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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I made a trip to Long Island recently and had the opportunity to see some interesting natural areas. – Steve Young
Since this visit Hurricane Irene has paid a visit to the Island and these forests probably look a little different now. I’ll have to go back and see how they fared.
On July 30, 2011 the Adirondack Botanical Society had a field trip to Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, NY. The day started out misty and cold but the clouds later lifted and it was a beautiful day. A walk up to the top along the stairway and back down along the Wilmington trail to the road and parking lot resulted in the discovery of seven new plants not seen before at the top of the mountain. They are listed below, some with photos. To access the complete plant list CLICK HERE. – Steve Young
The other two species, without photos, were Matricaria discoidea, pineapple weed, and Silene vulgaris, bladder campion. They were both found along the roadside near the parking lot. For a complete set of photos from the trip CLICK HERE.
The NY Natural Heritage Program and environmental firm Tetra Tech are teaming up this summer to assess the condition of various wetlands across New York for the EPA. The project began with wetlands in the Adirondacks, continues on to Western New York, and finishes on Long Island. Below are some photos from the work in the Adirondacks. – Steve Young
Steve Young and Kim Smith of the New York Natural Heritage Program surveyed a state park in Ulster County this week. Besides Kim finding a new population of Carex davisii, these are some of the other things we saw.
The Adirondack Botanical Society is pleased to announce its list of summer 2011 field trips. These trips are for everyone from interested enthusiasts to professional botanists. Contact information for each trip is below so please contact them before the trip. Some trips might have a size limit.
Sunday, June 5th 2011. Crane Mt. Road, Johnsburg (near North Creek). Mosses and liverworts, showy orchis, Goldie’s fern and some other high pH ferns. Meet at 10 in the Johnsburg library/town hall parking lot on Main Street near the intersection of 28N. Contact Evelyn Greene: email@example.com
Sunday, June 12th, 2011. Jones Pond paddle. See some wetland orchids in the northern Adirondacks with a paddle into Jones Pond in Paul Smith’s, NY. Start from Jones Pond Road and Route 86 in Paul Smith’s at 10am. Canoe and PFD required. Contact Brian McAlister: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 18th, 2011. Wright Peak. Visit alpine vegetation at the summit of Wright Peak in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness area. This all day trip requires a rigorous hike up New York State’s 16th highest mountain. Start at the Adirondack Loj near Lake Placid at 9am. Contact Julia Goren: email@example.com. Group size is limited to 15 so you must register in advance.
Sunday, June 26th 2011. “Ice meadows” along east side of Hudson River, near Warrensburg. Meet at 10:30am in parking lot of Warren Co. /DEC Park north of Cronin’s Golf Course. Contact Evelyn Greene: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011. Pyramid Lake, Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness Area, Essex County. A canoe paddle to see the swamp vegetation at this remote and hard to access lake south of Paradox, NY. Contact Jacqueline Donnelly: email@example.com (518)584-6346. Group size is limited to 12 so you must register by June 27th.
Saturday, July 30th, 2011. Whiteface Mountain. Visit the alpine vegetation zone without the hike. Start from the Veteran’s memorial highway in Wilmington, NY at 10am. Contact: Julia Goren, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 6th 2011. Madawaska. Visit lowland boreal wetland communities in Franklin County via canoe. Contact: Lem Hegwood email@example.com.
To join the Google discussion group for the Adirondack Botanical Society send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write Join in the subject line. You can state why you would like to join in the body of the email.
The Capital District Friday Field Group just released their schedule for the 2011 field season. The group meets every Friday at 5:30 PM at a location in the Capital District of New York to learn the flora and fauna of the area. The group is also on meetup.com if you would like to register there. For a copy of the schedule CLICK HERE. See you in the field!
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.