Archive for the ‘Plant Organizations’ category

Support the Long Island Plant Atlas!

December 17, 2010

The Long Island Botanical Society is raising funds to publish their Atlas of Vascular Plants of Long Island. If you would like to help, the contribution form is below.  Click on it for a larger image.

Database of Vascular Plants of Canada Released

December 14, 2010

Canadensys announces the release of VASCAN, the Database of Vascular Plants of Canada, a comprehensive list of all vascular plants reported in Canada, Greenland (Denmark) and Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France).

Canadensys is a Canada-wide effort to unlock the biodiversity information held in biological collections. The network currently includes biological collections from 11 participating universities, five botanical gardens, and two museums, covering insects, fungi and plants. The network is operated from the Biodiversity Centre, Université de Montréal.

The goal of VASCAN is to provide an up-to-date, documented source of the names of vascular plants in Canada, Greenland, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, both scientific and vernacular. For every species, subspecies and variety, VASCAN provides the accepted scientific name (Latin), the accepted French and English vernacular names, and their synonyms/alternatives in Canada. The distribution status (native, introduced, etc.) of the plant for each province or territory, and the habit (tree, shrub, herb or vine) of the plant in Canada are given. Maps at the provincial/territorial level are provided with an indication of status. For reported hybrids (nothotaxa or hybrid formulas), the parents also are provided. A source is given for each name, classification and distribution information (still being completed).
All taxa are linked to a classification. The following were used: Smith et al. (2006) for ferns, APG III (2009) for flowering plants, and Chase and Reveal (2009) for the higher taxonomy.

It is possible to generate lists in VASCAN using the Checklist builder tool. Data can be downloaded from VASCAN under the Creative Commons (BY-NC) license.

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

FrOGS – Friends of the Great Swamp

May 4, 2010

We have added this organization to our links list on the right side of the blog.  Visit and learn all about this beautiful and diverse swamp in Putnam County.

The Great Swamp - from the FrOGS website

A Web-based Flora for Tompkins County, New York

October 8, 2009

From Anna Stalter: The Tompkins County Flora (TCF) is a web-based effort to document the occurrence and distribution of native and naturalized vascular plants of Tompkins County, New York, based on specimens that are housed in the herbarium of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium (BH), Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University. Beginning in 2005, a subset of representative specimens from BH were selected and label data from each was entered into a database. Each specimen record includes the species name, the date and location of collection, the name of the collector and associated collection number, and any other descriptive information that appears on the specimen label. Users can view and search the records at the Plant Systematics Database. As of July 2006, the TCF lists 563 genera and 1426 species of vascular plants. Specimen records are being continually added to the database, which will eventually include records for all ~20000 Tompkins county plant specimens in BH. There will also be an effort to determine which Tompkins county species are lacking in the BH collection, with the expectation that new specimens will be added as needed. It is hoped that interested local botanists and naturalists will collaborate with this effort to document our local flora, adding new records, providing images, mapping information, and descriptions of the plants and habitats of Tompkins county. For more information about the TCF, or to get involved, please contact the Project Coordinator, Anna Stalter (

Torrey Botanical Society Offers Research Award for Students

August 28, 2009

We are pleased to offer to student members for 2010 for the first time the Andrew M. Greller Graduate Research Award for Conservation of Local Flora and Ecosystems.  This is an annual award funded by Dr. Greller for outstanding student research directed towards preserving habitat or saving plants and ecosystems from habitat destruction in the Torrey Range, a lifelong passion of his.  We continue to offer the Torrey Botanical Society’s Student Fellowship and Training Awards to student members and the Symposium award to all members.  See details on the Society’s website

Update on the Biodiversity Research Institute Program & Biennial Report, 2007-2008

June 26, 2009

A copy of the recently completed Biennial Report is now available as a pdf on the BRI website: As required, the report is electronic and cannot be distributed as a printed copy.

The report highlights the activities of the past two years and provides a glimpse of what we plan to accomplish in the next few years.

Over the last several months the Executive Committee and BRI staff tried to establish BRI in a new long-term relationship. Currently we are negotiating with the SUNY Research Foundation. The contract with The Nature Conservancy expired and TNC is not able to continue. Over the last 18 months, we have tried working with several groups in several different scenarios, but without success. As a result, the BRI Program Office will close on 30 June 2009 unless an extension or an arrangement can be worked out. If there is a break, I remain optimistic that it will be a short one and that staff will be able to return in the very near future. We will proceed with BRI projects, like the October Biology and Conservation Lecture Series and the Northeast Natural History Conference in April 2010, so please plan on participating!

Currently, staff is supported by the Natural Heritage Trust. At present, our relationship with NHT will end on 30 June and the BRI staff will no longer be employed. The relationship with NHT was always meant to be a stopgap, but the effort to move the Program Office and other activities has stalled. You may be familiar with the state’s Attachment A process and that is the first obstacle. (If you are not familiar with them, attachment As basically seek permission to spend money, if approved, then you can submit the paperwork to spend.) We are trying to make this happen, but Attachment As have a checkered history, are difficult to track and often are rejected. Then we need to get permission for a contract. Assemblyman Englebright is working with the rest of the Executive Committee to expedite these processes.

I hope that you will agree that BRI has demonstrated itself to be a valuable and productive organization that has provided resources to measure and monitor biodiversity and has served as an information source on biodiversity. We plan that it will continue to do so in the future. Thank you all for your past and continuing efforts and I will keep you posted of any developments. We truly appreciate your support.

Robert A. Daniels, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Research and Collections
Acting Director, Biodiversity Research Institute
Curator of Ichthyology
New York State Museum
CEC 3140
Albany, NY 12230
Office telephone: 518-473-8121
Laboratory telephone: 518-283-9005
Fax: 518-486-2034

Visit The Adirondack Park Nature Report Website

June 5, 2009

You will find a lot of interesting articles, audio reports and videos about nature and the Adirondacks including many articles about plants. Check it out!

New Columbia County Natural History Survey Effort

May 20, 2009

We invite your participation in a new research initiative of the Farmscape Ecology Program: a natural history survey of Columbia County. This project is envisioned as a many-year, many people on-going effort to document the plants and animals that share the county with us.

We’ll start small, with a workshop on Saturday, May 30, 1-5 at the Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale. This workshop will give you a chance to meet the coordinators, Claudia Knab-Vispo (Plants), Conrad Vispo (Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ground Beetles), and Mike Pewtherer (Mammals), and to get a sneek preview of the methods we will be using to learn about and document some of the biodiversity in our landscape. At the end of the workshop, we hope to form three groups of volunteers who are interested in exploring the Roeliff Jansen Park (once a month for half a day, during 2009) and special places throughout the county (once a month for half a day) with us.

You need not have any prior knowledge, just a genuine love for nature and the curiosity and eagerness to learn!

Teenagers through seniors are welcome. We hope to form multi-age, multi-skill teams so that there will be a lot of learning from each other, as well.

Attached you find a more detailed description of the initiative as we envision it. Please contact us if you are interested or if you have any questions. Please contact us also if you would love to participate but can’t make the date for the initial workshop. Feel free to spread the word!

We are looking forward to seeing you soon,

Claudia Knab-Vispo
Farmscape Ecology Program
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Route 21C
Ghent, NY 12075
(518) 672-7500 Ext. 254 (office)
(518) 781-0243 (home)

National Phenology Network website

April 29, 2009

Besides the Central New York effort described below there is a national effort to monitor phenology.  From their website –  The USA National Phenology Network brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States. The network harnesses the power of people and the Internet to collect and share information, providing researchers with far more data than they could collect alone. To join the network go to: