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.


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:



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.


To Blog or To Tweet

Posted December 8, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Publications, Apps, and Websites

That is the question.  There is only so much time in the day and lately I have been putting New York flora information out on our Twitter account, @newyorkflora, because it is fast and easy to do, especially from a smartphone.  I tend to look at Twitter more because it is easier to scan and pick up a lot of information in a short amount of time.  It is like looking at scores of microblogs. Before Twitter I would put all of our information here on the blog.  The blog has languished because of it but it is still a great place to put more extensive information and photos about a subject that can’t be tweeted. So I urge all of our blog followers to stay with us and consider following us on Twitter too.  All of these blog posts automatically get tweeted out.  Have a great December and Happy Holidays! – Steve Young

New Orchid Book for New England and New York

Posted October 10, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Publications, Apps, and Websites

A new field guide to the orchids of New England and New York is now available.  The photos of Tom Nelson and the text of Eric Lamont (NYFA board member) have produced a very useful and beautiful book.  Characters are discussed in relation to closely related species which is very helpful for field identification and other useful information is included with every species.  There is a series of fruit photos in the front of the book which is also very helpful and unique.  How many times have you wished you knew what orchid it was that you were seeing in fruit.  The small size of the book is a plus for field use so there is no excuse for not knowing what species of Spiranthes that is. It is available on Amazon and in other fine bookstores. – Steve Young

2012 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium in November

Posted October 10, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Happenings

Please join us for the inaugural Pennsylvania Botany Symposium at Powdermill Nature Reserve in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania! The symposium takes place November 9-10, 2012

Several plant conservation institutions have teamed up to initiate a biennial meeting that brings academic and amateur botanists together to share current research in the region.

Invited speakers will cover a variety of topics, including important recent field discoveries, early botany in North America, species interactions in a Pennsylvania forest, lichens of Pennsylvania, recovery of rare native plants after invasive species removal, and addressing the shortage of botanical capacity in academia and land management agencies.

Please join us for an informative program and opportunities to network with fellow plant enthusiasts.

Registration is limited!  Registration for the symposium is $75 and includes  lunch, snacks and beverages.  Please visit our website for more information and to register at http://www.dcnr.state.pa .us/forestry/plants/index.htm.

New Rare Plant Conservation Guides Posted for Long Island

Posted September 27, 2012 by nyflora
Categories: Publications, Apps, and Websites

The New York Natural Heritage Program has recently posted over 30 new conservation guides for rare plants on Long Island. The guides were written thanks to funding from the New York State DOT. You can access the guides site by CLICKING HERE. If you find any errors please report them to Steve Young at young@nynhp.org. With additional funding from the NYS Office of Parks and Historical Preservation, more guides will be posted from Central and Western NY next year with the goal of having all rare plants covered by a conservation guide.