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Remembering Former NYFA Board Member Bob Ingalls

November 20, 2010

The NYFA board and friends of  former board member Bob Ingalls were saddended by the news of his passing last week.  Bob was a great plant enthusiast and supporter of the flora of New York. He contributed a great deal to the advancement of NYFA and was eager to help anyone learn about the flora, especially the sedges.  He once said that one day he decided he was going to learn all the plants in New York. He wanted to start out with the most difficult plants and so he chose the sedges, becoming a real expert in the group.

The following remembrance is from the President of RPI, Dr. Jackson:

It is with great sadness and deep regret that I announce the recent passing of Dr. Robert P. Ingalls, the executive officer of the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer and a respected teacher of many computer science courses. Dr. Ingalls passed away late last week.

After a distinguished career in developmental psychology, Dr. Ingalls’ interests turned to computer science in the mid-1980s. He earned his master’s degree in computer science here in 1986, and joined the Computer Science Department that same year as director of operations, eventually rising to serve in the role of executive officer.

Dr. Ingalls earned his bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Williams College in 1967, and went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1968. He earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1972.

Dr. Ingalls was the author of a number of books on developmental psychology, including “Mental Retardation: The Changing Outlook.” He taught psychology at the California State College at Chico, and here in Troy at Russell Sage College, before joining the New York State Council on Children and Families.

After he came to Troy, Dr. Ingalls continued his lifelong interest in natural history. He was an accomplished field botanist, and an observer and advocate for the ecology of Rensselaer County. He served as a member and officer of the Rensselaer Land Trust and acted as a steward for the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Ingalls’ interests were many and diverse, and his enthusiasm engaged all who knew him.

There will be a memorial service for Dr. Ingalls at the Chapel and Cultural Center, 2125 Burdett Avenue in Troy, on Saturday, December 4, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in The Great Room at the Heffner
Alumni House.

Bob Ingalls, Frank Knight and Steve Young at Valcour Island 2006

New Officers Elected for NYFA

October 30, 2010

At the October board meeting for the New York Flora Association a new slate of officers was elected. They are:

President – David Werier, Botanist, Ithaca
Vice President – Steve Young, Botanist, New York Natural Heritage Program
Secretary – Anna Stalter, Botanist, Cornell University
Treasurer – Kim Smith, Botanist, New York Natural Heritage Program and State Parks

Two new members also joined the board:

Eric Lamont -Botanist, Long Island
Aissa Feldmann – Ecologist, New York Natural Heritage Program

Facebook: Become a fan of the New York Flora Atlas

February 16, 2010

Just enter “New York Flora Atlas” into search from your facebook page. See other fans, download photos you would like others to identify.

Winter 2010 Electronic NYFA Newsletter Sent Out Today

January 22, 2010

Remember, an electronic membership has the added advantage of delivery before paper copies are sent out and includes full color photographs. You can also simply click on web addresses instead of typing them into your browser. Convert to electronic membership the next time you renew. You will be glad you did.

Electronic Newsletter Winter 09 Sent Out Today

December 12, 2009

Remember, an electronic membership has the added advantage of delivery before paper copies are sent out and includes full color photographs. You can also simply click on web addresses instead of typing them into your browser. Convert to electronic membership the next time you renew. You will be glad you did.

Don’t Forget to Buy NYFA Gear.

September 18, 2009

Our new website www.nyflora.org links to the Cafe Press site where we have many items for sale with our logo.  Shirts, hats, mugs and even buttons.  Take a look and proudly wear your NYFA logo. A percentage of the proceeds from each item helps us continue with our projects to study and protect our native flora.

hat

Genera Quest Napeague Trip Avoids the Rain

September 17, 2009

The tropical storm last Friday threatened to cancel the field trip to Napeague last Saturday but the rain ended by Saturday morning and allowed a group of hardy plant enthusiasts to look at plants in the dunes, swales and salt marsh. The search for Schizaea pusilla ended without success and it marks the third year in a row that the plants have not been found. We hope they return soon! A final summary of the trip will be available in the next newsletter.  Below are some beautiful photographs taken on the trip by botanist Kim Smith from the New York Natural Heritage Program.

Field trip participants in Napeague Meadows

Field trip participants in Napeague Meadows

northern blazing-star, Liatris scariosa ssp. novae-angliae, state threatened

northern blazing-star, Liatris scariosa ssp. novae-angliae, state threatened

Sea-pink, Sabatia stellaris, state-threatened

Sea-pink, Sabatia stellaris, state-threatened


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