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

LIBS Board approved the following safety protocols for field trips:

For field trips, you MUST:
• Register for the trip. Registration will be limited, so don’t assume there is room for you unless the trip leader tells you. If you register and become unable to attend, please cancel so someone else can take your place.
• Wear a face covering for the duration of the trip.
• Try to “socially distance” yourself from other trip participants.

Hope to see you in the field on beautiful Long Island in autumn.


Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve, Northville, Suffolk Co., NY

Trip leader: MaryLaura Lamont (woodpink59@gmail.com [in case of bad weather]; 631-315-5475)

Winter Botany and Birds

Winter botany is challenging and fun to learn the differences between trees, shrubs, and other plants. By using buds, seed, and bark we will observe a variety of plants at Hallock State Park Preserve. Learn differences between the hickories, oaks, tupelos, and more! We will also observe and identify all the birds we can find at this time of year. Hawks, sparrows, and seabirds will be found. You will also hear about the cultural history of this 225-acre preserved piece of land. Be prepared to walk about two miles past fields and woods through trails that lead to Long Island Sound. Restrooms at the visitor center will be open, there is no parking fee in the winter and this program will meet in the upper parking lot near Long Island Sound. Of course, a blizzard will cancel this program, or a tornado, or who knows what else!

Directions: Meeting place is the upper parking lot at Hallock State Park Preserve, 6062 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901.

Joint field trip with North Shore Land Alliance

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:00 AM
Mill Pond Preserve, Wantagh, Nassau County

Trip leader: Andy Greller

Please pre-register with Bob Chapman (bob.chapman516@icloud.com), you will be provided additional info including parking instructions. The preserve features a variety of habitats and a good showing of summer wildflowers.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM Add to Calendar
Big Reed, Montauk County Park, Suffolk County

Trip leader: Vicki Bustamante

The Montauk Miracle Mile

Please pre-register with Vicki Bustamante (vickibustamante@gmail.com). This walk has been recently coined “The Montauk Miracle Mile” due to the many rarities in a one mile stretch along Big Reed Pond which is flanked by a fresh water shallow emergent marsh and a high salt marsh/salt shrub community. Over twenty S1-S3 state ranked plants can be seen.

Joint field trip with New York Flora Association

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, December 3, 2022, 11:00 AM Add to Calendar
North Fork Preserve, Northville, Suffolk County

Trip leader: James Lendemer

Lichen Survey

Please pre-register with Bob Chapman (bob.chapman516@icloud.com).

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.