Field Trips

 

THE FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are one of the most important activities of the Society and participation is the best way to increase one’s knowledge of local plants.  Most of the trips are for general study and monitoring of the flora and ecology of an area. Other trips are led by individuals who specialize in certain groups of plants and their trips are planned accordingly. While most trips emphasize plant study, other aspects of natural history are not neglected. Trip participants are always free to ask questions about anything of interest they see. The leader or other members of the group can often supply an answer.

The location may be any place of botanic interest which is usually within 50 miles of New York City.  We are not a hiking club and walking distances are usually not great. Those who come on the field trips are urged to participate in the Society’s other activities as well.  The phone numbers and e-mail addresses (when available) of each leader are given at the end of each trip description.  Trips generally go rain or shine; if in doubt, contact the leader.  Some trips are reachable only by automobile. Those in need of rides and those who are offering rides should post and check for messages on the Torrey Botanical Society Facebook and Twitter sites.  Bus and train schedules listed in trip descriptions are subject to change; those who use public transportation are advised to check updated schedules in advance.  Interested guests and non-members are always welcome on field trips.

Field trip leaders are asked to send full vegetation lists and notes on any new or unusual plants or vegetation types to the field chair:

Steve Glenn at stevedglenn57@gmail.com
Subject line: “Torrey fieldtrip notes”

 

These lists, when submitted, will be made available through our website.

I would like to thank all trip leaders for their time and effort in supporting the Torrey field programs.

Happy trails!

Steve Glenn                

2013 FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

The Torrey Botanical Society has scheduled 23 trips for the 2013 field season, including joint trips with the Philadelphia Botanical Club, the Long Island Botanical Society, and the Olive Natural Heritage Society.   Additionally scheduled are two Bioblitzs, a late-season lichen trip, and a canoe trip down the Bronx River.

 

APRIL

7 April (Sunday). PROSPECT PARK, KINGS CO., NY. This will be a foraging tour of Prospect Park. Learn how to identify edible spring plants that grow wild in NYC. Meet at 1 PM at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park at the gazebo closest to Prospect Park West. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather, and bring something to take notes on and pictures with. Trip leader is Leda Meredithleda@ledameredith.net, cell 917 375 7197.

  

27 April (Saturday). VAN CORTLANDT PARK, BRONX CO., NY.  Meet at 10 AM at the parking area of the Riverdale Equestrian Center at the intersection of Broadway and 254th St.  By car: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway N to exit 23B, turn right onto Broadway, the horse stables will be up on your right.  By Subway: Take the 1/9 train to the last stop (245th St). Walk up to 254th St or take the #9 bus up Broadway to 254th St., the horse stables are on your right.  We will explore the Northwest woods for spring and early summer flora.  Some areas of the hike will be off trail and will require sturdy footwear.  Bring hiking poles to help with balance if you need, a bag lunch, plenty of water and insect repellant.  Wear long pants to help avoid poison ivy.  Trip leaders: Heather Liljengren, Greenbelt Native Plant Center and Uli Lorimer, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Email: heather.liljengren@parks.nyc.gov or ulilorimer@bbg.org.

  

MAY

4 May (Saturday). SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE, HILLSBOROUGH, SOMERSET CO., NJ.Meet at 10 a.m. at trail head parking lot. We will explore the mesic woodlands for spring ephemerals. Bring lunch, liquids. Sturdy footwear recommended; trails are rocky and may be wet. By car only: from 206 Southbound: Follow Route 206 through Somerville and Hillsborough – approximately six miles from the Somerville Circle to Route 514 which is Amwell Road. Make a right turn onto Amwell Road and proceed two miles to East Mountain Road. Turn left onto East Mountain Road. Travel for two miles, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the right.  Northbound: Follow Route 206 through Princeton and Montgomery. Traveling up a small ramp, make a left onto Route 601. Follow Route 601 for a half mile, and make a right turn onto East Mountain Road by Carrier Foundation. Travel for one mile, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the left. Leaders: Sam Saulys 203-887-5213; Email sam.saulys@comcast.net) and David Austin, cell 973 714 0013, Email davidaustin@verizon.net

 

18 May (Saturday). BRONX RIVER CANOE TRIP, BRONX CO., NY.  Join us for a paddle along the Upper Bronx River with the Bronx River Alliance. Meet at 10 AM at the canoe put in near the 219th Street entrance to Shoelace Park.  The trip will conclude in The New York Botanical Garden. Highlights include restoration sites, seeing where the beavers are busy working, and exploring the Bronx from the water.  All paddlers welcome from beginners to expert. Fee: $25 per person.  RSVPs are required by May 11th by contacting the trip leader. For more information on what to expect on a Bronx River Alliance canoe trip and a map visit http://bronxriver.org/explore.  Trip leader: Jessica A. Schuler, 347-996-8040 or jarcate@nybg.org.

