Archive for the ‘Field Trips’ category

Adirondack Open Wetland Assessment – Thousand Acre Swamp

July 29, 2012

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

Another common sedge on the periphery of the plot was Carex folliculata, one of the most beautiful members of the Carex genus in my opinion.

 

Here is a closeup of the spikelets with the long perigynia.

One of the most common wildflowers in the plots was narrow-leaved gentian, Gentiana linearis.

This is a view across the wetland to the northwest. To the west it turned into a shrub swamp dominated by northern meadowsweet and sweet gale.

 

Both Spiraea species were here. This is the pink inflorescence of Spiraea tomentosa, hardhack spiraea.

 

Adirondack Open Wetland Assessment – Benson Marsh

July 29, 2012

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

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This is a view across the marsh showing the deep water sections. It was dominated by sedges, especially Carex utriculata, and Sphagnum.

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In the water the Brasenia shreberi, water shield, was in bloom.

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Sparganium americanum, American Bur-reed, was common and in flower and fruit.

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The wapato, Sagittaria latifolia, was in flower and had very narrow leaves here, resembling S. engelmannii.

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Scattered around in the muck were the tiny flowers of Utricularia gibba, Cone-spur bladderwort. I had difficulty distinguishing it from the closely related U. geminiscapa.

Stay Abreast of Friday Field Group Trips

June 2, 2012

The Capital District Friday Field Group has been going on some nice field trips since April.  You can see their plant lists HERE and photos they took HERE.  Every week we hear the common phrase of 2012, “This is blooming already!”

The group walking out to see a view of the Petersburg Valley from the Taconic Crest Trail June 1.

Two Wildflower Walks at the Mohonk Preserve

April 3, 2012

Early Spring Wildflowers

April 22, 2012

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.

May 19, 2012

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.

The 2012 NYFA Field Trip and Workshop Schedule is Now Available

March 28, 2012

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.

Happy students at the goldenrod and aster workshop at the Niagara Gorge last year.

A Short Walk Finds Spring on the Way

March 18, 2012

A short walk through the Woodlawn Preserve in Schenectady today found a few plants in bloom in this unusually warm spring.  Here is a sample. – Steve Young

The long male catkins of speckled alder, Alnus incana ssp. rugosa, hang down below the drooping female catkins. Smooth alder, Alnus serrulata, has shorter male catkins and the female ones are more erect.

Siberian elm, Ulmus pumila, has flowers in small tight clusters of black and red flowers. Slippery and American elms have flowers on longer pedicels and are not so compact.

These hairy catkins of quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, with red anthers were waving in the wind.

A cluster of female flowers of red maple, Acer rubrum, shows off its very red styles.

Still some months from flowering, young leaves of common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, poke through the dirt.

Saratoga Springs Street Tree Inventory Needs Volunteers

February 13, 2012

Starting in May the Saratoga Springs Street Tree inventory is looking for volunteers to help complete the survey by the end of June. There is a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer time and training on identification and recording will be provided. If you are interested contact Rick Fenton at 518-421-7098 or fenton@nycap.rr.com.


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