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A cute sheep patrol was sent to Governor's Island to combat weeds.


Alina Prikhodko

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This is the fourth year in a row that these animals have been brought to Governor's Island from the northern states. According to Time-out, their mission is to clear the island of weeds.

The sheep Evening, Chad, Philip Owen, Bowie and Jupiter have already left Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm in Albany to spend the spring and summer at Hammock Grove. During their “trip,” the Sheep Patrol will take part in several events. Among them are various practical exercises with wool, herding sheep, communicating with shepherds on the spot, and so on.

According to the official press release, since the program began in 2021, “sheep have consumed approximately 14,5 acres of invasive plant species.” This helps preserve the area's ecosystem. Sheep, unlike goats and other animals, do not eat tree bark, so they are ideal candidates for work on Governor's Island.

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These animals especially love herbaceous vegetation, in particular wormwood and sunflowers. These plants are competitors; they displace other species in the park, thereby creating a monoculture. By eating invasive species, sheep help reduce their spread.

In addition to vegetation control, the sheep patrol has helped free up thousands of hours for the island's gardening team. This, the press release said, allowed them to focus on other tasks, “such as building and developing new trails in Hammock Grove for visitors to the island to enjoy.”

Details of the program can be find here.

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