I ran across this botany-based blog recently looking for information on invasive species. It contains interesting information about many aspects of botany with some nice photos and descriptions of plants that also occur in New York. To see it CLICK HERE.
Archive for March 2011
Lots of events are happening this spring so check the NYFA calendar for a walk or talk near you. CLICK HERE to see the calendar. If you have an event you would like to post send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Steve Young – NY Natural Heritage Program
Last summer I had to leave early from Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island for a field trip to Long Island. While I waited for the South Ferry I decided to explore the marsh to the west where a friend had told me there were some interesting plants. He was right.
The Google map of plant lists for New York is now accessible on the “Plant Lists” tab on our main website www.nyflora.org. Plant lists for the Albany Pine Bush and Brookhaven National Lab have just been added.
CLICK HERE to see the list of field trips and workshops scheduled for 2011.
Now that plants are starting to flower (I have gotten reports of skunk cabbage and pussy willow) you can help record this natural phenomenon by using the New York-based website Project Bud Break. According to the website it is associated with a national effort, a network of citizen scientists that is being established in New York to observe the timing of flowering, leaf development, fruiting, and leaf drop in populations of common native trees and herbaceous species. This site will help observers to enter their data on the timing of important plant events through the growing season. Through time they can see the effects of climate change by observing the fluctuations in phenology of our native plants. To register for the site CLICK HERE.
This is one of the best botanical conferences in the world. For a list of session topics CLICK HERE.
This new website, www.my-plant.0rg, was created by Richard Olmstead and funded by the National Science Foundation to foster communication among botanists working on specific groups of plants. Users can create their own ‘clade’, like New York mints for example, and invite others to join in the discussion to build a community of users with similar taxomomic interests. The developers tout it as more than just another social networking site, My-Plant.org also provides integrations and links into other sites, tools and repositories of information both within iPlant and across the community as a whole.
The Butternut Valley Alliance in Otsego County has scheduled their second annual wildflower walk for Sunday June 5th, at 1:30 PM.
There are pictures of last year’s walk on the Butternut Valley Alliance website. View the pdf of the Flora Walk at the Stroh’s. This year they are hoping it won’t be so rainy. They would appreciate all the botanical help they can get so they can assemble a good native and invasive plant list of the area.
A pot luck picnic is planned for 4 PM.
For more information contact Leslie Stroh at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE for more photos of the beautiful Butternut Valley.
NYFA board member Aissa Feldmann saw skunk cabbage blooming in a swamp at Stony Kill Farm near Beacon in Dutchess County on March 9th while performing surveys for New England cottontail. The snow was patchy (see photo) so she didn’t see the process of snow melting that characterizes these flowers. Spring is on the way!