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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.
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.
The NY Flora Association’s new website has now replaced the old site. More improvements will be coming soon including lists and a library. Go to www.nyflora.org and post any comments you have about the site under this blog entry.
We now offer NYFA gear that you can purchase including hats, mugs and T-shirts!
The NYFA trip to Mendon Ponds and the Auburn Trail in Railroad Mills on August 22 set a new one-day record for genera seen at 258! The old record was 243 at Alley Pond Park in Queens in 2008. The Mendon area is very diverse with eskers, ponds, marshes, a kettlehole sphagnum bog and a fen. We saw 229 genera in the park so it actually was less than what we saw in Alley Pond but the walk along the Auburn Trail added 29 more genera for the grand total for the day. The full list of species will be published in the next NYFA newsletter and added to our website. Thanks go to the eager participants whose sharp eyes spotted all the beautiful plants we saw that day and our leader Steve Daniel who knows the plants in both areas very well. Some photos from the day are below.
The new nyflora.org website was going to to live today but because of unforseen technical problems we will have to wait a while longer. Stay tuned to this blog for updates.
The new NYflora.org is scheduled to be live on Thursday!
A few years ago we had to stop updating our website for various reasons but in the last year web desiger Paulina Manzo of Plina Designs and board members Troy Weldy and Adam Ryburn have made a concerted effort to redesign and populate a new website that will be showing up shortly. It will have a new design based on our new logo and will contain all of the features of the old site plus a few new ones. Check back to this blog for an announcement of the date the new site will be ready. It should be soon!
Who: Arthur Haines is a plant biologist specializing in the taxonomy and identification of New England tracheophytes. He is currently employed by the New England Wild Flower Society as a research botanist and is involved in writing a new tracheophyte flora of New England. Lately much of his focus has been on hawthorns and he is preparing a revised treatment for New England. Besides from being a highly recognized and astute botanist he is a skilled and approachable teacher.
What: This will be an advanced intensive weekend studying Crataegus of the central NY region. The weekend will consist of presentations, indoor study of specimens, and plenty of field work. Participants will learn the characters useful to identifying and distinguishing between the numerous species of Crataegus that occur in central New York. There will also be time to work on specimens that participants bring to study. Most of the confusion with Crataegus has been borne in the lab and not in the field (i.e. name proliferation and poor description of morphological characters) making this group inapproachable to most people. Hawthorn researchers have often used relative statements in keys, even when the features they were discussing could be objectively quantified. Using close-up photography and clear wording, Arthur will try to help participants understand these features making it much easier to learn the species and groups within the genus.
When: Friday May 29th 7PM to Sunday May 31st 12 Noon, 2009.
Where: Ithaca, New York. We will be based out of the Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University and will spend time both indoors and in the field in the Ithaca area.
Cost: Cost includes the entire weekend program and a group dinner at a local restaurant Saturday evening. Other meals and housing are the obligation of the participants. Total cost is $95 for NYFA member or $120 for non-NYFA members. Participants are encouraged to become NYFA members ($20 membership/year). What to bring: a 10x hand lens is a must, field journal, appropriate clothing to be outside most of the day, Crataegus specimens, and bag lunches for Saturday (this can be purchased locally, in the morning).
Registration: Participation is limited to only 10 so please sign up early to assure a slot. To register please send a check made out to the New York Flora Association for the full amount to the New York Flora Association / 3140 CEC / Albany, NY 12230 or if you would like to pay by credit card please request a credit card form from David Werier (see contact information below).
In addition please send an email to David Werier (Nakita at lightlink.com) letting him know you have sent in your registration.
Questions: Please contact David Werier / 607-273-1765 / Nakita at lightlink.com / 30 Banks Rd. / Brooktondale, NY 14817.