 

25 May (Saturday).  MARSHLANDS CONSERVANCY, RYE, WESTCHESTER CO., NY.  Meet at 10 AM at the parking area.  By car:  Interstate 287 east to Exit 11 (Rye/Route 1). Proceed south on Route 1. Entrance to Conservancy is first left past the Rye Golf Club.  We will explore open field, woodlands and salt marsh; there may be some wet walking at the shore.  Bring beverage, lunch, insect repellant and sunscreen.  Trip leader: Carol Levine, 203-322-2051, carolflora@optonline.net.

 

June

1 June (Saturday). WHITE MEMORIAL CONSERVATION CENTER BIOBLITZ, LITCHFIELD CO., CT.  Meet at 10 AM at the White Memorial Conservation Center, located off Route 202 between Litchfield and Bantam, Connecticut, approximately 2 miles west of Litchfield on Whitehall Road. The outdoor area includes the wildlife sanctuary maintained by the White Memorial Foundation. The Foundation today comprises 4000 acres of fields, water, and woodlands. See:  http://whitememorialbioblitz.blogspot.com/.  Trip leader: Steve Glenn, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225-1008; 718-623-7314; email: steveglenn@bbg.org.

 

2 June (Sunday). JOHNSONBURG SWAMP PRESERVE, FRELINGHUYSEN TWP., WARREN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.  Meet at 10:00 AM in the Parking lot of the Frelinghuysen School for a short car pool.  By car:  From New York City area, take Route 80 west to Exit 19/Hackettstown-Andover. Stay in right lane until the end of exit ramp. At the end of ramp, cross over Route 517 to Route 667 North. After 1/4 mile, turn left onto Route 612 and continue approximately 5 miles to its intersection with Route 519 (stop sign). At the intersection, turn right. Route 519 continues straight into Route 661. Proceed on Route 661 until it meets Route 94 (stop sign). Turn right onto Route 94 North. The Frelinghuysen School will be on the left approximately 0.2 mile on Route 94.  Other directions are available from mapquest.com using the following destination information: Frelinghuysen Elementary School, 780 Highway 94, Johnsonburg, NJ 07846.  We will explore an abandoned rail line, parts of which are managed by the Nature Conservancy.  This trip will concentrate on upland calcareous habitat and exposed rock outcrops.  Bring lunch, beverage, and insect repellant.  Leaders:  David Austin   email, davidaustin@verizon.net,  (973-714-0013) and Sam Saulys 203-887-5213; Email sam.saulys@comcast.net)

 

8 June (Saturday). SUNDOWN WILD FOREST, DENNING, ULSTER CO., NY, JOINT TRIP WITH THE OLIVE NATURAL HERITAGE SOCIETY.  Meet at 10 AM at Tetta’s Store at junction of County Rte 2 and County Rte 3 near Samsonville.  We will be visiting a high elevation bog known locally as Buddy’s Bear Wallow.  The area was known as a bear wallow as early as 1845 where it was indicated on a surveying map.  The area has recently been monitored for a high elevation bog study but not much is known about the flora of the bog so the botanizing should be interesting. Be prepared for an uphill hike with a bit of climbing.  Bring beverage, lunch, insect repellant or head net and proper waterproof footwear.  Trip leader: Paul Harwood, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; 1000 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225, 718-623-7312, paulharwood@bbg.org.

