Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:30 AM
Spring Ephemerals at Charles T. Church (Shu Swamp) Nature Preserve, Mill Neck, Nassau County, NY
Trip Leaders: Lois Lindberg & Tom Hornosky
The Charles T. Church Nature Preserve is more familiarly
known as Shu Swamp. It is the jewel of several properties
owned by the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc.,
tracing its origins back to 1929. The small but beautiful
Shu Swamp Preserve features freshwater wetlands fed by
springs and seeps, as well as an upland oak/beech/tulip
forest. Spring ephemeral wildflowers and ferns, as well as
migrating birds, are plentiful on the wooded trails along
Beaver Brook. The entrance is on Frost Mill Road south
of the LIRR overpass.
From Route 25A, take Route 106 north to
Oyster Bay. Turn left onto Lexington Ave, then another left
onto West Main St. Directly after Mill Pond (on your left),
bear left to go uphill on Mill Hill Road. Turn right on Beaver
Brook Road, which becomes Frost Mill Road. Shu Swamp is
on the left, just before the railroad trestle.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 AM
Novel Ecosystems at
Froehlich Farms County Preserve, Huntington, NY
Trip Leaders: Marilyn Jordan
Froehlich Farm Preserve encompasses portions of what were once the
Froehlich and Wicks Farms. Since the mid-19th century, Wicks/Froehlich
Farms were the site of potato fields. Now the abandoned land has grown
up in a mix of mostly invasive plant species with some scattered native
species – a novel ecosystem. We will walk trails cut through the
thicket of shrubs and trees, and visit the organic gardens maintained
by volunteers who donate produce to food banks. Can we find some of the
native species identified in a LIBS survey of several years ago? What
is the value of this novel ecosystem for nature and for people?
We will meet at Wicks/Froehlich Farms County Park on the north side of
West Rogues Path in Huntington, just west of Oakwood Rd. Park in the
west end of the parking lot beyond the soccer fields and next to the
Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:00 AM
North Fork sites: Moores Woods, Paul Stoutenburgh Preserve, and a cobble beach, Suffolk County, NY
Trip Leaders: Eric Lamont
Woods in Greenport features an interesting swamp forest with
intermittent ponds as well as the only known population of crane-fly
orchid (Tipularia discolor) in NY. The nearby Paul
Stoutenburgh Preserve (formerly known as the Arshamomaque Pond
Preserve) features a population of swamp cottonwood (Populus heterophylla),
showy wildflowers, and an extensive cattail marsh. If time
permits we will visit a cobble beach just east of East Marion to see
horned poppy (Glaucium flavum) and other beach plants.
Bring water, lunch, and insect & tick repellent. Bathroom facilities are available at the nearby 7-11 on route 25.
At Mattituck, on the North Fork, take the North Road (route 48) east to
Greenport. Turn right (south) onto Moores Lane and continue ½
mile to a ball field on the right. Turn right onto the dirt road
and park at entrance to forest..
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 AM
Persicaria Walk, Alley Pond Park, Queens, NY
Trip Leaders:Andrew Greller Phone 516-364-9377
New York Flora Association is interested in understanding the extent of
diversity in the genus Persicaria in the state. LIBS agreed to
lead NYFA in a one day search for Persicaria species in Alley Pond Park, Queens, where many Polygonaceae have been noted over the years.
lunch and liquid; water resistant footwear is recommended but not
required. Camera and handlens recommended. Insect repellant
and sun screen advised. Ticks are not usually a problem in Queens
at 10 AM at the North end of Alley Athletic Playground
parking lot, off Winchester Boulevard, just north of Union Turnpike.
This is the southeastern corner of Alley Pond Park. Winchester
Blvd. can be reached by taking the Union Turnpike exit of the Cross
Island Parkway westbound and travelling for a quarter mile; or on Grand
Central Parkway, coming from the west, take the Union Tpke. exit,
continue east on the service road, then go right on Union Tpke. for 1/4
mile to Winchester Blvd. then turn left to the parking lot.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 10:00 AM
Flora Neglecta, Queens, NY
Trip Leaders: Michael Feder
We will be making a variety of stops off of Cross Bay and Woodhaven Blvds. in Queens to observe overlooked weeds. Our Flora neglecta
will include some tiny plants growing in sidewalk cracks, graminoids,
genera that contain similar looking species for which we will make
comparisons (ie. Digitaria, Galinsoga and Oxalis)
and a few local weeds not often encountered. We will also make a quick
stop at a greenhouse to look at some unusual weeds, some of which are
not known from our area. (Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society).
Directions: Please contact the trip leader to register and for meeting place directions.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown, NY
Trip Leaders: Rich Kelly (phone: 516-509-1094) and James Lendemer
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
Directions: Please contact Rich for directions and meeting location prior to the walk.
links to field trips conducted by other botanical
societies in the mid-Atlantic states and southern New England see