Our last outing on Sunday, we saw a little ecological experiment the area naturalist had put up – it was a deer exclosure about 4’X5’X5′ to show how much the over-deering of the area was damaging the local vegetation. Turns out it was a great display, although I doubt many people actually look at it much. Everywhere around it as far as you could see was clear, open scrubby woodland with scattered bluberry/huckleberry bushes and odd plant debris. The exclosure, though, was packed with a moderately dense growth of vegetation – it was quite striking! It was only when I got closer that I realized that about 2/3 or more of that lush growth was made up of Poison Ivy and Bittersweet. “Go, Deer!” is my response. Maybe after a few years it will be a better display, presuming that more desirable plants start to recover within its protection.