 

9-13 June (Sunday to Thursday). JOINT FIELD MEETING OF THE TORREY BOTANICAL SOCIETY, THE PHILADELPHIA BOTANICAL CLUB, AND THE NORTHEAST SECTION OF THE BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA.  THE LODGE AT ECHO LAKE, WARRENSBURG, NY.  The 2013 Field Meeting will explore the unique botany of the beautiful Adirondacks of New York. We will be staying at The Lodge at Echo Lake, Warrensburg NY. (About 70 miles north of Albany, just off the Northway, I-87) The basic fee will be $360 per person for meals and room.  Accommodations will be in two-person cabins with half baths but with showers in a separate building. We will have a few cabins for couples with full baths, on a “first come, first served.” basis. If available these can be reserved for single occupancy for a $120 premium. Linens are provided in all cabins.  We may have room for a few day-trippers at $25 per day including lunch. Please check with me after May 15th. We will be carpooling to close-by areas including the famous ice meadows which some of you may remember from ten years ago. It is still the place to see the most native plant species in New York. Other trips will be to the State University Forestry Field Station with its unique forest and graminoid areas. Another trip is planned for Lake George, along the shore at Tongue Mt. This trail has limey areas with rich botany.  There will be speakers for the four evening programs.  For those of you who can spare the time, I will lead those interested in visiting the Native Tree, Shrub and Vine Collection at the Landis Arboretum on Thursday morning. This Arboretum is about 25 miles west of Albany at Esperance and hardly out of the way for those going west or south on your way home. We have over 200 labeled species of native woody plants. For additional information contact: Ed Miller, Chairman, at 518-421-6677, Millered430@gmail.com.

 

15 June (Saturday). NOMAHEGAN, LENAPE, AND ECHO LAKE PARKS, UNION CO., NJ BIOBLITZ.  Meet at 10 AM at Bioblitz Central. Contact trip leader by June 10 for meeting location.  Trip leader: Steve Glenn, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225-1008; 718-623-7314; email: steveglenn@bbg.org.

 

22 June (Saturday).  JAMESBURG PARK CONSERVATION AREA, MIDDLESEX CO., NJ.  Meet at 9 AM at the Helmetta Pond parking area (approximately 19 Maple Street, Helmetta, NJ).  By car:  Take Route 18 South, exit onto CR 535 South (Cranbury South River Rd), left at Dunhams Corner Rd/Helmetta Blvd, right onto Maple Street.  Parking will be on right, at playground.  Map:  http://goo.gl/maps/ZbxFA.   We will explore the northernmost outlier of the New Jersey Pine Barrens—including pitch pine uplands and an Atlantic white cedar swamp.  Some sections may be wet.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, insect repellant and sturdy footwear.  Trip leader:  Eric Gehring, Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, 732-745-8278, eric.gehring@co.middlesex.nj.us.

 

29 June (Saturday). REPAUPO, GLOUCESTER CO., NJ.  JOINT TRIP WITH THE PHILADELPHIA BOTANICAL CLUB.  We will visit a number of habitats possibly including, Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) swamps and freshwater tidal wetlands along the Delaware River. A number of rare species have been historically reported from this area, including: Aeschynomene virginica, Bidens bidentoides, Cyperus engelmannii, Cyperus lancastriensis, Elephantopus carolinianus, Epilobium angustifolium, Eriocaulon parkeri, Eriophorum gracile, Gymnopogon brevifolius, Heteranthera multiflora, Pinus serotina, Platanthera ciliaris, Polygala mariana, Ranunculus ambigens, Rhynchospora inundata, Sagittaria subulata, Spiranthes laciniata, Stachys tenuifolia, and Utricularia gibba. This trip requires registration. Contact the trip leaders to register and for meeting place. Trip leaders: Uli Lorimer and Gerry Moore. UL: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225; 718-623-7200; ulilorimer@bbg.org. GM: National Plant Data Team, East National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 2901 E. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 336-370-3337; gerry.moore@gnb.usda.gov.

 

July

20 July (Saturday).  THE RAMBLE AND LAKE OF CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CO., NY.  Meet at 10 AM at 79th Street and Central Park West, directly across from the Roosevelt Statue of the Museum of Natural History.  By subway: B and C lines leave you at 79th and CPW, #1 line leaves you on 79th and Broadway (walk 3 avenues east).  We will explore summer woodland and wetland flora and see how restoration efforts have re-vegetated a woodland that was in severe decline.  We will also see how these areas are protected in a park that hosts over 35 million visits a year.  Wear sturdy walking shoes.  It is preferable to bring food and drink as the concessions are expensive and often crowded on weekends. Trip leader: Dr. Regina Alvarez, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235 and former Director of Horticulture and Woodland Manager for the Central Park Conservancy, 917-842-5478, regina.alvarez@kbcc.cuny.edu.

