Water Willow (Decodon verticillatus)
Photo courtesy of Donald J. House

Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown, NY
Trip Leaders: Rich Kelly (phone: 516-509-1094) and James Lendemer

This walk will stress mosses and lichens. Blydenburgh County Park is a 627-acre park run for the residents of Suffolk County. The park is mostly woodland with swamps and fields, and is home to Stump Pond, which is [said to be] second in size on Long Island only to Lake Ronkonkoma. The pond is long and irregularly shaped, somewhat like a boot with a pointed toe.A number of trails and dirt roads make for easy walking; you’ll also encounter horseback riders. Please dress for the weather, wear boots for wet walking, and bring a hand lens. Bring lunch anda beverage.

Directions: Please contact Rich for directions and meeting location prior to the walk.

Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM
Late Winter Botany Workshop: Buds, Bark, Berries & More, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich, NY
Trip Leaders: Lois Lindberg

Indoor-Outdoor Workshop. In spite of spring’s approach, there is still plenty of time for some winter botany. Rid yourself of those confusing leaves and flowers to sharpen your botanical skills on buds and leaf scars. We will meet indoors at the Bill Paterson Nature Center to study the winter characteristics of some common deciduous trees and herbaceous plants. Weather permitting, we will head outdoors after the program for a closer look at bark textures, tree branching patterns, and remnants of last summer’s wildflowers. Bring a hand lens, winter field guides, snack or lunch, and come prepared for a hike.

Directions: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve
Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY
(LIBS monthly meeting location - Contact the trip leader for further directions)

For links to field trips conducted by other botanical societies in the mid-Atlantic states and southern New England see Botanic Field Trips.