Archive for February 2011

VIDEO: Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Upsets Great Lakes Ecosystem, Economy

February 28, 2011

Here is a good overview of the effects this insect has had in the Midwest and what we should expect to happen in New York. CLICK HERE.

Below is a video of a June 2010 newscast about the beetle first showing up in Western New York.

Is There a Complete Illustrated Online Plant Glossary?

February 27, 2011

I have been looking for a complete illustrated plant glossary that would be accessible online. The closest I have come is one called the Botanical Visual Glossary by the LSU herbarium another by Arieh Tal that use photos to show plant parts with little arrows.  This is a good start and I hope they continue adding more terms and more photos to their terms in this fashion. Maybe one of our readers knows of another online glossary that I am missing. My ultimate wish would be to have online dichotomous keys (I have a hard time with random access interactive keys; I don’t think you learn characters as well with them) that would have hotlinks to photos or short videos to the descriptive words or phrases in the couplets. – Steve Young

Photo showing the term "revolute" in the Tal glossary

Wildflowers of Central New York Video

February 26, 2011

This is a simple slideshow of common wildflowers with birds singing in the background.  The photographer needs to work on his focus but it’s nice to see these in the winter and anticipate things to come.  Try to guess what they are as they come up (don’t look at the caption!).

Native vs. Invasive Plant ID Workshop in Connecticut

February 25, 2011
From Bill Moorhead: CLICK HERE for an announcement of two 1-day plant identification workshops, a Fairfield County edition and a Litchfield county edition, taught by me and co-sponsored by Aton Forest Inc. and Highstead Arboretum, focusing on distinguishing invasive plants from similar native species in the field in late winter/early spring, i.e., in leaf-off condition and/or somewhere between leaf-on and leaf-off.  The first takes place on Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011, at & near Highstead Arboretum in Redding, CT, and the second Friday, Mar 25, at & near White Memorial Conservation Center, in Litchfield, CT.  At both we will see in the field (weather permitting, in the lab, if not) most of the woody invasive plants that occur in Connecticut, several other non-native woody species that may come to recognized as invasives in the future, and possibly a number of invasive herbaceous species that are detectable at this time of year (if we can see the ground!).  Please forward this email to anyone that you know who might be interested in and benefit from it, and please contact me (contact info in the closing) if you have questions about the workshop.  I have included on this distribution list many people that I know probably do not need to take this workshop, in hopes that you would forward it to people who would benefit from it, and websites that reach people who would benefit from it.
Thanks and best wishes,

Bill Moorhead
Consulting Field Botanist
486 Torrington Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
Phone & FAX: 860-567-4920
Cell phone: 860-543-1786

SUNY ESF Video Introduction to Mosses

February 24, 2011

Here is a nice video about the basics of mosses and a way to use buttermilk or stale beer to grown them in your backyard. It runs about 2 minutes and features interpretive naturalist Rob Carr.

College Student Presentations and Posters Solicited for Aquatic Plant Symposium

February 23, 2011

Click on the announcement below for a larger version.

Adirondack Flora and Fungi Video

February 22, 2011

How many of these plants, mosses, and fungi do you recognize?

Northeastern Field Botany at Its Best: June 19-23, 2011, Ithaca

February 21, 2011

Joint the Botanical Society of America – Northeastern Section for this year’s field extravaganza with:

Torrey Botanical Society

Philadelphia Botanical Club

Cosponsored with:

The Finger Lakes Native Plant Society

New York Flora Association


June 19-23, 2011 (Sunday-Thursday) at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

The 2011 Field Meeting will examine the flora of Tompkins County and
vicinity in upstate New York. Housing will be on the campus of Ithaca
College, at the southern edge of the city of Ithaca. Located at the
southern end of Lake Cayuga, Ithaca is in the heart of the extremely
scenic Finger Lakes region. The city is home to the campus of Cornell
University, including the Cornell Plantations, a remarkable botanical
garden and arboretum as well as owner of numerous natural areas.
Tompkins County also is renowned for three state parks with magnificent
gorges and waterfalls, plus many additional designated natural areas
that are open to the public.

Accommodations are in double-occupancy dormitory rooms of Ithaca
College. The rooms are in “traditional style residence halls” (non-air
conditioned rooms, shared bath facilities). Also, there are several
nearby motels. Participants wishing to stay in a motel will need to make
their own arrangements. Box lunches are included for each day of field
trips (Monday through Wednesday). Also included are two breakfasts and a
buffet dinner. The remaining meals will be purchased individually at a
food court on the campus, or at nearby restaurants and stores, since the
campus dining hall will not be open. Transportation will be by a rented
bus and by car-pooling.

Our field trip coordinator and leader is Mr. David Werier of the Finger
Lakes Native Plant Society and the New York Flora Association. The sites
he has chosen represent a diversity of vegetation types and will include

• Lime Hollow Nature Center, Marl Ponds, and Chicago Bog: acidic bog,
limy marl ponds, rich woods;

• Bear Swamp Sempronius: calcareous rich shrub fen, cool rich northern

• Michigan Hollow: sedge meadows, rich peat swamp, rich and acidic woods;

• Thatcher’s Pinnacles and Biodiversity Preserve: rich forests with
older trees, terminal moraine

deposits, steep slope with native red pine, dry rim with dwarfed
southern-affinity forests;

• Taughannock Falls State Park: impressive gorge and waterfall, rich
forests, talus slopes;

• South Hill Swamp Natural Area: swamp white oak swamp, diversity of

In place of the first two, we may include these recommendations from Mr.
F. Robert Wesley, Natural Areas Manager at the Cornell Plantations:

• Landers’ Corners Bog: /Carex pauciflora/, /Listera australis,/
/Orontium aquaticum/;

• Jam Pond Bog: large open bog surrounded by red maple-black
spruce-tamarack peatland forest.

There will also be a variety of evening lectures. An optional informal
trip to the Cornell Plantations is planned for the morning after the
meeting on Thursday June 23.

For a registration form click on this link.

For further information contact:

Larry Klotz, Chair:

Robynn Shannon, Co-chair:

Details on Invasive Plant Symposium at the Northeast Natural History Conference

February 19, 2011

Click on the photos below for a larger version of the talks and presentation. Register before March 1st for the lower rate!

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Recommended Plants for New York

February 18, 2011

Visit THEIR WEBSITE to see a list of New York commercially available native plants suitable for planned landscapes.  We have not gone through the list to see how good it is but maybe some of our readers can comment. They have a lot of nice photos however.


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