APRIL 19, 2014 (SATURDAY) 10 AM

Coffin Woods, Locust Valley, Nassau Co., NY

Trip leader: Carol Johnston 

Coffin Woods Preserve is a 70 acre mature oak/beech, tulip tree woodland.  Besides our native trout lily, Erythronium americanum,  there is a stand of the lavender European trout lily, Erythronium dens-canis,  red trillium, Trillium erectum in abundance, wood anemone, Anemone quinquefolium, Siberian geranium, Geranium siberica, and Galax aphylla, among other wild flowers. Rarely seen on Long Island, is a healthy stand of Strawberry Bush, Euonymus americanus. The Preserve has been awarded a grant to eradicate a stand of the invasive Hardy Kiwi vine. Work will begin this spring, and we will take a look at the affected area. The trails are easy. Bring a bag lunch.

Directions: Coffin Woods Preserve, part of the North Shore Sanctuaries, is located behind Portledge School, Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, 7/10 of a mile east of the intersection with Piping Rock Road, and on the left. Enter the Portledge campus, go past the Lower School on the left, past the Middle and Upper Schools, and at the end of the parking lot you will see tennis courts. Park behind the tennis courts.

 

MAY 24, 2014 (SATURDAY) 10AM

Christie Estate South (Muttontown South), Nassau County, NY

Trip leaders: Mike Feder  and Rich Kelly   Email: mdfeder2001@yahoo.com

 

This is a former Winthrop estate, and the habitats include mixed upland woods, successional fields, and kettle hole ponds.  Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  This will be similar to a LIBS walk here in July of 2011, however, we will spend some time exploring a wet area of the field where some interesting plants were found last summer.  This will be a long but easy walk with some optional wet walking.  It would be best if you could carry your lunch. Please contact the leader prior to the trip. 

Directions: Meet at 10:00 AM at the parking area for Nassau Hall at 1864 Muttontown Road, Syosset.  By car only: From either the Long Island Expressway or Northern State Parkway, go north on North Broadway (Rtes. 106/107) in Jericho.  Very soon after passing under Jericho Tpke., bear right onto Rte. 106 which is Jericho - Oyster Bay Road.  Continue north for 2.2 miles and turn left onto Muttontown Road/Eastwoods Road.  Go west 0.4 mile and turn left at Nassau Hall.  If the gate is locked, backtrack a few feet and take the driveway that goes through the building.

JUNE 7, 2014 (SATURDAY) 9 AM

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refug, Queens Co., NY

Trip leader: Richard Stalter (Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society)

Jamaica Bay Wild Life Refuge encompasses 3,705
hectares. The refuge is part of the Gateway National Recreation
Area, the country’s largest urban national park. Although much of
the natural environment has been modified by grading and filling,
many native plant species have been remarkably preserved.

 

Directions: Meet at 9:00 AM at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge Visitors’ Center. By car: From Brooklyn – Belt Pkwy.
(east) to exit 17 (Crossbay Blvd.) go over North Channel Bridge
and continue 1 mi. past the bridge at the traffic light to the entrance
to the Refuge on the right. From Rockaway – Take Crossbay
Bridge (94 St.) and go through Broad Channel Community. Refuge
visitor center is about 0.5 mi. on the left. By public transportation:
train: Take the A train going to Rockaways. Exit at Broad Channel
Station. Walk west to Crossbay Blvd. then north, (right), about 0.5
mi. to the refuge. By bus: take Green Bus Line Q21 from Liberty
Ave. (Queens) to 116th St. (Rockaway) to the refuge; or take
Triboro Q53 bus from Roosevelt Ave./Jackson Heights. Exit at
refuge stop. You can also take the Greenline Q21 from the
intersection of Woodhaven and Liberty Ave. Exit at refuge
entrance.

JUNE 14, 2014 (SATURDAY) 9:00 AM

Appalachian Trail, Dutchess County, NY

Trip Leader: Rich Kelly

 

We will hike the Appalachian Trail and pass through at least 9 different ecological communities, so plant diversity should be great.  We will make a particular effort to look for Spiranthes lucida, shining ladies’-tresses.  There should be plenty of birds and insects to observe as well.  Bring lots of water to carry, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat.  Bring lunch, but you do not have to carry it, as we will return to the cars to eat.  In the morning we will do an uphill hike at a slow pace, and the climb is not particularly taxing.  You will have to pass over 3 wooden stiles along the way.  In the afternoon we will do a different uphill hike that is more strenuous, so you could skip out after lunch if you are concerned, and still would have seen a lot of plant species from just the morning.

Directions: Contact the trip leader to register and for meeting place directions.