Liana Williams, age 5, enjoys botanizing and birdwatching with grandma (and NYFA Board member) Connie Tedesco. For the last 3 years they have taken a fall walk on Whalen Hill, near Hartwick NY, to find the Spiranthes cernua along the trail, occasional among the clubmosses. Liana was the first to spot one this year and shows it off for the camera.
Archive for the ‘Field Trips’ category
By Steve Young
On May fifth NYFA began their annual meeting and field trip with a visit to Nelson Swamp near Nelson, NY. We met on a beautiful sunny day just outside the village of Cazenovia and carpooled to a parking spot that provided easy access to the swamp.
The participants divided into two smaller groups so we would have less impact on sensitive areas. While some of us explored the mosaic of marsh and white cedar swamp to the west, the other group went into the swamp to take a look at spreading globeflower.
In one area we came across a beautiful expanse of false hellebore (Veratrum viride) in its early stages of growth as well as some nice meadows of Carex bromoides (“the other hummock sedge” as David Werier describes it). At the appointed time we exchanged places with the other group and listened to Dr. Sara Scanga talk about her work with Spreading globeflower (Trollius laxus) before heading into the swamp to look at the plant for real.
For some of the group it was the first time they had seen globeflower and Sara explained all of the interesting facets of its growth and ecology. You can learn more about her work HERE.
Fortunately the plants were in full flower and put on a real show for us.
You can learn more about spreading globeflower in New York at the NY Natural Heritage Conservation Guide.
After the field trip we drove to board member Ed Frantz’s house near Cazenovia and enjoyed a delicious and bountiful lunch provided by Ed and his family. After lunch came a short business meeting with a board member vote followed by the first annual botanical quiz given by yours truly from an iPhone app called “Angiosperms.” Even though there were a lot of groans at the questions, I think everyone enjoyed participating, especially the two groups that tied for the win!
We finished off the day’s activities by voting for the 2014 Wildflower of the Year, a tradition that we will have every year to honor and publicize a member of our flora for the next calendar year. This year’s win went to cardinal flower, one of our most spectacular and well-known wildflowers.
Many thanks go to the organizers of the field trip and luncheon and to the record number of participants we had for the meeting. It was one to remember.
The NYFA Board met in Cooperstown on April 18 to discuss future projects, field trips, workshops and other issues. Their annual members meeting will be on Sunday May 5th beginning with a tour of Nelson Swamp. See our web page on field trips for more information. The day began with a field trip to Table Rocks at the campus of Hartwick College in Oneonta where we were joined by bryologist Dr. Sean Robinson from SUNY Oneonta who helped identify the mosses. A great time was had by all.
Table Rocks is located on the slopes above the Science Building but permission is needed to access the site.
Steve Daniel showed us an example of the green stain fungus in wood, Chlorociboria aeruginacens.
Outside the science building we saw a naturalized population of Bellis perennis, English daisy, one of two flowering plants we saw that day. The other was colt’s foot, another European import. With the delayed flowering season we are having this spring it was great to see anything blooming!
Members of the NY Flora Association helped inventory a couple of beautiful bogs in Delaware County this spring. It was a rainy day but we saw some great plants and scenery. A fun time was had by all and we hope our efforts will add to the knowledge of the flora of Delaware County and provide information to the owners who are concerned about the effects of a new gas pipeline that might be built in the area. Here is a sample of what we saw. Photos by Steve Young.
The New York Natural Heritage Program is assessing 20 different open wetlands in the Upper Hudson watershed this year as part of a project for the Division of Water in the DEC. The assessment includes data on species and their percent cover in an 80 meter diameter circle as well as in four 10×10 plots. Additional data on landscape quality surrounding the plots adds to the assessment. On July 25th Greg Edinger and I visited a fen south of Route 8 west of Piseco Lake. – Steve Young
The New York Natural Heritage Program is assessing 20 different open wetlands in the Upper Hudson watershed this year as part of a project for the Division of Water in the DEC. The assessment includes data on species and their percent cover in an 80 meter diameter circle as well as in four 10×10 plots. Additional data on landscape quality surrounding the plots adds to the assessment. On July 24th Greg Edinger and I assessed a medium fen at Thousand Acre Swamp near Fox Hill in Saratoga County. The sedge-dominated fen was in excellent condition and we couldn’t have been there on a more beautiful day. It takes about 4 hours to do the full assessment. – Steve Young
The New York Natural Heritage Program is assessing 20 different open wetlands in the Upper Hudson watershed this year as part of a project for the Division of Water in the DEC. On July 23rd Greg Edinger and I assessed a beaver-drowned fen near Benson in Hamilton County, on DEC land along the road to Lapland Lake ski center. The assessment includes data on species and their percent cover in an 80 meter diameter circle as well as in four 10×10 plots. Additional data on landscape quality surrounding the plots adds to the assessment. This marsh near Benson was difficult to walk around because of the deep water and thin sphagnum layer but we saw many interesting species. – Steve Young
Early Spring Wildflowers
Sunday, 2-5pm. As the earth begins to warm, the forest reawakens with beauty. Join Barbara Petersen and Roger Roloff, experienced field botanists and Preserve Volunteers, and learn to identify coltsfoot, bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauties and more! Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 3-mile hike. No dogs allowed at this program, except for service dogs. Space is limited; for reservations and program location call 845-255-0919. This is a free program.
Saturday, 2-5pm. Join Roger Roloff and Barbara Petersen, Mohonk Preserve Volunteers, for this forest and ridge hike to search for the colorful blooms of later spring such as Canada Mayflower, Solomon’s Seal, Yellow Violets, Crowfoots, White Baneberry, and Pink Ladyslippers. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 4-mile hike. Space is limited; for reservations and program location call 845-255-0919. There is no fee for this program. Service dogs only, please.
A great lineup is in store for this summer. The fun starts May 19 with a field trip to the woods and wetlands of the Taconic Hills of Washington County. Workshops feature sedges, lichens, rushes, marine algae, aquatic plants and goldenrods. The workshops are sure to fill up fast so register early. For details see the field trip and workshop tab on the NYFA website.