Archive for the ‘Happenings’ category

Upcoming Spring Events at the Long Island Long Pond Greenbelt

March 6, 2011

The most recent newsletter is out for the Long Pond Greenbelt and they highlight some interesting events that pertain to our native flora including:

Saturday, May 7. Peconic Family Fun Day at the Children’s Museum of the East End. This is the first year we’ll be at this event.

Saturday, June 5. Using Native Grasses In Landscaping & Habitat Restoration: A Hands-On Primer. Cosponsored by the Long Island Native Grass Initiative & SoFo. 10:00 at Vineyard Field. Presentation followed by planting session.

For the entire newsletter CLICK HERE.


College Student Presentations and Posters Solicited for Aquatic Plant Symposium

February 23, 2011

Click on the announcement below for a larger version.

2011 Is the UN’s International Year of the Forests

February 17, 2011

You can help celebrate this with the UN by going to their website and learning more.  This is important since most of New York is forested.

Here is the introduction at their website:

Welcome to the International Year of Forests, 2011 (Forests 2011) Web site, a global platform to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Here, you will find information regarding events being organized throughout the International Year as well as interactive web tools and resources to promote dialogue on forests. Tell us how you plan to celebrate “forests for people” during 2011, so that we may showcase your stories and initiatives through this website.

Access the website HERE.

Sunset over the forests of the Long Island Pine Barrens. Photo Steve Young.

Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum to be Held April 9, 2011

February 8, 2011


9:30 AM-about 2:30 PM

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Jennings Environmental Education Center

12 miles north-west of Butler, on PA Route 528 just west of Route 8

40.9° N 80.1° W, Elevation 350 m

All people interested in the conservation of Pennsylvania’s native flora are encouraged to attend this meeting. The Rare Plant Forum is a function of the Vascular Plant Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, and for over thirty years has served in an advisory role to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for issues related to the conservation of the native flora of Pennsylvania. In addition to discussing proposed changes to the list of Plants of Special Concern in Pennsylvania (POSCIP), there will be a few related presentations. This is an excellent opportunity to connect and work with other botanists, amateur and professional, who share your interest in the flora of Pennsylvania.

It is fitting for us to meet at a facility named for Otto E. Jennings, late Curator of Botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and early advocate of native plant conservation. If you know of people who might be interested in attending, especially in NW Pennsylvania or adjacent parts of Ohio and New York, please extend this invitation to them.

The proposal form is in an Excel spreadsheet, downloadable at Related documents such as the definitions of the status categories and the minutes from past meetings are also available here. Please start working on your proposals right away, as John Kunsman and I will need some lead time to help gather the data. Please submit your proposals by 4 March. Proposals will be posted to the above url shortly after I receive them, and a summary will be distributed at least a week before the meeting along with an agenda.


You are encouraged to consider presenting on recent work you have done related to the conservation of the flora of our region. One of the advantages of holding the Rare Plant Forum is the opportunity to share the results of our work. This can increase the value of your work by allowing others to build upon it. It also encourages collaboration and minimizes duplication of effort. Email or call me with the subject and how much time you would like.

There will be time on the agenda for un-premeditated announcements, but it helps me plan if I have some idea how many there will be, so let me know if you can.

Dinner on Friday

Some of us will be having dinner on Friday at North Country Brewing in Slippery Rock. Let me know ( if you would like to join us; I will make a reservation.

River Running!

Some of us are going to take advantage of the spring thaw on Sunday to explore a local stream, probably Wolf Creek. WPC owns land at Wolf Creek Narrows where we can take out and botanize. It is one of the best spring wildflower sites in the Commonwealth. Some experienced whitewater enthusiasts might brave Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Email me if you are interested.


We have reserved the Muskrat Cove group camping site at Moraine State Park for Friday and Saturday ( This will be primitive camping with water, but no hot water. The cost will be $10/night divided between everyone who camps. Please contact Kelly Sitch at if you are interested.

See you soon! – Steve

Steve Grund

Chair, Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum

Botanist, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

800 Waterfront Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 586-2350

Upcoming bryology workshops

January 21, 2011

There are three upcoming bryological courses and excursions this spring! They’re not being held in our region, but many bryophytes are quite cosmopolitan so it’s likely that you’d encounter species that occur in New York. Certainly the lab skills and camaraderie would be worth the trip.

