April Society Meeting Takes Place at Coon Mountain, Westport

Attendees: Ray Curran, Carol Gates, Lem  Hegwood, Anita Hegwood, Audrey Hyson, Steve Langdon, Elizabeth Lee, Stephanie Sears, Emily Tyner, Steve Young.

We had a beautiful hike to the top of Coon Mountain and saw about 33 species of plants that were blooming, fruiting, or in bud (we had to make a judgement call on some of them!). The trail was full of spring ephemerals and there were lots of oohs and aahs. We were able to add a few new species to the existing list. The weather started out warm but soon became breezy and cold as a cold front came in so we didn’t spend long at the summit. Elizabeth described what we could have seen if it had been a clear day so we all wanted to come back to see the view and see the plants that had not yet matured.  Afterwards we drove to the Dogwood Bread Company in Wadams, warmed up on tomato herb soup, and had our meeting as the pouring rain came in.  Thanks to Elizabeth Lee for arranging a great trip! – Steve Young

For the list of Coon Mountain plants we saw  CLICK HERE.

Happy hikers showing off their new ABS t-shirts at the top of the mountain

Canada violets were in abundance

Some of the witch-hobble was in full flower

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