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Garlic Mustard: An Alien Invader!

posted Jun 12, 2015, 12:37 PM by Anthony Sokolik   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 12:39 PM ]

Garlic Mustard

An Alien Invader!


Garlic Mustard Plant Identification
What is this Alien Invader?

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a cool season biennial herb (it takes two years to flower) with stalked, triangular to heart-shaped, coarsely toothed leaves that give off an odor of garlic when crushed. The first-year plants appear as a rosette of green leaves close to the ground. These rosettes remain green through the winter and develop into mature flowering plants the following spring. Flowering plants of garlic mustard reach from 2 to 3½ feet in height and produce button like clusters of small white flowers, each with four petals in the shape of a cross.

When do you see Garlic Mustard?

You can see it anytime, but it is easiest to spot in the spring. It starts growing taller between the taller more noticeable stalks start growing between February and stalks start to die off in June.

Where can you Find Garlic Mustard?

Garlic Mustard can overtake a forest!
Garlic mustard is everywhere! It prefers moist habitat, but has proven to be a very successful plant. They can even be found in your own backyard, parks, and forests!

How did it get here?

It was most likely brought over from its native Europe by settlers for food and medicinal purposes. The earliest known sighting of garlic mustard in North America is in 1868 in Long Island.

Why is it so bad to have?

Many problems have arisen since Garlic Mustard first arrived in American forests. A single plant can release anywhere from 600 - 2,000 seeds every year. It is estimated to be spreading at a rate of 6,400 square kilometers per year!

Garlic Mustard doesn’t play fair!

Garlic Mustard is not native to New York State
Garlic mustard is alleopathic. Allelopathic means it produces a chemical that kills all other competing plants, including trees! The extent of how it is affecting our native trees is still unknown, but garlic mustard has choked out many native woodland favorites such as spring beauty, wild ginger, blood root, Dutchmen’s breeches, trillium and toothworts.

It changes the playing field!

West Virginia white butterfly(Pieris virginiensis)
With the release of the chemicals into the soil it can affect the the contents of leaf litter in the forest. This in turn affects species of salamanders, mollusks (snails), and some insects. 
It also affects the soil fungus (Fungi mycoorhizal).  

With the toothworts on the decline because the Garlic Mustard, there are three butterfly species: West Virginia white butterfly (Pieris virginiensis), mustard white butterfly (Pieris oleracea), and falcate orange tip (Anthocharis media annicke) that have been forced to lay their eggs on Garlic Mustard. Because of this it is believed that the chemicals in the plants kill the butterfly larvae causing their numbers drastically decline.


How do we control Garlic Mustard?

Cub Scout Pack 592 Cleaning up Reinstein Woods of Garlic Mustard
At Pack 592 we very proud of our multi-year effort to hand pick Garlic Mustard in Reinstein Woods. In 2015 we picked 109.5 pounds of garlic mustard for a total of over 400 pounds picked in the last four years
! Over the past couple years we have not only had fun picking it, we have seen some the beautiful native plants come back which is a reward!


ScoutBook is Here

posted May 22, 2015, 8:24 AM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated May 22, 2015, 8:25 AM ]

ScoutBook Tracking and Advancement
Pack 592 is adding new functionality to allow parents, den, and pack leaders the ability to keep track of our scouts and their activities. We re using an application now owned by BSA called ScoutBook. This is a web based application that can be accessed by you either on your smart phone or computer through your internet web browser. It works equally well on whatever device you choose.

ScoutBook will allow you as a parent to track your son's advancements and see where he is. It will also allow you as a parent to be able to log in and check off requirements for adventures that you have completed at home. Items like service hours, camping, and hiking logs can also be tracked easily.

For den and pack leaders, this will greatly help track adult training, preparing advancement reports, tracking our scouts, and aid in purchasing advancements. Also, in the future, because of the close integration with BSA, tasks like Journey to Excellence and Rechartering will go much smoother.

Going forward as the calendaring and messaging features of ScoutBook improve we will move towards maintaining more and more of our information all in a single place. Also, even if you leave the Pack and the Troop or other Pack does not use ScoutBook, you can still use ScoutBook. ScoutBook is free for use by a parent to track their individual scouts advancement. 