Intermediate Bryology will be offered by Dr. David Wagner on the University of Oregon campus on March 21-23. The objective of this workshop will be a fairly intensive practice using the contemporary keys pertinent to the area. Most of the time will be spent in the teaching lab, with an afternoon excursion on the first day for field experience. Time will be available for participants who bring personal collections to work on them under expert supervision. Tuition is $300. Contact Dr. Wagner for more information (541-344-3327 /

The 16th Annual SO BE FREE foray will be held in the lower elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains near Quincy, California on March 23-26.  The area offers great sites for montane coniferous, mixed coniferous-hardwood forests; canyon oak forests; rocky outcrops; and chaparral, all in the steep North Fork of the Feather River canyon.  There will be flat trails and roadside areas to visit for easy access.  Bryophyte diversity will span from California’s spring ephemerals, bryophytes of springs, streamlets, and rivers to the great diversity found on rocky outcrops.  Beginning bryologists are welcome, and they are planning some special activities for beginners, as well as serious fieldtrips  that will be exciting for the hard-core. CLICK HERE for more info.

An Introduction to Bryophytes will be offered by Dr. Stephen Timme in the botany lab on the Pittsburg (Kansas) State University campus on April 2-3. It is designed to provide an introduction to basic characteristics and techniques for identification of some of the more common species found in the prairie, oak/hickory forests, and rock outcrops in the central U.S.  Techniques will include the proper use of the microscope, free-hand sections, terminology, and making semi-permanent mounts. The workshop will be topped off with a field trip. Contact Dr. Timme for more information (417-658-5473 /


January 11, 2011


All are welcome to the 2011 NYFA annual meeting which will take place at the North East Natural History Conference (NENHC).

The 2011 meeting will feature a presentation entitled “New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada” by Rob Naczi of the New York Botanical Garden.

The most recent Flora for northeastern North America is Gleason & Cronquist’s Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (1991). Great advances in botany in the past two decades have made the time ripe for its revision. Particularly compelling justifications for revision are 1) improvements in understanding relationships among families and genera; 2) continued taxonomic discovery in the region at the specific and infraspecific level; and 3) field discoveries of an increasing number of non-native species that have become established in the region, including invasive plants. The goals of this project are to produce a compact, one-volume Manual intended for field use, similar to Gleason & Cronquist, as well as to create an accompanying online Flora. The online Flora will expand on the contents of the Manual by including discussions, photographs, citation of literature, etc. The region of coverage for the new Manual is the same as for Gleason & Cronquist, a vast area of northeastern North America: the entirety or portions of 22 states of the U.S.A. (CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, WV) and 5 provinces of Canada (NB, NS, ON, PE, QU). The total area covered is ca. 860,500 mi2, which is equivalent to 29% of the area of the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.A. The botanical scope of the new Manual is the same as its predecessors: all vascular plants growing spontaneously and established in the geographic area covered. Included will be an estimated 5000 species and 200 families of vascular plants (ca. 25% of all North American species and ca. 65% of all North American families). Relative to Gleason & Cronquist, several innovations distinguish the new Manual, including collaboration by a team of taxonomic and floristic experts, and inclusion of etymologies of generic names and specific epithets, conservation status for each species, morphologic synapomorphies for families, and new identification tools.


In addition, find out more about what NYFA is doing including a review of the 2011 field trip and workshop schedule. There will also be time to mingle and talk with others interested in the flora of New York.

Don’t miss out on this exciting and interesting event!

When: Thursday April 7th 12 Noon – 1:30 PM

Where: At the NENHC at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Registration: Registrations for the meeting are being accepted through the NENHC registration form.

Cost: The meeting is free but registration for the NENHC is strongly encouraged.

Details: Lunches are offered through registration to the NENHC, or you can bring your own lunch.

Winter Tree ID in Manhattan by NYC Parks Dept. Jan. 9th

January 8, 2011

Winter tree ID is always fun and challenging.   There will be a class this weekend, Jan. 9th, 2011, at Inwood Park at the northern tip of Manhattan.  For more information CLICK HERE.

More on the Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany in April

January 7, 2011

Northeast Natural History Conference 2011 The grand tradition continues!

April 6-9, 2011 in Albany, NY

The list of session titles and moderator contact information has been updated.
Now accepting …
… abstracts for oral and poster presentations (students are welcome)
… proposals for workshops, field trips, and special sessions
… registrations

Plenary session … Is a National Biological Survey Achievable? A History of Past Attempts and Recent Advances in Technology and Collaboration
… By John Kartesz  … Director, Biota of North America Program (BONAP)
… and Robert W Lichvar … Research Botanist, US Army Corps of Engineers; Director, National Wetland Plants List
Other highlights
… Choose from among the many sessions that have so far been proposed (more pending).
… Participate in the Invasive Species Symposium.
… Participate in the Year of the Turtle Symposium.
… Join a tour(s) of the NY State Museum natural history departments.
… View the Focus on Nature exhibition of scientific natural history illustrations in the NYS Museum.
… Circulate and meet others during the Wednesday and Thursday buffet receptions.
… Stay for the Thursday evening field biologists musical jam session.
… Learn about and join the Association of Northeastern Biologists.
… Come to the Friday evening gala banquet dinner
… See a demonstration of how sheep and a sheepdog can help manage invasive plant species.
Consider printing and posting a flyer to help …

