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.


Thursday, September 9, 2021, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Big Reed, Montauk County Park, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Vicki Bustamante (vickibustamante@gmail.com, 631-747-8273)

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 including Coleataenia anceps ssp. anceps, Cyperus flavescens, Edrastima uniflora, Hydrocotyle verticillata var. verticillata, Eupatorium torreyanum, and Eleocharis ambigens.

Special instructions: Ticks are a special concern and sometimes mosquitos. Come prepared—boots, tick spray, tick clothing, gators. Plan to bring water, lunch and/or snack, and sunscreen. Note: there are no bathrooms in the park, it is recommended to allow for time to stop in downtown Montauk beforehand and find one of the public bathrooms in town (Kirk Park ball field, one behind Fort Pond Native Nursery, one attached to the Montauk Police sub-station, one before Gosman’s Dock, also a couple at the public beaches).

Directions: Take route 27 (Montauk Highway) through the Hamptons into Montauk. Pass straight through town continuing east toward the lighthouse a few miles (~4). Turn left (north) onto East Lake Drive. (Don’t make the mistake of turning too soon onto West Lake Drive!) Follow ~2 miles north, see sign for the Big Reed Nature Area on right, follow short dirt drive into parking lot. If you come to the airport you’ve gone too far.

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 18, 2021, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Tobay and Cedar Beaches, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Steve Young (sign up: https://nyflora.org/events-directory)

Jones Beach Island Rare Plants and Cyperus

We will start out at the Kennedy Nature Preserve just west of the Tobay Beach parking field to look for an old occurrence of Pseudolycopodiella caroliniana, a very rare lycopod, then head down to Cedar Beach to take a look at the federally threatened seabeach amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus). Along with other beach plants, we will focus on the identification of Cyperus species we find at both places.

There is a limit of 20 people for the trip so please fill out the registration form at https://nyflora.org/events-directory/ and we will send you more details about the trip and the meeting place. If you have any questions about the trip before registering, contact events@nyflora.org.

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

Joint field trip with the NY Flora Association.


Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
Greentree, Nassau County, NY

Trip leaders: Stéphane Perreault (sperreault@greentreefdn.org, cell: 516-423-0947), Jim Stevenson-Mathews

Expect to walk 4–5 miles on the 400-acre property. The primary habitat at Greentree is a mature broadleaf deciduous forest, covering 180 acres. The primary canopy trees are Red Oak, Black Oak, American Beech, Tulip Tree, and Sweet Birch, but there is a nice diversity of tree species. The forest is heavily infested with Winged Euonymus and Norway Maple, and features the usual plethora of invasive species. The biodiversity in the forest has not been well characterized, but it includes Mapleleaf Viburnum and Strawberry Bush. Areas with very moist soils showcase American Witch-Hazel, American Hornbeam, Sweet Pepperbush, High-Bush Blueberry, American Sweetgum, and at least 8 species of ferns. The property features 4 species of native parasitic plants, of which only Beechdrops will be in flower during the trip. There are 50 acres of meadows and grass areas at Greentree, of which only a few acres grew from native seed banks. Native species include Nodding Ladies’ Tresses, Seedbox, Virginia Meadowbeauty, White Turtlehead, Green Milkweed, Golden Asters, and New York Ironweed. There will be few flowers left at that date. The former Whitney Estate showcases well-maintained ornamental trees, a chestnut arboretum, and several gardens.

Special instructions: Poison ivy is abundant and deer ticks are present. Bring snacks. There will be short breaks, but no lunch. No bathroom available.

Directions: 220 Community Drive, Manhasset, Nassau County. The only access is from Community Drive, regardless of what your GPS device might tell you. Take Community Drive from the LIE service Road (exit 33 East Bound, exit 33 or 34 Westbound). Entrance is on Community Drive immediately after the hospital, on the right side as you go downhill. The correct entrance is the one with the somewhat inconspicuous “Greentree Foundation” signs. Take the driveway to the security gate. Only those registered will be admitted on the property. Registration is limited to 10 LIBS members. Contact Stéphane Perreault

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, 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.


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