 

21 July (Sunday).  FAIRVIEW FARM WILDLIFE PRESERVE, BEDMINSTER, SOMERSET CO., NJ.  Meet at 10 AM at the parking area in front of the white farm house.  By car only: Take Route 287 to 206 North.  Proceed 5 miles north and turn left onto Pottersville Road.  Turn Left onto Larger Cross Road (a dirt road) – proceed ½ mile and turn right into the driveway for Fairview Farm (black mail box with 2121 on it, stone entrance and spruce tree allay).  We will explore summer flora in newly created wildlife habitats.  Bring plenty of beverage, lunch, insect repellant, and sturdy footwear.  Trip leader: Lauren Theis, Raritan Headwaters Association, 908-234-1852 ext 314; www.raritanheadwaters.org.

 

28 July (Sunday). THE NATIVE PLANT CENTER AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE WESTCHESTER CO., NY.  Meet at the 12pm Tour of the Demonstration Gardens at the Native Plant Center.  These demonstration gardens feature plants native to the northeastern United States. This trip will explore all three gardens. The Lady Bird Johnson Demonstration Garden, a native wildflower meadow planted in 1998 and native shrubs and trees borders. The Stone Cottage Garden is divided into four themes that display ways native plants can be utilized: to attract hummingbirds and butterflies; low groundcovers and lawn substitutes; foundation plantings; fall and winter interest. The Rain Garden contains a gravel/stone bed that carries storm water runoff from the Native Plant Center’s headquarters roof and downspouts. The native plants in this garden can tolerate extreme fluctuations in moisture.  Admission: Free.  By car: From northern Westchester, take Sprain Brook Parkway south to Eastview exit.  Turn left onto Route 100. Enter Westchester Community College at East Grasslands Gate and bear right, park in Lot #1, greeting table at far edge of lot, near garden.  From southern Westchester, take Sprain Brook Parkway to Eastview exit. Turn right onto Route 100. Proceed as directed above.  From I-287, take Exit 4/Route 100A and go north 0.5 mile to entrance to Westchester Community College on right. At end of entrance road, turn right and follow to Parking Lot #1. Proceed as directed above.  For more information please contact the trip leader: Jessica A. Schuler 347-996-8040 or jarcate@nybg.org.

 

August

3 August (Saturday). TEATOWN LAKE RESERVATION, WESTCHESTER CO., NY.  Meet at 10 AM at the Nature Center at Teatown Lake Reservation. Wildflower Island is a refuge within the greater Teatown preserve. This unique sanctuary is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers. The Island’s flora is unusually diverse; the surrounding lake provides favorable light and moisture, as well as isolation from the disturbances of people and animals. For directions and more information please visit, www.teatown.org.  Admission Fee: $6.00 per person. Trip Leader: Jessica A. Schuler, 347-996-8040 or jarcate@nybg.org.

 

17 August (Saturday). LAMBERT CASTLE AND GARRET MOUNTAIN RESERVATION, PATERSON/ WOODLAND PARK, PASSAIC CO., N.J.   Meet at 10 AM in the parking lot of  Lambert Castle, located off of Valley Road near the Clifton-Paterson border.  By car:  via Route. 80, east or west-bound, take Route 19 (Clifton exit) and then get off at Valley Road and turn right and proceed right up the driveway to Lambert Castle. By bus: Take NJ Transit 192 bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal in N.Y.C.  Get off the bus at the corner of Valley Road and Fenner Avenue in Clifton and walk 5 blocks north to the Castle entrance driveway, then proceed up the hill. Please check most current bus schedule with NJ Transit in advance of the trip. After a brief meeting and observations of the lower slope flora on the Castle grounds we will walk and/or car caravan the Tower parking lot at the top of Garret Mountain.  We will explore the area of the Park that we could not cover in our 2012 trip for late summer flora of the First Watchung Mountain and compare our findings with previous trips here. The trip route will focus on the ridge-top trap rock glade vegetation and provide spectacular views of the Newark Basin, Palisades, and the N.Y.C. skyline.  The trip will finish around 12 noon. Wear sturdy footwear for rocky/wet trails and bring beverage and insect repellant; lunch, binoculars, and camera optional. Trip leader:  Joseph A. Labriola, 863 Allwood Road, Apt. D-1, Clifton, N.J. 07012; 973-472-8451, jlabriola49@optimum.net.

