Archive for August 2009

Mendon Ponds/Auburn Trail Trip Sets New Genera Quest Record

August 30, 2009

The NYFA trip to Mendon Ponds and the Auburn Trail in Railroad Mills on August 22 set a new one-day record for genera seen at 258! The old record was 243 at Alley Pond Park in Queens in 2008. The Mendon area is very diverse with eskers, ponds, marshes, a kettlehole sphagnum bog and a fen. We saw 229 genera in the park so it actually was less than what we saw in Alley Pond but the walk along the Auburn Trail added 29 more genera for the grand total for the day.  The full list of species will be published in the next NYFA newsletter and added to our website. Thanks go to the eager participants whose sharp eyes spotted all the beautiful plants we saw that day and our leader Steve Daniel who knows the plants in both areas very well.  Some photos from the day are below.

Identifying plants in the bog

Identifying plants in the bog

Steve Daniel showing Triglochin palustre

Steve Daniel showing Triglochin palustre

Flowers of the rare swamp lousewort, Pedicularis lanceolata

Flowers of the rare swamp lousewort, Pedicularis lanceolata

Happy plant hunters: Steve Young, Ken Hull, Carol Southby, Georgianna Vyverberg, Steven   Daniel, Megan Caves, Sarah Shute, Ed Fuchs, Christine Sevilla, Amy   Kahn, Karen Schreiner.   Not present for photo (Kim Hartquist).

Happy plant hunters: Steve Young, Ken Hull, Carol Southby, Georgianna Vyverberg, Steven Daniel, Megan Caves, Sarah Shute, Ed Fuchs, Christine Sevilla, Amy Kahn, Karen Schreiner. Not present for photo (Kim Hartquist).

More Cattail Double-spikes

August 28, 2009

From Steve Daniel in Rochester: These were seen Thursday at WhiteBrook wetlands, part of the Crescent Trail, Town of Perinton, Monroe County.

Oh No! A Snafu With the New Website

August 28, 2009

The new nyflora.org website was going to to live today but because of unforseen technical problems we will have to wait a while longer. Stay tuned to this blog for updates.

Torrey Botanical Society Offers Research Award for Students

August 28, 2009

We are pleased to offer to student members for 2010 for the first time the Andrew M. Greller Graduate Research Award for Conservation of Local Flora and Ecosystems.  This is an annual award funded by Dr. Greller for outstanding student research directed towards preserving habitat or saving plants and ecosystems from habitat destruction in the Torrey Range, a lifelong passion of his.  We continue to offer the Torrey Botanical Society’s Student Fellowship and Training Awards to student members and the Symposium award to all members.  See details on the Society’s website http://www.torreybotanical.org.

A Trip to the High Peaks

August 26, 2009

From Patrick Raney, SUNY ESF:

These were some of the plants in bloom around Mount Marcy August 10-12
Solidago cutleri is in bloom at (Mt. Marcy, Basin, Gothics)
Minuartia groenlandica is in bloom and all over (same area, and Saddleback Mtn)
Cornus canadensis
Kalmia polifolia was in bloom just below Mt. Marcy, and at the Gothics
Houstonia caerulea in bloom below the top of Mt. Marcy
Indian pipe is in bloom all over below the peaks
Here are some photos from the area:

Mendon Ponds Genera Quest A Success

August 25, 2009

The field trip to Mendon Ponds was an amazing day.  We may have a new record for genera seen in one day.  Stay tuned to this site for photos and the final tally. Below is one photo by Steve Daniel as a teaser.

Clear Wing Hawkmoth on Cirsium muticum

Clear Wing Hawkmoth on Cirsium muticum

New Website: Three Days and Counting

August 25, 2009

The new NYflora.org  is scheduled to be live on Thursday!


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