Plants Are Cool Too Episode 3 – Skunk Cabbage

Posted April 26, 2013 by nyflora
Categories: Education and Research

This episode takes place in our own backyard;  Plattsburgh!

 

NYFA Board Meeting in Oneonta and Cooperstown

Posted April 21, 2013 by nyflora
Categories: Bryophytes, Classes and Workshops, Field Trips, NY Flora Association

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.

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Table Rocks is located on the slopes above the Science Building but permission is needed to access the site.

IMGP2985Board members Connie Tedesco and David Werier examine the cliff face plants while Sean Robinson looks on.

IMGP2981The thin cross-layered siltstone and shale were amazing and covered with mosses.

IMGP2979Dr. Robinson was eager to show everyone the different species of moss.

IMGP2982David Werier, Dan Spada, and Sean Robinson examine the mosses.

IMGP2983Many of the outcrops had a large amount of rock tripe lichen covering them.

IMGP2988The view from table rocks looks out over the southwestern part of Oneonta and the wetlands on Lower River Street and Oneida Street.

IMGP2992Steve Daniel showed us an example of the green stain fungus in wood, Chlorociboria aeruginacens.

IMGP2993Connie Tedesco talked to us about the Hoysradt herbarium at Hartwick College that she curates. The college is in the process of deciding what to do with it.

IMGP2996Outside 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!

iMapInvasives training sessions offered statewide this spring!

Posted March 13, 2013 by nyflora
Categories: Classes and Workshops

iMapInvasives is an online mapping tool that supports efforts to protect New York State from invasive species. All interested groups, from land managers to the general public, are encouraged to help keep the NYS map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations. Volunteers, citizen scientists, and educational groups will find the simple reporting interface perfect for local projects. And conservation professionals can use the advanced interface to manage detailed information about infestations, surveys, and treatments in a standardized format.

Learn about the program and become trained to contribute data by attending an iMapInvasives training session! Training is required to enter data, and free sessions are being offered throughout the state this spring:  www.nyimapinvasives.org/Training/nyimapschdule (Click on the “2013 PRISM Spring Training” for details).

 

Spring iMapInvasives PRISM Trainings:

CRISP [April 3, Arkville, NY]           

APIPP [May 13, Warrensburg, NY]

SLELO [May 23, Watertown, NY]

Lower Hudson [May 29, Garrison, NY]

Western New York [May 31, Buffalo, NY]

Capital-Mohawk [June 3, Albany, NY]

Finger Lakes [June 5, Geneva, NY]

LIISMA [June 13, Shirley, NY]

NY Flora Association Announces Field Trips and Workshops for 2013

Posted February 16, 2013 by nyflora
Categories: Classes and Workshops

Click this link to see the lineup of fantastic field trips and workshops for 2013.

There will be workshops for identifying:

Amelanchier (Shadbush), Sedges, Grasses, and Trees using bark characters as well as a workshop on ethnobotanical topics.

Field Trips will explore:

Nelson Swamp (Madison Co.), Bonaparte Swamp and Fitzgerald Pond (Lewis Co.), Michigan Hollow Swamp (Tompkins Co.), Little Rock City (Cattaraugus Co.), Zoar Valley (Erie/Cattaraugus Cos.), Whiteface Mountain (Essex Co.), Edgewood Preserve (Suffolk Co.), and Joralemon Park (Albany Co.)

Most of these require registration so register soon before they fill up.

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

Happy students at the goldenrod and aster workshop at the Niagara Gorge in 2011.

Jobs: SUNY Oneonta Needs an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology

Posted December 10, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Funding and Jobs

Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology to Support Master of Science in Lake Management Program

The Department of Biology at SUNY Oneonta invites applications for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology beginning August 2013. The Biology Department offers five majors tracks, two graduate programs and excellent facilities including the College’s Biological Field Station (BFS) on Lake Otsego in nearby Cooperstown, NY. This position is three quarters time teaching with the remaining time devoted to furthering the research mission of the Biological Field Station.  An internship program and a new Master of Science program in Lake Management utilize BFS resources including permanent and temporary wetlands, uplands, forests, and streams on 2600 acres, and access to Lake Otsego.

 The full announcement and application information can be found at:

http://oneonta.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=35918

 

Video: Learn About the North American Orchid Conservation Center

Posted December 10, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Horticulture, Natural History, Plant Biology, Plant Distribution

The video is four minutes long.  Great things on the horizon to protect our native orchids.

 

The Adirondack Botanical Society Meets

Posted December 8, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Happenings, Plant Organizations

The fall meeting of the Adirondack Botanical Society met on December first at the APA office in Ray Brook.  Fourteen people attended and discussed the future plans of the society, especially the field trips for the upcoming field season as well as some ID workshops that could be done in the winter.  Go to their website, adkbotsoc.org, for more information when it is posted.  You can also join their Google Group by  sending an email to  adkbotsoc+subscribe(at)googlegroups.com. Write Join in the subject line. You can state why you would like to join in the body of the email. After the meeting the group walked to a nearby bog where they could still see the state rare pod grass, Scheuchzeria palustris, poking its fruits up through the snow.  We can’t wait for next year’s field trips!

 The group meeting in Ray Brook.  Pardon the focus.

The group meeting in Ray Brook. Pardon the focus.

Participants explore the bog looking for pod grass.

Participants explore the bog looking for pod grass.

 


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