Northeast Natural History Conference 2011
Humboldt Field Research Institute
PO Box 9, 59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, ME 04680-0009 United States
Phone: 207-546-2821, FAX: 207-546-3042

Eagle Hill Botany Programs for 2011

December 22, 2010

Lichens and Lichen Ecology
May 22 – 28. David Richardson and Mark Seaward

Crustose Lichens: Identification Using Morphology, Anatomy, and
Simple Chemistry
May 29 – Jun 4. Irwin M. Brodo

Introduction to Modern Phylogenetic Methods
Jun 5 – 11. Brigid O’Donnell

Bryophytes and Bryophyte Ecology
Jun 5 – 11. Nancy G. Slack

The Lichen Genera Rhizocarpon, Fuscidea, Porpidia, and Other Lecideoid Lichens
Jun 12 – 18. Alan Fryday

Applied Field Identification of Sedges and Rushes
Jun 26 – Jul 2. Andrew L. Hipp

Aquatic Flowering Plants
Jun 26 – Jul 2. C. Barre Hellquist

The Genus Carex: Advanced Taxonomy and Ecology
Jul 3 – 9. Anton A. Reznicek

Botanical Latin for Application and Enjoyment
Jul 3 – 9. Steven R. Hill

Applied Field Identification of Grasses
Jul 17 – 23. Tyler Smith

Lichens and Gravestones
Jul 17 – 23. Judith M. Jacob and Michaela Schmull

Medicinal Plants: Traditional Uses, Science, Evidence, Identification and Wild Crafting
Jul 24 – 30. Helen Metzman and James A. Duke

Botanical Illustration of Wildflowers
Jul 24 – 30. Angela Mirro

Mushroom Identification for new Mycophiles; Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
Jul 31 – Aug 6. Greg Marley

Flora of Coastal Habitats and Islands of Maine
Jul 31 – Aug 6. Glen H. Mittelhauser

Nomenclature and Databasing of Vacular Plants: Independent Study
Aug 7 – 13. John T. Kartesz

Applied Foundations in Vascular Plant Morphology
Aug 14 – 20. Susan Pell

Woodslore, Useful Wild Plants, and Natural History: Exploring Maine’s Woods and Waters
Aug 14 – 20. Doug Elliott

Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes, with Guest Lectures on Isoetes
Aug 21 – 27. Robbin C. Moran and W. Carl Taylor

The Genus Bryum and Bryaceae: Systemat & Biogeog of NA Species
Aug 21 – 27. John R. Spence

Mushrooms and Other Fungi
Sep 11 – 17. Rosalind Lowen and Dianna Smith

Information on lodging options, meals, and costs may be found at

There is an online application form at

Descriptions and syllabi are available in January. Please let us know if we can help with questions. Prior discussions of personal study objectives with instructors are welcome.

Humboldt Institute, PO Box 9, Steuben, ME 04680-0009
207-546-2821, Fax 207-546-3042
E-mail –

Newsletter and Program Titles from the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society

December 11, 2010

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society Newsletter Articles December 2010

Bailey’s Sedge, Carex baileyi, A New Addition to the Flora of Tompkins County – David Werier

Name That Plant Contest.

Ithaca’s Third Annual Designing with Native Plants Symposium

Native Plant Garden Photos

Beaver Meadow State Forest Takes Unprecedented Steps to Improve Its Forest’s Health via Deer Management – David Werier

Status of Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum) on South Hill at Ithaca College – Amber Zadrozny

2010 Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) Eradication Efforts at Six Mile Creek, Ithaca, NY – D. Werier and Krissy Faust

Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) New to Seneca County and Report on Control Efforts – David Werier

Borers and Beetles (Emerald Ash Borer) – Rosemarie Parker

Upcoming Programs
December 16 – Annual Solstice Celebration

January 19 – Bird Friendly Gardening-the Lazy Way – Marie Read

February 16 – Origins of American ethnobotanical medicine – Elroy Rodriguez

March 16 – Native Lawn Establishment – Krissy Boys Faust

May 18 – Night Jewels and Day Marauders: An Insight Into Exotic Life Styles of Moths on Native Plants – Meena Haribal.

To join the Society and obtain more details go to: www.fingerlakesnativeplantsociety