunday, and Ms. Mazur sent this note:
Mike and I were riding bikes on the trail Sunday afternoon and wanted to send you an updated picture of the dog and the goats! The goats are making quite a lot of progress!
OUTING: ‘Who’s Chomping the Kudzu?”
World of Wonder (WOW), the nature education program sponsored by Woodland Discovery and Davidson Lands Conservancy, is planning a nature outing to see the goats at work.
“Kudzu grows one foot each day, and we’ve all seen the damage it can do. The college had a kudzu problem, and they wanted a chemical-free solution: goats! A herd of goats are eating up the kudzu right now, and we’ve been given the opportunity to access an area of the College that is usually out-of-bounds for the public,” WOW said in an invitation.
Irvin Brawley, retired after serving 40 years as director of grounds at Davidson College, will lead the way to the goats, pointing out other invasive plants along the path. The goats are inside an electric fence, so there will be no touching. But it should be a great outing for children with their families.
WOW is limiting the event to children 6 and over. Please, no strollers and no dogs. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Directions and location details will be sent to those who register. Please fill out the attached registration form and email it to Erin Burke at email@example.com. She also is available for questions.
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