 

25 August (Sunday).  EDGEWOOD PRESERVE, DEER PARK, SUFFOLK CO., NY.  JOINT TRIP WITH THE LONG ISLAND BOTANICAL SOCIETY AND THE NEW YORK FLORA ASSOCIATION.  This field trip is accessible via public transportation (LIRR to Deer Park). Meet at 10 AM, please contact trip leader by e-mail for meeting location and directions.  The Edgewood Preserve is one of the largest remnant pitch-pine scrub oak habitats in New York and is the largest natural wildlife corridor in Western Suffolk County. We will be exploring a power line cut that runs through the preserve. Be prepared for possible wet walking. We can expect to see some uncommon plants and a wide variety of Cyperus species growing syntopically. Bring plenty of water, bug repellent and snacks.  Note that a permit is required from the DEC in order to access the preserve and rangers are sometimes present to check for them. The permit is free and easy to obtain through e-mail by visiting http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7815.html and clicking on the Region 1 State Land Access Permit link in the upper right hand corner.  Trip leader: Michael Feder Cell: 917- 714-4461 (day of trip only), e-mail: mdfeder2001@yahoo.com.

 

31 August (Saturday). UPPER MAURICE RIVER, CUMBERLAND AND SALEM COS., NJ. JOINT TRIP WITH THE PHILADELPHIA BOTANICAL CLUB.  This trip will focus on visiting a number of upland and freshwater wetland habitats along the Maurice River above Union Lake, including Atlantic white cedar swamps (Chamaecyparis thyoides) and bogs. Rare species that have been recorded from this area that we will be looking for include: Desmodium strictum, Eupatorium resinosum, Helonias bullata, Juncus caesariensis, Nymphoides cordata, Polygala curtissii, Polygala polygama, Schizaea pusilla, Utricularia purpurea, Vernonia glauca, and Zigadenus leimanthoides. Contact the trip leader for meeting place and further details. Trip leader: Gerry Moore, National Plant Data Team, East National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 2901 E. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 336-370-3337; gerry.moore@gnb.usda.gov.

 

September

 

CANCELLED!! 7 Sept (Saturday). LIBERTY STATE PARK, HUDSON CO., NJ. Meet at 10 AM at the parking area opposite the Nature Interpretive Center at Freedom Drive.  By car: Liberty State Park is at the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 14b, follow the signs to the park and turn left on Freedom Way, the Center is about 0.5 on the right, the parking area is opposite.  Public Transportation: the NJ Light Rail has a station “Liberty State Park” (if you choose to come that way call me before, so I can arrange pickup). We will explore a true “urban wilderness”, the normally off-limits, intensively studied 102 ha interior, a former rail yard that underwent natural succession for more than 40 years.  Expect to see species rich, unique plant communities formed by the fusion of non-native and native species.  This area, formerly known as “the ballast dumps of Communipaw”, has been known to be the historical entry point of many non-native species and has been the botanical “playground” for many early botanist (e.g.,  Addison Brown, Joseph Schrenk, Nathaniel Lord Britton and later on Karl Anderson) who added many new species to the North American list here. Let’s find out what is still here and what’s new!  We need not to enter swampy areas (but can) but expect to encounter some very heavy vegetation (it’s a jungle out there!) and some ticks (no deer ticks though). Bring plenty of beverage, lunch, insect repellant, and sturdy footwear.  Trip leader: Claus Holzapfel, Rutgers University Biology, 195 University Ave, Newark. NJ 07102-1811; 732-501-9235; Email: holzapfe@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

 

14 September (Saturday). LOWER MAURICE RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES, CUMBERLAND CO., NJ. JOINT TRIP WITH THE PHILADELPHIA BOTANICAL CLUB.   The focus of this trip will be numerous freshwater tidal habitats along the Maurice River, Manumuskin Creek, and Manantico Creek. Rare species that we will be looking for include: Aeschynomene virginica, Bidens bidentoides, Desmodium strictum, Elatine americana, Eriocaluon parkeri, Gratiola virginica, Hydrocotyle verticillata var. verticillata, Isoëtes riparia, Quercus michauxii, Sagittaria subulata, Schoenoplectus novae-angliae and Utricularia gibba.  In the freshwater tidal mudflats, we will study unusual populations of Cardamine that likely represent a tidal form of Cardamine pensylvanica (and not the globally rare C. longii). We will also visit recently discovered stands of the non-natives Kyllinga gracillima, Murdannia keisak, and Polygonum perfoliatum, the latter two invasive. An area along the Manantico Creek that is undergoing a rather striking conversion from a freshwater pond to a freshwater tidal marsh will also be visited. Previously, material of Echinochloa from here was tentatively identified as Echinochloa crus-pavonis (not reported from NJ). Contact the trip leaders for meeting place and further details. Trip leaders: Uli Lorimer and Gerry Moore. UL: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225; 718-623-7200; ulilorimer@bbg.org. GM: National Plant Data Team, East National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 2901 E. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 336-370-3337; gerry.moore@gnb.usda.gov.

