Archive for February 2011

VIDEO: Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Upsets Great Lakes Ecosystem, Economy

February 28, 2011

Here is a good overview of the effects this insect has had in the Midwest and what we should expect to happen in New York. CLICK HERE.

Below is a video of a June 2010 newscast about the beetle first showing up in Western New York.


Is There a Complete Illustrated Online Plant Glossary?

February 27, 2011

I have been looking for a complete illustrated plant glossary that would be accessible online. The closest I have come is one called the Botanical Visual Glossary by the LSU herbarium another by Arieh Tal that use photos to show plant parts with little arrows.  This is a good start and I hope they continue adding more terms and more photos to their terms in this fashion. Maybe one of our readers knows of another online glossary that I am missing. My ultimate wish would be to have online dichotomous keys (I have a hard time with random access interactive keys; I don’t think you learn characters as well with them) that would have hotlinks to photos or short videos to the descriptive words or phrases in the couplets. – Steve Young

Photo showing the term "revolute" in the Tal glossary

Wildflowers of Central New York Video

February 26, 2011

This is a simple slideshow of common wildflowers with birds singing in the background.  The photographer needs to work on his focus but it’s nice to see these in the winter and anticipate things to come.  Try to guess what they are as they come up (don’t look at the caption!).

Native vs. Invasive Plant ID Workshop in Connecticut

February 25, 2011
From Bill Moorhead: CLICK HERE for an announcement of two 1-day plant identification workshops, a Fairfield County edition and a Litchfield county edition, taught by me and co-sponsored by Aton Forest Inc. and Highstead Arboretum, focusing on distinguishing invasive plants from similar native species in the field in late winter/early spring, i.e., in leaf-off condition and/or somewhere between leaf-on and leaf-off.  The first takes place on Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011, at & near Highstead Arboretum in Redding, CT, and the second Friday, Mar 25, at & near White Memorial Conservation Center, in Litchfield, CT.  At both we will see in the field (weather permitting, in the lab, if not) most of the woody invasive plants that occur in Connecticut, several other non-native woody species that may come to recognized as invasives in the future, and possibly a number of invasive herbaceous species that are detectable at this time of year (if we can see the ground!).  Please forward this email to anyone that you know who might be interested in and benefit from it, and please contact me (contact info in the closing) if you have questions about the workshop.  I have included on this distribution list many people that I know probably do not need to take this workshop, in hopes that you would forward it to people who would benefit from it, and websites that reach people who would benefit from it.
Thanks and best wishes,

Bill Moorhead
Consulting Field Botanist
486 Torrington Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
Phone & FAX: 860-567-4920
Cell phone: 860-543-1786

SUNY ESF Video Introduction to Mosses

February 24, 2011

Here is a nice video about the basics of mosses and a way to use buttermilk or stale beer to grown them in your backyard. It runs about 2 minutes and features interpretive naturalist Rob Carr.

College Student Presentations and Posters Solicited for Aquatic Plant Symposium

February 23, 2011

Click on the announcement below for a larger version.

Adirondack Flora and Fungi Video

February 22, 2011

How many of these plants, mosses, and fungi do you recognize?