All of our current adult leaders and parents have been setup in ScoutBook already and e-mail invitations have gone out to everyone. We have placed a link to ScoutBook under the Pack Links menu to the left. You can also just visit https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile to log as well. If you have any problems please feel free to contact AJ and he'll assist you getting logged in.

Congratulations!

posted Mar 23, 2015, 6:35 AM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 6:36 AM ]

Pine Wood Derby
Congratulations to the Cub Scouts winners from our "Sister Pack" Pack 143 from Blasdell, NY in their Pine Wood Derby race. We were able to host their Pine Wood Derby at Windom Fire Hall on Sunday, March 22. Congratulations also to the Cub Scouts of Pack 592 who participated in the "Fun Run" race after Pack 143's official race! Everyone who attended had a great time and I know our scouts who participated in this "extra" race this year had a blast!

Annual Raingutter Regatta

posted Mar 11, 2015, 6:58 AM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 6:59 AM ]

Raingutter Regatta
It's spring and that means it's Raingutter Regatta time again! Like last year we will be building and racing our own model boats and blowing hard to see who can get them to the end first. We will also be inviting other local boys from the area to take part s well and to let everyone know how fun Scouting can be! This year we will be holding the Regatta on Tuesday, April 21 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Windom Fire Hall (our normal location). If you are inviting friends who might not know where it is, the address is 3736 Abbott Road, Orchard Park NY 14127. Plan on having fun and invite a friend to check it out and see what Cub Scouts is all about!

Pack 592 visits a TV Station

posted Mar 3, 2015, 12:22 PM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:23 PM ]

Pack 592 visits a TV Studio
We are rescheduling our normal Den Meeting to go visit a real TV station! On Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 we will all meet at the WNYB studios at 5775 Big Tree Road (Rte 20A), Orchard Park, NY 14127. For our Tigers, this is a requirement. For any Webelos working on the Communicator badge, this is also helpful. For everyone it'll be fun! We'll learn how a TV station works, and possibly even operate a camera!

New Cub Scout Adventures are on-line!

posted Feb 26, 2015, 1:55 PM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 1:56 PM ]

New Cub Scout Program Changes Comming
It's hard to believe that we are already half way through our Scouting Year. Next year will bring around a major update to the Cub Scout program. There are new requirements and adventures to be had by all the ranks!

For a general overview of the upcoming changes visit our Cub Scout Program Changes page.

If you are interested in what the new requirements will be next year, we have those available on-line as well for you to look at for each rank:

Check them out to prepare yourself a little early for next year!

More Snow Shoes!

posted Feb 26, 2015, 1:42 PM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 1:43 PM ]

Snow ShoeWe're snow shoeing again this year! Join us Saturday at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve for a fun outdoor adventure on snow shoes! Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather!

Readyman and First Aid Rally

posted Feb 7, 2015, 4:13 PM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 4:15 PM ]

Webelos from Pack 592 joined Scouts from Troop 285 to participate in the First Aid Rally
Congratulations to Cobra Patrol for doing a great job at the 25th Annual First Aid Rally. They joined a Scout from Troop 285 to compete in the Boy Scout Novice Level division where they held their own with teams of novice Boy Scouts. They've worked hard over the past few weeks preparing and it showed! These boys went from knowing very little first aid to being able to splint fractures, make slings and head bandages, and learning how to prep and transport patients! Excellent job boys! Also, thanks to the parents who made the time to bring their boys to practice every week! and the boys and ScoutMaster of Troop 285 of Orchard Park, NY who took the time to so effectively train them!

Webelos: First Aid Training and Ready Man

posted Dec 29, 2014, 8:30 AM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Dec 29, 2014, 8:40 AM ]

First Aid Training
The Webelos of Pack 592 will be working with Troop 285 for our First Aid training and Ready Man badge. Please see our Calendar for the specific dates for the training. All training will be held at Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127. Also, please be sure to register with Council for Ready Man. Vist http://www.wnyscouting.org/event/1598042 for more info about Ready Man.

Snow Shoe Walk

posted Dec 29, 2014, 8:23 AM by Cub Scout Pack 592   [ updated Dec 29, 2014, 8:41 AM ]

Snow ShoePack 592 will be enjoying a fun winter time activity on Sunday, January 4! We will be snow shoeing at Evangola State Park. If we don't have enough snow for Snow Shoes then we will be taking a nature walk. This is a free event for all scouts, their family, and friends and will include snow shoe rental costs as well. 

Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear boots!

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