 

21 September (Saturday). HEMPSTEAD PLAINS PRESERVE, NASSAU CO., NY.  JOINT TRIP WITH THE LONG ISLAND BOTANICAL SOCIETY.  Meet at 10 AM at the entrance gate to the Hempstead Plains located at the East Nassau Community College Campus entrance, parking nearby.  By car: take Meadowbrook Parkway either north or south to exit M4, follow signs to Coliseum and Charles Lindbergh Blvd., turn right at first entrance (East Entrance) into NCC, go to first intersection, see Hempstead Plains on right.  Wear long pants and good shoes.  Bring water.  Walk takes about an hour.  Trip leaders: Betsy Gulotta, Conservation Project Manager, and Scott Emmons, Friends of Hempstead Plains. call 516-572-7575-x26531 or email info@friendsofhp.org.

 

October

5 October (Saturday). CHAMAECYPARIS QUEST, SUFFOLK CO., NY. JOINT TRIP WITH THE LONG ISLAND BOTANICAL SOCIETY.   Meet at 9:30 AM at the northeast corner of the Wicks Road Park and Ride of the LI Expressway (500 Wicks Rd), Brentwood, NY.  Atlantic white cedar trees grow slowly and may live for more than 1000 years. In New York they are a threatened species with approximately 16 existing populations. We’ll make four to five stops to look at representative cedar groves, heading as far east as Southampton. The trip will run until approximately 4-4:30. Bring water, lunch, and insect repellent. Trip leader:  John Turner, redknot@optonline.net.

 

12-13 October (Saturday, Sunday). DELAWARE BAY, CUMBERLAND CO., NJ.  JOINT TRIP WITH THE PHILADELPHIA BOTANICAL CLUB.  This two day trip will focus on numerous tidal and forested habitats along the Delaware Bay. Rare species that will be sought include Bidens mitis, Eupatorium capillifolium, Euthamia carolinianus (=Euthamia microcephala), Fimbristylis castanea, Gentiana saponaria, Leptochloa fascicularis subsp. maritimus, Packera tomentosa (=Senecio tomentosus), Pinus taeda, Puccinellia fasciculata, Pyrrhopappus carolinianus, Quercus lyrata, Quercus michauxii, Quercus nigra, Sesuvium maritimum, Setaria magna, Solidago latissimifolia (=Solidago elliottii), Solidago tarda (=Solidago ludoviciana), Spiranthes odorata, and Suaeda calceoliformis. Besides botany, the trip will also have a history component as we visit numerous “lost” communities along the bay, including Caviar (Bayside), Moores Beach, Robinsons Beach, Sea Breeze (Seabreeze), and Thompsons Beach. We may also have an opportunity to visit an active salt hay farm operation. Contact the trip leader for meeting place and further details. Trip leader: Gerry Moore, National Plant Data Team, East National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 2901 E. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 336-370-3337; gerry.moore@gnb.usda.gov.

 

 

November

 

23 November (Saturday). BEAR SWAMP, CUMBERLAND CO., NJ.  JOINT TRIP WITH THE PHILADELPHIA BOTANICAL CLUB.  The focus will be on old growth trees and lichen identification. Large old-growth specimens of Acer rubrum, Liquidambar styraciflua, Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnolia virginiana, and Nyssa sylvatica will be noted. Rare species that should be seen include Quercus michauxii, Phoradendron leucarpum, and Tipularia discolor. Contact the trip leaders for meeting place and further details. Trip leaders: James Lendemer and Gerry Moore.  JL: Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458; 718-817-8629; jlendemer@nybg.org. GM: National Plant Data Team, East National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 2901 E. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 336-370-3337; gerry.moore@gnb.usda.gov.